Mundubat

Profile

Country/TerritorySpain
Websitehttp://www.mundubat.org/
Founded1988
In their own words“We are a group that since 1988 cooperates with women and men, with associations, with communities of the South in their challenges of development and social transformation.”

Funding

Activities

BDS Activities

  • In September 2020, Mundubat called for the UN General Assembly to “Launch international investigations into Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, as well as associated State and individual criminal responsibility,” to “Ban arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel,” and “Prohibit all trade with illegal Israeli settlements and ensure that companies refrain from and terminate business activities with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.”
  • In July 2020, President of Mundubat Eneko Gerrikabeitia stated that it is important to continue BDS campaigns “Because we cannot be complicit in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. And in that sense, BDS has been seen as a powerful tool to isolate and denounce the policies of the occupying Palestinian power, Israel.”
  • In February 2020, Mundubat promoted BDS-Spain’s campaign, “CAF, get off the apartheid train,” calling on the Basque railway company CAF to withdraw from their work on the “rail network linking illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, known as the Jerusalem Light Rail (JTA).” According to Mundubat “The tram violates the human rights of the Palestinian population, because it is born to connect all the colonies of Israeli populations in occupied Palestinian territory. It therefore strengthens the illegal annexation of Jerusalem and colonialist policies.”
  • In October 2019, Mundubat thanked the Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine and BDS Norway for their campaigning of the Oslo City Council that led to the decision to “ban Israeli goods and services from public procurement.”
  • In July 2019, together with BDS Madrid and Grassroots Jerusalem, Mundubat organized the event “On your visit to Jerusalem, do not contribute to the occupation!” According to the event description, the NGOs “propose to visitors a form of “responsible tourism” that does not contract their trip with agencies, tour operators, hotels, shops or companies in the sector that collaborate with the occupation and profit from apartheid policies.”
  • In May 2019, Mundubat participated in the BDS campaign to boycott Eurovision calling people to “RESPECT TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, DON ‘ T SEE EUROVISION TODAY,” stating that “The State of Israel uses this kind of acts like this to perform ‘justification’ and, to hide war crimes against the Palestinian people.”
  • Between February 20 and March 4, 2017, Mundubat participated in a BDS campaign “against Israel for the constant violations of Human Rights committed in the Occupation of Palestine” by “disseminat[ing] … testimonies” of BDS activists and public officials “who reject Israeli apartheid against Palestine.”
  • In January 2017, Mundubat organized the “BDS Forum for the promotion of institutional initiatives in defense of Human Rights in Palestine,” featuring Omar Barghouti.
  • A June 2016 video prepared by Mundubat in support of the “International Campaign for the Right to Boycott” narrates: “If you were Palestinian, you would have been kicked out of your house in 1948 . . . you would have died while playing football on a Gaza beach. If you were Palestinian, if you had complained about the conditions in which you live, you would be a terrorist, you would be imprisoned, exiled, or dead. . .”
  • Another video in support of BDS campaigns from April 2016 features an assortment of speakers from an event held by Mundubat, among them Ayed Abu Eqtaish of Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P) and Sergio Yahni of the Alternative Information Center (AIC). In the video, Yahni is filmed saying: “The processes of physical destruction, like the processes of psychological destruction of the children, are part of a policy of what has been called ‘thanatopolitics’ [death politics], which is to keep the different layers of Palestinian society a centimeter from death, not to kill them. There is death, I’m not denying that, but the aim is not death as such, but the feeling of living on top of death.”

Partners

  1. Alternative Information Center
    • While AIC claims to “promote responsible co-operation between Palestinians and Israelis,” it supports boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel and is a frequent participant in demonization of Israel at international forums. Its activities reflect an extreme anti-Israel political agenda.
    • Prior to the organization’s founding, AIC co-founder Michael Warschawski was a leader of “Matzpen,” the anti-Zionist Trotskyite organization. Warschawski was jailed in the 1990s for publishing an informational pamphlet for the PFLP terror group (verdict on file).
    • Director of AICP, Nassar Ibrahim, is also the President of Defense for Children International-Palestine’s (DCI-P) General Assembly until at least 2017.
    • AIC Board of Directors member (2008) Rifat Odeh Kassis has links to multiple NGOs with PFLP ties and was arrested and imprisoned several times by Israel.
  2. Defense for Children International – Palestine
  3. Union of Agricultural Work Committees
    • UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate,” and by USAID as the “agricultural arm” of the PFLP. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by “agronomists loosely affiliated with the PFLP.”
    • In 2010, UAWC organized “a solidarity day with the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat…” The “solidarity day” featured Muhammad Bakri, executive director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Gaza, and celebrated “the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi” (an attack perpetrated by the PFLP).
  4. Health Work Committees
  5. Bisan Center for Development
    • Ubai Aboudi, Bisan’s Executive Director, was sentenced in June 2020 to 12-months in prison. According to his conviction, Aboudi “was convicted of being a member and an activist of the Popular Front organization during the period starting from 2016 and ending in July 2019.” Specifically, Aboudi “was responsible for recruiting additional activists to the organization from young people and students, as well as strengthening the organization’s infrastructure in the area” (on file with NGO Monitor).
    • According to Palestinian organizations Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and Addameer, Bisan’s former Executive Director Eteraf Rimawi was arrested six times by Israeli forces between 1995 and 2014. As reported by Addameer, Rimawi was sentenced for 16-months in prison and fined NIS 5000 in 2000. During his detention in 2008, an Israeli military judge affirmed that “Eteraf was active in political activities related to the PFLP.”
      • Addameer additionally reported that on 23/9/2014, Israeli military judge Doron-Dorani stated at a judicial review hearing: “Eteraf Rimawi is an activist in an illegal organization and is active within his area of residence along with others that are currently in detention. Eteraf was arrested a number of times and he is back to his previous actions.”
  6. Union of Palestinian Women Committees
    • According to the Institute for Palestine Studies and scholar Simona Sharoni, the UPWC is politically affiliated with the PFLP.
    • According to the PFLP, the late Maha Nassar, who was president of the UPWC, was also a member of the Central Committee of the PFLP.
    • As reported by the PFLP, in 2012 the UPWC “organized a visit to the home of the martyr Comrade Mahmoud Gharbawi, writer and former member of the Political Vureau (sic) of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, marking the 40th day after his death. This visit came as one of a series of events organized by the PFLP . . .”
  7. Land Research Center

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