Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
|In their own words||“work to promote democratic principles, enhance human rights in general and for vulnerable groups in particular, foster tolerance and social peace, justice, accountability and gender equality, consolidate good governance regime in adherence to transparency and integrity.”|
- In 2016, total income was $1.6 million; total expenses were $1.8 million (latest available; accessed December 30, 2021).
- 2016 donors include Norway, United States (National Endowment for Democracy), Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, Norwegian People’s Aid, and the United Nations. (See table below for further funding information.)
- In 2020-2023, PCDCR, alongside the NGO Filastiniyat, is receiving €450,768 from the European Union for “Protective environment from hate speech and supportive for the freedom of expression in Gaza strip and west bank.”
- PCDCR is a partner on a NOK 22.6 million (2019-2023) grant from Save the Children Norway. Other partners include Ma’an News Agency, the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development, UNRWA, TAMER, Save Youth Future, and Birzeit University.
- PCDCR participates in “Partnership for democratic development in Palestine,” a project (2016-2019) of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). The project, funded by Norway (NOK 50.8 million), is implemented along with ten other partners including Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), and Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center [Association] in Palestine (DWRC).
- In 2019, PCDCR received $595,800 from UN-OCHA’s “occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund” for “Emergency Response Teams for protection and psychosocial needs of GMR injured individuals and affected families in North, Gaza, and Khan Younis Governorates” and “Protection and psychosocial response to GMR injured individuals and affected families in the Middle Area and Rafah Governorates.”
- In 2015-2017, PCDCR was granted $600,000 by the United States to “improve protection of the rights of children in the West Bank.”
- Website lists full funding history starting from 1999.
- PCDCR refers to Palestinian “victims of Gaza holocaust,” accuses Israel of “state terrorism,” and supported the discredited 2009 Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and deliberately targeting “the people of Gaza as a whole.”
- Participates in discriminatory campaigns such as “Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign: The Palestinian Campaign for Repealing Israel’s Racist Law Denying Family Reunification.”
- On May 18, 2018, PCDCR and Save the Children sponsored a workshop at the Dar al Huda kindergarten, “Training of Teachers on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching.”
- On May 26, 2018, the Dar al Huda kindergarten in Gaza held a graduation ceremony that included the mock killing and kidnapping of Israelis by children dressed as combatants.1 The simulation included sophisticated equipment such as drones, body cameras, military fatigues, body armor, and sniper camouflage. Children wore headbands representing Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, and others.
- According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Dar al Huda held similarly exploitative military-style events in in 2017 and 2016.
- Together with Al-Mezan, Addameer, Palestinian NGO Network, and Badil, PCDCR signed on a “Joint Call to Action: July 2014 – Month against the Apartheid Wall,” stating: “….it is time for a ‘legal intifada’, an intensified popular struggle and more boycotts, divestment and sanctions. It is time for accountability…. to overcome Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. We ask you to expand and deepen the global BDS movement for justice…”
- In 2014, Deputy Director Iyad Abu Hjayer signed a public letter accusing Israel of “the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip” and “indiscriminate  shelling.”
- Endorsed the making of the film “Stay Human” (2012) which alleges “22 days of massacre during the military operation called ‘Cast Lead‘, unleashed by the Israeli government against the Gaza Strip’s civilians…The historical document of a crime against humanity, today still unpunished by the international community.”
- PCDCR is a partner on a legal project by the Norwegian Refugee Council involved with hundreds of cases in Israeli courts. A lawyer with the program reportedly stated that the purpose was to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system … to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage”
- In 2003, General Director Saeed el-Maqadmah published a report, “Impact of Israeli Practices on Development of Children’s Aggressive Behaviour,” alleging that “Israeli policies aim to create such imbalance especially for the children who are the heirs to the Palestinian issue.” The publication was followed by a campaign for “Universal Children Day,” showing the international community the “suffering of the Palestinian children caused by the Israeli occupation and years of blockade.”
Foreign-funded projects in Gaza where PCDCR is a partner (source: UN Financial Tracking Service database)
A Palestinian kindergarten in Gaza indoctrinates young children to hate Israel and to strive to commit violent acts. Ironically, international donors work with this same kindergarten on projects aimed at protecting children from violence and exploitation.
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