Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
|In their own words||PARC is a pioneer national developmental organization with a regional trend committed to rural and agricultural development, social justice and national liberation|
- In 2016, total income was $7.2 million; total expenses were $8.1 million.
- Donors include: Australia (DFAT), Netherlands (NRO), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation- SIDA), Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation-SDC), United States (Department of Agriculture), European Commission (ECHO), Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Bread for the World-EED (Germany), Care International, Christian Aid (UK), Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (Germany), Grassroots International (United States), Islamic Development Bank, Medecins du Monde (France), Oxfam, Save the Children, and the United Nations (UNDP, UNRWA). (See below for further funding information.)
- PARC received $97,850 in 2014 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands) to “contribute to protecting the agriculture farmlands and farmers’ rights based on IHRL and IHL.”
- PARC received €2.5 million from the EU’s East Jerusalem Programme to “Protect the rights and improve resilience of vulnerable communities in East Jerusalem,” a project ending April 2019. The project “partners” are the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), and the Palestinian Counselling Centre (PCC)/Jerusalem Coalition.
- PARC, WCLAC, and PMRS support BDS initiatives through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in BDS platforms.
- Between 2008 and 2013, PARC received €38.5 million from the Netherlands Representative Office (NRO) for 11 projects focusing on the agricultural sector in Gaza and support to farmers in the West Bank. As of 2014, NRO funding appears to have ceased.
- Between 2010 and 2013, PARC received $329,888 from L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD – French Agency for Development).
- PARC’s rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “war crimes.”
- According to PARC, “The blockade makes export impossible so farmers are abandoning their crops. Israeli incursions result in huge destruction to lands and enterprises. Almost every industry in Gaza is facing ruin. This is collective punishment and must end.”
- PARC falsely accuses Israel of “war crime[s]” and erases the context of terror that necessitates security measures: “The creation of the so-called ‘buffer zone’ land is considered one of the most Israeli practices in violation of the provisions of international law that constitutes war crime [sic].”
- In October 2017, PARC was a signatory on a “World Day of Action: A World Without Walls” stating that the “Apartheid Wall” built by Israel is an “integral part of its policy to confiscate over 60% of the West Bank and imprison the Palestinian people on not more than 13% of their historical homeland.” The statement called to “Demand an immediate end to the walls that expel, exclude, oppress, discriminate and exploit… [and] Resist and defund those that profit from the walls.”
- In September 2017, as a member of the Palestinian Environmental NGO Network (PENGON), PARC was a signatory on a call to restaurant chefs to “Take Apartheid off the Menu” and cancel their participation in the Tel Aviv “Round Tables Tour” as it “uses the time-honored tradition of sharing culinary experiences as a means for whitewashing widespread violation of Palestinian fundamental rights, including the right to food.”
- In 2012, PARC participated in an olive harvest volunteering day to send a “clear message of steadfastness and solidarity with Palestinian farmers facing continuous ethnic cleansing policies” (emphasis added).
- In 2007, PARC helped produce the Palestinian documentary film “Jerusalem: The East Side Story,” which reveals “the history, of Israel’s occupation, illegal annexation and ethnic cleansing of the old city of East Jerusalem.”
- In 2002, at the height of the Palestinian terror campaign, PARC made false and inflammatory claims of Israeli “savage…massacres” in Jenin and Nablus.
- According to PARC’s “2014-2018 Strategic Plan,” one of PARC’s strategic goals is “Holding the occupation accountable towards Palestinian rights related to the agricultural sector and rural areas” by “Boycotting…Israelis’ settlement products” and “Supporting the cooperation and coordination with the boycott committees.”
- In May 2018, PARC created a list of “brands and products to ban” of companies that support the State of Israel.
- On September 1, 2016, signed a letter to the Italian Association of Farmers asking them to “rethink their sponsorship and participation” in the Israeli Watec Conference due to its “role in the grave violations of human rights and water rights” and compliance with the “water apartheid.”
- In February 2013, PARC signed a call urging “international civil society organisations to build effective campaigns and work towards ending agricultural trade with Israel that finances and rewards the destruction of Palestinian farming.” An accompanying “briefing paper” alleged that “Agricultural companies as a whole are accountable for their conduct, and any trade with companies that export from settlements or participate in other Israeli violations of international law only serves to encourage further Israeli violations of international law and is inherently unethical.”
- In January 2013, PARC was a signatory on a letter to Azienda Comunale Energia e Ambiente (ACEA) board members calling on them to not cooperate with Mekorot, the Israeli water company, as the “experience and expertise that Mekorot is able to share with ACEA has been developed as result of the pivotal role that it plays in the appropriation of Palestinian water. Any cooperation with Mekorot strengthens its ability to violate international law and human rights.”
- In January 2011, PARC supported the boycott of the export cooperative Agrexco as they are “in breach of international humanitarian law and trade agreements with the European Union, through exporting products of Israeli settlements, which are illegally constructed on stolen Palestinian lands.”
- In July 2010, PARC “saluted” the Olympia Food Co-op “decision to boycott Israeli goods”as it reflects “the growing sentiment in international civil society, including in the US, that ending Israel’s impunity and pressuring it to comply with its obligations under international law have become of undeniable urgency.”
- In May 2005 signed a petition calling for the academic boycott of Israel as a means to “isolate Apartheid Israel…forging effective solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, self-determination and sovereignty.”
- Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and promotes the right of “Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.”
- Receives support from Grassroots International.
- Member of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which refused to sign the anti-terror clause that is a condition of US government funding, stating “that its members would not sign funding agreements that included the ATC [Anti-Terror Certificate]: this is now a condition for membership under PNGO byelaws [sic]” (emphasis added).
- In April 2017, PNGO called on the international community not to “use aid to undermine legitimate Palestinian resistance.” According to PNGO, “We reject all de-legitimization or criminalization of lawful Palestinian resistance, whether in form of allegations of terrorism, anti-semitism or otherwise… We call on all governments and aid providers to respect our right to lawful resistance, support Palestinian human rights defenders, and ensure equal, impartial and transparent access to funding for all.”
- In March 2016, as a member of Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), PNGO stated that “Israel’s current government, its most racist ever, has dropped all pretences of ‘enlightenment’ and ‘democracy’. This has helped to expose Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid to world public opinion like never before.”
- Member of Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network- Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON).
- In January 2018, on the occasion of Land Day, PENGON accused Israel of “Zionist expansionism and massive Israeli land grabs,” and stated that “Apartheid, which is what we live under, is the atrocious conglomeration of colonialism, racism, denial of self-determination, and expulsion.”
- In March 2018, PENGON published an article about the EU’s energy projects with Israel, stating that “The EU has a legal duty of non-recognition, including the duty to give no aid or assistance in the maintenance of the unlawful situation created by Israel in the OPT with these serious violations. EU purchases of Israeli gas would enable substantial revenues to be used in Israel’s militarisation and de facto annexationist policies of the occupied Palestinian territory and appropriation and exploitation of its natural resources.”
- Member of Habitat International Coalition.
- Publishes a yearly newsletter titled “Land Times” that discusses “insights on regional developments that identify the human rights dimensions of land” in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
- The March 2017 issue included an article titled “Remembering Palestine in 2017” referring to Palestine as a “besieged habitat…which continues to run the gamut of habitat rights issues characterizing land conflicts,” as well as alleging that the “JNF has maintained a cross-border operation of organized population transfer and colonization not only throughout historic Palestine, but also from tax-exempt bases in some 50 other sovereign states.”
- HIC’s website includes a “Housing and Land Rights Violation Database” that documents “the world’s most-common housing and land rights violations.” According to the database, there are over a million “affected persons” in Israel/Palestine.
- Member of the Coalition of Rural Development Associations.
Grants Received (2012-2019)
Amounts based on PARC’s project funding information, as listed in PARC’s 2015 and 2016 annual report.
|EU-European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)||€831,290||2012-2015
|Bread for the World-EED ||€530,000||2012-2015
|Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Netherlands)||$97,850||2015-2016
|Grand Duchy of Luxembourg||€2,212,056||2012-2016
|GIZ (Germany)||NIS 204,340||2015-2016
|Oxfam GB -SIDA||$88,540||2016-2017
|Oxfam GB - DFAT||$240,2015||2016-2017
|Save the Children||€1,349,500||2014-2016
|Medecins du Monde||$8,880||2016-2017
|International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)||$283,532||2014-2015
|Junia de Andalucía (AACID)||€248,467.63||2014-2015
|UNDP - Aqsa Fund/ Islamic Development Bank||$1,102,117||2013-2015
|Netherlands Representative Office||€38.5 million||2008-2013
*Revealing a lack of transparency, PARC lists hundreds of thousands of dollars from unknown “overseas” donors from 2012-2016
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