Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO)
|In their own words||"PNGO is guided by the networks clear mission, where the national, developmental roles of NGOs go alongside with the building of a Palestinian democratic, civil society based on social justice, the sovereignty of law, and the respect of human rights."|
- The organization does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency.
- PNGO received a grant (2011-2016) from the German Society for International Cooperation- GIZ (Germany) for a project titled “Strengthening Civil Society in the Palestinian Territories.”
- PNGO 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 10 other partners including Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), and Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center [Association] in Palestine (DWRC).
- PNGO is a co-grantee of a €446,482 European Union grant (2016-2019) titled “Contributing to the respect, protection and promotion of the right to association in the Gaza Strip.”
- On June 10, 2017, the German-funded Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a public workshop “in Cooperation with Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network” about “The Cost of Division on Legal Status and Human Rights.” This came following a May 2017 workshop also held with PNGO titled “Impact of the current situation on food security in the Gaza Strip.” In March 2016, FES held a workshop with PNGO on “The vision and Role of Civil Society Organizations in Achieving the National Reconciliation.”
- In 2015-2016, PNGO received a grant of $30,000 from the NGO Development Center (NDC).
- In 2011, PNGO received a grant of $34,700 from the National Endowment for Democracy (United States) for “legal and judicial development.”
Defense of Terrorism
- In June 2017, PNGO condemned Norway for pulling funding from a youth center named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. PNGO referred to Mughrabi as a “Palestinian Woman Freedom Fighter,” stating that “PNGO believes this is another form of foreign domination and oppression calling Palestinian resistance a terrorist resistance against Israeli occupation…PNGO stands strong against conditional funding, especially when it threatens Palestinian right to resist foreign domination, exploitation, oppression and occupation” and that “there is a difference between freedom fighters and terrorists” (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 2007, PNGO played a leading role in a boycott of USAID funding, following US government demands that NGO grantees sign anti-terrorism clauses as part of their funding agreements. As part of this campaign, PNGO wrote that the anti-terror clause “ignores the legal Palestinians’ right of resistance against the Israeli occupation.” An unnamed PNGO official also commented, “They are telling us what to do and they interfere in internal politics,” describing the US list of terror groups as an attempt to “create internal conflict among Palestinians.” According to a 2013 study commissioned by the UN, PNGO “stated 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).
Demonization of Israel
- PNGO rhetoric includes accusing Israel of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” “collective punishment,” “genocide,” “war crimes,” and “Bantustans,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- PNGO aided in the drafting of the NGO Code of Conduct, which endorses a rejectionist approach, obliging signatory NGOs “to be in line with the national agenda without any normalization activities with the occupier [Israel], neither at the political-security nor the cultural or developmental levels” (emphasis added).
- Instrumental in producing many of the preparatory documents for the Durban 2001 conference. According to PNGO’s former program coordinator, Renad Qubaj, “In Durban, for sure we published posters saying, ‘End the occupation,’ things like that, and we published a study, had a press conference, organized our partners and protest marches.”
- The PNGO accuses Israel of having “systematically murdered” civilians and children, and of “spreading organized terrorism which is being executed by the regular Israeli army units and terrorist groups that comprise of settlers who execute criminal acts with support and protection by the Israeli government.”
- On April 5, 2018, PNGO published a press release accusing Israel of “longstanding impunity,” “systematic and continuous widespread targeting,” and “premeditated murder of innocent Palestinian people” during the Great March of Return. The press release ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
- In November 2017, PNGO was a signatory on a call to support “A World Without Walls,” drawing comparisons between “Israel’s apartheid wall on Palestinian land to the US wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico.”
- 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.”
- On February 5, 2015, PNGO published a statement calling upon the international community to “end Israel’s endemic impunity with regards to their ethnic cleansing policies (sic)… in Palestine.”
- During the 2014 Gaza War, PNGO condemned the “horrific and bloody massacres against our people in Gaza” and the “Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip,” and called on Israel to “refrain from double standards in dealing with what is happening in the Strip in terms of the genocide of the occupying power.”
- In a November 28, 2013 press release, together with Palestinian NGOs Al Mezan, Al Dameer, and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), PNGO accused Israel of “systematic policies against the civilian population” and “human rights violations perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces… as a form of collective punishment.”
- During the 2008 Gaza War, PNGO alleged that Israel’s goal was to “eras[e] the memory of resistance and struggle … so Israel would be free to impose its goals, and instill a culture of obedience, and compliance with the occupying power.” PNGO also called for a “war tribunal” and “reparations.”
- PNGO is a member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the coordinating body for the BDS campaign.
- PNGO has opposed negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, in part because “at a time when the struggle is intensifying on various levels toward strengthening the boycott campaign, which has started to yield results, ‘the negotiations will lead an end to this.’”
- In November 2007,PNGO was one of the organizers of the First Palestinian Conference for the Boycott of Israel. One of the strategies put forth at the conference is to “Emphasize that the BDS campaign does not only target Israel’s economy, but challenges Israel’s legitimacy, being a colonial and apartheid state, as part of the international community. Therefore, efforts are needed not only to promote wide consumer boycotts, but also boycotts in the fields of academia, culture and sports” (emphasis added).
- In September 2015, as a member of the BNC, PNGO sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary General urging the UN to divest from the British security company G4S as a result of its servicing detention centers known for “widespread torture and mistreatment of Palestinian political prisoners, including children.”
- In May 2015, PNGO was a signatory on a call to “Campaign against corporate criminals, such as military company Elbit Systems, security firm G4S and key Israeli military supplier HP that enable Israeli violations of international law” and “pressure governments to impose military embargoes and trade sanctions.”
- In March 2015, PNGO encouraged the EU to “avoid involvement in financial activity and investments in illegal Israeli settlements” and “take a strong stand against economic cooperation with illegal settlements.”
- In August 2014, PNGO alleged that “many parties are also maintaining complicity in Israel’s profiteering in Gaza’s reconstruction” and called on the “international community to eschew recklessness in their distribution of aid funds to critically flawed campaigns that do nothing to sustainably assist the Palestinian people, yet do everything to support to Israel.”
- Together with Addameer, Al Mezan, Badil, and Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (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…”
- On August 13, 2014, PNGO called on “Palestinian, Arab and International NGOs that provides the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip with aids to boycott the Israeli products whatever the justification is, not to reward the occupation for killing the Palestinians through purchasing Israeli products.”
- In July 2014, PNGO called “upon the international community and people worldwide” to “end the criminal aggression against the unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip” and “ boycott, divest from, and impose international sanctions on the occupying power, until it complies with international law and ends its grave violations in the Palestinian territories. We call upon the different countries around the world to stop and terminate its contracts and arms deals with the occupying power.”
- In December 2008, PNGO urged the UN Security Council to “impos[e]… sanctions,” and EU institutions and member states to “…adop[t] immediate restrictive measures and sanctions, as well as cessation of all upgrade dialogue with Israel.”
- In January 2007, PNGO signed a “Joint Statement of Palestinian Civil Society to the World Social Forum,” which supported “…Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israel, similar to the international community’s measures against apartheid South Africa in the past.”
- Refers to the Israeli army as the “Israeli Occupying Forces,” and accuses Israel of “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and a “policy of using Palestinian prisoners as pawns to achieve political and military gains.”
- Lobbies international frameworks against Israel and supports BDS.
- Addameer is an official PFLP “affiliate,” and a number of Addameer staff members have alleged connections to terror groups. Addameer’s chairperson and co-founder, Abdul-latif Ghaith, was banned by Israel from travelling internationally due to his alleged membership in the PFLP. He was also banned from entering the West Bank in 2011-2015.
- Supporters include: Ireland (Irish Aid), Christian Aid (UK), Norway, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), UNDP, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, HeksEper, and Sigrid Rausing Trust.
- Founded to promote a Palestinian “right of return” and a leader of international BDS campaigns. BADIL holds annual “right of return contests” and has published antisemitic cartoons on its website, as well as imagery promoting the elimination of Israel, which is a widely recognized form of antisemitism. A cartoon that won a monetary prize for 2nd prize in BADIL’s 2010 Al-Awda Nakba caricature competition is a blatant representation of classic antisemitic tropes, including a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks.
- Badil does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability. Badil received a core funding grant (2014-2016) from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.
- Defence for Children International – Palestine
- Accused Israel of “deliberate targeting of civilians” in Lebanon, “terrorizing the civilian population” in Gaza, and “collective punishment,” and referred to the Gaza conflict as Israel’s “illegal act of aggression.”
- Supports BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and is an active participant in lobbying the UN, EU, and other international bodies to promote this agenda.
- Several DCI-P board members have apparent ties to the PFLP.
- Donors include: Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland), ICCO and Kerk in Actie (Netherlands), Bread for the World (Germany), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), French Consulate, Swiss Interchurch Aid -HEKS, Stichting Kinderpostzegeks Nederlands (Netherlands), ARCI Cultura e Sviluppo (Italy), Mundubat (Spain), Save the Children International, World Vision, UNDP, UNICEF, The United Methodist Church, The United Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Open Society Institute, and others.
- Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)
- JLAC is highly active in promoting BDS campaigns, lobbying international bodies, and utilizing highly inflammatory rhetoric.
- In 2010, JLAC published the first edition of its book We Have Names, We Have a Homeland, which alleges that “brutality and sadism is the true face of Zionism and the State of occupation” and accuses Israel of “savage,” “abhorrent,” and “fascist” practices. The book continues to ask, “Has the history of humanity ever known such brutality as practiced at the hands of Israel…?”
- Donors include: Ireland, Bread for the World (Germany), Australia, Germany, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), UNDP, Norwegian Refugee Council, and the Welfare Association.
- Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem (ARIJ)
- Among the leaders of the political warfare against Israel, seeking to further boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), false accusations of Israeli “apartheid” and “racism,” and support for a Palestinian “right of return”, which is inconsistent with two-state solution.
- Donors include: Spain, the EU, Sweden, Switzerland, Oxfam Novib, Rosa Luxenburg Foundation, DanChurchAid, Catholic Relief Services and the UN.
- The organization describes terror groups as “resistance fighters” and utilizes anti-Israel rhetoric, such as accusing Israel of perpetrating “massacres,” “cultural genocide,” “war crimes,” and “apartheid.”
- In March 2013, Miftah published an article written by Nawaf al-Zaru that repeated the antisemitic blood libel that Jews use Christian blood to bake Passover matzah.
- Donors include: Norway, Germany, Ireland, NGO Development Centre, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund, Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Arab Fund (Kuwait), United Kingdom, and Canada Fund.
- Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
- Accused Israeli forces of “resorting to extra-judicial killing, mass intimidation and collective punishment in order to maintain their grip on Palestinian territory in violation of basic international norms.”
- Supports BDS initiatives through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and membership in BDS platforms.
- Donors include: Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, Norway, European Union, Germany, Canada, Iceland, Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), DanChurchAid (Denmark), Bread for the World (Germany), Open Society Institute, Caritas Switzerland, UNDP, and Broederlijk Delen (Belgium).
- Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
- Utilizes highly biased and demonizing rhetoric, accusing the “Israel occupation forces” of “continuing its brutal and immoral offensive  war on Gaza” and an ongoing “policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law.”
- 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.”
- Donors include: European Union (EU), Australia (via AusAID), Spain (AECID), Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Norwegian People’s Aid, Medico, UNDP, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, UNRWA, Catholic Relief Services, NGO Development Center, World Vision, Action Against Hunger, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Grassroots International, and others.
- Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
- YWCA rhetoric includes accusing Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid”; participating in BDS campaigns; promoting a Palestinian “Right of Return”; and supporting the Kairos Palestine document, which calls for BDS against Israel, denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms, and rationalizes, justifies and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
- YWCA launched and manages (together with East Jerusalem YMCA) the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), which calls for a “wide boycott of goods from Israel, from Israeli settlements and from companies that contribute to the occupation until the occupation has ended and Palestinians enjoy their basic human rights.
- Donors include: Bread for the World (Germany), Christian Aid (UK), ICCO (Netherlands), KFUK-KFUM (Norwegian YMCA-YWCA), Oxfam Quebec (Canada), Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, UNRWA, UNDP, United Palestinian Appeal, and Y Care International.
- Other members include Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC), Arab Thought Forum, Democracy & Workers’ Rights Center, Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies (RCHRS), Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), Health Work Committees, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), and Women’s Studies Center.
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