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PAX (Netherlands)

Introduction

PAX Netherlands is the Dutch affiliate of Pax Christi, a “Catholic peace movement with 120 member organisations. Within the PAX umbrella, PAX Netherlands plays a leading role on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including demonization and other anti-Israel campaigns. 

Profile

Country/TerritoryNetherlands
Websitehttps://www.paxforpeace.nl/
Founded"PAX is a partnership between IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) and Pax Christi. In 2006, the two organisations merged under the name IKV Pax Christi. As of 29 January 2014, the new name of the organisation is PAX.”
In their own words“PAX works together with committed citizens and partners to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace.”

Funding

Activities

  • According to its website, “PAX is a partnership between IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) and Pax Christi. In 2006, the two organisations merged under the name IKV Pax Christi. As of 29 January 2014, the new name of the organisation is PAX.”
  • PAX claims that it “supports the work of Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, facilitates regional dialogue, and improves the human security of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the C areas.”

Political Advocacy

  • PAX accuses Israel of “stealthy ethnic cleansing” and claims that “The Israeli government does not want a resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians.”
  • PAX, along with Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Oxfam Novib (and Cordaid until January 2016), formed the organization United Civilians for Peace, which advocates for BDS campaigns against Israel and partners with highly politicized NGOs.
  • According to PAX, “The opportunity to bring about a two-state solution is receding due to the continual expansion of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. The settler movement is very influential in Israeli politics.”
    • PAX carries out lobbying and “advocates in Brussels, in Israel and in the Netherlands for international pressure regarding this policy.”
  • In May 2018, published “Fragmented Jerusalem,” a publication that claims “the decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem has already had a highly detrimental effect, sparking both renewed Palestinian violence and a resumption of initiatives to expel Palestinians from their homes on disputed land in Sheikh Jarrah.”
  • In June 2017, to commemorate 50 years since the Six Day War, PAX hosted a workshop for participants to “develop ideas in a co-creation process that can creatively and innovatively deal with the consequences” of the security barrier.

BDS Activities

  • PAX supports a boycott of “products from settlements” and calls on citizens, the business community and investment companies in the Netherlands to cooperate with this international pressure by not buying products from Israeli settlements.
  • In April 2013, IKV PAX co-wrote a report, “Dutch Economic Links with the Occupation,” which “explores trade and investment relationships between companies located in Israeli settlement or profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights on the one hand, and the Netherlands on the other hand.” The report notes that “extensive use was made of the online database ‘Who Profits,’” an Israeli NGO that initiates international BDS campaigns targeting Israeli and foreign banks, security companies, civil infrastructure facilities, and private companies. It supports BDS campaigns around the world in finding target companies.
  • Was a signatory to the 2012 report “Trading Away Peace,” which repeats the BDS agenda and calls on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions against Israel.

Partners

  • Lists “Partners and Donors” in “Palestine and Israel” as Centre for Democracy and Community Development (CDCD), Al Quds Community Center /Jerusalem Women’s Parliament (JWP), Arab Educational Institute (AEI), Middle East Non Violence and Democracy (MEND), Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), and Peace NGO Forum Israel.

2015-2016 Grants (amounts in €)

Donor20162015
Netherlands13.6 million10.9 million
Other direct foreign governments*2.8 million1.8 million
Sigrid Rausing Trust49,14252,912
Open Society Institute119,754
National Postcode Lottery789,9831 million

*PAX’s Annual Report does not identify these “other direct foreign governments.”

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