Paz con Dignidad (PcD)

Profile

Country/TerritorySpain
Websitehttp://www.pazcondignidad.org/es/
Founded1995
In their own words“Spanish nonprofit organization working in the field of solidarity, human rights and development cooperation, trying to influence social awareness to contribute to the creation of a fair and supportive international network working towards equitable development worldwide.”

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Activities

  • PcD has several offices around Spain.
  • According to its website, “Paz con Dignidad has been present in Palestine since 2000, accompanying local organizations in promoting development processes and humanitarian actions to reduce the vulnerability of the Palestinian population caused by the Israeli occupation and its flagrant violations of international law. With a Human Rights-based approach, Paz con Dignidad works primarily in the protection and health sectors.”
  • PcD sponsors a journal, Revista Pueblos, a “quarterly publication of information and debate linked to social movements and with a clear international vocation.” The journal is funded by AACID, AVCD, and the Basque Provincial Deputations of Gipuzkoa and Bizcaya, among others.

Anti-Israel Activities

  • In April 2020, PcD signed a letter to Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda supporting her decision to open a “full and thorough investigation into international crimes committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.”
  • In April 2020, PcD invited people to a webinar titled “Cool Colonialism? Israel’s strategies to cover up its crimes” that discussed the “impact of Israeli apartheid on Palestinian women and their struggles, as well as Israel’s strategies for their facelift, such as Pinkwashing or Purplewashing.”
  • In February 2020, PcD issued a press release “echoing the call” of the “Palestinian National Campaign to Reject Conditional Funding,” which rejects new requirements in European Union grant contracts that prohibit grantees from working with and funding organizations and individuals designated on the EU’s terror lists. In the campaign, the NGOs labeled this policy as “conditioned funding” and “so-called anti-terrorism clauses and policies…on preventing terrorism that affect the history and struggle of our people” (emphasis added), justified the use of violence, and claimed that the “Palestinian resistance factions are not terrorist organizations” (see video clip).
  • In November 2019, PcD organized the “Colloquium: Palestine. Refugee Women, Identity and Resistance,” which discussed how an “apartheid regime in their own land” allegedly prevents women the “right to free movement, education, work or legal defense among others many things.” The event was part of a “Presentation tour by Addameer-Badil”     throughout Spain organized by PcD.
  • In June 2019, PcD signed a statement calling on the Parliament of Catalonia to reject an initiative equating “criticism and opposition to the racist policy of the state of Israel with anti-Semitism” and to impose a policy that “opposes the normalization of the State of Israel and its apartheid, ending its complicity with Israeli apartheid and calling for a military embargo on Israel.”
  • In February 2018, PcD petitioned for the release of Salah Hamouri. .” The PFLP has referred to Hamouri as a “comrade.” Hamouri works as a field researcher and lawyer for the Palestinian NGO Addameer, an “affiliate” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group. In 2005, Salah Hamouri was arrested and convicted for “attempting to assassinate Ovadia Yosef…and for his involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • On February 7, 2017, PcD was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people.” The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of spoliation, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must finally be implemented.”
  • In September 2016, Revista Pueblos published an article titled “Against Oblivion. Photographic Memory of Palestine Before the Nakba, 1889-1948,” covering a book of photographs that depict “Photographs showing people living their lives normally, without even imagining how much their life would be wounded and thrown into exile, occupation, diaspora” (NGO Monitor translation).
  • In a 2014 interview for Hispan TV, Teresa Aranguren, member of the editorial board at Revista Pueblos, stated: “The problem of the Middle East is not Hamas, but Israel.”
  • PcD coordinator and Cordoba Council member Amparo Pernichi spoke in March 2016 at the “Tree of resistance of the Palestinian People in Cordoba [Andalucía],” invoking classical antisemitic themes: “This has been perfectly organized all along, from the 19th Century, with Theodor Herzl being the first one to talk about Zionism. (…) Another important decision, Balfour, in World War I, he asked the Israelis (sic) that lived throughout the world and that had a lot of money, the richest ones, to help settle the people of Zion in that territory. Those two historical events paved the way for the genocide that happened later. (…) This place is emblematic because we used to gather together here in the recent genocidal episode against Gaza, and I say the recent, because they haven’t stopped killing since then” (NGO Monitor translation, emphasis added).
  • PcD is listed as an “endorser” of the 2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza, which claims that Israel has “launched countless attacks against the besieged population, turning their life into a nightmare.”
  • In its 2015 annual report, PcD referred to the 2015 decision of Israeli authorities close an HWC center in Shuafat as part of a “campaign carried out by the government of Israel in order to expel civil human rights organizations in the city and implement their Judaization policies.”

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