|In their own words||“to contribute to the political mobilization, the popular empowerment and the construction of other possible worlds.”|
- SODePAZ donors include the European Union and Spain (Agency for International Development Cooperation).
- SODePAZ participates in numerous projects funded by the Spanish government alongside NGOs with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel. (See table below for further funding information.)
- In 2020-2022, SODePAZ and Addameer are receiving €48,477 from the municipality of San Sebastián to “guarantee the defense of the human rights of Palestinian political prisoners and their families within a comprehensive protection approach.” Addameer is an “affiliate” of the PFLP. On October 22, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared Addameer a “terror organization” because it is part of “a network of organizations” that operates “on behalf of the ‘Popular Front’.”
- In 2019, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa provided SODePAZ and Health Work Committees €40,000 for “Health Care for Sick People in Emergency Departments.” In January 2020, HWC was designated by Israel as a terrorist organization. Numerous HWC staff members, founders, board members, general assembly members, and senior staff members have ties to the PFLP terror group.
- SODePAZ rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “collective punishment,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- In March 2022, SODePAZ sponsored a series of meetings with parliamentary groups in Spain and representatives of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to discuss the “denunciation of Israeli apartheid…[and] present their respective reports on the crimes against humanity of apartheid and the persecution that the state of Israel perpetrates against the Palestinian population.”
- Both HRW and Amnesty published reports which denied Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state by alleging Israel has committed crimes of apartheid and reducing all security policies to “demographic objectives.” The reports recommended “Impos[ing] targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against officials and entities” as well as “Condition[ing] arms sales and military and security assistance to Israel.”
- In January 2022, SODePAZ endorsed “Global Days of Action for Palestine” meant to “intensify protests against Israel’s dramatic escalation of violence and ethnic cleansing across Historic Palestine.”
- In April 2021, SODePAZ was a signatory on a statement welcoming the decision of the International Criminal Court to launch a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the “State of Palestine.” According to the statement, “This is a long-awaited and a critically important step towards ensuring the rule of law and ending impunity, while ensuring accountability for Israel’s crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.”
- In September 2020, SODePAZ organized an online course offered at the Spanish Public University of Navarre called “Apartheid in Palestine and the Criminalization of Solidarity.”
- In May 2020, SODePAZ endorsed a campaign titled “Apartheid Free Zones” to “spread solidarity and stop corona racism…[as] Decades of Israeli colonization and oppression have decimated the Palestinian health-system.”
- In September 2018, SODePAZ participated in a campaign to free Khalida Jarrar. Jarrar served as vice-chairperson of the PFLP-affiliated NGO Addameer, until 2017. Jarrar was arrested on October 31, 2019 on suspicions of “involvement in terror activity.” On December 18, 2019, it was revealed that Jarrar had “emerged as the head of the PFLP in the West Bank and responsible for all the organization’s activities” (emphasis added).
- On February 7, 2017, SODePAZ 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 dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
- In October 2015, SODePAZ 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 Tel Aviv is “the center of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid and deeply complicit in whitewashing Israeli violations of Human Rights and International Law.”
- SODePAZ hosted a talk by Sergio Yahni of Alternative Information Center in October 2015, titled “Palestine: between the Intifada and ethnic cleansing.”
- SODePAZ held a December 2014 gala event together with the municipality of Rivas Vaciamadrid and Amnesty International in order to raise donations for the Union of Health Workers Committee (UHWC).
- In 2014, SODePAZ collaborated on a course titled “Human Rights in Palestine: From Zionism to Apartheid.” Lectures included “From Zionism to the Nakba: History of an announced genocide” and “The opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Construction of the wall.”
- In 2014, SODePAZ held a summer program on “International Law and Human Rights: Alternatives for the Compliance with Legality in Palestine,” featuring Addameer’s director Sahar Francis and Palestinian Center for Human Rights director Raji Sourani as speakers. The program included “meetings with the lawyers syndicate, solidarity groups and the Mayor of San Sebastián.” Alternative Information Center’s director Michel Warchawski gave a lecture titled “The infeasibility of the two-state solution.”
- In 2013, SODePAZ edited a book titled Palestine- Stone and Olive Trees that consisted of 30 articles detailing “the daily consequences of the brutal and inhuman military occupation that the Zionist entity, also known as Israel, has been working for more than 45 years on a population of more than 5 million Palestinian native inhabitants living in Gaza, East, and West Bank” (emphasis added).
- In 2010, SODePAZ produced a documentary titled “Dismantling Zionist apartheid,” following a “solidarity brigade” organized by SODePAZ to Gaza and the West Bank. The documentary shows “historical centers such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah or Nablus. By crossing checkpoints, the apartheid wall and the Zionist colonies, travelers will be able to see for a few days with their own eyes what it means to live under the stark reality of the Israeli occupation.”
- In 2009, SODePAZ hosted an exhibition titled “Palestine: Occupation and Resignation” telling the story of “two opposing identities: one colonizer, another resistant” while also showing the “journey from the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict to the removal of the apartheid wall.”
- In December 2021, SODePAZ was a signatory on a “call for action and support for Palestinian students behind bars,” calling for “Boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, including Israeli academic institutions, which are fully complicit in the systematic deprivation of Palestinian rights” and “Ending all military and economic aid, military transactions, joint projects and direct funding to the Israeli occupation regime by governments around the world.”
- In August 2021, SODePaz signed a letter to the States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty calling to “put an end to Israel’s notorious use of arms and military equipment…by immediately imposing a comprehensive two-way arms embargo on Israel.” According to the letter, “This systematic brutality, perpetrated throughout the past seven decades of Israel’s colonialism, apartheid, pro-longed illegal belligerent occupation, persecution, and closure, is only possible because of the complicity of some governments and corporations around the world.”
- In February 2021, SODePAZ was a signatory on a statement calling for the United Nations to “fulfil its mandate in its entirety by annually updating the UN database to include companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.” The discriminatory UN database is of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line, aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel.
- In January 2017, SODePAZ invited Omar Barghouti, Manal Tamimi, and Munther Amira to the Casa Árabe (Arab House) for a discussion on “Nonviolent resistance and boycott of Israel (BDS) for Human Rights.” However, the Arab House decided to cancel the scheduled lecture.
- In September 2016, SODePAZ was a signatory on a letter to German performers Blixa Bergeld and Teho Teardo titled “Don’t play in Apartheid Israel!” The letter accused Israel of committing “numerous violations of international law in occupied Palestinian territories” and stated that it “would be extremely disappointing if artists of your stature chose to break this call for solidarity with the Palestinian people, particularly at a time when Israel is escalating its daily attacks on them.”
- SODePAZ ran a project in 2015 titled “Bringing the Culture of Palestinian Resistance to Donostia [a Basque city also known as San Sebastián],” which included the Basque translation of a guide on cultural Boycott Divestment and Sanctions on the State of Israel (BDS).
- In November 2014, SODePAZ was a signatory on a call to the European Union to “suspend its Association Agreement with Israel until it complies with international law” as the EU is “contributing to the climate of impunity and lack of accountability… the EU is providing material support to Israel’s violations of international law and failing to uphold its own commitments under international law.”
SODePAZ collaborates closely with Addameer.
Spanish Funding to SODePAZ
|2020-2022||Municipality of San Sebastián||€48,477||SODePAZ; Addameer
|2019-2021||Municipality of San Sebastián||€50,000||SODePAZ; Addameer
|2019-2020||Provincial council of Gipuzkoa||€40,000||SODePAZ; HWC
|2018-2020||Municipality of San Sebastián||€11,630||SODePAZ; HWC
|2017-2019||Municipality of San Sebastián||€48,643||SODePAZ; Addameer
|2016-2020||Navarre Autonomous Community||€670,203||SODePAZ; Addameer
Public funding from Spain to politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict is widespread and highly decentralized, correlating to several levels of governance in Spain. Funds are managed and allocated by the central government, autonomous communities, provincial deputations, municipalities, and bar associations – and reflect deep political fissures and regional radicalization.
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