Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC)
|In their own words||“provides psychosocial services to survivors of torture and organized violence in the West Bank”|
- The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
- In 2023-2024, TRC received €473,358 from the European Union for “Strengthening and Enhancing Rehabilitation, Prevention of Torture, and Accountability in Palestine.”
- In 2022-2023, TRC was an implementing partner on a $200,000 project funded by the UN OCHA occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund for “Improved Child Protection and MHPSS service provision for families and children with and without disabilities affected by conflict-related violence in the Northern of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”
- In 2020-2022, TRC was an implementing partner on a €1.2 million project funded by the European Union for “Safeguarding Palestinians living in East Jerusalem lives and their livelihoods.” Other implementing partners included Ma’an Development Center, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), and PalVision.
- In November 2022, TRC was a signatory on a letter to the ICC Prosecutor to “Urgently expedite his investigation into the Situation of Palestine, including the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”
- In September 2022, TRC endorsed a campaign titled “Investigate and Dismantle Apartheid.” The campaign is a “global Palestinian-led anti-apartheid effort…directed towards activating UN mechanisms to investigate and dismantle Israel’s apartheid regime by mobilizing grassroot efforts.”
- In May 2022, TRC was a signatory on a petition titled “The Return Appeal,” calling on the United Nations to “take all necessary steps and measures for immediately holding the occupation’s state accountable for all the crimes, the latter has so far committed against the Palestinian people, within strict legal means that would not allow the occupation’s criminals to evade interrogation or possible trials.”
- In November 2021, TRC was a signatory on a statement condemning the decision by Israel to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations. According to the statement, “The main task of our institutions and of Palestinian human rights defenders is to work towards an end to the occupation, the dismantling of the apartheid regime and towards the realization of our collective human rights to self-determination and the right of return…We further call on diplomatic missions, parliamentary representatives, and international organizations to reject and condemn the unlawful designation of the six Palestinian CSOs, to pressure the United States to condemn Israel’s designation and call for its rescission.”
- On May 15, 2019, TRC published an article titled “The Palestinian Nakba Anniversary 15/5/2019,” arguing that, “the Zionist movement and Israel think that the Palestinian people…will forget the tragedies experienced by their grandparents and fathers…and that this will enable them to develop their schemes of deportation, displacement…and present eradication solutions, but the Palestinian people’s resistance has proven that it will not forget its rights and continue to resist in all various methods…whatever policy Israel will try, whether it is international agreements, the so called peace agreements, or by laying material or moral siege on the people” (emphasis added).
- On July 13, 2021, TRC published a statement calling for the release of Khalida Jarrar following the death of her daughter. In the statement, TRC called Jarrar a “Palestinian fighter” and argued she is being “persecuted due to her political activity and national role in defending the rights of her people.”
- Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was sentenced on March 1, 2021, by the Judea Military Court to two years in prison for holding office in the PFLP. Previously, Jarrar was arrested several times for her activity in the PFLP.
- In March 2016, then TRC Community Outreach Specialist Mayada Sehwail participated in a solidarity event with Palestinian prisoners. During the event, Sehwail held an official PFLP poster. The event also featured posters of PFLP Secretary General Ahmad Sa’adat, Nael Barghouti, Karim Younis and other convicted Palestinian terrorists.
- Nael Barghouti served over 30 years in Israeli prison for stabbing a bus driver to death in 1978.
- Karim Younis was sentenced to life for kidnapping and murdering an IDF soldier.
- Wasel Abu Yousef
- TRC board member Abu Yousef has held the role of general coordinator of Palestinian National and Islamic Forces (PNIF), an umbrella organization of terror groups, including Hamas, PIJ, and PFLP.
- On December 14, 2020, Al-Hadaf reported that Abu Yousef congratulated and hailed the PFLP on the anniversary of its establishment and referred to PFLP General Secretary Ahmed Sa’adat as “a national commander and a hero prisoner.”
- In May 2019, Abu Yousef participated in an official PFLP event honoring the deceased PFLP political bureau member Rabah Muhanna. The event featured multiple PFLP paraphernalia and hosted many PFLP senior members.
- In February 2019, Abu Yousef participated in an event hosted by the PFLP in memory of “comrade fighter” Maher Al-Yamani. At the event, Abu Yousef said, “The loss of Yamani is a loss to all patriotic leaders, especially since he was one of pioneers of the fighting, political and struggle activities.” Abu Yousef added that, “He [Yamani] always led the ranks, and he had a vision which he implemented in reality, while being a courageous fighter in the PFLP’s ranks. He always defended the people’s rights and did his utmost in order to achieve his vision.”
- Safa Al-Abbasi
- In May 2019, TRC psychologist and general assembly member Al-Abbasi changed her cover picture on Facebook to a picture of Leila Khaled with a rifle and a knife, and wrote, “I was not aware that this gentle young woman carried out bombing operations, a man with average courage cannot describe her – Ghassan Kanafani on the fighter Leila Khaled [heart emoji].”
- In September 2022, TRC was a signatory on a letter to the European Union to “review its decision to revive the Association Council Meeting, stop the recently signed gas deal and review its bilateral cooperation programmes.” According to the call, “Instead of allowing Israel to entrench its colonial enterprise and apartheid regime, rewarding it with further economic cooperation and trade of harmful military equipment and technologies, the EU and its Member States have an obligation, and interest, to hold Israel accountable and put an end to impunity.”
- In May 2021, Abu Yousef stated in an interview that “The international community must find all ways…to tighten the grip of the occupation’s authorities by boycotting it, criminalizing it and prosecuting it in the ICC for the war crimes and massacres which it has perpetrated and shall perpetrate against the Palestinian people.”
- In July 2020, TRC was a signatory on a statement calling for “Immediate targeted sanctions to stop Israel’s annexation and apartheid.” The statement further called for “A ban on arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel,” “Suspension of trade and cooperation agreements with Israel,” and “Investigation and prosecution of individuals and corporate actors responsible for war crimes/crimes against humanity in the context of Israel’s regime of illegal occupation and apartheid.”
- 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 January 2020, PNGO vehemently opposed a new clause in European Union grant contracts with Palestinian NGOs that prohibits grantees from working with and funding organizations and individuals designated on the EU’s terror lists. According to media reports, PNGO claimed that Palestinian terrorist organizations are “political parties.”
- 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.”
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