Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC)

Introduction

UHWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate” and by a 1993 USAID-engaged audit as the “the PFLP’s health organization.” For more information on UHWC’s PFLP ties, read NGO Monitor’s report “Union of Health Work Committees’ Ties to the PFLP Terror Group.”

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitegaza-health.com/en
Founded1985
In their own wordsProvides comprehensive health services through a developmental community and social framework to all sectors of the Palestinian people especially the marginalized and poor ones through its health centers and community programs.

Funding

Activities

UHWC’s Ties to the PFLP

  • UHWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate” and by a 1993 USAID-engaged audit as the “the PFLP’s health organization.”
  • As academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, who also identifies UHWC as a “PFLP-affiliated health committee,” explains “Many-probably most-doctors who joined the UHWC had political leanings similar to the leftist PFLP. As health committees tied to other political factions also existed, it was common for doctors and staff to work with that health group which reflected their politics. Both the providers and, to a lesser degree, the recipients of these medical services were aware of the larger political agenda. The ability to translate medical-and other social-services into a particular political vision was the key to the struggle within the Palestinian community for ideological hegemony” (emphasis added).
  • HWC’s Youth Development Program, “A community, cultural, and social development program that provide services to Jerusalemite youth through ‘Nidal Center,’” was shut down by Israeli authorities from 2009 to 2012 because, in the words of the Jerusalem District Court, it served as “a place of action of the [PFLP] organization.” According to the Jerusalem District Court, “following the closure of the [Center], the PFLP began operating under the guise of the non-profit the Union of Health Work Committees – Jerusalem…on June 9, 2015 at the request of the Minister of Defense the non-profit was an unlawful organization…”

UHWC Staff Ties to the PFLP

Partners

The relationship between the UHWC and the Health Work Committees is unclear, but the two have been described as “sister organization[s].”

Funding to UHWC

DonorAmountYear(s)
Viva Salud€178,4762018
€163,5952017
€176,6352016
Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (Spain)€200,0002016-2018
€200,0002016-2018
€200,0002017-2018
€200,0002015-2016
Oxfam Solidarité€63,0342016
Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)N/A2017

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