Samidoun is a main advocate for the release of Palestinian prisoners, many with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization. In February 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared Samidoun a terrorist organization and “a subsidiary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).”
MCC’s activities and publications, as well as its funding of highly politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, reveal a biased and anti-Israel agenda, including campaigning against the Israeli security barrier while ignoring Palestinian terror.
Engages in a wide variety of politicized activities both within Canada and abroad, promoting views that are critical of Israel, while downplaying Palestinian terrorism and human rights abuses.
Created by the Canadian Parliament in 1988, the Canadian government supplies 78% of Rights & Democracys budget. In 2009, R&D granted $10,000 each to Palestinian NGOs Al Haq and Al Mezan, through discretionary funds which have had little to no board oversight. These grants were repudiated at a January 7, 2010 board meeting. The controversy surrounding the grants led to the resignation of two board members, and some of the R&D staff demanding the resignation of the chair and other board members.