On June 21, 2020, the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) reported that Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P) had elected a new board. Individuals who celebrated convicted terrorists, posted violent images, and made antisemitic statements (per the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA] working definition of antisemitism) were appointed, including to the important position of treasurer.1

The composition of the new board demonstrates that the organization continues to embody and promote values that are entirely inconsistent with the ostensible mission of human rights and work with Palestinian minors. This raises serious concerns about the messages of incitement they communicate to Palestinian youth, and recruitment to and use of minors in terror activity.

The new members are in addition to the at least 12 current and former DCI-P officials, board members, and employees with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.  Notably, as a result of such ties, on June 26, 2018, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) announced that Citibank and Arab Bank PLC “no longer provide banking services” to DCI-P. Global Giving, a US-based crowdfunding resource, also removed DCI-P from its website.

The troubling rhetoric and connections reinforce the important questions regarding continued European- and UN-supported partnerships with DCI-P, including UNICEF’s NGO Working Group.

(For more information, see NGO Monitor’s report, “Defense for Children International – Palestine’s Ties to the PFLP Terror Group.”)

Glorifying terrorists and celebrating violence

Yaser Amouri was appointed Treasurer. He has posted in support of terrorists who attacked Israeli civilians and police officers:

Amouri has also glorified leaders of other terrorist organizations:

Adla Nazer was appointed Secretary. She has used Facebook to honor terrorists and promote violent rhetoric:

  • On December 13, 2018, Nazer posted a picture of Salah Barghouthi and Ashraf Na’alwa –active terrorists who had been killed by Israeli forces: “Once more, what a loss for us – every drop of blood of theirs. What a bad morning.”
  • On February 6, 2018, Nazer posted a picture of Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jarrar following his death in a shoot-out with Israeli forces. Nazer wrote, “What a loss for us, and that’s it.”
  • On October 19, 2015, Nazer wrote on Facebook, “our knives that stretch to their necks are not comparable even a little to the repression that the occupation has done to us over decades. Our small and large knives, the ones that kill and the ones that injure, they are but our mothers’ kitchen knives… it is the knife of the Jerusalemite who revolts against the occupation’s policies… They [the Israelis] cause panic in the hearts of our children, they burn our houses, poison to death our sheep, burn our olives, open fire at our hearts, they walk within us with their weapons, they hurl at us the most offensive and racist curses, they celebrate our blood and are even capable of drinking it. They take by force the earth and the heavens… long live the nation, long live the knife.” (emphases added)
  • On November 15, 2012, Nazer’s Facebook cover picture was of a terrorist holding an RPG launcher (see Appendix II).


Appendix I- Yaser Amouri

Celebration of Yasin Abu Khdeir’s release from Israeli prison, January 5, 2014, https://www.facebook.com/Yaser.Amouri/posts/814041635288966


Appendix II- Adla Nazer


Picture of Saleh Barghouti and Ashraf Na’alwa uploaded by Adla Nazer, December 13, 2018, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10162211823035347&set=pb.813765346.-2207520000..&type=3


Picture of Ahmed Jarrar posted by Adla Nazer, February 6, 2018, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10160644448375347&set=pb.813765346.-2207520000..&type=3