December 12, 2018

Medical Aid for Palestinians NGO Accused of Supporting Terrorism in Complaint

The Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) NGO has been accused of spending their money on propaganda that supports terror organization in a complaint filed by The Lawfare Project and UK Lawyers for Israel.

In a statement released on June 7, The Lawfare Project stated that their complaint alleges that MAP has ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and promotes anti-Semitic content, including a video of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and a play called “The Seven Children,” which has been accused as anti-Semitic for its portrayal of Israelis as uncaring toward the suffering of Palestinians.

“Medical Aid for Palestinians is advertised as a charity involved in the provision of health care. MAP is also involved with NGOs linked to a terrorist organization, the PFLP, designated as such by the UK government among others,” The Lawfare Project’s Brooke Goldstein said in the statement. “The complaint asks the Charity Commission to take appropriate steps to conduct a review of the organization and ensure its work is limited to lawful activities for the public benefit.”

An MAP spokesman claimed that the complaint was a “smear.”

“This appalling smear appears to be part of a wider pattern of attacks on legitimate NGOs,” the spokesman said. “Should the Charity Commission raise points with us, we would be pleased to respond.”

According to NGO Monitor, MAP has partnered with the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry and from 2013-2014 had Dr. Majer Nasser, who has links to the PFLP, as their Director of Programs in the West Bank. NGO Monitor’s report on MAP accuses the organization of using “highly biased and politicized language, accusing Israel of ‘indiscriminate attacks’ and ‘collective punishment’ against the Palestinian population while alleging that Israeli defensive measures are ‘arbitrary.’”