Supporting Palestinian Cause

Profile: The France-Palestine Solidarity Association (Association France-Palestine Solidarité, AFPS)

1- Name of NGO:

The France-Palestine Solidarity Association (Association France-Palestine Solidarité, AFPS)

2- Brief & Mission:

The France Palestine Solidarity Association is an association law of 1901 , founded in May 2001 , from the merger of the Franco-Palestinian Medical Association and the France-Palestine Association. Organization advocates for the rights of Palestinians and supports the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. The AFPS works to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, promote solidarity with the Palestinian people, and advocate for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict. The association engages in various activities such as organizing events, campaigns, and educational initiatives to support Palestinian rights

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The AFPS has a clear pro-Palestinian stance and aims to highlight the plight of Palestinians under occupation, as well as address issues such as human rights abuses, illegal settlements, and restrictions on Palestinian mobility and self-determination. The creation of an independent , sovereign and viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The recognition of the right to return of refugees in accordance with resolution 194 voted by the general assembly of the UN. Their motivation is to promote justice, peace, and a resolution to the conflict that respects the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The AFPS is an independent organization and not directly linked to any government or political party. However, it does collaborate with various civil society organizations, human rights groups, and solidarity movements in France and internationally that share similar concerns and objectives. It is active member of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine , which brings together 40 associations , and is part of the National Collective for a Just and Lasting Peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  On the European level, the AFPS is an active member of the European Coordination Committee for Palestine, whose headquarters are in Brussels and which works with the authorities of the European Union

5- Sources of Funding:

The AFPS relies on funding from multiple sources, including membership fees, donations from supporters, fundraising activities, and grants. They also receive contributions from partner organizations and individuals who share their objectives.

6- Activities:

The AFPS engages in various activities to promote awareness and support for the Palestinian cause. These activities include organizing demonstrations, conferences, cultural events, and campaigns advocating for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against companies involved in the occupation of Palestinian territories. In 2008, the AFPS opposed the operation by the company Veolia of a tramway line linking Jerusalem and the West Bank , in particular two settlements. The AFPS was dismissed onMay 30, 2011 by the High Court of Nanterre. The AFPS announced that it had appealed . It was dismissed on appeal, and condemned jointly with the PLO to pay € 90,000. 

7- NGO Leadership:

Its current president is Bertrand Heilbronn (since 2017). Taoufiq Tahani (2013-2017), Jean-Claude Lefort and Bernard Ravenel are its honorary presidents

8- Controversy:

Controversies surrounding the AFPS often arise from differing perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Critics argue that the organization’s focus on Israeli policies and occupation may be one-sided or omit certain complexities of the conflict. The association is active in actions to boycott Israel , the call for which is illegal in Israel and suspected in France of contravening an 1881 law punishing discrimination against people because of their affiliation to an ethnic group, a religion or a nation. It is a ministerial circular of February 2010, still in force, which enjoins the public prosecutor’s offices to examine calls for a boycott of Israeli products (whether or not they come from settlements in the West Bank, which are nevertheless considered illegal under international law) by referring to this law on the press originally designed for the protection of people. However, supporters argue that the AFPS’s work is essential in highlighting human rights abuses and promoting a just resolution to the conflict. 

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://www-france–palestine-org
  • Address: France
  • Email: afps@france-palestine.org

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The AFPS has not been officially classified or blacklisted by any government or authoritative organization. However, it’s worth noting that there have been instances where individuals or groups critical of the AFPS have expressed differing opinions regarding their activities and positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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