PMW Bulletin May 29, 2012
International Red Cross (ICRC) accepts Palestinian Red Crescent using ICRC
money for terror glorification
ICRC denies PA daily report that it participated in ceremony to honor
terrorists, but fails to condemn the Palestinian Red Crescent's use of
donor money for the ceremony
Red Cross: Each national branch has the right "to define its own priorities
and activities and to allocate funds accordingly"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org
Earlier this month, Palestinian Media Watch reported on a ceremony in the
Palestinian Authority celebrating the International Red Cross' 150th
anniversary. The official PA daily reported that the International Red Cross
(ICRC) together with the Palestinian Red Crescent planted 150 trees bearing
the names of "veteran prisoners," meaning security prisoners who have been
imprisoned for many years.
Following PMW's report, the International Red Cross, in a letter to Weekly
Press Pakistan - Canada that published the report, denied its involvement in
"Please note that ICRC was not present during the planting of the trees
ceremony reported by your website."
However, not only did ICRC not condemn the Palestinian Red Crescent's
glorification of terrorists in the ceremony, it chose to accept the use of
ICRC money by the Palestinian Red Crescent. The ICRC issued a statement
defending their right to use donor money any way they choose, even though
the issue being raised was the use of ICRC money for terror glorification:
"Over the decades, the ICRC has provided support, including financially,
both to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and to [Israeli] Magen David
Adom for their humanitarian programs. It remains the prerogative of the
National Society to define its own priorities and activities and to allocate
funds accordingly." (emphasis added)
The official PA daily wrote that "the International Red Cross and the
Palestinian Red Crescent... planted 150 fruit trees that carry the names of
the veteran prisoners jailed in the occupation prisons... [during] a
ceremony called 'My Honor is My Freedom'... to mark the 150th anniversary of
The PA uses the term "veteran prisoners" to refer to those who have been in
jail the longest, and in most cases these prisoners are serving life
sentences for murder or multiple murders.
PMW documents international organizations' association with Palestinian
glorification of terrorists.
The following is the full version of ICRC's statement as received by Weekly
Press Pakistan that published PMW's report, conveyed to PMW by Tazpit News
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
In reference to the article entitled "International Red Cross plants trees
to honor Palestinian terrorists, Ceremony named "My Honor is My Freedom"
honored 150 "veteran prisoners"" published on your website on 12.05.2013.
As we were not approached at any time regarding the content of the article,
we kindly request that you publish our response hereafter (as is):
"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral,
independent and impartial organization. Over the last 150 years, we have
been striving to uphold these fundamental principles which continue to guide
our humanitarian work around the world.
Please note that ICRC was not present during the planting of the trees
ceremony reported by your website.
Over the decades, the ICRC has provided support, including financially, both
to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and to Magen David Adom for their
humanitarian programs. It remains the prerogative of the National Society to
define its own priorities and activities and to allocate funds accordingly.
Should you have any questions on our activities in Israel and the occupied
territories, we remain at your disposal and you can as well check our
[May 22, 2013, http://weeklypresspakistan.com/2013/05/7544]
The following is the article in the official PA daily reporting on the
International Red Cross' participation in the tree planting ceremony
Headline: "150 trees named for prisoners are planted in Jenin"
"The International Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent, in
cooperation with the Zububa Rural Council west of Jenin, yesterday planted
150 fruit trees that carry the names of the veteran prisoners jailed in the
The Red Cross and the Red Crescent conducted a ceremony called 'My Honor is
My Freedom' in the village of Zububa to mark the 150th anniversary of their
founding. Fruit trees were planted at the entrance to the village, where the
racist annexation and expansion wall that has swallowed up thousands of
acres [of land] was built."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2013]
PMW notes that the article in the PA daily included the following incorrect
"Participating in the ceremony was the Representative of the European Union
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Giorgio Ferrario."
In fact, Giorgio Ferrario who participated in the event is not an EU
representative but the "Representative of the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies" in the PA.