Established in 1991 “to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East”
Considered terrorist-fundraising groups like the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the Global Relief Foundation to be its “assisting organizations”
A self-described "non-political organization" established in 1991, the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF) states that its founders were "concerned people in the U.S. [wishing] to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East." PCRF helps to secure free medical care for children in the region who are unable to get the specialized treatment they need in their homeland. Says PCRF: "We locate, sponsor and run volunteer medical missions to the Middle East in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery, pediatric urology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, occupational therapy, and other specialties. We also locate abroad free medical care for children who cannot be adequately treated in the Middle East."
PCRF focuses its efforts heavily on the Palestinian people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- sending them medical supplies and equipment, training Palestinian surgeons to perform procedures with which they may be unfamiliar, and sending American medical personnel to the region to treat especially difficult cases.
Considered a "Partner Organization" of Al-Awda, PCRF is headed by Stephen Sosebee, who depicts Israelis as murderous Zionist terrorists whom Palestinians must resist by means of "armed struggle" (i.e., suicide bombings). Sosebee charges that the U.S. government, citizenry, and media are manipulated by a "Zionist lobby" and "Zionist influence." He speaks extensively at universities and other political "solidarity meetings," where he consistently delivers a virulently anti-Semitic, anti-Israel message; one of his speaking venues was
the Zayed International Centre for Coordination and Follow-up.
In addition, PCRF received thousands of dollars from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). According to the December 17, 2001 edition of Insight magazine: "Throughout the 1980s, the [ADC] lent its name to political-support campaigns for Soviet-backed guerrilla organizations around the world from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the PFLP [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] to Marxist revolutionaries in Latin America."