• Website: http://www.acri.org.il/en
  • Founded in 1972; based in Tel Aviv, with branches in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Be’er Sheva.
  • Claims to be “committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.”
  • Funding: 2013 annual income of NIS 9,263,274 (accessed August 20, 2014).
  • Donors include: United States (State Department’s MEPI program), Diakonia (Sweden), European Union, Christian Aid (UK), NGO Development Center (joint funding of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands), Norway, Netherlands, Oxfam, EED (Germany), and Kerk in Actie (Netherlands).
  • Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO transparency law, ACRI received NIS 1,318,700 from foreign governmental bodies in the first quarter of 2014, NIS 1,868,233 in 2013 and NIS 4,100,876 in 2012. (accessed August 20, 2014). (See chart below for detailed funding information).
  • In 2008-2013, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $6,642,258 to ACRI (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). 
  • Political Advocacy: Views “international advocacy as an essential channel through which to advance key human rights concerns in Israel and the Occupied Territories.”
  • Submits reports to UN committees, meets with foreign diplomats and government representatives, and participates in international conferences and NGO networks.
  • Publishes reports and organizes public events alleging “violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.”
  • Accuses the Israeli government of implementing “racist” and “discriminatory” policies of “apartheid,” “collective punishment” and “house demolitions” in “violation of international law.” 
  • Publishes an online database, “Information Center for Demonstrators in the Occupied Territories,” funded by the European Union, presenting a biased and one-sided narrative as well as false and distorted legal claims.  Many of the legal claims are inapplicable in a situation of "occupation".  Therefore, the territory cannot, as claimed by ACRI, both be "occupied" and also benefit from the selected "rights" as presented by the NGO.
  • On December 16, 2012, published its annual “Situation Report” on “The State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT,” claiming that Israel faces a “bleak situation in nearly every category of rights.”  ACRI fails to provide references, corroborative information, or comparative data for the majority of its claims; the citations that were included often point to other ACRI reports or to other biased political advocacy NGOs. The analysis does not include detailed background, alternative explanations and perspectives, or a discussion of the complexities in balancing competing human rights principles.
  • ACRI is one of the most politically active NGOs in opposing Israeli policy regarding the Bedouin in the Negev. Published a 2013 position paper, together with Israeli NGO Bimkom, urging “Members of Knesset to vote against the [Prawer-Begin] bill,” maintaining that it “only causes problems, mistrust and alienation of Bedouin citizens”. The position paper claims that the Bedouin are the “original inhabitants of the Negev” and that “[a]fter  the  establishment  of  the  state,  Israel  began  to  ignore  the  existence  of  the  Bedouin  villages  in  all  planning  laws  and  master  plans,  and  disregarded  their  property  rights”. This approach seeks to demonize Israel in the international arena by advancing the idea that the Bedouin are the native and legitimate residents of the land and that Israel is a foreign, occupying power. 
  • Submitted a January 2014 position paper to the Knesset opposing a bill that would ban the use of Nazi symbols, claiming that the “question of the social legitimacy of holocaust symbolism within political and public discourse is big question that deserves to be fully and freely aired and discussed amongst the wider public.”
  • Published a 2010 report, “Unsafe Space: The Israeli Authorities’ Failure to Protect Human Rights amid Settlements in East Jerusalem,” which erases Jewish historical connections to Jerusalem, as well as the political context and history of the conflict.
  • Issued a 2007 article asserting that “defining the State of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ in a binding article in the constitution is problematic, on the theoretical and practical levels.”

Foreign donations based on reports to Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (amounts in NIS)

Donor 2012 2013 2014
Norway     863,051
EU 1,069,271 52,196 389,088
Oxfam   14,780 36,229
Rosa Luxemberg Foundation (Germany)     4,711
EED (Germany) 802,221    
Diakonia (Sweden) 409,873 274,210  
Christian Aid (UK) 172,068 165,289  
NDC (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands) 393,163 242,005  

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (USA)

  136,304  
Holland- Embassy  24,726    
Kerk in Actie (Netherlands) 202,596