See here for B'Tselem funding chart.

  • Website: www.btselem.org
  • Established in 1989 by “a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members,” largely from the Meretz and Labor Parties.
  • States that it “acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.”
  • Funding: 2014 annual budget of NIS 9,318,169 (latest available; accessed January 28, 2016). 
  • Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO transparency law, B’Tselem received NIS 3,132,797 from foreign governmental bodies in 2015, NIS 4,237,133 in 2014, and 5,541,998 in 2013 (accessed July 23, 2015). (See chart below for detailed funding information). 
  • 2012-15 donors include: European UnionHuman Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), DanChurch Aid (Denmark), Catholic Relief Services (US), Norway, Christian Aid Ireland, Diakonia (Sweden), Bread for the World- EED (Germany), ZIVIK (Germany), FranceUK, UNICEF, UNDP, the Ford Foundation, the New Israel Fund, and others. 
  • On December 15, 2015, B'Tselem received a grant for €30,000 from the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) for "[C]ombating anti-democratic laws aiming to silence opposition." The funding was allocated amid a heated internal Israeli debate over the role that foreign government-funded NGOs play in Israeli democracy and was aimed at influencing Israeli legislation. 
  • In 2008-2014, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,658,240 to B’Tselem (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Political Advocacy: Actively pursues its political agenda in the Israeli courts and the Knesset.
  • Has faced serious criticism for its misrepresentations of international law, inaccurate research, and skewed statistics.
  • Accuses  Israel of “apartheid,” perpetrating “war crimes,” “beating and abus[ing]” Palestinians, “demolition of [Palestinian] houses as punishment,” and forced “deportations.”
  • On January 8, 2016, Israeli investigative news program "Uvda" featured an expose showing B'Tselem employee Nasser Nawaja and Ezra Nawi, a radical activist from the NGO "Ta'ayush," discussing informing the Palestinian Authority security services about a Palestinian man who allegedly intended to sell land to Jews in the West Bank. The sale of Palestinian land to Israelis is punishable by death under Palestinian law, and according to Nawi, suspects are tortured and then killed.
  • In 2014, journalist Tuvia Tenenbom published a book, "Catch the Jew," in which he recounts a conversation with B'Tselem "researcher" Atef Abu a-Rub, who accused Germany of "giving money to the Jews" and then referred to the Holocaust as "a lie."
  • On May 9, 2013, issued a 30-page report headlined “Human Rights Violations during Operation Pillar of Defense 14-21 November 2012,” together with an accompanying press release. The claims in the press release, however, were inconsistent with the actual report, creating misleading perceptions in the media that the Israeli military, among other allegations, “violated International Humanitarian Law.”
  • On January 14, 2009, issued a press release “An Israeli Call for Urgent Humanitarian Action In Gaza,” accusing Israel of “grave violations of international humanitarian law,” “wanton use of lethal force,” and “disproportionate harm to civilians,” completely disregarding Israeli security concerns and Hamas’ indiscriminate terror attacks against Israeli civilians.
  • Departing CEO Jessica Montell has said: “I think the word apartheid is useful for mobilizing people because of its emotional power. In some cases, the situation in the West Bank is worse than apartheid in South Africa.”
  • In April 2010, staff member and NGO activist Lizi Sagie resigned after the organization came under pressure for statements made on her personal blog, including: “The IDF Memorial Day is a pornographic circus of glorifying grief and silencing voices,” “Israel is committing Humanity’s worst atrocities...Israel is proving its devotion to Nazi values...Israel exploits the Holocaust to reap international benefits.”
  • B’Tselem is a member organization of Fédération Internationale des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), a Paris-based association of international NGOs that is active in anti-Israel BDS campaigns worldwide. 

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

Donor 2015 2014 2013
European Union 1,075,890 418,896 383,966
Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)* 370,543 447,517 583,149
DanChurch Aid 182,500 512,544 732,227
Catholic Relief Services (US) 222,271 554,446 463,715
ZIVIK (Germany) 352,392 170,104  
Front Line Bol 19,293    
Switzerland 40,000    
Norway  687,128 824,550 946,477
Christian Aid Ireland   187,564 188,920
Diakonia (Sweden)  182,780 124,426 271,631
Bread for the World (Germany)**   512,742 286,637
EED (Germany)   111,957 523,788
France   71,429 47,619
UK     326,160
UNICEF   300,958  
UNDP     717,358
World Vision     70,351

 

*Until 2014, NDC managed the pooled finances of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands through its Human Rights/Good Governance program; In 2014, NDC was replaced by NIRAS and Birzeit University, which are managing the government funding under the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat.

** On August 30, 2012, Brot für die Welt merged with the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst-EED) and formed “Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst” (Bread for the World – Evangelical Church Development Service), as part of the new Evangelical Agency for Diakonia and Development (Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung).

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