BDS IN THE PEWS
Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research
- Website: www.mada-research.org
- Founded in 2000, based in Haifa. Nadim Rouhana, General Director.
- Stated aim: “To enhance the human and national development of the Palestinians in Israel, advance the cause of democratic citizenship, and become a hub of knowledge and critical thinking about Palestinians in Israel, equal citizenship, and democracy.”
- Funded primarily by the New Israel Fund ($400,000 in 2006-2010) and foreign governments; one of three partners that received a €358,827 three-year grant in 2009 from the EU for a program entitled “Gender and Minority-Mainstreaming of the Israeli Budget.” According to New Israel Fund (NIF) officials, NIF has ended funding for Mada al-Carmel.
- Canadian government funding via the International Development Research Center (IDRC) for three multi-year projects (2006, 2008, 2009), totaling $C927,000.
- The IDRC funding helped establish a Gender Unit. According to Mada al-Carmel's website, the “Project will...critically examine the Zionist-colonialist role of the Israeli state in order to expose the policies that maintain and perpetuate the subjugation of Palestinian women in Israel.”
- The Ottawa Citizen reported that IDRC ended support in April 2010, resulting in “a loss of 40 per cent of Mada’s income and a serious blow to the organization’s reputation and credibility.” Mada al-Carmel filed a lawsuit against the government, alleging “a campaign by the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor.”
- Co-authored the “Haifa Declaration” (2007) which calls for a “change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state” and accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust “at the expense of the Palestinian people.”
- Mada al-Carmel and two other NGOs (Women Against Violence and the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health) were the “Palestine” representatives of the international “One Day One Struggle” campaign, titled “My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall” (November 2009). Publicity included a poster portraying an Israeli soldier reaching suggestively toward a Palestinian woman, alongside the caption: “Her husband needs a permit to touch her. The occupation penetrates her life everyday!”
- Director Nadim Rouhana wrote in Foreign Policy (April 22, 2010): “it would be politically and morally wrong for the United States to support recognition of Israel as a Jewish state…The concept of a ‘Jewish state’ is not equivalent to the still-objectionable term ‘Christian state’ used by some groups in the United States. Rather, it is akin, in the eyes of Israel's non-Jewish citizens, to the concept of a ‘white state’”.
- At a Mada al-Carmel “academic conference” entitled “Has the Two-State Solution Collapsed?” (July 2009), several participants advocated for a “one-state solution.” Nadim Rouhana of Mada al-Carmel claimed that “a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that relies on partition cannot be a just one. The partition resolution was based on the appropriation of part of Palestine, exceptionally granting it to the Zionist movement.”
- The September 2011 edition of Mada al Carmel’s journal Jadal was about “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”
- Mada al-Carmel organized a conference in January 2010 where Hussein Abu Hussein, Chair of the Board of Ittijah (of which Mada al Carmel is a member) said, “Israel is a racist state, and a racist state cannot guarantee or create a culture of justice. It creates a racist and aggressive culture.”
- In an editorial, Mada al-Carmel claims that there is a “Palestinian consensus within the Green Line against accepting the legitimacy of the Jewish State” and that “[t]he ethnic state is a recipe for continued injustice.”