BDS IN THE PEWS
August 21, 2014
- Website: www.mossawacenter.org
- Founded in 1997; located in Haifa.
- Claims “to promote the economic, social, cultural and political rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and the recognition of this community a national indigenous minority, with their own national, cultural and historical distinctiveness.”
- Funding: 2012 annual income of 4,955,275 NIS (latest available; accessed August 21, 2014).
- According to its website, donors include: European Commission, Heinrich Boell Stiftung (Germany), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany), EED (Germany), Kerk in Actie (Netherlands), New Israel Fund, and the Open Society Institute.
- Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO transparency law, Mossawa received NIS 620,120 from foreign governmental bodies in the first quarter of 2014, NIS 2,302,259 NIS in 2013 and NIS 2,678,987 in 2012. (*See chart below for detailed funding information).
- In 2008-2013, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,038,177 to Mossawa (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
- International Lobbying and the NGO Echo Chamber: Utilizes “various methods, including governmental advocacy in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and government, international advocacy with a particular focus in Europe, the United States, and South Africa,” and “contributed several position papers used in the decision making processes of international actors such as the UN, EU, and the US state departments.”
- Mossawa’s reports to UN committees and other international bodies omit or minimize the context of terrorism to condemn Israeli security measures.
- In February 2014, Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa, together with leaders of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Shatil and Combatants for Peace, met with European Parliament President Martin Schultz. At the meeting, Farah presented a letter to Schultz accusing Israel of "population transfer" and "forced displacement" and urging the European Union to take action to influence Israeli policy in the region. This “echo chamber,” whereby the EU and European governments fund NGOs and then repeat their false, inaccurate, or misleading allegations in determining foreign policy, produces damaging and ill-informed policies, while exacerbating conflict between the EU and Israeli democratic polity.
- Published a 2013 submission to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urging the international community to heed the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur [Richard Falk] to “employ terms as ‘annexation’, ‘ethnic cleansing’, ‘apartheid’, ‘colonialist’ and ‘criminality’” to “more adequately” express “the actual nature of the situation in the OPT”. The submission maintains that Israel’s “continuous violations” are the “core reason of human rights abuses and persistent suffering that Palestinian people” and states that the “referral of the situation to the International Court of Justice is compulsory”.
- Political Advocacy: In 2007, Mossawa published a position paper (funded by the EU, Germany and the UNDP) rejecting Israel as a Jewish state and the “state symbols: for Jews only” (the flag and national anthem). The position paper alleged that “[t]he State of Israel was established on the ruins of the Palestinian people, for whom the event was a national tragedy – the Nakba.”
- Features annual “Racism Reports” on its website, published by the Coalition Against Racism (CAR) and funded by the EU, which accuse Israel of “racism” and “discrimination.”
- In 2009, joined a coalition of NGOs in a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, calling “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” The letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”
- Features the “Homeless in Your Own Home” blog, which intends to provide “a glimpse of the daily challenges… of the Palestinian Arab minority of Israel.” The blog accuses Israel of “collective discrimination,” “home demolitions,” and denying basic rights to minority citizens. The blog attempts to advance the narrative that the Palestinians and Bedouin are the native and legitimate residents of the land and that Israel is a foreign, occupying power. The blog refers readers to the websites of highly politicized NGOs including: Mossawa, Adalah, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Mada El Carmel, and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning.
- According to Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, “Under the guise of human rights protection, organizations such as Mossawa...have joined the incitement campaign and have accused the leaders of the Christian-Arab community in Israel who support integration of collaboration with the IDF, often dubbing the IDF 'the Zionist Occupation.'”
- On March 1, 2010, the Nazareth District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Mossawa against NGO Monitor for alleged defamation.
Foreign donations based on reports to Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (amounts in NIS)