NGO Monitor's initial report was based on the information published on the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits website as of January 27, 2013. The Registrar's website has since been updated with additional information, included in our report, as of February 11, 2013.

Contrary to claims made by B’Tselem in the Jerusalem Post, until 2 days after NGO Monitor originally published this report, February 5, 2013, B’Tselem’s website only listed foreign government donations for 2011. On February 5, B’Tselem added the quarterly reports for 2012. (This can be verified based on the date of the webpage and the dates of the PDFs posted on it.) Additionally, for unknown reasons, B’Tselem’s submissions for the 2nd quarter of 2012 do not appear on the Registrar’s website.

Donations to Adalah were not listed on the Registrar of Non-Profits website until after NGO Monitor's first report was published (February 3)

All donors, names, grants amounts, and projects are taken directly from the official website of the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

Transparency regarding government funding for NGOs transcends partisan ideology, and is essential for ensuring the values of democracy and accountability.

NGOs receive funding via two primary channels: direct funding from bodies controlled by foreign governments; and indirect funding, provided by governments to third-parties (foundations, and humanitarian, development, and religious NGOs), which channel the funds to local NGOs.

The Law on Disclosure Requirements For [Groups] Supported by a Foreign Governmental Body” (NGO Transparency Law - February 2011) provides an appropriate framework to inform the Israeli public, in a timely fashion, about foreign government involvement in Israeli political issues.

As implemented by the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the law is an international model for transparency. According to the law, a “recipient of support that received a donation from a Foreign Governmental Body will submit to the Registrar, within a week of the end of the quarter in which the donation was received, a report in an online form which the Minister of Justice will formulate.”

Data

The Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (Rasham Amutot) lists foreign government funding submissions from 31 NGOs in the total amount of 40,126,562 NIS annually (see appendix I).

The listed NGOs can be categorized according to the nature of their activities:

1.      NGOs involved in polarizing activity and political advocacy in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

2.      NGOs dealing with different dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the majority of activity aimed at cooperation and co-existence.

3.      Other Non-Profits, dealing with various issues in Israeli society.

As of February 11, 2013, 14 political advocacy NGOs reported grants from foreign government bodies in 2012, totaling 25,881,545 NIS for the year (64.5% of total amount): 

·        These groups are B’Tselem, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Yesh DinBimkomIr Amim, Keshev, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Hamoked, Social TV, Geneva Initiative (H.L Education), Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), and Gisha

·        Many other political advocacy NGOs that regularly receive funding from foreign governments did not submit quarterly reports for 2012. It is unknown whether they did not receive foreign government funding during the reporting period, whether they have failed to act in accordance with the law, or whether they did not report due technical issues in the reporting system.

·        The added transparency in 2012 reveals major funding by Norway (5,901,260 NIS) and via the NGO Development Center-NDC (4,310,499 NIS),[1] which comprise 22.8% and 16.7% of reported grants respectively. (see appendix II)

·        Some of the donors (conduits for indirect government support), such as Christian Aid, Diakonia, Oxfam Novib and the Norwegian Refugee Council, are also involved in highly biased delegitimization campaigns against Israel.

 

Reported foreign funding to political advocacy NGOs, by donor


Reported foreign funding for the year 2012 by NGO

 

 

 

NGO

Total (NIS)

1.      B'Tselem

4,655,527

2.      Yesh Din

4,424,234

3.      The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)

3,614,668

4.      Hamoked

3,382,893

5.      Bimkom

2,039,722

6.      Public Committee against Torture – Israel (PCATI)

1,961,352

7.      Gisha

1,632,285

8.      Ir Amim

1,055,806

9.      Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)

982,049

10. Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I)

682,667

11. Keshev

492,452

12. H.L Education (Geneva Initiative)

390,662

13. Adalah

311,352

14. Social TV

255,876

 

Appendix 1 – List of All NGOs and Total Received

 

 

NGO

Annual Amount (NIS)

B'tselem

4,655,527

Yesh Din

4,424,234

Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)

3,614,668

Hamoked

3,382,893

Rabbeinu Chaim Huri Yeshiva

2,480,000

Bimkom

2,039,722

Public Committee against Torture – Israel (PCATI)

1,961,352

Gisha

1,632,285

Israel Festival

1,557,262

Mifalot

1,116,259

Ir Amim

1,055,806

Abraham Fund Initiative

1,012,951

Kav Laoved

992,294

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)

982,049

Assaf

927,107

Merchavim

724,838

Economic Cooperation Foundation

721,721

Peres Center for Peace

706,602

Mifgash

669,704

Macro Center

617,575

B'Zchut

570,001

Keshev

492,452

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I)

682,667

Sikkuy

452,319

MPHS

444,295

Moked Siua

420,068

H.L Education (Geneva Initiative)

390,662

Israeli Center to International Immigration

375,056

Keren Rashi

313,216

Adalah

311,352

Social TV

255,876

Copro- Documentary Marketing Foundation

143,749

Total

40,126,562


Appendix 2 – Detailed List of Grants and Projects to Political Israeli NGOs

 


Norway

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

Norway (Direct or via Embassy)

Hamoked

962,773

Legal assistance for Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories

4,791,460

ACRI

1,026,958

Promoting Human Rights for East Jerusalem residents

Ir Amim

513,478

Monitoring and Advocacy

Gisha

674,763

Promoting the organization’s objectives

H.L Education

390,662

Educational Activities aimed to promote the chances to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement

Yesh Din

1,222,826

Law enforcement + Lands project 2013

Norwegian Refugee Council

Yesh Din

90,840

Lands project

1,109,800

192,280

Lands project

79,927

Law enforcement- Lands

Hamoked

310,628

Palestinians freedom of movement in the West Bank

284,925

Palestinians freedom of movement in the West Bank

151,200

Legal assistance for Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories, focus on freedom of movement in the West Bank


 

NDC

NGO Development Center (NDC)

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

NDC (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland)

Bimkom

321,847

Planning rights in Area C

4,310,499

373,860

Promoting the planning rights of Palestinians villages in Area C

PCATI

43,727

Overall organization activity

420,760

Overall organization activity

526,852

Overall organization activity

Hamoked

419,524

Legal assistance for Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories, focus on freedom of movement in the West Bank

564,039

Human rights of Palestinian’s hurt by the Israeli occupation

B'Tselem

95,153

General Support

483,597

General Support

358,165

General Support

74,706

General Support

Gisha

159,377

Promoting the organization’s objectives

ACRI

151,816

Promoting Human Rights in the occupied territories

241,347

Promoting Human Rights in the occupied territories

Adalah

75,729

General Support

 

European Union

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

European Union or The European Commission

Bimkom

351,340

Promoting master plans for Arab towns according to their needs

3,613,921

Yesh Din

374,035

Security forces investigation project

113,000

Lands project

100,800

Security forces investigation project

325,865

Lands project

391,605

MPCID project 2013-2014

PCATI

339,520

Training experts in documenting tortures

B'Tselem

71,163

Human Rights defenders project

ACRI

210,020

Human Rights defenders project

308,260

Educating against racism

550,991

Promoting essential democracy project

RHR

248,914

Legal work in south Hebron hills

PHR-I

228,408

Promoting health and social rights for residents with no status due to the Citizenship Law

 

Germany

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

EED

B'Tselem

742,718

General Support

3,010,839

449,891

General Support

ACRI

203,893

Educational and legal activity for the rights of the Arab public in Israel

251,410

Educational and legal activity for the rights of the Arab public in Israel

PHR-I

296,459

Promoting the right to health for West Bank residents

Adalah

121,865

Legal activities for equality

Misereor

Hamoked

444,412

Legal assistance for Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories

Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations

Yesh Din

250,000

Lands project

 

Ireland

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

Ireland (Direct)

Gisha

419,893

Promoting the organization’s objective

1,138,490

Yesh Din

400,000

MPCID project 2013

Bimkom

318,597

Activities in area C and East Jerusalem

Trócaire

Gisha

50,018

Promoting respect of international law among the Israeli authorities

274,956

B'tselem

224,938

General Support

 

Sweden

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

The Swedish Global Conflict Prevention pool

Ir Amim

542,328

General Support

1,195,635

Diakonia

B'Tselem

149,147

international Humanitarian law

ACRI

295,309

Educational activity about international Humanitarian law

Kvinna till Kvinna

PCATI

60,071

Legal Activity

148,780

Legal Activity


 

Denmark

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

DanChurch Aid

B’Tselem

294,340

General Support

1,192,331

891,859

General Support

6,132

General Support

 

Netherlands

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

Netherlands Embassy (Direct)

Yesh Din

120,300

Lands project + Law enforcement

120,300

Cordaid

Social TV

222,115

Support for the production of Social TV's weekly news magazine

1,045,901

ICCO

B'Tselem

245,290

General Support

Kierk in Actie

ACRI

202,596

Activity regarding rights in Jewish/Arab towns

Oxfam Novib

Bimkom

300,900

Administrative Expenses and Fundraising

Yesh Din

75,000

Lands project + MPCID+ Gender Assimilation Process

 

United Nations

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

UN Habitat

Bimkom

373,178

Promoting master plans for Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem

1,003,739

United Nations

PCATI

269,396

Legal Activity

UNHCR

PHR-I

157,800

Medicine for refugees and operating the open medical clinic for refugees and asylum seekers

UNDP

Gisha

91,165

Promoting the right of freedom of movement in the Palestinian territories

PCATI

112,200

Legal Activity in order to prevent torture and abuse

 

Spain

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

Direct (via AECID)

RHR

733,135

Legal work in south Hebron hills

846,893

Direct (via ACSUR)

Adalah

113,758

Promoting Human Rights

 

USA

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

USAID (Direct)

Keshev

26,733

Periodic Activity Grant

492,452

26,374

Periodic Activity Grant

26,396

Periodic Activity Grant

26,724

Periodic Activity Grant

386,225

Educational Projects advancing analytical media analysis

Catholic Relief Services (USA, UN)

B’Tselem

86,554

Video project

297,484

133,750

Support for the video project

61,433

Support for the video project

The Foundation for Middle East Peace

Social TV

15,747

Support for the production of news articles

 

United Kingdom

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

UK (Direct)

Yesh Din

44,895

Lands project

133,225

B'Tselem

88,330

Support the video project

Christian Aid

B’Tselem

198,361

General Support

620,640

ACRI

172,068

General Grant

The British shalom salaam trust

Social TV

18,014

Support for the production of news articles

Oxfam GB

Gisha

232,197

Promoting economic rights


 

Belgium

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

Belgium (Direct)

Yesh Din

149,670

Security forces investigation project

642,934

243,000

Security forces investigation project

Hamoked

245,392

Legal assistance for Palestinian’s human rights in the occupied territories, focus on East Jerusalem inhabitants

Province de Hainaut

Gisha

4,872

Promoting the organization’s objective

 

 

Finland

 

Donor

NGO

Grant (NIS)

Grant Purpose

Total

KIOS

PCATI

40,046

Legal Activity

40,046

 
 



[1] In 2008, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland established the Human Rights and Good Governance Secretariat (HR/GG Secretariat) run by the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah. This framework is a major source of NGO funding in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.