BDS IN THE PEWS
Open Society Institute (OSI)
- Website: http://www.soros.org/
- Founded in 1993 by billionaire George Soros. Part of the Open Society Foundations.
- Claimed mission: “to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens...shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights... advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.”
- OSI’s “Middle East and North Africa Initiative,” claims to have “supported NGOs monitoring human rights violations by both Israeli and Palestinian authorities, groups in Israel that challenge discrimination and promote equitable housing and environmental conditions for Arabs and Jews.”
- Funding of NGOs is entirely non-transparent. Annual reports do not provide names of NGO grantees or amounts transferred to individual groups. Details below were obtained through independent research by NGO Monitor, based on NGO reporting to the Israeli Registry of Non-Profits or information provided by the groups on their websites. (Note – all the Israeli and Palestinian NGOs also receive funding from European governments.)
- Funding for Israeli political advocacy NGOs: Adalah (821,432 NIS in 2007); Ir Amim (193,500 NIS in 2008); Gisha (283,725 NIS in 2009); B’Tselem (251,225 NIS in 2008); Yesh Din (195,650 NIS in 2007); Peace Now (149,138 NIS in 2007); Breaking the Silence (65,032 NIS in 2008); Mossawa (2010); Mada al Carmel (173,000 NIS in 2008)
- OSI also funds radical Palestinian NGOs: Al-Haq ($200,000 in 2009); PCHR ($100,000 in 2008); Al Mezan (2009).
- In 2010, Soros pledged $100 million to Human Rights Watch (HRW) over the course of 10 years.
- Soros pledged $750,000 over three years to J Street.
- The “Open Society Justice Initiative,” which “foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination… address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism.”
- The Justice Initiative was asked by Adalah to assist in preparing a memorandum for the UN Human Rights Council’s follow-up Fact-Finding Committee (to the “Goldstone Report”). The resulting report alleged that “the Israeli investigations to date have not complied with international or comparative standards,” and that delays “violate international law and taint the independence and effectiveness of any subsequent inquiry.”