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Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS)

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Country/TerritoryGermany

Activity

  • Affiliated with the German Die Grünen (Green Party)
  • Foundation headquarters located in Berlin, with Israel offices located in Tel Aviv and Ramallah.

Funding

  • 2015 budget of €57,599,805, of which HBS received €37 million in German federal support.
  • HBS’ Israeli and Palestinian websites provide limited information on the foundation’s ongoing funding partners. Funding information below is provided by recipients.
  • In contrast to the organization’s stated moral objectives, funding is provided to politicized NGOs including the Ma’an Development Center and Nine-Seven-Two (+972) Magazine. (See chart below for available funding information.)
  • Funding Examples:
    • +972 Magazine received NIS 117,600 (2014-2016): Authors regularly invoke “apartheid” rhetoric and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns against Israel.
    • Ma’an Development Center (MDC) is listed as a partner on HBS’s website; funding details are not disclosed.
      • MA’AN published “Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions: Lessons learned in effective solidarity,” a guide to grassroots and international BDS campaigns.
      • Accuses Israel of “war crimes” and violating international law. Refers to Gaza as the “world’s largest open-air prison,” and accuses Israel of denying citizens of “basic human rights such as water and electricity.” MA’AN’s publication “2017 Diary” blames Israel for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and provides legitimacy to Hamas’ rule, referring to it as having been elected through “democratic elections,” blaming Israel for “Palestinian internal division,” and having “intentionally crippled and undermined a functioning and sovereign state.” The document makes no mention of that fact that Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., Canada, the EU, and Israel.

Political Advocacy

Palestinian NGOsAmounts and Years
Ma'an Development CenterNot Disclosed
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)NIS 45,500 (2015)

NIS 54,500 (2016)
+972 MagazineNIS 57,400 (2014)

NIS 54,180 (2015)

NIS 48,020
Ir AmimNIS 50,000 (2015)

NIS 21,000 (2016)

*Funding information to Israeli NGOs for 2012-2014 is according to annual reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2015-2016 according to quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar. Ma’an Development Center does not disclose funding details.

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