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MISEREOR

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  • Misereor is the official aid framework of the Catholic Church in Germany – since 1962, the German government is obligated under German law to provide financial support for the development work of church-aid organizations.

Political Advocacy

  • Views government advocacy as a central goal: “MISEREOR aims to influence public opinion and policymaking… This is how MISEREOR helps enable its partners and the beneficiaries to overcome structural injustices… appeal[ing] to the consciences of the powerful in Europe.”
  • Published, together with Bread for the World (BfW-EED), a 2014 guide purporting to promote “fair tourism in Israel and Palestine taking into account international law”
    • The guide seeks to “encourage travelers and pilgrims to view the Holy Land as a coherent travel destination and not to limit themselves to one side of the border… Until now travel programs and itineraries have been largely determined by the interests of the Israeli tourist industry”. (p. 4-5, NGO Monitor translation)
    • The guide dedicates a chapter to the Kairos Palestine document, titled “Pilgrimage of Change” (p. 10, NGO Monitor translation). The Kairos-Palestine-Document denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms, calls to mobilize churches worldwide in the call for BDS, and characterizes terrorist acts of “armed resistance” as “Palestinian legal resistance.”
    • Recommends tours of politicized anti-Israel organizations such as the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), which promotes BDS and advocates for a one-state solution.
    • Recommends politicized anti-Israel organizations, such as Al-Haq, Breaking the Silence, Sabeel, and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), as sources of information.
  • In July 2014, Misereor and BfW- EED, the aid framework of the Protestant Church in Germany, held a conference in Berlin on “The ICJ’s Wall Opinion Revisited: Towards its effective Implementation.” The event addressed “the impact of the wall … on the human rights of the local population, … attempt to clarify the role of the United Nations and …the role of third parties in ensuring the implementation of the legal obligations described in the advisory opinion.” Contrary to the narrative at the conference, the security barrier was built in response to terror attacks emanating from the West Bank and has saved countless lives since its construction.
  • Listed as a sponsor for a 2013 conference, organized by radical Israeli NGO Zochrot, which promoted the Palestinian “Nakba” and the “right of return,” meaning the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • MISEREOR sponsored a 2013 UN event with a presentation by an official from Al-Haq on “Depleting Palestine: Unlawful Extraction of Natural Resources in Occupied Territory”, a leader in the anti-Israel lawfare and BDS campaigns. This panel was an attempt to further the BDS agenda at the UN.
  • Together with Brot fur die Welt, supported and promoted Breaking the Silence’s “Testimonies of a crew” exhibit in Berlin, spreading anonymous and unverifiable allegations against Israeli soldiers.
  • Helped prepare a CIDSE booklet, “Gaza Dignity under Siege: Voices from Behind the Blockade,” featuring testimonies of pro-Palestinian activities, accusing Israel of disproportionate force and abuse of power, and omitting Israeli perspectives and security concerns.

Funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs*

NGO2016201520142013
ZochrotNIS 310,345NIS 354,377NIS 124,314
Breaking the SilenceNIS 662,075NIS 346,074NIS 468,539NIS 333,139
Rabbis for Human RightsNIS 320,345 NIS 151,046
HamokedNIS 382,500NIS 732,638
Sadaka ReutNIIS 181,464
Society of St. YvesNot disclosed
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)Not disclosedNot disclosed

*Funding information to Israeli NGOs is according to information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits. Society of St. Yves and PCHR do not disclose funding amounts.

  • Zochrot aims to “raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba” and “challenge the Israeli Jewish public’s preconceptions and promote awareness, political and cultural change… for the Return of the Refugees.” This agenda is equivalent to calling for the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
  • Breaking the Silence collects unverifiable testimonies of low-level soldiers to repeatedly accuse Israel of “war crimes” and “violations of international law.”
  • Rabbis for Human Rights promotes the Palestinian narrative of victimization; regularly utilizes demonizing rhetoric against Israel including: “Israel is forcing Palestinians to live in a completely separate universe where time has stood still, and prevents them from properly planning their most basic needs and infrastructure.”
  • Hamoked accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “collective punishment,” and the “ghetto-ization of the West Bank.”
  • Sadaka Reut promotes the Palestinian “Nakba” and presents a highly one-sided narrative of Palestinian victimization.
  • Society of St. Yves accuses Israel Israel of “discriminatory policies” and “breach[ing] international law,” and claims that “[Palestinian] land [is] swallowed up by the Israeli armed forces.”
  • Palestinian Center for Human Rights regularly describes Israel’s policies as “apartheid” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes,” and the “Judaization of Jerusalem.”Refers to indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians as “resistance.”

Partners

  • Misereor is a member of VENRO, an umbrella organization of development and humanitarian NGOs in Germany that was founded in 1995 in order to represent NGOs in the political arena and strengthen their influence in decision-making processes. As stated on its website, at the time of VENRO’s creation, “NGOs wanted to be not only helpers of the south, but also a critical voice in north-south politics and to exert their influence on political decision-makers.”
  • VENRO has a working group (Kofinanzierung) designated for “intensive political dialogue” (translation by NGO Monitor) with the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), advising them on funding guidelines and selection of beneficiaries. VENRO’s deputy CEO, Dr. Klaus Seitz, is head of the political department in Misereor.
  • Misereor is a member of the CIDSE network of Catholic aid organizations.

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