- 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.
- 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*
|Zochrot||NIS 310,345||NIS 354,377||NIS 124,314
|Breaking the Silence||NIS 662,075||NIS 346,074||NIS 468,539||NIS 333,139
|Rabbis for Human Rights||NIS 320,345 ||NIS 151,046
|Hamoked||NIS 382,500||NIS 732,638||
|Sadaka Reut||NIIS 181,464||
|Society of St. Yves||Not disclosed||
|Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)||Not disclosed||Not 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.
- 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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