|Founded||1972; based in Tel Aviv, with branches in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Be’er Sheva.|
|In their own words||“Committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.”|
- 2014 annual income of NIS 9,760,731 (accessed May 22, 2016).
- Donors include: EU, Norway, Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Netherlands), Diakonia, Sweden, Christian Aid (UK), Bread for the World-EED (Germany), The Middle East Partnership Initiative (US), Germany, Oxfam, Rosa Luxemberg (Germany), Holland, and others.
- Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO transparency law, ACRI received NIS 11,631,836 from foreign governmental bodies between 2012-2016 (See chart below for detailed funding information).
- According to annual reports, donations from foreign governments comprised 39.6% of total donations, from 2012-2014.
- In 2008-2014, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $7,518,223 to ACRI (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
- Views “international advocacy as an essential channel through which to advance key human rights concerns in Israel and the Occupied Territories.”
- Submits reports to UN committees, meets with foreign diplomats and government representatives, and participates in international conferences and NGO networks.
- Publishes reports and organizes public events alleging “violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.”
- Accuses the Israeli government of implementing “racist” and “discriminatory” policies of “apartheid,” “collective punishment” and “house demolitions” in “violation of international law.”
- Publishes an online database, “Information Center for Demonstrators in the Occupied Territories,” funded by the European Union, presenting a biased and one-sided narrative as well as false and distorted legal claims. Many of the legal claims are inapplicable in a situation of “occupation”. Therefore, the territory cannot, as claimed by ACRI, both be “occupied” and also benefit from the selected “rights” as presented by the NGO.
- On December 16, 2012, published its annual “Situation Report” on “The State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT,” claiming that Israel faces a “bleak situation in nearly every category of rights.” ACRI fails to provide references, corroborative information, or comparative data for the majority of its claims; the citations that were included often point to other ACRI reports or to other biased political advocacy NGOs. The analysis does not include detailed background, alternative explanations and perspectives, or a discussion of the complexities in balancing competing human rights principles.
- ACRI is one of the most politically active NGOs in opposing Israeli policy regarding the Bedouin in the Negev. Published a 2013 position paper, together with Israeli NGO Bimkom, urging “Members of Knesset to vote against the [Prawer-Begin] bill,” maintaining that it “only causes problems, mistrust and alienation of Bedouin citizens”. The position paper claims that the Bedouin are the “original inhabitants of the Negev” and that “[a]fter the establishment of the state, Israel began to ignore the existence of the Bedouin villages in all planning laws and master plans, and disregarded their property rights”. This approach seeks to demonize Israel in the international arena by advancing the idea that the Bedouin are the native and legitimate residents of the land and that Israel is a foreign, occupying power.
- Submitted a January 2014 position paper to the Knesset opposing a bill that would ban the use of Nazi symbols, claiming that the “question of the social legitimacy of holocaust symbolism within political and public discourse is big question that deserves to be fully and freely aired and discussed amongst the wider public.”
- Published a 2010 report, “Unsafe Space: The Israeli Authorities’ Failure to Protect Human Rights amid Settlements in East Jerusalem,” which erases Jewish historical connections to Jerusalem, as well as the political context and history of the conflict.
- Issued a 2007 article asserting that “defining the State of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ in a binding article in the constitution is problematic, on the theoretical and practical levels.”
Foreign donations (amounts in NIS)
2013-2014 amounts based on NGO annual financial reports; 2015-2016 amounts based on financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.
|Bread for the World- EED||681,173||916,790||882,121|
|Christian Aid (UK)||146,864||164,578||165,289|
|Middle East Partnership Initiative (US)||219,194||66,782||180,949||136,304|
|Heinrich Boll (Germany)||45,500|
|Rosa Luxemburg Foundation||71,327|