Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research


In their own words“To enhance the human and national development of the Palestinians in Israel, advance the cause of democratic citizenship, and become a hub of knowledge and critical thinking about Palestinians in Israel, equal citizenship, and democracy.”


  • According to its website, donors include Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Cordaid, Ford Foundation, Galilee Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Mediterranean Fund for Women, Open Society Institute, SEPHIS, and Welfare Association.
  • Reported 2014 budget of NIS 1,860,113 (~$480,000) and expenses of NIS 1,867,343.
  • The Canadian government had allocated funding via the International Development Research Center (IDRC) for three multi-year projects (2006, 2008, 2009), totaling $C 927,000.
    • The IDRC funding helped establish a Gender Unit. According to Mada al-Carmel’s website, the “Project will…critically examine the Zionist-colonialist role of the Israeli state in order to expose the policies that maintain and perpetuate the subjugation of Palestinian women in Israel.”
    • The Globe and Mail reported that IDRC ended support in April 2010,resulting in “a loss of 40 per cent of Mada’s income and a serious blow to the organization’s reputation and credibility.” Mada al-Carmel filed a lawsuit against the government, alleging “a campaign by the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor.”


  • Political Advocacy: Co-authored the “Haifa Declaration” (2007) which calls for a “change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state” and accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust “at the expense of the Palestinian people.”
  • Mada al-Carmel and two other NGOs (Women Against Violence and the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health) were the “Palestine” representatives of the international “One Day One Struggle” campaign, titled “My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall” (November 2009). Publicity included a poster portraying an Israeli soldier reaching suggestively toward a Palestinian woman, alongside the caption: “Her husband needs a permit to touch her. The occupation penetrates her life everyday!”
  • Director Nadim Rouhana wrote in Foreign Policy (April 22, 2010): “it would be politically and morally wrong for the United States to support recognition of Israel as a Jewish state…The concept of a ‘Jewish state’ is not equivalent to the still-objectionable term ‘Christian state’ used by some groups in the United States. Rather, it is akin, in the eyes of Israel’s non-Jewish citizens, to the concept of a ‘white state’”.At a Mada al-Carmel “academic conference” entitled “Has the Two-State Solution Collapsed?” (July 2009), several participants advocated for a “one-state solution.” Nadim Rouhana of Mada al-Carmel claimed that “a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that relies on partition cannot be a just one. The partition resolution was based on the appropriation of part of Palestine, exceptionally granting it to the Zionist movement.”
  • The September 2011 edition of Mada al Carmel’s journal Jadal focused on “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”
  • Mada al-Carmel organized a conference in January 2010 where Hussein Abu Hussein, Chair of the Board of Ittijah (of which Mada al Carmel is a member) said, “Israel is a racist state, and a racist state cannot guarantee or create a culture of justice. It creates a racist and aggressive culture.”
  • In an editorial, Mada al-Carmel claims that there is a “Palestinian consensus within the Green Line against accepting the legitimacy of the Jewish State” and that “[t]he ethnic state is a recipe for continued injustice.”

Funding Information 2012-2014

Donor (amounts in NIS)2011201220132014
Galilee Association62,725
Open Society Institute535,350279,375261,640
Galilee Foundation380,7001,058,4001,135,600
Global Fund77,550
International Institute of Social History25,725
Al Taawan102,225109,312
Trustees of Tufts College38,082136,898
Mediterranean Women Fund49,663

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