Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Founded1998 in Jerusalem by Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
In their own wordsSeeks to “disseminate the Palestinian narrative,” “influence policy and legislation,” and “achieve a more supportive policy environment for reform and democratization in Palestine.”


  • In 2020, total income was $1.3 million; total expenses were $1.2 million.
  • 20172019 donors include the European UnionNorwayGermanyIrelandHuman Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (“IHL Secretariat” – joint funding from Denmark, the NetherlandsSweden, and Switzerland), United Nations Population Fund,  Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Arab Fund (Kuwait), and Canada Fund. (See table below for further funding information.)
  • In 2019-2023, Miftah and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) will receive €617,078 from the European Union to “Contribute to the promotion and protection of women human rights in the Palestinian society through the development of a national conducive legal environment and enhancement of the international accountability towards higher protection of Palestinian women.”
  • In 2017-2020, the European Union (EIDHR) granted €300,000 to MIFTAH for a project titled “Youth as Human Rights Defenders.”
  • In 20172018, MIFTAH received €140,000 from Ireland (Irish Aid).
  • In 2015-2019, MIFTAH received €286,900 from Germany (BMZ/GIZ).
  • AMAN – the coalition for integrity and accountability, of which MIFTAH is a member, received €376,971 from the Dutch Representative Office in Ramallah (Netherlands). (See below for further information on the Aman Coalition.)
  • In 2015-2018 Miftah received NOK 6.8 million from Norway.
  • In February 2015, Canada terminated a funding agreement with Miftah.
    • According to Miftah, this followed Hanan Ashrawi’s attack against then Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird for stating that the Palestinians are making a “huge mistake” by going to the ICC. Ashrawi said, “Israel is enabled by apologists like John Baird to persist with the support of self-appointed advocates who become complicit in these war crimes,” and alleged that “Canada is indulging in political blackmail at the expense of our civil society institutions.”
    • According to the Canadian government, the agreement was terminated due to Miftah failing to “meet its terms and conditions” by “refusing to acknowledge Canada’s contribution to the project.”



  • Publishes articles that advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel, alleging that “the BDS campaign calls for justice first, framing the conflict in terms of colonization, oppression and denial of the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.”
  • Published a list of Israeli products and companies, located both in Israel and abroad, for individuals to boycott in order “to force foreign governments, corporations, and individuals to abandon their support of Israel vis-a-vis threats to the economic interests.” The document compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.
  • In August 2020, Hanan Ashrawi signed a statement calling for a “broad range of effective sanctions” against Israel. According to the statement, the signatories “fully support the right of the Palestinians to utilize all forms of legitimate resistance to this plan and to the dispossession, occupation, oppression and systematic discrimination to which Israel subjects them, including their right to campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.”
  • In December 2019, MIFTAH published an interview with Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amal Jadou, applauding the decision by the European Court of Justice to apply a discriminatory labelling regime on products originating in the Israeli settlements. According to the interview, “The decision by the European Court of Justice to label Israeli settlement products is binding; we hope it will evolve into a ban on import…We hope this decision will be followed by European recognition of a Palestinian state on Palestinian land occupied in 1967.”
  • In November 2019, as a member of PNGO, MIFTAH signed a statement calling for the “international community to immediately impose sanctions on the State of Israel and illegal Israeli settlements” and “implement domestic legislation to prohibit and criminalize the import of illegal settlement goods and services into their territory.”
  • In May 2019, as a member of PNGO, MIFTAH was a signatory on a statement calling on the German Bundestag to revoke a joint resolution defining BDS campaigns against Israel as antisemitic.
  • Shared an article about the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (formerly the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation), in which Israel is compared to the Ku Klux Klan and which calls for an end to Israel’s “colonial/apartheid policy.”




  • In a January 2017 interview for Deutsche Welle, founder and chair of the Miftah board of directors Hanan Ashrawi claimed that Palestinian “attacks and their perpetrators” (as described by the interviewer, Tim Sebastian) “are seen by the people as resistance. And you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as terrorist (sic)” (3:20).
  • MIFTAH has hosted and cooperated with members of US-designated terror organizations, such as the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).
  • Following the killing of terrorists responsible for carrying out lethal attacks on Israeli civilians, on December 13, 2018, Ashrawi tweeted, “In the last 24 hrs. Israeli forces carried out 4 summary executions of #Palestinians in the West Bank, raided villages & towns, & detained dozens. Israeli settlers are on the rampage, protected by the Israeli army. This reign of #terror has compounded the pressure cooker effect.”
  • On January 26, 2008, MIFTAH published a memorial notice for George Habash, founder of the PFLP.
  • In 2006, MIFTAH described Wafa Idrees, one of the first female Palestinian suicide bombers, as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.” Idrees detonated herself on January 27, 2002, killing 81 year-old Pinhas Takatli and wounding another 150 Israeli civilians. She is described as one of the “several young women” who “decided to join the ranks of the resistance movement.


  • Miftah is a “Coalition Member” of the Aman Coalition.
  • Member of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which refused to sign the anti-terror clause that is a condition of US government funding, stating “that its members would not sign funding agreements that included the ATC [Anti-Terror Certificate]: this is now a condition for membership under PNGO byelaws [sic]” (emphasis added).
    • In June 2017, PNGO condemned Norway for pulling funding from a youth center named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. PNGO referred to Mughrabi as a “Palestinian Woman Freedom Fighter,” stating that “PNGO believes this is another form of foreign domination and oppression calling Palestinian resistance a terrorist resistance against Israeli occupation…PNGO stands strong against conditional funding, especially when it threatens Palestinian right to resist foreign domination, exploitation, oppression and occupation” and that “there is a difference between freedom fighters and terrorists” (emphasis added).
    • In April 2017, PNGO called on the international community not to “use aid to undermine legitimate Palestinian resistance.” According to PNGO, “We reject all de-legitimization or criminalization of lawful Palestinian resistance, whether in form of allegations of terrorism, anti-semitism or otherwise… We call on all governments and aid providers to respect our right to lawful resistance, support Palestinian human rights defenders, and ensure equal, impartial and transparent access to funding for all.”

2017-2020 Funding to MIFTAH

Donor (Amounts in $US)2020201920182017
European Union521,290372,630
Switzerland (Swiss Cooperation Office)180,000180,000
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat 201,700
International Republican Institute (US)
Representative Office of Norway475,959330,846221,782220,388
Representative Office of Ireland94,67891,67179,70982,789
United Nations Population Fund26,000143,55776,40027,766
Arab Fund163,240165,617
GIZ (Germany)82,50020,893
Oxfam International56,377315,843191,923


  1. On August 21, 2019, Akleh claimed “Israel had used its nuclear weapons against other nations making it the second nation after the US to use nuclear bombs. Israel has used nuclear bombs against its closest friend; the USA, in the false flag attacks of 911 [sic] to start the wars against the Arab World under the justification of the war against terror. Israel had also used nuclear bombs against Syria. Also, in collusion with Saudi Arabia, Israel had dropped two neutron bombs against Yemen.” 

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