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Miftah

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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.miftah.org/
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.”

Funding

  • In 2016, total income was $1.2 million; total expenses were &1.1 million.
  • 20152016 donors include: NorwayGermanyIreland,  United Kingdom, NGO Development Center, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  United Nations Population Fund,  Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Arab Fund (Kuwait), and Canada Fund. (See table below for further funding information.)
  • In 2014-2016, Miftah received $330,0001 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding by Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands) in core funding.
  • In 2015, Miftah received EUR 70,000 from Ireland.
  • In February 2014, Canada terminated a funding agreement with Miftah. According to Miftah, this followed Hanan Ashrawi’s attack against  Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s 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.”

Activities

BDS

  • 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 vies-a-vie threats to the economic interests.” The document compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.
    • 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 calls for an end to Israel’s “colonial/apartheid policy.”

Lawfare

Antisemitism

Terrorism

  • 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).
  • 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.
Donor (Amounts in $US)20122013201420152016
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat 80,000
International Republican Institute (US)154,45718,423--
Representative Office of Norway130,000133,913167,987404,538
Representative Office of Ireland74,06076,454
NGO Development Centre130,00032,000330,000--
United Nations Development Programme70,477 --57,640181,257
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ireland66,680 96,28587,360--
United Nations Population Fund64,50659,20829,693149,32119,752
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany)44,702 -- -- --
National Endowment for Democracy (US)31,883 -- -- --
UN Women19,747 -- -- --
Oxfam Novib (Netherlands)5,272587406,623128,605169,677
Arab Fund --177,135--264,113
U.S. Consulate --175,000----
British Council --269,422 -- --
Department for International Development (DFID; UK) / UK Aid -- -- --1,485
GIZ (Germany) -- -- 50,876116,087124,183
Canada Fund -- -- 13,45523,614

Footnotes

  1. According to a November 2016 Secretariat newsletter, Miftah’s core funding is supposed to increase $60,000 to $390,000.

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