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Mossawa

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitewww.mossawacenter.org
Founded1997
In their own words“To promote the economic, social, cultural and political rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and the recognition of this community a national indigenous minority, with their own national, cultural and historical distinctiveness.”

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Activities

International Lobbying and the NGO Echo Chamber

  • Utilizes “various methods, including governmental advocacy in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and government, international advocacy with a particular focus in Europe, the United States, and South Africa,” and “contributed several position papers used in the decision making processes of international actors such as the UN, EU, and the US state departments.”
  • Mossawa’s reports to UN committees and other international bodies omit or minimize the context of terrorism to condemn Israeli security measures.
  • In February 2014, Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa, together with leaders of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Shatil and Combatants for Peace, met with European Parliament President Martin Schultz. At the meeting, Farah presented a letter to Schultz accusing Israel of “population transfer” and “forced displacement” and urging the European Union to take action to influence Israeli policy in the region. This “echo chamber,” whereby the EU and European governments fund NGOs and then repeat their false, inaccurate, or misleading allegations in determining foreign policy, produces damaging and ill-informed policies, while exacerbating conflict between the EU and Israeli democratic polity.
  • Published a 2013 submission to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urging the international community to heed the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur [Richard Falk] to “employ terms as ‘annexation’, ‘ethnic cleansing’, ‘apartheid’, ‘colonialist’ and ‘criminality’” to “more adequately” express “the actual nature of the situation in the OPT”. The submission maintains that Israel’s “continuous violations” are the “core reason of human rights abuses and persistent suffering that Palestinian people” and states that the “referral of the situation to the International Court of Justice is compulsory”.

Political Advocacy

  • In 2007, Mossawa published a position paper (funded by the EU, Germany and the UNDP) rejecting Israel as a Jewish state and the “state symbols: for Jews only” (the flag and national anthem). The position paper alleged that “[t]he State of Israel was established on the ruins of the Palestinian people, for whom the event was a national tragedy – the Nakba.”
  • Features annual “Racism Reports” on its website, published by the Coalition Against Racism (CAR) and funded by the EU, which accuse Israel of “racism” and “discrimination.”
  • In 2009, joined a coalition of NGOs in a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, calling “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” The letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”
  • Features the “Homeless in Your Own Home” blog, which intends to provide “a glimpse of the daily challenges… of the Palestinian Arab minority of Israel.” The blog accuses Israel of “collective discrimination,” “home demolitions,” and denying basic rights to minority citizens. The blog attempts to advance the narrative that the Palestinians and Bedouin are the native and legitimate residents of the land and that Israel is a foreign, occupying power.  The blog refers readers to the websites of highly politicized NGOs including: Mossawa, Adalah, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Mada El Carmel, and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning.
  • On March 1, 2010, the Nazareth District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Mossawa against NGO Monitor for alleged defamation.

Foreign donations (amounts in NIS)

2014 and 2016 data based on areports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2015 and 2013 on the organization’s annual reports.

Donor2016201520142013
Japanese Embassy31,72031,719
European Union556,6071,680,3881,387,698
ICCO292,950333,949
New Israel Fund480,238455,887
Open Society Institute213,77191,407
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung85,54490,112
Bread for the World-EED (Germany)*460,464379,773547,675
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung105,886
Ford Foundation126,338

*On August 30, 2012, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) merged with the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst-EED) and formed “Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst” (Bread for the World – Evangelical Church Development Service), as part of the new Evangelical Agency for Diakonia and Development (Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung).

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