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Sadaka-Reut

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitehttp://en.reutsadaka.org/
Founded1983
In their own words“educates and empowers Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youth and university students to pursue social and political change through bi-national partnership.”

Funding

Activities

  • Founded by “a group of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli university students who shared the vision of a better future for both communities…Our grassroots dialogue and leadership development programs seek to address the deep-seated injustices caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and create a new generation of young activists promoting a shared society based on equality, solidarity, and justice.”
  • In contrast to these objectives, the organization presents a highly polarizing and one-sided narrative of Palestinian victimization and Israeli guilt. Through its partnerships with groups that reject the legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty in Israel and repeatedly emphasize Israel’s alleged systematic discrimination and the “Nakba,” young participants are presented with a simplistic, biased and divisive perspective.

Polarizing and Conflict-Generating Activities

Journey against Racism Project

The short video, “A Journey against Racism,” demonizes the Israeli government and society with repeated and unsubstantiated accusations of systemic racism; charges the government and Knesset with supporting racist practices, creating a false image of widespread and institutionalized racism. For instance, “Unbridled incitement against Palestinians, refugees and migrant workers has become a public norm, and its ramifications are not hard to detect.”

Gemini Project

  • The Gemini Project aims to “to offer a framework for constructive dialogue between Jews and Palestinians about the cultural, religious and other areas which divide them, and in so doing deepen mutual understanding and empathy. To create a safe space for dialogue which will challenge prejudices, condemn discrimination and racism, and offer an alternative sphere that promotes cooperation.”
  • The Gemini Project is administered by coordinators Yael Tsabari and Rajaa Natour.  Tsabari’s Facebook page includes a link to the campaign “Love in the Time of Apartheid,” suggesting her support for the accusation that Israel is an “apartheid” state.  According to Natour’s Facebook page she “likes” numerous politicized Facebook groups, including the “Third Palestinian Intifada” whose goal is to “defeat the occupation of every inch of the land of Palestine” (meaning the State of Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip). The Third Palestinian Intifada page makes liberal use of graphically antisemitic imagery such as a photo of Adolf Hitler with the caption, “I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them.” The page also includes accusations that Israel is an “apartheid” and “terrorist state,” and encourages the U.S. Congress to halt aid to Israel.

Community in Action Project

  • Sadaka Reut’s Community in Action program guides a group of youth participants through a series of monthly activities over the course of one year. The stated goals of the program include “promoting justice and equality” and “strong group understanding.”
  • The program’s methods and activities, however, are inconsistent with these goals, as it works with highly politicized NGOs to provide participants with a one-sided and reductionist narrative of Israeli guilt and Palestinian victimhood.
  • Participants spend the year living together in Jaffa, and volunteer or attend programs with a number of fringe NGOs that advance extreme and biased agendas on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These include Coalition of Women for Peace, Zochrot, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and Machsom Watch.
  • Educational programs focus exclusively on the Palestinian perspective and train participants in the skills of narrow political activism. Such programs include touring “unrecognized villages in…Jaffa [and] exploring…the gentrification process plaguing Jaffa,” two months of learning about the “siege on Gaza” and holding protests against the “siege” in Jaffa and at Gaza’s Erez crossing, and two months dedicated to “learning about the Nakba”2  aided by Zochrot-facilitated workshops. Participants, Arab and Jewish, were tasked with asking their families about their experiences of the “Nakba.”
  • Participants also participated in the “March of Return” in northern Israel and learned about “Jaffa’s Nakba and its traumatic shift from a central Palestinian city to an impoverished neighborhood of Tel Aviv.”

Partners

  • Sadaka Reut maintains partnerships with organizations on the extreme fringe of the Israeli political debate, including Zochrot (with which they joined for a project called “Introducing the Palestinian Nakba to the Israeli Public”), Coalition of Women for Peace, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and Machsom Watch.
  • The “Activities and Achievements” section of the 2010-2011 Annual Report (p. 23), in subsection “Action,” describes cooperation with activists and research organizations “struggling to end the occupation,” including the radical NGOs listed above.

Footnotes

  1. Funding originated with USAID, which granted $1,000,000 to Catholic Relief Services between Sept. 2009 – Dec. 2013: $600,876 of this was allocated to sub-grantee Sadaka Reut in support of the “Gemini Project.”
  2. The word “nakba” (Arabic for catastrophe) is used rhetorically to reject Israel’s legitimacy by blaming the entire conflict on Israel.  It is also used to support the demand for a “right of return” of the original 1948 refugees and millions of their descendants.  The goal is to overwhelm Israel demographically so as to undermine Israel’s existence.

Appendix 1

Funder20162014201320122011
European Union202,320686,885618,29558,262
Kerk In Actie/ ICCO(Netherlands)158,95379,477168,000245,333
Oxfam GB18,119
Switzerland60,000
Secours Catholique (France)140,850146,212148,087172,074
Bread for the World  (Germany)119,273160,553126,603140,074
MISEREOR (Germany)181,464209,977215,895214,207296,360
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation(Germany)12,570191,779197,095195,367119,826
Sivmo (Netherlands)48,818
British Shalom Salaam Trust17,220
CCFD86,136107,595100,21583,376
Cordaid82,390

*2016 amounts based on reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

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