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Zochrot

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitehttp://zochrot.org/en
Founded2002.
In their own words“rais[ing] public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba” and “recognizing and materializing the right of return,” stressing that “the rights of the refugees to return must be accepted.”  This agenda is equivalent to calling for the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Funding

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Activities

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  • Promotes the Durban demonization rhetoric, accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “ongoing destruction of Palestinian localities,” “expulsion,” “massacres,” and “disregard for the rights of refugees and displaced people.”
  • Supports a “One State Solution” or a “de-Zionized Palestine,” and refers to Israel as having an “ethnicized and racialized Zionist” system. (See NGO Monitor’s factsheet on Zochrot’s Support for “One State,” May 1, 2014).
  • Publishes a database of information about “the destroyed Palestinian villages,” “testimonies” from “Palestinian refugees who witnessed and survived the Nakba of 1948”.
  • Runs a “project of thinking and planning Palestinians practices of return.”
  • Founder Eitan Bronstein wrote a May 16, 2010 article, claiming that if the Palestinians give up their “right of return,” Israelis, “will be sentenced to the shameful life of an eternal occupier, armed from the soles of my feet to the depths of my soul and always afraid, like all colonizers.”
  • On April 23, 2014, a highly disturbing video was posted on YouTube, “The Holocaust’s Visit to Yad Vashem,” featuring radical activist Natali Cohen Vaxberg. In it, she visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and adopts the persona of the “Holocaust,” claiming to be “the best thing that ever happened” to the Jewish people. Several Zochrot officials were involved in the production of the video, including founder Eitan Bronstein, who acted as the “Holocaust Bodyguard” and Moran Barir, a member of Zochrot, who filmed and edited the movie. (See here for more on this highly offensive video).
  • In a December 2008 joint submission to the UN Human Rights Council for Israel’s Universal Periodical Review, Zochrot falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “forcible displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian people.”
  • Endorsed the 2010 “Free Gaza Flotilla,” which used the pretense of humanitarian aid to attempt to violate Israel’s closure of Gaza.
  • Hosted a September 29-30 2013 conference at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, titled “From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of Palestinian Refugees.” Funding for the event was provided by a number of European government frameworks. However, in response to NGO Monitor inquiries, the funders referred to issues of “privacy” as the excuse to avoid exposing the amounts and other details to the public.
  • In May 2014, launched a smartphone app, “iNakba,” timed to coincide with Israel’s 66th Independence Day. The app features an interactive map and photos of Palestinian villages from 1948, as a way of delegitimizing Israel and promoting the Palestinian “right of return.”
  • In March 2015, Zochrot, together with Palestinian NGO BADIL went on a speaking tour across the United States to discuss “the ongoing Nakba affecting Palestinians both in Palestine and in the diaspora.” According to the event flyer, “Presentations will aim to provide a historical overview of the Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) and the Right of Return, the forcible displacement of Palestinian since before 1948 and continuing today, and the practicalities of return for refufees. In turn, American audiences will have focused time to consider their role in supporting the call for the Right of Return and how to integrate the Nakba into U.S.-based activism.”

Partial list of foreign donations based on reports to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits and NGO financial reports

Donor (amounts in NIS)*2012201320142015
Oxfam Great Britain30,00025,61525,878
Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)244,559239,915186,36298,053
Rosa Luxemberg Foundation (Germany)81,24080,434
Finn Church Aid (Finland)189,273193,67384,097
Christian Aid (UK)323,220243,746241,169
Trocaire (Ireland)99,38047,960
ICCO (Netherlands)198,360
CCFD (France)198,442141,861 139,12498,932
Misereor (Germany)247,695124,314176,290
HEKS-EPER (Switzerland)85,044275,99786,738142,588
Mennonite Central Committee90,91497,821166,37149,788
Jewish Voice for Peace35,720
American Friends Service Committee 69,956130,04399,018
The United Church of Canada33,298
Rockefeller Brothers Fund$20,000
university of East London (UK)83,095
Oxfam (Belgium)24,960
Stichting Het Solidariets Fonds (Netherlands)70,57983,667

*Unless otherwise noted

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