On May 15, 2018, Adalah and seven other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sent a letter to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to “Investigate Israel’s Use of Lethal Force in Gaza and Halt Foreign Assistance to Israeli Military Units.” The NGOs demanded “that the U.S. Department of State investigate Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza since March 30, 2018, and halt any further assistance to all Israeli military units involved in these shootings, in accordance with U.S. law, including the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act” (emphasis added).

The letter adopts a BDS (boycott, divestments, and sanctions) agenda against Israel, in stark contrast to the signatories’ donors’ policies. Donors include the New Israel Fund, European Union, and a number of European governments.  

Adalah’s NGO co-signatories include groups involved in BDS, lawfare, and other political warfare campaigns against Israel. Some co-signatories also have links to the Popular Front Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

The NGO signatories include:


Adalah Justice Project

  • The Adalah Justice Project “Began as the US Program of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel…the two organizations cooperate closely to advance a shared vision of full human rights for all people living in historic Palestine, the end of the occupation, and historical justice for all Palestinians.”
  • According to the organization, the project “aims to transform American perception, policy and practice in Palestine/Israel into a human rights approach that guarantees historical justice and equality for all. Through public education, legal partnerships, and intersectional community-based advocacy, AJP seeks to secure the rights of Palestinians and contribute to a growing global justice movement.”
  • Director Nadia Ben Yousuf participated in a conference (September 2017) co-sponsored (among others) by American Muslims for Palestine, Students for Justice for Palestine, National Lawyers Guild, and Jewish Voice for Peace. Speakers included representatives from AFSC’s ‘No Way to Treat a Child’ project, Mondowiess, Black Panthers, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the American Indian Movement.
    • The conference aim was to “commemorate the 100-year Palestinian resistance to Israel’s settler-colonial project and explore the similarities in violence used against Palestinians, African Americans, and Native Americans and their methods of resistance.”
  • Adalah Justice Project is a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center.


Al Mezan  

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P)

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)

Amnesty International USA

  • Disproportionately singles out Israel for condemnation, focusing solely on the conflict. Amnesty regularly misrepresents the complexities of the conflict and often ignores more severe human rights violations in the region.
  • Amnesty uses apartheid rhetoric, accuses Israel of committing “war crimes,” and is active in BDS related activities.
  • Regularly campaigns for and arms embargo against Israel. In April 2018, Amnesty “renewed its call on governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel.” In November 2017, Amnesty International-USA endorsed US Congresswoman McCollum’s proposed legislation “to prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children.”

 Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

  • Active in lawfare campaigns against Israel and Israeli officials (including Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Avi Dichter and former Chief of Staff of the IDF/Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon); promotes anti-Israel BDS campaigns; and accuses Israel of  “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”
  • Works closely together with Palestine Legal, an NGO Highly active in BDS campaigns, particularly on college and university campuses throughout the United States.
  • CCR received contributions in 2015 from the Ford Foundation ($342,500), Atlantic Philanthropies ($661,393), Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund ($729,450), Bertha Foundation ($1 million), Warsh-Mott Legacy ($345,000), the Open Society Foundation ($495,000), the Oak Foundation ($250,000), and the Tides Foundation ($245,641).