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  • Founded in 1966 by five Swedish churches; regional office for the Middle East is located in Jerusalem.
  • Describes itself as “a faith-based Swedish development organization” that claims to promote “human rights, democracy, social and economic justice, gender equality and conflict and justice.”





Political Advocacy

  • Diakonia’s “International Humanitarian Law” (IHL) program, which has its own online “Resource Center,” exploits international law, demonizes Israel, and promotes anti-Israel lawfare campaigns and a narrative based solely on Palestinian victimization. The IHL program focuses exclusively on Israel, and Diakonia does not conduct similar types of programs in terms of content or resources involving any other conflict region in the world.
  • During the 2014 Gaza War, Diakonia published a statement (July 13, 2014) accusing Israel of “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and “violations of international humanitarian law (IHL),” while ignoring Hamas terror attacks against Israeli civilians and Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense.
  • Diakonia Policy Advisor Joakim Wohlfeil posted a message on Twitter stating: “The outside world must stop Israel’s violations of international law and the constant oppression of the Palestinians” (July 24, 2014).
  • The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine Israel (EAPPI) “extend[ed] a special thanks to Diakonia for providing their expertise on international law in contribution” to EAPPI’s core publication, “Faith Under Occupation” (jointly published with the World Council of Churches and the Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre). The publication places sole blame on Israel for the difficulties faced by Christians in the Holy Land and seeks to “disprove” what it calls “unfounded Israeli and Christian Zionist propaganda that Palestinian Christians are depopulating due to Muslim fundamentalism in Palestinian society.”
  • Sponsored a March 2011 exhibit at the Army Museum in Stockholm featuring Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence (BtS). During an interview, BtS representative Itamar Shapira stated: “We are the oppressors, we are the ones that are violating human rights on a daily basis. We are creating the terror against us, basically… This is a war against civilians, a war against society” (emphasis added).
    • BtS regularly utilizes anonymous and unverifiable “testimonies” of low level soldiers to make politically biased accusations against Israel that reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict, thereby fueling the international demonization campaign against Israel.
  • Diakonia’s submission to the UN’s Goldstone fact-finding inquiry on the 2009 Gaza conflict similarly vilified and demonized Israel, making allegations of “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and “violation[s] of international humanitarian law.”

Partial list of donors based on information provided by 2015 annual report

DonorAmount (in SEK, approximate)
SIDA (Sweden)193.4 Million
Swedish Embassy142.4 Million
EU31.6 Million
Norwegian Association of the Disabled4.5 Million
"Foreign Embassies"29.3 Million
"Other"17.2 Million

Partial list of Diakonia funding to highly politicized NGOs based on NGO submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits and NGO annual reports

NGO Grantee20162015201420132012
Alternative Information Center (AIC)314,820325,440319,141483,860501,521
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)235,956274,210409,873
Physicians for Human Rights- Israel (PHR-I)97,522218,772274,211375,865
Coalition of Women for Peace45,695
Who Profits19,118


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