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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

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Country/TerritoryGermany

Activity

Funding

  • Received €162.1 million in grants from the German Federal Government in 2016, as well as €2.7 million from Federal States and other local authorities.
  • Only €3.1 million of FES’s income for 2016 does not come from public funding.

Partners

  • Funds and partners with Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA).
    • PASSIA’s reports, bearing the FES logo with the description “Kindly supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Jerusalem,” have glorified terrorism, labeling it “resistance”:
      • One such publication from 2015 favorably describes a wave of terror that began in October 2015 as a “youth uprising” that “brought a new vision and mission to the concept of Palestinian steadfastness and resistance.” It also refers to a Palestinian terrorist who carried out an attack that killed three Israelis in October 2015 as a “martyr.”
      • Another such publication claims that “The currently longest serving Palestinian woman prisoner is Lina Al-Jarbuni, 40, from Arraba Al-Batuf near Acre in 1948 Palestine, who is serving a 17-year sentence since 2002 for ‘aiding the enemy’ – Palestinian resistance” (emphasis added). Lina Jarbuni is serving a 17-year sentence for assisting Hamas in carrying out attacks against civilians.
    • The “Director of the FES office in the Palestinian Territories,” Dr. Beyhan Sentürk, regularly participates in PASSIA meetings and briefings.
    • On May 8, 2017, FES and PASSIA co-hosted a “Conference on 50 Years of Occupation of the Palestinian Territories.”
  • FES co-implements a Young Leaders Program (YLP) with Palestinian NGO Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC). Launched in 2015, “YLP Generation III” is set to be held in September 2017.
    • In May 2017, WATC inaugurated a youth center in the town of Burqa, near Nablus. The center is named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. Upon learning that the center had been named after a terrorist, the Norwegian government and the United Nations, both of whom had funded the center, issued strong condemnations. The Danish and Dutch governments have subsequently terminated their funding to WATC.
    • In June 2017, “The Junior Guest Researchers of FES Palestine and FES Israel recently welcomed each other at their respective offices for a two day exchange… During the stay at FES Palestine they went on a Tour through East Jerusalem, met a representative of WATC طاقم شؤون المرأة and visited the recently opened متحف ياسر عرفات Yasser Arafat Museum” (emphasis added).
  • On June 10, 2017, FES held a public workshop “in Cooperation with Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network” (PNGO), about “The Cost of Division on Legal Status and Human Rights.” This followed a May 2017 workshop also held with PNGO titled “Impact of the current situation on food security in the Gaza Strip.” In March 2016, FES held a workshop with PNGO on “The vision and Role of Civil Society Organizations in Achieving the National Reconciliation.”
    • In June 2017, PNGO condemned Norway for pulling funding from WATC (see above), referring to Mughrabi as a “Palestinian Woman Freedom Fighter,” stating that “PNGO believes this is another form of foreign domination and oppression calling Palestinian resistance a terrorist resistance against Israeli occupation… PNGO stands strong against conditional funding, especially when it threatens Palestinian right to resist foreign domination, exploitation, oppression and occupation” and that “there is a difference between freedom fighters and terrorists” (emphasis added).
  • According to a June 2017 Facebook post by FES, “Bisan Center for Research & Development presented the first draft of a paper that the FES partner prepared on subsidy reform in Palestine and its effects on social justice.”
    • Lamees Farraj, Project Coordinator at Bisan, is listed as a signatory on behalf of Bisan to the February 2016 “Support Statement of Palestinian Feminists in Palestine and Diaspora.” The statement accuses Israel of “colonial and racist oppression”; “deplore[s] the colonial attitude inherent in some Israeli feminists’ request of us to sign a statement in favor of liberal ideals… and against the effective solidarity with the struggle for rights”; and “emphasize[s] that popular resistance movements, including the boycott movement, are feminist issues as well.”
    • According to Palestinian organizations Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and Addameer, Bisan’s Executive Director Eteraf Rimawi was arrested six times by Israeli forces between 1995 and 2014. Rimawi was allegedly sentenced for 16-months in prison and fined NIS 5,000 in 2000. During his detention in 2008, an Israeli military judge affirmed that “Eteraf was active in political activities related to the PFLP.”

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