- Affiliated with the German Die Grünen (Green Party)
- Foundation headquarters located in Berlin, with Israel offices located in Tel Aviv and Ramallah.
- 2015 budget of €57,599,805, of which HBS received €37 million in German federal support.
- HBS’ Israeli and Palestinian websites provide limited information on the foundation’s ongoing funding partners. Funding information below is provided by recipients.
- In contrast to the organization’s stated moral objectives, funding is provided to politicized NGOs including the Ma’an Development Center and Nine-Seven-Two (+972) Magazine. (See chart below for available funding information.)
- Funding Examples:
- +972 Magazine received NIS 117,600 (2014-2016): Authors regularly invoke “apartheid” rhetoric and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns against Israel.
- Ma’an Development Center (MDC) is listed as a partner on HBS’s website; funding details are not disclosed.
- MA’AN published “Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions: Lessons learned in effective solidarity,” a guide to grassroots and international BDS campaigns.
- Accuses Israel of “war crimes” and violating international law. Refers to Gaza as the “world’s largest open-air prison,” and accuses Israel of denying citizens of “basic human rights such as water and electricity.” MA’AN’s publication “2017 Diary” blames Israel for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and provides legitimacy to Hamas’ rule, referring to it as having been elected through “democratic elections,” blaming Israel for “Palestinian internal division,” and having “intentionally crippled and undermined a functioning and sovereign state.” The document makes no mention of that fact that Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., Canada, the EU, and Israel.
- Kerstin Müller was appointed in 2014 to head the Tel Aviv office of the Böll Foundation. She co-initiated a German Green party campaign to label and boycott Israeli goods produced over the Green Line.
- In Israel, Müller became visibly involved in Israeli domestic politics by supporting the V15 group that sought to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu during the 2015 elections.
- Provided the support for a book,”The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity, and Jewish- Arab Partnership,” likening the Palestinian “Nakba” (Arabic for “catastrophe,” referring to the establishment of the State of Israel) to the Holocaust.
- HBS’s Ramallah office was supposed to co-sponsor a November 2017 conference “Commemorating the thirtieth Anniversary of the First Palestinian Uprising against the Israeli Occupation,” featuring speakers that are former or current members of the Hamas and PFLP terrorist organizations. Following Germa
n media coverage and significant public pressure citing NGO Monitor research, HBS withdrew its support for the event.
|NGOs||Amounts and Years|
|Ma'an Development Center||Not Disclosed (2014)
|Addameer||Not Disclosed (2014)|
|Al-Haq||Not Disclosed (2014)|
|Al-Mezan||Not Disclosed (2014)|
|+972 Magazine||NIS 57,400 (2014)
NIS 54,180 (2015)
|Ir Amim||NIS 50,000 (2015)
NIS 21,000 (2016)
*Funding information to Israeli NGOs for 2012-2014 is according to annual reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2015-2016 according to quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar. Ma’an Development Center does not disclose funding details.
Click here to read NGO Monitor’s full report on German Funding for Political Advocacy NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
- The Disgraceful Link Drawn Between the Holocaust and the Nakba Ben Dror Yemini, Ynet, August 29, 2015
- German Politico in TA Accused of Antisemitism Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post, May 29, 2013