Open Society Foundations (OSF)


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  • In 2020, total budget was $1.2 billion and “is organized under 7 regions and 10 themes.”
    • $34.3 million was allocated to programs in the Middle East and North Africa.

OSF Funding to Political NGOs

Political Advocacy

  • OSF has published articles by B’TselemAl-Haq, Breaking the SilenceAdalah, and Gisha as part of its “Grantee Spotlight” page.
    • In October 2016, Shawan Jabarin, the director of Al-Haqpromoted the decision to label all products from Israeli communities built over the 1967 ceasefire line adopted by the EU, ostensibly calling for the eventual boycott of all Israeli products.
    • In June 2016, OSF shared a report entitled “The Occupation’s Fig Leaf: Israel’s Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism” prepared by B’Tselem. The report claims that “Palestinians have been living under an Israeli military regime that has wrongfully killed, injured, and abused them.”
  • OSF granted an unknown amount of money to the political activist Michael Sfard to write his book, The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights. Sfard is involved in highly political NGOs (many of them getting money from OSF) and campaigns against Israel, including lawfare.
    • In February 2018, OSF hosted the book launch with Sfard and Jill Jacobs, the executive director of T’ruah, discussing “Has a generation of legal action against the occupation actually served to bolster its legitimacy?”
  • The “Open Society Justice Initiative,” which claims to “foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination… address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism.” was asked by Adalah to “prepare a memorandum for the UN Human Rights Council’s follow-up Fact-Finding Committee” (to the “Goldstone Report”). The resulting report alleged that “the Israeli investigations to date have not complied with international or comparative standards,” and that delays “violate[] international law and taint[] the independence and effectiveness of any subsequent inquiry.”

Funding to NGOs (amounts in $US, unless noted)

All grant information was taken from the Grant Database on Open Society Foundation’s website. Grants in New Israeli Shekels (NIS) were taken from annual reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.

Breaking the Silence200,00075,000NIS 330,990
Adalah400,000400,000NIS 756,000
Al MezanAmount unavailable
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)Amount unavailable
B’Tselem300,000NIS 472,570NIS 24,836
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)100,000120,000NIS 88,500
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)99,924
Grassroots Jerusalem65,000
Terrestrial Jerusalem100,000
Yesh Din50,000NIS 195,500
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)530,000
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)Amount unavailableAmount unavailable
Middle East Children's Alliance300,000
Ir Amim140,000140,000NIS 66,500
Mada al-Carmel160,00075,000NIS 300,409
Machsom Watch70,000NIS 135,380
War on Want200,000
Mossowa110,000NIS 213,771
Amnesty USA133,625100,000
Education for Just Peace in the Middle East300,000
+972 Magazine100,000
Al Qaws100,000NIS 180,765
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)95,000
EuroMed Rights1,550,0161,000,000
European Middle East Project (EuMEP)25,000
Ligue des droits de l'Hommes (LDH)200,02482,538
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom174,375
International Commission of Jurists650,000
Kayan-Feminist Organization200,000100,000
Telos Group350,000
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders320,000600,000
Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT)940,000

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