Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS)




  • Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) is the foundation affiliated with the far-Left Die Linke party, based on the East German Marxist regime and West German supporters. 
  • Headquartered in Berlin, with international branches including Tel Aviv and Ramallah
  • The highly Ideological agenda and advocacy activities, particularly regarding the Holocaust, antisemitism and Israel, (including support for BDS) is widely criticized in Germany and outside. Details below.
  • Since the establishment of the Israel branch in 2008, RLS provided approximately NIS 50 million to the activities of political organizations and institutions in Israel, as well as salaries to fund representatives in the region.


  • In 2020, total income was €81 million; total expenses were €80 million.
  • In 2020, the German government granted €79.8 million to Rosa Luxemburg.
  • According to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in 2021 the Israeli branch of Rosa Luxemburg had a total income of NIS 6.1 million and expenses of NIS 6 Million.

Funding to Politicized NGOs (partial information due to lack of transparency)

Political Advocacy

BDS Activities (partial list)


  • Tsafrir Cohen, head of RLS’ Israel office, is the former head of the “Israel & Palestine” office of German anti-Israel political NGO Medico International (MI). Cohen has expressed repeated support for the Palestinian narrative. For example, in May 2018, he declared: “Israel’s right-wing nationalists are simply proud of their victory at the time and are openly threatening a ‘second nakba’ if the Palestinians continue to resist.”
    • In a June 2017 interview Cohen stated that “Processes of colonization usually end through resistance of the colonized against the colonizers. We are not seeing this now… The Palestinians are tired after two uprisings… Then there is the Israeli public… There are many [in Israel] who profit financially from the occupation, and many whom it does not hurt financially. And then there’s international politics. It too is doing nothing in order to shift the cost-benefit-ratio so as to render an end to the occupation and a political solution a necessity” (emphasis added, NGO Monitor translation).
    • In a 2013 article in a German newspaper, Cohen advocated for the imposition of German sanctions on Israel. In a 2014 MI blog post titled “No to Blind Solidarity with Israel,” Cohen wrote “Tel Aviv’s policies endanger Israeli as well as Palestinian society. Europe is obliged to intervene” (NGO Monitor translation).
  • Issa Rabadi, program manager at the RLS Ramallah office, has worked previously for BADIL and the Kanan Coalition Project.
  • In a 2015 interview with Katja Hermann, at the time Head of the RLS Palestine Office and currently head of the Middle East/Asia Unit, Hermann alleged that “The occupation, as well as the structural discrimination against the Palestinian minority in Israel, is backed by a political system that is based on racism. Children learn already in school that Palestinians are not equal human beings, this continues in the army, where they [Palestinians] become a security problem and a legitimate target. In this context of racism, the use of force against Palestinians is tolerated” (emphases added, NGO Monitor translation).

Funding to Israeli NGOs (amounts in NIS)

Amounts based on quarterly financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits unless noted. Due to a lack of transparency, information on funding for Palestinian NGOs is unavailable.

+972 Magazine38,81678,40034,27172,891
Kerem Navot30,45039,20039,10546,856
Mada al-Carmel38,50070,56039,35352,807
Combatants for Peace31,31062,284
Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality27,65018,558134,450
Sadaka Reut58,378120,375
Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)$46,100

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