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Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.arij.org/
Founded1990
In their own wordsA “non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources.”

Funding

  • In 2016, total income was $2.8 million; total expenses were $3.6 million.
  • Donors include: SpainSwedenSwitzerland, the European UnionOxfam NovibRosa Luxemburg FoundationDanChurchAid, Catholic Relief Services, and the UN (see below for detailed funding information).
  • Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), together with the Land Research Center (LRC), received €474,732 (2016-2019) from the European Union via its Peacebuilding Initiative Program for a project titled “Advocating for a Sustainable and Viable Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The projects “aims at inspecting and scrutinizing Israeli colonizing activities in their different forms in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, and to disseminate the related information to policy makers in the European countries and to the general public” (emphasis added). (See below for further information regarding this project.)
  • Involved in three other EU-funded projects from 2011-2016, under the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program, worth a combined sum of €1,540,209.
  • ARIJ received €252,883 (2016-2018) from the Netherlands via Oxfam Novib for a project to “achieve policy changes by governments and the private sector to the benefit of groups facing poverty and injustice, and to strengthen civil society’s capacity to demand for such change.”

Activities

  • Among the leaders of the political warfare against Israel, seeking to further boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), false accusations of Israeli “apartheid” and “racism,” and support for a Palestinian “right of return”, which is inconsistent with two-state solution.
  • Employs attack rhetoric of “ethnic cleansing,” “transfer,” “land grab,” “colonialization activities” in publications and claims Israel guilty of “excessive and disproportionate violations of every existing humanitarian code”.
  • Seeks to map “communities targeted by Israeli activities on the ground to help assess the magnitude of the occurred damages and derive conclusions” and “obtain visual illustration of changes and damages” in order to convey such findings to “Palestinian decision makers, foreign representatives and the public at large.”
  • Issues frequent reports to “shed the light on the Israeli violations taking place in the occupied Palestinian territory against lands and properties along with a map depicting the location of the affected areas.
  • ARIJ and the Land Research Center (LRC) launched an EU-funded website as part of its project titled, “Advocating for a Sustainable and Viable Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The website features blatant propaganda and allegations such as “Throughout the years of occupation of the Palestinian territory, Israel has engaged in excessive and disproportionate violations of every existing humanitarian code” (emphasis added) and refers to the Israel Defense Force as the “Israel occupation Forces.”
    • The website provides a platform for ARIJ and LRC’s distorted historical account, claiming that “The State of Israel was founded on approximately four-fifths of Palestine, taking more land than the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan had proposed,” and that “During and after the 1948 War, a transfer policy was carried out and four out of every five Palestinians in the area inside Israel became refugees.” This “historical” summary omits the context of an Arab rejection of partition and an Arab-initiated war against Israel, and falsely alleges an Israeli “transfer policy.”
  • In December 2017, following President Trump “overturn[ing] the longstanding international commitment to a two-state solution” by naming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ARIJ accused Jerusalem of “undergo[ing] intense Israeli colonization practices aimed at encapsulating the city with a belt of settlements that grow towards each other, forming physical barricade that isolates the city from the rest of the West Bank.”
  • In November 2017, Director General Dr. Jad Issac gave a lecture, “Facts on the ground – description of the current situation: Israeli policies in support of building illegal settlements,” at the First European Conference on Israeli Settlements.
  • In October 2016, as a member of the Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON), ARIJ was a signatory on a call to restaurant chefs to “Take Apartheid off the Menu” and cancel their participation in the Tel Aviv “Round Tables Tour” as Tel Aviv is “the center of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid and deeply complicit in whitewashing Israeli violations of Human Rights and International Law.”
  • On September 1, 2016, signed a letter to the Italian Association of Farmers asking them to “rethink their sponsorship and participation” in the Israeli Watec Conference due to its “role in the grave violations of human rights and water rights” and compliance with the “water apartheid.”
  • Together with Al-MezanPalestinian NGO NetworkBadil, and PCDCR, ARIJ signed on a “Joint Call to Action: July 2014 – Month against the Apartheid Wall,” stating: “….it is time for a ‘legal intifada’, an intensified popular struggle and more boycotts, divestment and sanctions. It is time for accountability…. to overcome Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. We ask you to expand and deepen the global BDS movement for justice…”
  • Published a 32-page “Christmas Alert” in 2012 (together with Kairos Palestine, a central actor in promoting BDS in churches and Christian organizations), comparing Palestinians today with the “Parable of the Vineyard and the Tenants,” invoking classic antisemitic deicide themes, and casting Israeli Jews as “evil tenants” and the Palestinians as Jesus.
  • ARIJ also produced a video Christmas message on the economic situation in the West Bank. This message is also full of false and misleading “facts,” for instance, the claim that Israel imposes a 1.5 kilometer “buffer zone” along the Gaza border. In reality, this zone was no more than 500 meters, and after “Operation Pillar of Defense” (November 2012) the buffer zone was reduced.
  • Co-authored a submission in January 2013 to the Human Rights Council accusing Israel of accusations of “violence, verbal and physical abuses, inhumane and degrading treatments, forced evictions, land and property grabbing, destruction of property and housing.”
  • Organized a project, funded by the European Union, “Monitoring Israeli Colonizing activities in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza,” aimed at “inspecting and scrutinizing Israeli colonizing activities in their different forms in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza.”
  • In 2008, ARIJ declared that “Israel Should Not Join the EU & the Nato” because of its “illegal practice of collective punishment, practice of racism, illegal military occupation, and violations of human rights.”

“Apartheid” rhetoric

  • Accuses Israel of building “apartheid roads” which have “consolidated and strengthened the presence of Israeli colonies across the West Bank, ensuring superior access for settlers at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians.”
  • Participates in discriminatory campaigns such as “Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign: The Palestinian Campaign for Repealing Israel’s Racist Law Denying Family Reunification.”
  • On October 2018, ARIJ will meet with the Joint Advocacy Initiative’s (East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA) Olive Picking Program for a “presentation on the Apartheid Wall and land expropriation by Israeli authorities.”
  • In October 2017, ARIJ was a signatory on a “World Day of Action: A World Without Walls” stating that the “Apartheid Wall” built by Israel is an “integral part of its policy to confiscate over 60% of the West Bank and imprison the Palestinian people on not more than 13% of their historical homeland.” The statement called to “Demand an immediate end to the walls that expel, exclude, oppress, discriminate and exploit… [and] Resist and defund those that profit from the walls.
  • In 2014, ARIJ accused the “Israeli water regime in the West Bank” as being a “system of apartheid that severely discriminates against Palestinians.”
  • Cooperated with the radical Alternative Information Center in May 2013 for an event regarding “the Apartheid Wall Israel in the Cremisan Valley near Beit Jalla, a town adjacent to Bethlehem.”

Partners

  • Works with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy to establish a “systematic quantification of the annual costs imposed by the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy” in the field of water and environment management.
  • Member of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Coalition (PGAAWC), which focuses on “stopping and dismantling the Apartheid Wall and resisting Israeli occupation and colonization.”
  • Member of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Mennonite Palestine Israel Network, and Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network- Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON).
  • Member of the “Displacement Work Group,” an initiative of Badil and OCHA to “monitor human rights violations (evictions, home demolitions, land confiscations) resulting in the displacement of people from their lands and communities,” along with: Addameer, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, AIC, Badil, BIMKOM, B’Tselem, CARE Intnl., DCI – Palestine section, Diakonia, EAPPI, Ir Amim, ICAHD, Maan Development Ctr, Oxfam UK, Oxfam Solidarite – Belgium, PA Govt. Spokesperson, PCHR, RHR, Society of St. Yves, Save the Children UK, Shatil, UNFPA, Stop the Wall, ACRI, UNFPA, WCLAC, World Vision, and Yesh Din.
  • Member of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which refused to sign the anti-terror clause that is a condition of US government funding, stating “that its members would not sign funding agreements that included the ATC [Anti-Terror Certificate]: this is now a condition for membership under PNGO byelaws [sic]” (emphasis added).
    • In June 2017, PNGO condemned Norway for pulling funding from a youth center named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. PNGO referred 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).
    • In April 2017, PNGO called on the international community not to “use aid to undermine legitimate Palestinian resistance.” According to PNGO, “We reject all de-legitimization or criminalization of lawful Palestinian resistance, whether in form of allegations of terrorism, anti-semitism or otherwise… We call on all governments and aid providers to respect our right to lawful resistance, support Palestinian human rights defenders, and ensure equal, impartial and transparent access to funding for all.”
  • Member of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC).
    • On August 29, 2017, Joseph Schechla, HIC coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network, wrote an article on the “Anatomy of ISIL in the Middle East,” discussing how “the ISIL phenomenon ironically has its roots in deep anomalies and double standards of the interstate system itself. This is only symbolically reflected in the contemporary acronym of ISIL, which corresponds with the abbreviation for the so-called “Islamic state” (IS) joined to the binomial code for the State of Israel (IL). This coincidence of acronyms completes the analogy of the respective Jihadist and Zionist movements and their common attributes at the expense of indigenous Middle East peoples. Just as one follows the other in time, the participants in the former-named (IS) may be counting on the same seamless impunity long enjoyed by its latter-cited predecessor (IL).”
    • On March 27, 2017, HIC published the International Federation of Human Rights’ (FIDH) report titled “French Banks’ Dangerous Liaisons with the Israeli Settlement Enterprise,” that called on the French government to force French banks and insurance companies to “disengage without delay from any financial link with Israeli banks.” The report also lobbied for “a legislative proposal prohibiting enterprises from all sectors to invest in the settlements.”

Funding to ARIJ

FunderGrantYear
European Commission$952,880
$480,658
$675,578
2016
2015
2013
Sweden$126,444
$101,311
$539,122
$645,116
2016
2015
2014
2013
Spanish Government (AECID)€199,611.93
€818,000
2015
2013
UNDP$301,240
$158,545
$271,661
2015
2014
2013
DanChurchAid$149,666
$117,993
$130,479
$152,640
2016
2015
2014
2013
Oxfam Novib$101,927
$129,829
2016
2014
Switzerland$300,0002014
Catholic Relief Services$32,8432014
Spanish Cooperation$1,058,2382013
Rosa Luxemberg$9,7942013

Amounts from ARIJ Annual Reports (20162015, 2014, 2013), unless otherwise noted.

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