Bisan Research & Development Center


Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
In their own words“In Bisan we continuously seek to enhance Palestinian’s resilience and to contribute in building an effective democratic civil society.”



Bisan Ties to the PFLP

Staff Ties to the PFLP

  • Ubai Aboudi, Bisan’s Executive Director, was arrested by the Israeli authorities on November 13, 2019. In June 2020, Aboudi was sentenced to 12-months in prison. According to his conviction, Aboudi “was convicted of being a member and an activist of the Popular Front organization during the period starting from 2016 and ending in July 2019.” Specifically, Aboudi “was responsible for recruiting additional activists to the organization from young people and students, as well as strengthening the organization’s infrastructure in the area” (on file with NGO Monitor).
  • Itiraf Hajaj (Rimawi) served as Bisan’s Executive Director. Rimawi was arrested on September 23, 2019,  and  an  Israeli  authorities’ statement  refers to  him  as responsible for PFLP clandestine operations. Additionally, according to the PFLP-linked organization Samidoun, in 1995-2017, Rimawi was arrested several times. A 2016 High Court of Justice decision [HCJ-2524/16] referred to Rimawi as a “PFLP member” who “posed a security threat” (on file with NGO Monitor).
    • According to Palestinian media, Rimawi was sentenced to three and a half year of prison in December 2020.
  • In May 2019, Bisan Senior Researcher Gebril Muhamad attended a memorial event organized by the PFLP. It centered on PFLP political bureau member Rabah Muhanna, who, according to information posted by the PFLP, “contributed to the establishment” of several PFLP-affiliated NGOs. The hall was decorated with PFLP paraphernalia.

Government Funding to Bisan

European UnionEuropean Neighborhood Instrument (ENI)€699,2362017-2019Implemented by 5 Palestinian NGO partners
SpainBasque Agency for Development Cooperation (AVCD)€800,7642015-2018Via Mundubat; Implemented by 5 Palestinian NGO partners as part of the Kanan project
ItalyMFA€1.6 million2014-2017Via CISS - Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud; Implemented by 4 Palestinian NGO
BelgiumDirectorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD)€337,8922017-2021Via Viva Salud
€1.2 million2014-2016Via Solidarité Socialiste; Implemented by 3 Palestinian NGO

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