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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitehttp://www.coalitionofwomen.org/?page_id=723&lang=en

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Activities

  • CWP is a leader in international BDS campaigns against Israel, including through initiating the “Who Profits from the Occupation” project.
  • Promotes the allegation of Israeli water discrimination against Palestinians. The group claims that the shortage of water in the West Bank is “a result of Israel’s policy since 1967, which includes dispossession of water reservoirs in the occupied territories.” NGO Monitor research has determined that CWP’s claims are based on false information and are part of a larger demonization campaign against Israel.
  • Endorses the “Free Gaza Movement.” Following its May 2010 violent confrontation with the Israeli navy, CWP stated that it “stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and with heroic members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.” CWP is listed as an “Endorser” of a September 2016 “Women’s Boat to Gaza.”
  • As part of a German-funded project (see above), CWP is leading a campaign on “non-violent resistance.” CWP’s campaign summary (February 2016) appears to blur the line between violence and non-violence (all translations from the original Hebrew by NGO Monitor):
    • CWP claims “there are numerous discussions and debates as to the boundaries of non-violent resistance,” and asks “when is vandalizing property a legitimate part of a struggle and what property exactly… and of course, the ongoing discussion of the question whether throwing stones at an oppressing force is part of non-violent resistance?” (emphasis added).
    • CWP further asserts that “in many examples from which one can learn about non-violent resistance, some of the movements in the struggle also included violent groups or actions. A classic example is the struggle against apartheid in South Africa that was renown world-wide for the effect of the boycott and conducting a non-violent struggle, but in fact including much violence of different groups in the struggle.”
    • Questioning whether non-violence is the only legitimate form of protest, CWP introduces “criticism of concepts of non-violent struggle.” Examples include “the criticism of Malcolm X towards the approach identified with Martin Luther King,” and contemporary “demonstrations and the formation of protest movements around the world and of course in the struggle against the occupation.”As part of a German-funded project (see above), CWP is leading a campaign on “non-violent resistance.” CWP’s campaign summary (February 2016) appears to blur the line between violence and non-violence (all translations from the original Hebrew by NGO Monitor):
  • Promotes and has organized “Israeli Apartheid Week” activities and events.

Taken from Coalition of Women for Peace’s Facebook page, February 13, 2014, https://www.facebook.com/94205446262/photos/a.10150839343466263.390766.94205446262/10152052188646263/?type=1&theater

BDS

  • At CWP’s 2009 general meeting, the organization passed a resolution to support the Palestinian call for BDS.
  • In March 2013, CWP repeated a call for action by the Palestinian Global BDS Day of Action against Israeli institutions and corporations.
  • Initiated the “Who Profits” campaignin response to the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) on Israel.” “Who Profits?” is an activist tool and a database that identifies targets for anti-Israel divestment and boycotts.
    • In January 2014, the “Who Profits” campaign announced that “[due to] its increasing professionalization as a research center, the project separated from CWP and became an independent organization”. According to the Israeli registrar of non-profits, “Who Profits” was founded in 2013, with the objective of “conducting research on social and economic issues in Israel and the region.” As of the date of this publication (March 4, 2014), the campaign’s sources of funding are unknown, yet the two organizations continue to “collaborate as sister organizations.”
  • CWP and “Who Profits” co-authored a document “Knowing the Occupation Economy” (2015), which stresses:
    • “As long as Israeli and international corporations will continue to profit from the occupation, their interest in preserving it will grow. However, corporate involvement in the occupation opens up new channels for civil society to influence the situation. This information packet is part of a concerted effort by Coalition of Women for Peace and Who Profits to discover and expose these dangerous interests. The next step will be to divert the focus of all NGOs working against the occupation to the trade dimension inherent in the oppression we fight against, and demand corporate responsibility.”
  • CWP is involved in campaigns against major Israeli banks, the Elbit and G4S security companies, Ahava cosmetics, and Agrexco produce; in support of the Berkeley divestment vote; and a successful divestment initiative with the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.
  • Together with Israel Social TV, Machsom Watch, Mossawa and Women against Violence, ICAHD, Zochrot and AIC, CWP wrote to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and called “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” This letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”

Lawfare

  • Lobbied the British government in December 2009 to “Enable Prosecution of Israeli War Criminals.” CWP also sent a Hebrew translation of the UN Goldstone “Fact-finding” Report to (former Foreign Minister) Tzipi Livni, stating: “We are convinced that if you refer to the report you will understand why British citizens and organizations have turned to the courts with a request to issue a warrant for your arrest… We call on you to cooperate with any international investigation that may be opened against you and to counsel your colleagues in the Government and military to do the same.”

Funding Chart

Partial list of foreign donations based on reports to Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (amounts in NIS)

Donor201720162015201420132012
Kurve Wustrow (Germany)151,100173,237156,396563,30356,622
Bread for the World (Germany)29,925125,454120,67593,957119,877119,918
United Church of Canada23,31635,15277,463
Oxfam-Novib(Netherlands)20,959189,034361,617402,498348,203
ICCO (Netherlands)573,828294,984
NOVACT/ Nova Centre (Spain)161,258246,781
Kvinna till Kvinna (Sweden)46,841104,284109,87277,606123,284
European Union152,082392,108
Medico International(Germany)47,08049,951
Trocaire (Ireland)24,179
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF)59,911
Diakonia50,230
HEKS-EPER278,251

Partners

As of 2009, Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) has ten members, including New Profile, Bat Shalom, Machsom Watch and Women in Black, and provides an additional platform by which these NGOs promote their campaigns.

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