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Gisha

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitewww.gisha.org
Founded2005
In their own wordsAims “to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents.”

Funding

Activities

  • Claims Israel has developed “a complex system of rules and sanctions” to control the “fundamental right of Palestinians to freedom of movement” and violates Palestinian “basic rights… including the right to life, the right to access medical care, the right to education, the right to livelihood, the right to family unity and the right to freedom of religion.”

Political Advocacy

  • tunnels _inforgraphicOn June 30, 2017, Executive Director Tania Hary, Gisha’s executive director, spoke at the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) “Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation” discussing a “policy of hubris and cruelty. I think that what’s happening in the Gaza Strip and what’s been happening now for at least the last 10 years is one of the biggest experimentation projects on the planet. The idea is how do you test the breaking point of 2 million people?”
  • In June 2017, to mark 50 years of occupation, Gisha launched “50 shades of control” showing an “exhaustive list of aspects of the lives of residents of Gaza still controlled by Israel” including “employ[ing] collective punishment” and “harm[ing] the economy.”
  • On June 14, 2017, Gisha, alongside 16 other NGOs, sent a letter to the Attorney General requesting that he “direct the cabinet to immediately rescind its decision” to reduce the electricity supply to Gaza, claiming that it “contravenes Israeli and international law.”
  • On February 15, 2017, Gisha participated in a Knesset conference on 50 Years of Occupation with the message that “Israel must choose between peace with the Palestinians, and the road to apartheid or war.”
  • In January 2017, Gisha released a report titled “Hand on the Switch” on the lack of infrastructure in Gaza, claiming that “One fact stands out above all… Israel has maintained 50 years of continuous control over Gaza.”
  • In October 2015, Gisha was a signatory on a statement condemning Israeli security forces’ responses to terrorist attacks and to rioting in the West Bank and Gaza, stating that “Rather than imposing collective punishment on Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government should act to end the reality of ongoing and daily oppression faced by some four million people who live without hope of any change in the situation, without any horizon for the end of occupation, and without prospects for a life of liberty and dignity.”
  • August 2013 report claims that Israel’s policy in Gaza “has been guided” by “inconsistencies and contradictions” and condemns “the sweeping access restrictions and the arbitrary criteria” imposed by Israel on the Palestinian population. The report omits essential factual and security information that reveals Gisha’s aim to delegitimize Israeli actions, while ignoring internal Palestinian failings and human rights abuses.
  • In 2010, released a video game, titled “Safe Passage,” which aims “to inform about the legal and military measures that Israel uses to implement its policy of separation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank” and urges users to “assist in the building of a prosperous Palestinian society.”
  • In 2010, then executive director Sari Bashi accused the IDF of enacting policies in order “to empty the West Bank of Palestinians” and alleged that the “policy appear[s] to be political rather than security-oriented.”
  • A 2008 report, “Gaza Closure Defined: Collective Punishment,” maintained that Israel’s Gaza policy “target[s]…civilian goods, not military supplies.” The report ignored evidence that restricted goods have been used for Palestinian military purposes and pose a national security threat to the state of Israel.
  • Co-signed a 2008 letter to President George W. Bush, together with Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, that accused Israel of “collective punishment,” “serious violation[s] of international humanitarian law,” and imposing “unlawful closure” on Gaza.
  • In 2007, Gisha partnered with Yesh Din, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and Bimkom, to petition the Israeli High Court of Justice to demand “the abolishment of the order which forbids Palestinians from traveling in Israeli cars driven by Israelis or foreigners.” The preface of the appeal alleged that “[o]ut of all the red lines [Israel has] crossed… the order on ‘traffic and transportation’ carries within it grave seeds of evil.”

Staff

  • Sari Bashi, founder of Gisha and board member, became the Israel and Palestine country director at Human Rights Watch in April 2014.
    • In January 2017, Bashi wrote an op-ed (“Fifa must take strong stance against Israeli settlement clubs”) stating that “FIFA should heed the UN Security Council’s reaffirmation that the West Bank is not part of Israel, and that settlements are illegal. The only logical conclusion is for FIFA to instruct the Israel Football Association to stop holding matches in West Bank settlements.”
    • On November 21, 2016, Bashi sent a letter to the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein praising the latest efforts to establish a UN boycott of Israel and offer up three specific companies to be included.
  • Noam Rabinovich, Gisha Director of International Relations, was formerly the Fundraising Manager at the New Israel Fund and an International Relations Associate at B’Tselem.

Foreign donations (amounts in NIS)

2013-2014 amounts based on NGO annual reports; 2015-2017 amounts based on financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

Donor20172016201520142013
United Kingdom194,501280,465338,552405,973
Oxfam (UK)46,070197,141223,265216,185131,311
Trocaire (Ireland)138,919153,082
Oxfam Novib (Netherlands) 1,101,769193,431205,982303,849
EU 74,340
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)215,20755,744
UNDP 311,798379,54576,90617,146
Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)141,714252,028610,140279,682284,144
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)774,931651,234251,354418,774
Irish Aid (Ireland) 356,418430,146431,936
Diakonia74,02975,667
Finland68,221127,505
Germany159,571252,835
Switzerland54,383
lnstitute for Foreign Cultural Relations - Germany136,155

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