In their own wordsAims “to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents.”



  • 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

  • In August 2020, Gisha published a blog post referring to Gaza as a “penal colony.”
  • In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gisha Director of International Relations Beth Oppenheim published an article in Arab News entitled “Israel must take responsibility for Gaza,” delegitimizing Israel’s security policies and ignoring the fact that Hamas is a violent and internationally designated terrorist organization.  Oppenheim denied Hamas and other Palestinian actors agency for diverting resources to weapons, tunnels, and terror, instead of public infrastructure, and pivoted from her organization’s previous preemptive blaming of Israel for the potential spread of the pandemic in Gaza to a premature blaming of Israel for the “economic reverberations” that will be felt following the pandemic.
  • In January 2020, Gisha released a statement comparing the Trump peace plan to apartheid South Africa, likening proposed Palestinian enclaves to “Bantustans” and referring to the plan as a “plan for ongoing conflict.”
  • In July 2019, Gisha signed on a letter to the German parliament claiming that BDS is not antisemitic, saying that it was “a disservice to the true fight against antisemitism to equate it with BDS.”
  • In April 2018, Gisha, together with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Yesh Din, and Hamokedpetitioned the High Court of Justice demanding that the “Court order the cancellation of open-fire regulations allowing IDF soldiers to fire live ammunition at demonstrators who do not endanger the lives of soldiers on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.” The petition ignores the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.The Court rejected the petition, stating that the NGOs misrepresented the situation along the border and the applicable international legal framework. The court also found that following the NGOs’ recommended steps would result in more Palestinian casualties.
  • On 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.”


  • 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)

2018-2019 amounts based on NGO annual reports; 2020-2021 amounts based on quarterly financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

United Kingdom237,614371,798395,275
Oxfam (UK)370,082
Trocaire (Ireland)105,883
Oxfam Novib (Netherlands) 230,711191,594
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)46,946
UNDP 429,107252,259722,58972,933
Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)57,413186,310198,751211,597
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)
Irish Aid (Ireland) 323,178310,111382,671
lnstitute for Foreign Cultural Relations - Germany399,145
Action Against Hunger (France)22,060183,584201,063
NGO Development Center (Ramallah)1,411,9372,324,681
Foundation for Middle East Peace126,627
New Israel Fund143,634
Open Society Institute324,936
Rockefeller Brothers Fund206,525
Sigrid Rausing Trust380,594
Bread for the World58,810

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