|In their own words||"Israeli civil society organization, established during 2012 and employing comprehensive land-use research to challenge the systems and policies that enable ongoing dispossession of Palestinians from their land in the West Bank."|
- In 2015 had reported income of NIS 222,713 (~$57,530) and reported expenses of NIS 240,290.
- Original support for Kerem Navot came from Diakonia (Sweden). Additional support comes from the European Union, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and HEKS-EPER (Switzerland).
- According to information provided by the Israeli Registrar for Non-Profits, in 2014, NRC provided NIS 291,641, and Diakonia provided NIS 123,768. The European Union provided NIS 19,980 in 2016 via partner NGOs.
- In March 2015, Kerem Navot published “A Locked Garden: Declaration of Closed Areas in the West Bank.” This document was published through the support of Diakonia, the European Union, and the Norwegian Refugee Council.
- The EU’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) program awarded Kerem Navot €497,040 in 2014-2016 for a joint project in conjunction with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ) and the Land Research Center.
- In 2016, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized a grant worth $40,902 to Kerem Navot.
- Kerem Navot is part of Swiss Church organization HEKS-EPER’s “Open Forum.” HEKS provided CHF 760,000 in 2016 to Open Forum partner organizations, which also includes Badil, Zochrot, Coalition of Women for Peace, PalVision, Emek Shaveh, and New Profile.
- The organization was founded by Dror Etkes, formerly of Peace Now and Yesh Din. At Peace Now and Yesh Din, Etkes headed settlement tracking projects. Shay Davidovich, formerly of Breaking the Silence, is Kerem Navot’s media coordinator.
- According to an article about the NGO in the Times of Israel, the name of the organization, “Kerem Navot, or Navot’s Vineyard….a barbed biblical citation, might go over the head of the average Israeli — but not over that of members of the religious settler movement, at whom it is aimed.”
- In response to claims that a school in the West Bank was constructed illegally on private land (December 2016), Etkes said, “It’s no wonder that while Israel’s racist education minister in busy trying to find ways to make vermin like the Amona outpost kosher and to initiate laws meant to silence organizations such as Breaking the Silence…” (emphasis added).
- In 2016, BDS activists targeted Israeli membership in FIFA. Kerem Navot document on the issue accused Israel of a “takeover of land,” including the use of “pirate tactics.” It was also cited extensively in Human Rights Watch’s document, FIFA Sponsoring Games on Seized Land.
- Kerem Navot’s 2015 report, “A Locked Garden: Declaration of Closed Areas in the West Bank,” was written in coordination with highly politicized NGOs including Ta’ayush, Breaking the Silence, and Bimkom.
- Its initial publication, “Israeli Settler Agriculture as a Means of Land Takeover in the West Bank” (August 2013), was posted on the website of the Israeli NGO, Rabbis for Human Rights. Quamar Mishiraqi-Assad, head of the Legal Department of Rabbis for Human Rights, contributed to the report.
- The report accuses Israel repeatedly of “aggressive takeovers,” employing “land-grab methods,” and an almost “complete lack of law enforcement against settlers who infiltrate and expropriate private Palestinian land and harass Palestinian farmers in blatant violation even of Israeli law.”
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