Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research


In their own words“To enhance the human and national development of the Palestinians in Israel, advance the cause of democratic citizenship, and become a hub of knowledge and critical thinking about Palestinians in Israel, equal citizenship, and democracy.”


  • In 2020, total income was NIS 1.6 million; total expenses were NIS 1.4 million.
  • Donors include the European Union, Norwegian Church Aid, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Germany), Cordaid, Open Society Institute, Galilee Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Mediterranean Fund for Women, and the Welfare Association.
  • Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO Transparency Law, Mada al-Carmel received NIS 10,675,283 from foreign governmental bodies in 2013-2022. (See chart below for detailed funding information.)
  • The Canadian government had allocated funding via the International Development Research Center (IDRC) for three multi-year projects (2006, 2008, 2009), totaling $C 927,000.
    • The IDRC funding helped establish a Gender Unit. According to Mada al-Carmel’s website, the “Project will…critically examine the Zionist-colonialist role of the Israeli state in order to expose the policies that maintain and perpetuate the subjugation of Palestinian women in Israel.”
    • The Globe and Mail reported that IDRC ended support in April 2010,resulting in “a loss of 40 per cent of Mada’s income and a serious blow to the organization’s reputation and credibility.” Mada al-Carmel filed a lawsuit against the government, alleging “a campaign by the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor.”


  • Co-authored the “Haifa Declaration” (2007) which calls for a “change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state” and accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust “at the expense of the Palestinian people.”
  • Mada al-Carmel publishes “Political Monitoring Reports” that “highlights various aspects of racism in policies targeting Palestinian citizens at home at the level of official policies, official and popular racist discourse and racist legislation.
  • In May 2022, Mada al-Carmel’s Coordinator of the Liberation Psychology program Einas Odeh Haj participated in an event titled “Bedouins of the Naqab: Resisting erasure in ’48 Palestine.” The event “shed light on the reality of life for Palestinian Bedouins of the Naqab, the southern lands colonised in 1948, where the struggle against ethnic displacement continues on a daily basis.”
  • In October 2021, Mada al-Carmel was a signatory on a joint statement condemning the decision by the Israeli Ministry to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations. According to the statement, “These groups are among the most prominent Palestinian human rights organizations. They have gained a high reputation for credibility and professionalism in the international community by challenging human rights violations before international forums, including UN human rights bodies and international courts.”
  • In January 2017, following the demolition of Umm Al-Hiran, a Bedouin village that was the scene of violence to prevent demolitions approved by the Israeli High Court of Justice, Mada al-Carmel stated, “This is not the first time. It is part of a systematic policy that provides for the cleansing of the Negev from the character of its Palestinian identity and the imposition of Jewish identity instead.”
  • In August 2014, Mada al-Carmel, alongside Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development, the Women’s Legal Aid and Counseling Center, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), and Women’s Studies Center, called for people to wear black to “show your opposition to those who aid Israel’s accumulative genocide against the Palestinian people.”
  • Mada al-Carmel and two other NGOs (Women Against Violence and the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health) were the “Palestine” representatives of the international “One Day One Struggle” campaign, titled “My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall” (November 2009). Publicity included a poster portraying an Israeli soldier reaching suggestively toward a Palestinian woman, alongside the caption: “Her husband needs a permit to touch her. The occupation penetrates her life everyday!”
  • Director Nadim Rouhana wrote in Foreign Policy (April 22, 2010): “it would be politically and morally wrong for the United States to support recognition of Israel as a Jewish state…The concept of a ‘Jewish state’ is not equivalent to the still-objectionable term ‘Christian state’ used by some groups in the United States. Rather, it is akin, in the eyes of Israel’s non-Jewish citizens, to the concept of a ‘white state’”.At a Mada al-Carmel “academic conference” entitled “Has the Two-State Solution Collapsed?” (July 2009), several participants advocated for a “one-state solution.” Nadim Rouhana of Mada al-Carmel claimed that “a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that relies on partition cannot be a just one. The partition resolution was based on the appropriation of part of Palestine, exceptionally granting it to the Zionist movement.”
  • The September 2011 edition of Mada al Carmel’s journal Jadal focused on “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”
  • Mada al-Carmel organized a conference in January 2010 where Hussein Abu Hussein, Chair of the Board of Ittijah (of which Mada al Carmel is a member) said, “Israel is a racist state, and a racist state cannot guarantee or create a culture of justice. It creates a racist and aggressive culture.”
  • In an editorial, Mada al-Carmel claims that there is a “Palestinian consensus within the Green Line against accepting the legitimacy of the Jewish State” and that “[t]he ethnic state is a recipe for continued injustice.”

Foreign donations based on financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non Profits (amounts in NIS)

2019-2020 amounts based on NGO annual financial reports; 2021-2022 amounts based on quarterly financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.

Donor (amounts in NIS)2022202120202019
Galilee Foundation1,167,8101,324,975
Open Society Institute341,400354,500
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation38,50070,56039,35352,807
Amnesty International45,854
Global Fund64,613

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