|Founded||1998 in Jerusalem by Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.|
|In their own words||Seeks to “disseminate the Palestinian narrative,” “influence policy and legislation,” and “achieve a more supportive policy environment for reform and democratization in Palestine.”|
- In 2016, total income was $1.2 million; total expenses were &1.1 million.
- 2015–2016 donors include: Norway, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, NGO Development Center, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund, Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Arab Fund (Kuwait), and Canada Fund. (See table below for further funding information.)
- In 2014-2017, Miftah received $605,000 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding by Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands) in core funding.
- In 2015, Miftah received EUR 70,000 from Ireland.
- In February 2014, Canada terminated a funding agreement with Miftah. According to Miftah, this followed Hanan Ashrawi’s attack against Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s for stating that the Palestinians are making a “huge mistake” by going to the ICC. Ashrawi said, “Israel is enabled by apologists like John Baird to persist with the support of self-appointed advocates who become complicit in these war crimes,” and alleged that “Canada is indulging in political blackmail at the expense of our civil society institutions.”
- Miftah’s publications use highly politicized language, accusing Israel of “massacres,” “apartheid,” “summary executions” of Palestinian youth, and “Judaizing” Jerusalem.
- Hanan Ashrawi, founder and Chair of the MIFTAH Board of Directors, addressed the virulent 2001 UN Durban Conference, claiming to represent the Palestinian people, which she called a “nation in captivity held hostage to an ongoing Nakba, as the most intricate and pervasive expression of persistent colonialism, apartheid, racism, and victimization.”
- Regularly lobbies the United Nations to “end the Israeli occupation and uphold accountability through international mechanisms.” It called for the removal of the separation wall, referring to it as an “Apartheid Wall” that creates “ghettos.”
- Claims that Israeli officials express sentiments relating to “the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian-Israeli Arabs.”
- In 2016, MIFTAH sponsored a trip for five US Congressmen to visit east Jerusalem and Ramallah. According to the trip’s itinerary, the Congressmen met with Shawan Jabarin, who has alleged ties to the PFLP terrorist organization and as such has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan.
- In 2015, the Canadian government pulled funding for a Miftah project after the group failed to publicize that funding had come from the government.
- Publishes articles that advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel, alleging that “the BDS campaign calls for justice first, framing the conflict in terms of colonization, oppression and denial of the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.”
- Published a list of Israeli products and companies, located both in Israel and abroad, for individuals to boycott in order “to force foreign governments, corporations, and individuals to abandon their support of Israel vies-a-vie threats to the economic interests.” The document compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.
- Shared an article about the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (formerly the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation), in which Israel is compared to the Ku Klux Klan, and calls for an end to Israel’s “colonial/apartheid policy.”
- In a January 2017 interview for Deutsche Welle, founder and chair of the Miftah board of directors Hanan Ashrawi claimed that Palestinian “attacks and their perpetrators” (as described by the interviewer, Tim Sebastian), “are seen by the people as resistance. And you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as terrorist (sic)” (3:20).
- Described Wafa Idrees, one of the first female Palestinian suicide bombers, as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.” Idrees detonated herself on January 27, 2002, killing 81 year-old Pinhas Takatli and wounding another 150 Israeli civilians. She is described as one of the “several young women” who “decided to join the ranks of the resistance movement.
|Donor (Amounts in $US)||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016
|Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat ||80,000
|International Republican Institute (US)||154,457||18,423||--||
|Representative Office of Norway||130,000||133,913||167,987||404,538||
|Representative Office of Ireland||74,060||76,454
|NGO Development Centre||130,000||32,000||330,000||--||
|United Nations Development Programme||70,477|| --||57,640||181,257||
|The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ireland||66,680|| 96,285||87,360||--||
|United Nations Population Fund||64,506||59,208||29,693||149,321||19,752
|Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany)||44,702|| --|| -- ||--||
|National Endowment for Democracy (US)||31,883|| --|| -- ||--||
|UN Women||19,747|| --|| -- ||--||
|Oxfam Novib (Netherlands)||5,272||587||406,623||128,605||169,677
|Arab Fund|| --||177,135||--||264,113||
|U.S. Consulate|| --||175,000||--||--||
|British Council|| --||269,422|| -- ||--||
|Department for International Development (DFID; UK) / UK Aid || -- || -- ||--||1,485||
|GIZ (Germany)|| -- || -- ||50,876||116,087||124,183
|Canada Fund|| -- || -- ||13,455||23,614||
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