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Mossawa

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitewww.mossawacenter.org
Founded1997
In their own words“To promote the economic, social, cultural and political rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and the recognition of this community a national indigenous minority, with their own national, cultural and historical distinctiveness.”

Funding

Activities

International Lobbying and the NGO Echo Chamber

  • Utilizes “various methods, including governmental advocacy in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and government, international advocacy with a particular focus in Europe, the United States, and South Africa,” and “contributed several position papers used in the decision making processes of international actors such as the UN, EU, and the US state departments.”
  • Mossawa’s reports to UN committees and other international bodies omit or minimize the context of terrorism to condemn Israeli security measures.
  • In February 2014, Director of Mossawa Jafar Farah, together with leaders of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Shatil, and Combatants for Peacemetwith European Parliament President Martin Schultz. At the meeting, Farah presented a letter to Schultz accusing Israel of “population transfer” and “forced displacement” and urging the European Union to take action to influence Israeli policy in the region. This “echo chamber,” whereby the EU and European governments fund NGOs and then repeat their false, inaccurate, or misleading allegations in determining foreign policy, produces damaging and ill-informed policies, while exacerbating conflict between the EU and Israeli democratic polity.
  • In June 2013, Mossawa, together with the Embassy of South Africa, organized a workshop for schoolchildren to learn about “struggle against colonialism and the apartheid regime in South Africa, and the current post-apartheid reality.” As part of the workshop, the students “were able to identify with the situation of South Africa pre-1994 which echoed the reality of their own lives.”
  • In May 2018, Director of Mossawa Jafar Farah was arrested at a violent “Gaza Strip solidarity rally” that included “stone throwing at officers, property damage, attempts to block roads and the disturbing of public order.” Farah alleged that a policeman broke his knee while in custody, and the Israeli police are investigating the claims. The EU issued a statement about the incident, and the EU Ambassador to Israel visited him.
  • Published a 2013 submission to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urging the international community to heed the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur [Richard Falk] to “employ terms as ‘annexation’, ‘ethnic cleansing’, ‘apartheid’, ‘colonialist’ and ‘criminality’” to “more adequately” express “the actual nature of the situation in the OPT”. The submission maintains that Israel’s “continuous violations” are the “core reason of human rights abuses and persistent suffering that Palestinian people” and states that the “referral of the situation to the International Court of Justice is compulsory.”

Political Advocacy

  • Features annual “Racism Reports” on its website, published by the Coalition Against Racism (CAR) and funded by the EU, which accuse Israel of “racism” and “discrimination.”
  • Features the “Homeless in Your Own Home” blog, which intends to provide “a glimpse of the daily challenges… of the Palestinian Arab minority of Israel.” The blog accuses Israel of “collective discrimination,” “home demolitions,” and denying basic rights to minority citizens. The blog attempts to advance the narrative that the Palestinians and Bedouin are the native and legitimate residents of the land and that Israel is a foreign, occupying power.  The blog refers readers to the websites of highly politicized NGOs including: MossawaAdalahAssociation for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)Mada El Carmel, and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning.
  • In May 2018, following the riots at the Gaza border, Mossawa called for people to refuse to “carry out crimes of this kind that violate all human rights charters…It’s time for any Jew or Arab to refuse to send her children to conquer, oppress, and shoot demonstrators.”
  • In April 2018, Mossawa called for a “March to the Palestinian Coast of Atlit” (sic) to mark the “Nakba.” The statement refers to “Zionist gangs” who “conquered our villages and cities…after a chilling massacre” and alleges that “Israel has not stopped planning to destroy tens of Arab villages, the seizure and control of lands, the destruction of houses and the expulsion of the residents and their concentration in isolated areas.”
  • On March 1, 2010, the Nazareth District Court dismissed a lawsuitfiled by Mossawa against NGO Monitor for alleged defamation.
  • In 2009, joined a coalition of NGOs in a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, calling “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” The letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”
  • In 2007, Mossawa published a position paper (funded by the EU, Germany and the UNDP) rejecting Israel as a Jewish state and the “state symbols: for Jews only” (the flag and national anthem). The position paper alleged that “[t]he State of Israel was established on the ruins of the Palestinian people, for whom the event was a national tragedy – the Nakba.”
  • Farrah was a member of the steering committee that wrote the document “The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel.” The document, which was published in 2006, states that “Israel is the result of a colonialist action initiated by the Jewish-Zionist elites in Europe and the West, established with the help of colonialist states, and strengthened under the shadow of an intensification of Jewish immigration to Palestine in light of the results of World War II and the Holocaust.” The document furthers that “Israel implemented Judaization in various ways…the expulsion of the Palestinian people … the destruction of the villages … and the broad expropriation of lands …The definition of the state as a Jewish state and the use of democracy for the Jewish service remove our feet from its ranks and place us in conflict with the nature and nature of the state in which we live.”

Foreign donations (amounts in NIS)

2014 and 2016 data based on reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2017, 2015 and 2013 on the organization’s annual reports.

Donor2016201520142013
Japanese Embassy52,72031,719
European Union190,586556,6071,680,3881,387,698
ICCO292,950333,949
New Israel Fund480,238455,887
Open Society Institute213,77191,407
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung85,54490,112
Bread for the World-EED (Germany)*168,421460,464379,773547,675
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung105,886
Ford Foundation126,338

*On August 30, 2012, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) merged with the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst-EED) and formed “Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst” (Bread for the World – Evangelical Church Development Service), as part of the new Evangelical Agency for Diakonia and Development (Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung).

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