Oakland Institute


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In their own words"The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank, bringing fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time."


  • In 2019, total income was $1.6 million; total expenses were $1.1 million.
  • In 2017-2019, the Oakland Institute received $124,000 from the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, of which $3,000 (2017) was earmarked for Palestinian NGO BADIL.
    • BADIL has published antisemitic cartoons on its website, as well as imagery promoting the elimination of Israel, which is a widely recognized form of antisemitism. A cartoon that won a monetary prize for 2nd prize in BADIL’s 2010 Al-Awda Nakba caricature competition is a blatant representation of classic antisemitic tropes, including a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks. BADIL was founded to promote a Palestinian “right of return” and is also a leader of international BDS campaigns.


  • In 2017, the Oakland Institute launched a project titled “Palestine: For Land and Life” that “offers a glimpse of everyday life for the people in Palestine and the monumental issues that stand in the way of peace and justice in the region.” As part of the project, the Oakland Institute published a series of reports accusing Israel of apartheid, colonialism, and land grabs.
    • In August 2017, the Oakland Institute published an interview with Bassem Tamimi. Tamimi was convicted in 2012 of encouraging Palestinian youths to throw stones at Israeli soldiers. In a Facebook post, Bassem Tamimi argued that Israelis kidnap Palestinian children to steal their organs (blood libel).
    • In August 2017, the Oakland Institute published a report titled “Legalizing Dispossession: How Israeli Laws Enable the Take Over of Palestinian Land” discussing Israel’s alleged “expropriation of Palestinian land,” as well as claiming that “Israel has established an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people.”
    • In May 2017, the Oakland Institute published a report accusing Israel of “drying out Palestine” and “divert[ing] water from the Jordan River and the West Bank’s own Mountain Aquifer to Israel and its settlements.” Israel’s use of water is entirely consistent with international law and practice, and is dictated by the 1995 Interim Agreement (Oslo II) mutually agreed to between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (For more information, see NGO Monitor’s 2015 report: Myths vs. Facts: NGOs and the Destructive Water Campaign Against Israel.)
  • In 2006, Executive Director Anuradha Mittal wrote a policy brief for the Oakland Institute regarding how the U.S. has “threatened to sever humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine for exercising their right to vote,” arguing that this would “bankrupt[]” Hamas.
  • In 2006, the Oakland Institute published an article calling for support of Hezbollah, writing that “You do not have to agree with all of Hezbollah’s ideas to support their resistance to Israel. Condemning ‘both sides’ in the Middle East is just like condemning ‘both sides’ in the American Civil War. During the Civil War, with all its complications, one side fought for slavery and the other fought for emancipation. Today in the Middle East, one side fights to rob and pillage, the other seeks self-determination and dignity.”

Anuradha Mittal


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