This report was originally published based on the information that appeared on the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits website as of February 11, 2013. Since then, the Registrar’s website has been updated with additional information regarding 2012. We have updated our report accordingly, as of October 15, 2013.

All donors, names, grants amounts, and projects are taken directly from the official website of the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (Excluding Table A)


Transparency regarding government funding for NGOs transcends partisan ideology, and is essential for ensuring the values of democracy and accountability.

NGOs receive funding via two primary channels: direct funding from bodies controlled by foreign governments; and indirect funding, provided by governments to third-parties (foundations, and humanitarian, development, and religious NGOs), which channel the funds to local NGOs.

The “Law on Disclosure Requirements For [Groups] Supported by a Foreign Governmental Body” (NGO Transparency Law – February 2011) provides an appropriate framework to inform the Israeli public, in a timely fashion, about foreign government involvement in Israeli political issues.  As implemented by the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the law is an international model for transparency.

According to the law, a “recipient of support that received a donation from a Foreign Governmental Body will submit to the Registrar, within a week of the end of the quarter in which the donation was received, a report in an online form which the Minister of Justice will formulate.” However, since the end of 2012, the list of grants received in 2012 continues to be updated (2012 grants from 15 NGOs have been added since February 2013). This late reporting indicates that there is a need for better compliance with the law by NGOs and stronger enforcement by the Ministry of Justice.

Many other political advocacy NGOs that regularly receive funding from foreign governments did not submit quarterly reports for 2012. It is unknown whether they did not receive foreign government funding during the reporting period, whether they have failed to act in accordance with the law, or whether they did not report due technical issues in the reporting system.

Table A

Israeli NGOs who didn’t report in accordance with the law in 2012

Breaking the SilenceNorway; European Union$61,591Correspondence with Norwegian Embassy in Israel
€166,538EU Delegation Website
The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD)Ireland (Indirect)UnknownDonor Website
Machsom WatchEuropean Union; Norway€139,554EU Delegation Website
$52,000Correspondence with Norwegian Delegation to Ramallah
Coalition of Women for PeaceEuropean Union€247,668EU Delegation Website
SabeelSweden (Indirect); Netherlands (Indirect)€44,277
NGO Website
Alternative Information CenterSweden (Indirect); Unknown foreign donorsUnknownDonor Website
ZochrotNetherlands (Indirect); Germany (Indirect); France (Indirect); Belgium (Indirect); Switzerland (Indirect)UnknownNGO Website
Terrestrial JerusalemNorway$103,000Correspondence with Norwegian Delegation to Ramallah


The Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (Rasham Amutot) lists foreign government funding submissions from 47 NGOs in the total amount of 60,083,835 NIS annually for 2012 (see appendix I).

The listed NGOs can be categorized according to the nature of their activities:

  • NGOs involved in polarizing activity and political advocacy in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • NGOs dealing with different dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the majority of activity aimed at cooperation and co-existence.
  • Other Non-Profits, dealing with various issues in Israeli society.

As of October 15, 2013, 16 political advocacy NGOs reported grants from foreign government bodies in 2012, totaling 35,757,447 NIS for the year (60% of total amount):

Reported foreign funding to political advocacy NGOs, by donor

Reported foreign funding for the year 2012 by NGO


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