Background

  • On January 11, 2016, Israel’s leading nightly news program on Channel 2 aired footage of Ezra Nawi, a radical activist from the NGO “Ta’ayush,” visiting the offices of Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence (BtS). There, a BtS employee provided Nawi with NIS 1,400 in cash. It is unclear what services were rendered to warrant such a payment, but Channel 2 showed footage of Nawi writing checks for Palestinians, ostensibly for taking part in protests that he, himself, planned.
  • The segment also showed Nawi receiving a check for 1359.36 NIS from Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). RHR stated in response that he provided them with transportation services and that “Ezra Nawi was a part-time worker with us over the past few months. We had no knowledge of what was published in the Uvda investigation. The issues that were raised stand in complete opposition to our organization’s spirit. Nawi’s work with us has been suspended since the report was broadcast, and we will hold a hearing with him.”
  • Nawi was also featured in a January 8, 2015 expose on Israeli investigative news program (“Uvda”, Channel 2). Nawi and B’Tselem employee Nasser Nawaja discussed informing the Palestinian Authority security services about a Palestinian man who allegedly intended to sell land to Jews in the West Bank. The sale of Palestinian land to Israelis is punishable by death under Palestinian Authority law, and according to Nawi, suspects are tortured and then killed.
  • BtS did not substantively respond to Channel 2’s requests for comment, and instead stated, “We don’t work with the Stasi and don’t comment on the Stasi. Those who want a country like those in the Soviet bloc are welcome to it.”
  • In 2015, BtS and Ta’ayush organized a joint tour of the Southern Hebron Hills region.
  • 2013-15 donors include: Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Trocaire (Ireland), Dan Church Aid (Denmark), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Christian Aid (UK), Switzerland, FranceCCFD (France), Medico International (Germany), Misereor (Germany), AECID (Spain), EUICCO (Netherlands), NorwayRockefeller Brothers FundOpen Society Institute, and New Israel Fund. (See table below for detailed funding information).
  • Ta’ayush does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.

Foreign Donations to Breaking the SIlence (amounts in NIS; accessed January 12,2016)

Donor201720162015201420132012
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat(joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)595,8961,070,947166,296382,953
Trocaire (Ireland)90,003105,865384,40870,03076,022
DanChurch Aid(Denmark)137,014195,049115,178160,753125,594135,292
Broederlijk Delen(Belgium)160,464273,680177,533146,579270,024
Christian Aid (UK)293,50067,589
Switzerland 56,752283,352159,500
France (Consulate)63,559
CCFD (France)128,10841,60047,258
Medico International (Germany)83,53242,00040,00050,673
Misereor (Germany)310,260662,077346,074468,539 333,139157,017
AECID (Spain)257,950166,296293,424177,660855,843
European Union391,248518,321274,493422,566444,871
ICCO (Netherlands) 150,337147,325153,541
Norway 154,910165,150 248,823148,315
SIVMO (Netherlands)46,924
NDC (Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands)47,169238,501
UNICEF110,900
OXFAM (UK)25,000
The Ministry for International Development- Luxembourg20,830
CAFOD (United Kingdom)105,71157,407
Front Line Bol (Ireland)31,517
Zivik (Germany)123,620

*Until 2014, NDC managed the pooled finances of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands through its Human Rights/Good Governance program. In 2014, NDC was replaced by NIRAS and Birzeit University, which are managing the government funding under the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.