Peace Now report: Who is Funding Israeli Right-Wing NGOs?

News from Peace Now's (Israel) Settlement Watch:

94% of the donations of 9 well-known right-wing NGOs are nontransparent

 In light of the NGO bill, a Peace Now study examining the funding sources and transparency of 9 right-wing pro-settler NGOs finds that 94% of the donations to these organizations in the years 2006-2013 were nontransparent, meaning that there is no possibility to identify their original donor. The study also finds that the majority of the funding to the organizations examined originated from private individuals abroad, arriving mainly through U.S. organizations with a tax-deductible donations status. Many other millions of shekels originated from Israeli taxpayers' money through government ministries and an local municipalities. 

Peace Now: The NGO bill, also known as the "transparency bill" has nothing to do with transparency and everything to do with the delegitimation of organizations criticizing the government's policies. If the Minister of Justice is truly interested in transparency, she must first and foremost promote legislation requiring right-wing organizations to expose the millions they receive from private donors abroad and from the state budget.


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Main Findings
  • The total sum of funding received from donations and expense sharing by the organization that were investigated between 2006 and 2013 is approximately NIS 580.88 million.
  • The total sum of funding received from donations between 2006 and 2013 is approximately NIS 485.81 million.
  • The total sum of funding received from expense sharing between 2006 and 2013 is approximately NIS 95.07 million. 
  • The total sum of fully transparent donations is about NIS 8.15 million, which are 1.7% of the total donations.
  • Total seemingly transparent donations is about NIS 22.4 million, which are 4.5% of the total donations.
  • Total confidential donations out of the total amount of donations is about NIS 455.26 million, which are 93.7% of the total donations.
  • Total Israeli donations reported in the financial reports: about NIS 4.26 million, which are 0.87% of the total donations. 
  • The total sum of funding received from expense sharing between 2006 and 2013 is approximately NIS 95.07 million.
  • Total transparent expense sharing amount is about NIS 14.71 million, which are 15.5% of the total expense sharing.
  • Total confidential expense sharing amount is about NIS 80.36 million, which are 84.5% of the total expense sharing.
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