• Website: www.bimkom.org, located in Jerusalem.
  • An Israeli non-profit organization formed in 1999 “by a group of planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of planning.”
  • Claims to draw on “values of social justice, good governance, equality and community participation” to advance “the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities.”
  • According to its website, Bimkom “conduct[s] research and write[s] reports whose findings we use to advocate vis-à-vis policy and decision makers, on the local and national level (government ministries, municipalities, the planning institutions, and the Civil Administration in the West Bank). We also take legal measures against inappropriate or discriminatory planning, when necessary.”
  • Funding: 2013 annual income of NIS 4,032,881 (accessed August 3, 2015).
  • 2012-2015 donors include: Germany (GIZ), AECID (Spain), HollandIrelandEuropean UnionNorwegian Refugee Council (NRC)Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), UN Habitat, and others. 
  • Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli transparency law, Bimkom received NIS 371,545 from foreign governmental bodies in the first quarter of 2015, NIS 4,040,266 in 2014, and NIS 2,541,621 in 2013 (accessed August 3, 2015). (See chart below for detailed funding information).
  • In 2013, Bimkom received EUR 85,000 from Ireland.
  • In 2008-2014, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,989,411 to Bimkom (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Demonizing Rhetoric: Executive Director Hedva Radovanitz (who has worked with other advocacy groups including Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and Shatil/ New Israel Fund-Israel) told U.S. embassy officials in February 2010 “that she believed that in 100 years Israel would be majority Arab and that the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic.” (emphasis added)
  • In June 2012, Bimkom, along with ACRI, accused Israel of practicing “zoning Apartheid” in Area C of the West Bank.
  • In an article in Haaretz about the African Migrant refugees in the South of Israel (June 19, 2012), Bimkom was quoted as comparing the refugee camps to “a huge concentration camp with harsh conditions.”
  • Political Activity: Regularly criticizes Israeli planning policies and obstacles created by the security barrier, while completely omitting the context of terror.
  • Petitions the Israeli courts to change government policy on issues such as spatial planning, planning procedures, and housing rights.
  • Submitted a joint written statement to the Goldstone Commission (June 30, 2009) that failed to address alleged Hamas war crimes, “but rather offers our own distinct perspective – human rights violations for which Israel must be held accountable.” This NGO document made entirely speculative assertions about the motivation for the IDF operation against Hamas, claiming that “[t]o the extent that this was planned as a punitive operation which main purpose was not the achievement of actual military objectives, but the inflicting of deliberate damage as a deterrent and punitive measure” – despite their lacking requisite information to make such an assertion.
  • In 2009, Bimkom, together with other NGOs, petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court against “collective punishment” in Gaza, alleging that Israel attacked medical teams and ambulances.
  • Bedouin: In May 2013, UNRWA and Bimkom co-authored a report on the “plight” of Bedouin communities in Area C of the West Bank, saying: “With the occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank including East Jerusalem ongoing, and a durable solution to the Palestine refugee problem yet to be arrived at, the plight of the Jahalin Bedouin Palestine refugees in al Jabal reflects—albeit in a vastly less violent context—a number of the common elements of the Palestine refugee experience since 1948. These include: displacement from and dispossession of traditional territories and other properties… the dilution of traditional decision-making bodies; and friction over land, housing and property rights.” The report includes a quote comparing the move to al Jabal as “Our own mini Nakba.” (Click here to read more about how politicized NGOs exploit the issue of the Bedouin in the Negev to wage political warfare against Israel.)
  • In December 2013, Noah Browning, writing for Reuters, presented factually inaccurate information released by Bimkom, which claimed that “Palestinians in and around Shuafat have lacked officially approved residential plans for over 45 years… meaning any construction since then is illegal and subject to possible demolition.” In reality, there are no restrictions preventing residents from submitting requests for building permits hundreds of legal residential units and public institutions have been built in the neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina in recent years.

Foreign donations based on reports to Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (amounts in NIS)

Donor First quarter of 2015 2014 2013
UN 260,862 66,086  
GIZ (Germany) 70,503 253,346 195,638
Norwegian Refugee Council  40,180 231,702 211,851
European Union   783,959 286,941
AECID (Spain)    1,294,299  
Ireland    411,060 392,651
Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)    318,712  
Switzerland   137,520  
Bread for the World (Germany)   94,357  
Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands)   449,225 525,955
UN Habitat      729,729
Holland      154,474
France      38,095