Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is a German non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, peace, and development. Funded by the German federal parliament Bundestag, HSF operates from its headquarters in Munich and extends support to approximately 90 projects across 75 countries worldwide, including Israel and the West Bank.
HSF has been actively engaged in Israel since 1979 and in the West Bank since 1994. Through its project office in Jerusalem, HSF strives to enhance understanding within the Middle East Peace Process and facilitate sustainable development in rural regions, with a particular focus on promoting environmental awareness. To achieve these objectives, the dedicated team at HSF Jerusalem collaborates closely with a diverse array of national and international partners spanning various sectors. Moreover, HSF extends German academic scholarships to students and young scholars hailing from both Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
HSF maintains a close association with the conservative political party Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) and is named in the honor of Hanns Seidel, the former CSU Chairman and Prime Minister of Bavaria. Its work looks “gratefully backwards, courageously forwards, and faithfully upwards” (Franz Josef Strauss) and includes protecting the natural environment through conservationism and sustainable use.
HSF Jerusalem condemns all forms of terrorism in the strongest terms. With our thoughts and prayers we are with all the victims of this current war.
Due to the recent escalation of the Gaza–Israel conflict, our office is closed for the public. We can be reached here. Thank you for your understanding.
Mahmiyat video channel on the unique flora and fauna of the West Bank: on managing and protecting natural resources.
The Palestine sunbird (photo) is a small passerine bird of the Nectariniidae family. Found in parts of the Middle East, the Palestinian Authority adopted the species as a national bird in 2015.
On the Common Swift bird in Bethlehem. Partner video by Mahmiyat from 2021.
Video of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature of Jordan from 2023 about managing protected areas and promoting ecotourism. HSF Jerusalem collaborates with the Society on training Palestinian decision makers and practicioners.
The Free State of Bavaria: tradition-conscious, modern and cosmopolitan. Image film (in German) of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy from 2017. Since years, HSF Jerusalem has collaborated with several Bavarian ministries in numerous fields.
Awakening enthusiasm for democracy is the core task of HSF and of all political foundations in Germany. Official video with HSF President Markus Ferber MEP (in German) from 2022.