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  • Ireland provides millions of euros to Israeli, Palestinian, Irish, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • In 2013, the government spent €637 million on Ireland’s aid program, called Official Development Assistance (ODA). €497 million, or approximately 78% of this funding, was managed by Irish Aid, and €140 million, or approximately 22%, was allocated through other government departments.
  • Irish Aid, the Irish government’s assistance program for developing countries and a branch of the foreign ministry, claims to work toward “reducing hunger and improving resilience; inclusive and sustainable economic growth; better governance, human rights and accountability.” (See table below for 2013 Irish Aid funding to NGOs.)
  • While the Irish Foreign Minister has stated that the government is “opposed to proposals for trade sanctions or boycotts against Israel,” Ireland continues to fund several NGOs that lead efforts to promote BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns worldwide.
  • Highly politicized NGOs funded by Ireland that promote BDS, lawfare and other highly biased and politicized activities include: Al Haq, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Miftah, and War on Want.
    • Al Haq is a leader in the anti-Israel BDS and “lawfare” campaigns and has proposed sabotaging the Israeli court system by “flooding the [Israeli Supreme] Court with petitions in the hope of obstructing its functioning and resources.” Al Haq’s General Director, Shawan Jabarin, has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan on account of his alleged ties to the PFLP terrorist organization.
    • PCHR, also a leader in the anti-Israel “lawfare” movement, has tried to have Israelis arrested in England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and New Zealand. The group has filed for punitive damages against Israeli officials and companies doing business with Israel in the US. All of PCHR’s cases have been dismissed in the preliminary stages. PCHR regularly describes Israel’s policies as “apartheid” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes,” and the “Judaization of Jerusalem.”
    • War on Want is a leader and mobilizer of BDS campaigns and  advances the so-called Palestinian “right of return,” which would effectually mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state, as well as false comparisons to apartheid South Africa.
    • Miftah published an article (March 2013), written by Nawaf al-Zaru that repeated the antisemitic blood libel that Jews use Christian blood to bake Passover matzah.
  • NGO Monitor wrote to the Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development, asking about Irish Aid’s support for NGOs involved in BDS, including War on Want and Al Haq. The minister’s office responded that Irish Aid does not fund War on Want’s work in the Palestinian Territories, but funding for Al Haq, a “highly regarded human rights NGO,” is “fully consistent with Ireland’s foreign policy objectives.”
  • Multi-Annual Programming Scheme (MAPS), an Irish Aid program, was established in 2003 by Development Cooperation Ireland (now Irish Aid) “to provide long-term, predictable and significant funding for five civil society partner agencies: Christian Aid Ireland, Concern, GOAL, Self Help Development International (now Self Help Africa) and Trócaire.”
    • Trócaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland, and Christian Aid, the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland, have both acted against Irish government policy by lobbying extensively for the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel. Trocaire and Christian Aid also were both listed as supporters of the 2013 Zochrot conference, “From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of Palestinian Refugees,” which advocated for a so-called Palestinian “right of return,” meaning the end of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

Partial list of 2013 Funding (via IrishAid) for NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (See here for a complete list of 2013 Irish Aid funding).

NGO Amount (in Euro)
Trocaire 18,035,000
Christian Aid Ireland 4,467,000
Oxfam Ireland 3,140,000
World Vision Ireland 3,069,000
Oxfam International 2,682,000
Save the Children 1,775,000
Medecins Sans Frontieres 1,230,000
Care International 1,215,000
Action Contre La Faim 647,000
CIVICUS 200,000
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) 200,000
War on Want 200,000
Gisha 90,000
Yesh Din 90,000
Bimkom 85,000
Al Haq 80,000
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) 80,000
Addameer 75,000
Comet-ME 75,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Centre 75,000
Miftah 70,000
Amnesty International 50,000

Ireland Essentials:


Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, NGO Monitor Report, February 25, 2015

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