• Website: www.trocaire.org
  • Founded in 1973 as the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland. 
  • Trócaire’s mandate is “to support long-term development projects overseas and to provide relief during emergencies” and “to inform the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilise the public to bring about global change.”
  • In 2012, Trócaire received €23 million in governmental funding: €18.5 million from Ireland, €2.8 million from the EU, and €1.6 million from the UK. UNICEF also provided €280,000 to Trócaire in 2012.
  • Under a 5-year funding commitment from Irish Aid, Trócaire was pledged €116 million from 2007-11.
  • In 2010, Trócaire reported an income of €5.5 million from Irish Aid, €2.7 million from the EU, and €1.3 million from the UK Department for International Development.
  • Trócaire spent €151,187 in “Palestine” in 2009-10, compared with €952,441 in 2008-09.
  • Two leading Trócaire officials who deal or have dealt directly with Palestinian issues were hired after working for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). The IPSC is a radical group that advocates for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS), including a cultural boycott of Israeli academics and artists.  Trócaire’s Palestine program officer, Garry Walsh, is former National Coordinator of the IPSC;  Eoin Murray, Trócaire’s Campaigns Coordinator, was also the National Coordinator for the IPSC and worked for the Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza.
  • Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts a campaign to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements, and attempted to block Israel’s inclusion in the OECD. These actions are consistent with Trócaire’s history of political activity against Israel, including a campaign against the security barrier and sponsorship of events commemorating the “nakba.”
  • Trócaire’s educational material reflects a one-sided approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict and contains false information such as inflated casualty statistics. Joint reports with other political NGOs advance highly disputed legal claims; for instance, the blockade on Gaza is labeled “collective punishment,” and Israel is referred to as the “occupying power” in Gaza.
  • Updates during the 2008-09 Gaza war regularly condemned Israel’s actions as “a clear violation of international law” and “massively disproportionate,” but made only a few passing mentions of Hamas’ rockets targeting Israeli civilians.
  • Partner organizations include the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Rabbis for Human Rights, Badil, and B’Tselem.
  • In 2007, Trócaire joined Badil in a “Call to Action,” which advocated anti-Israel boycotts and sanctions, and enlisted “journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community's double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation.”
  • Trócaire’s contributions to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs include:
Organization Year and Amount Purpose of Donation
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights 2010 Unspecified amount Supporting documentation of human rights violations in Gaza
B’Tselem 2011 248,380 NIS Unspecified
2010 249,795 NIS
2009 275,500 NIS
2008 255,000 NIS
Badil 2011 €35,000 Unspecified
2010 €60,000
2009 €20,000
Breaking the Silence 2011 74,683 NIS Unspecified
2010 114,225 NIS
Gisha 2011 49,834 NIS Unspecified
2010 48,427 NIS
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) No documents submitted Unspecified
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) No donor details submitted Unspecified
Rabbis for Human Rights 2011 257,990 NIS Unspecified
2010 243,745 NIS
2008 66,000 NIS
Zochrot 2011 100,972 NIS Unspecified
2010 150,092 NIS
2009 54,798 NIS
2008 54,104 NIS

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