BDS IN THE PEWS
December 11, 2014
- Website: www.trocaire.org
- Founded in 1973 as the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland; Works in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
- Aims to support “people in the developing world to improve their lives, meet their basic needs and ensure their human dignity.”
- Member of CIDSE and represents Caritas in Ireland, which describes itself as “part of the Catholic church” and is headquartered in Vatican City. Trocaire is also one of four agencies associated with the “Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs” under the auspices of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Council.
- Funding: In 2013, Trócaire received €18.5 million from Irish Aid, the Irish government’s assistance program for developing countries; the Irish government continues to be Trócaire’s single largest donor. The UK government was Trócaire’s second largest donor in 2013, having contributed a grant of €5.2 million. Trócaire also received €3.6 million from the EU (ECHO) in 2013.
- In 2012, Trocaire 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 Trocaire in 2012.
- Political Advocacy: Trocaire funds highly politicized and biased non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) and utilize demonizing rhetoric against Israel, including Badil and ICAHD. (See below for available funding information).
- Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts a campaign to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements, and attempting to block Israel’s inclusion in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
- 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 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.
- 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.
- In September 2013, Trócaire co-sponsored the International Right of Return Conference that featured speakers from Zochrot, ICAHD, Badil, and other advocates for a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meaning the dismantling of Israel and of the end of the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality.
- In June 2014 sponsored a Breaking the Silence photography exhibit in Dublin, claiming to portray “the day-to-day reality of service” in the West Bank. BtS “collects testimonies” from former Israeli soldiers, who repeat false allegations of “war crimes” and “violations of international law.” As NGO Monitor has demonstrated, these “testimonies” are often anonymous, based on hearsay, and stripped of context, in order to advance the political agenda of BtS activists.
- Published the report “Sustaining Injustice: EU trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories” (September 2012) and co-published “Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israel settlements” (October 2012), as part of an intensive lobbying effort for the EU to enact BDS policies against Israel.
- 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.”
Catholic charities that contributed funds to Trocaire
|Donor Organization and Country
||Amounts and Years
|Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)
||€168,000 (2012); €190,000 (2011)
||€534,000 (2013); €964,000 (2012); €243,000 (2011)
||€280,000 (2013); €289,000 (2012)
||€1359,999 (2013); €313,000 (2012); €773,000 (2011)
|Caritas New Zealand
||€107,000 (2013); €151,000 (2012); €219,000 (2011)
|Caritas Czech Republic
||€138,000 (2012); €20,000 (2011)
||€150,000 (2013); €100,000 (2012)
||€64,000 (2013); €480,000 (2012)
||€239,000 (2012); €128,000 (2011)
|Catholic Relief Services
||€38,000 (2013); €66,000 (2012)
|Development and Peace (Canada)
||€66,000 (2013); €729,000 (2012); €103,000 (2011)
||€272,000 (2013); €502,000 (2012); €100,000 (2011)
|Secours Catholique (France)
||€729,000 (2013); €475,000 (2012)
Trocaire's Contributions to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs
||Amount and Year
||46,000 NIS (2013); 100,972 NIS (2011)
|Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
||ICAHD lists Trocaire as a donor; details unavailable.
|Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)
||28,847 NIS (2013)
||€35,000 (2011); €60,000 (2010)
|Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
||PCATI lists Trocaire as a donor; details unavailable.
|Breaking the Silence
||76,022 NIS (2012); 74,683 NIS (2011)
|Rabbis for Human Rights
||233,333 NIS (2012); 257,990 NIS (2011); 243, 745 NIS
||224,938 NIS (2012); 248,380 NIS (2011); 249,795 NIS (2010)
||50,019 NIS (2012); 49,834 NIS (2011); 48,427 NIS (2010)