• The British government provides millions of pounds annually, through direct and indirect funding processes, to highly politicized NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that operate in the UK, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • The recipient organizations receive direct funding through annual grants from the Department for International Development (DFID), Embassy in Tel Aviv, and Consulate in Jerusalem.
  • Indirect NGO funding comes from church aid frameworks like Christian Aid and other groups, including Oxfam-GB, that receive significant funding from the UK government.
  • UK funding is generally aimed at “support[ing] efforts to achieve a two-state solution, that sees a viable Palestinian state existing in peace and security alongside Israel.” In correspondence with NGO Monitor, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) stated: “The UK Government does not support the BDS movement,” and “we have been very clear that the boycotts movement is not productive... it could be deeply corrosive.”
  • In contrast to these objectives, the British government partners with and supports NGOs that undermine peace efforts and increase tensions. For instance, some UK-funded organizations pursue partisan and divisive agendas, are heavily involved in “lawfare” and BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigns, and employ the rhetoric accusing Israel of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “war crimes.”

UK Projects in the West Bank and Gaza: Limited Transparency

  • The Department for International Development (DFID – UK Aid) partners with and provides funds to Christian Aid, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), and other humanitarian NGOs.
  • Information on projects funded by the Department for International Development (DFID – “UK Aid”) is available in a projects database. However, local NGO recipients, which receive UK funds via international organizations, appear anonymously as “civil society organizations / NGOs.” (“Supplier Name Withheld”). Additionally, details on grants to Palestinian NGOs no longer appear on the website of the British Consulate in Jerusalem. NGO Monitor emails to the Consulate received no response.

Direct UK Funding of Israeli and Palestinian NGOs (according to submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits)

NGO Year Donor Sum Project
Rabbis for Human Rights 2015 Consulate- UK 337,046 Promoting Human Rights through legal work in the Israeli Military Justice system
2014 Consulate- UK 50,000 Legal work of the NGO
B'Tselem 2013 Embassy- UK 326,160 Supporting the video project
2012 Embassy- UK 88,330 Supporting the video project
Gisha 2015 Embassy- UK 164,197 Promoting the right of freedom of movement in the Palestinian territories
2014 Embassy- UK 171,584 Promoting the right of freedom of movement in the Palestinian territories
Embassy- UK 166,659 Promote the right for work in the Palestinian territories
2013 Embassy- UK 405,973 Promoting the right of freedom of movement in the Palestinian territories
Yesh Din 2015 Embassy- UK 334,927 Lands Project
2014 Embassy- UK 567,808 Land Project
Embassy- UK 272.029 Lands project and Law enforcement
2013 Embassy- UK 608,840 Lands Project
Terrestrial Jerusalem 2014 Consulate- UK 163,211 Jerusalem monitoring project
Embassy- UK 145,192 Jerusalem monitoring project
2013 Embassy- UK 450,561 Jerusalem monitoring project
2012 Embassy- UK 35,332 Jerusalem monitoring project

UK Funding for Norwegian Refugee Council

  • DFID has provided the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) with two grants totaling £6 million (FY10/11-14/15) for an extensive legal advocacy project targeting Israeli policy in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
  • This massive DFID funding, which is in turn transferred by NRC to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, is being used to pursue hundreds of legal cases aimed at influencing Israeli policies, to lobby for international sanctions against Israel, and to support international campaigns of demonization.
  • A lawyer affiliated with the NRC program stated that the objective of these cases are an attempt to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system… as many cases as possible are registered and that as many cases as possible are appealed to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage.” (emphasis added)
  • As of May 2013, UK funding financed 677 cases that received “full legal representation at the relevant court/administrative body.”
  • The information available on the British government’s Development Tracker website reflects limited transparency. Details on the NGO recipients of funding disbursed by NRC are “withheld.” Additionally, NRC’s “low visibility policy” suggests a deliberate attempt to prevent public scrutiny and to avoid accountability vis-à-vis the Israeli democratic process.

Indirect Funding for Political Advocacy NGOs
The British government also provides indirect funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs via British aid organizations, such as Christian Aid and Oxfam GB, which channel government funds to local NGOs.

NGO Year British Donor NGO Funding (NIS)
Adalah 2013 Christian Aid 29,003
Christian Aid 187,144
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) 2014 Christian Aid 164,578
2013 Christian Aid 165,289
2012 Christian Aid 172,068
Zochrot 2014 Christian Aid 241,169
Oxfam-GB 25,878
2013 Christian Aid 161,000
Gisha 2014 Oxfam-GB 233,444
2013 Oxfam-GB 131,311
2012 Oxfam-GB 424,037
Breaking the Silence 2015 Christian Aid 293,500