BDS IN THE PEWS
June 11, 2013
- U.S. government funds for NGOs are channeled through several frameworks, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
- Created in 1961 and based in Washington DC, USAID is "the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms."
- USAID, the United States’ largest provider of foreign assistance, contributes grants to political advocacy NGOs in Israel through its Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, which “supports several initiatives to foster peace at the grassroots level through programs that develop mutual understanding and build ties between Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders, religious scholars, environmental scientists, educators and community activists.”
- According to USAID, “Since the program’s inception in 2004, USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv have supported 55 Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.”
- According to an October 2012 USAID fact sheet, Israeli NGOs that received funding through the “Peace and Reconciliation Program,” a subset of CMM, include NGOs such as Keshev, H.L. Education (Geneva Initiative), Windows – Channels for Communication, Sikkuy, and Parents Circle Family Forum.
- According to its website, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is funded “largely by the U.S. Congress” and is “subject to multiple layers of oversight by Congress, the Department of State, and independent financial audit.”
- Between 2007 and 2012, NED provided $178,740 to MIFTAH, according to the NGO’s financial reports and documents provided to NGO Monitor by NED (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012). Miftah’s publications accuse Israel of “massacre,” “cultural genocide,” “war crimes,” and “apartheid.” Additionally, they promote the prosecution of Israelis in international forums and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel, alleging that “the BDS campaign calls for justice first, framing the conflict in terms of colonization, oppression and denial of the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.”
- Other NED-funded radical NGOs, which promote anti-Israel BDS, include: Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), $21,700 in 2011; Al-Dameer, $102,200 (2009, 2010, 2011); Holy Land Trust (HLT), $124,300 (2009, 2010, 2012); and Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), $103,500 (2009, 2010).
Middle East Partnership Initiative
- The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a division of the Department of State’s Near Eastern Affairs Bureau.
- MEPI has awarded grants to Keshev, which also receives funding from USAID and NED.
United States Institute of Peace
United States Essentials:
- U.S.G. NGO Funding: Updated Information and Analysis on Funder Responsibility, NGO Monitor Reports, July 11, 2013
- The Negative Impact of U.S. Government Funding for Mideast Political NGOs, NGO Monitor Reports, May 20, 2013
- NGO watchdog flags ‘inconsistencies’ to Congress, Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post, May 21, 2013
- USAID Funding for “Geneva Initiative” Ad Campaign, NGO Monitor August 2010 Digest, September 16, 2010
- USAID Will Screen NGO Personnel for Terrorist Links, NGO MOnitor Digest (Vol. 5 No. 12), September 2, 2007
- PNGO Continues to Advocate Boycott of USAID, NGO Monitor Digest (Vol. 5 No. 5), January 22, 2007
- USAID Funding Update - Faten - Palestine for Credit and Development, NGO Monitor Reports, February 15, 2005