BDS IN THE PEWS
|EIDHR: Additional European Funding for Mideast Conflict Groups|
In 2009, the European Commission allocated €2,007,051 through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs. Highly politicized Israeli NGOs include ICAHD, Machsom Watch, Adalah, ACRI, and Yesh Din. Some grantees use rhetoric that demonizes Israel, including “apartheid” and “war crimes.” 2008 EIDHR recipients included B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Gisha, HaMoked, and PHR-I. The EC claims to have evaluations of NGO funding, but these are not made available.
Spain: Government funding for NGOs promoting the Palestinian narrative
UPDATE: As reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the Spanish government was identified as a sponsor of an ad on PA TV, promoting the boycott of Israeli goods.
Finnish Funding for NGOs: Political Warfare under the “Peace” Façade
Norwegian NGO Funding: Peace and Coexistence, or Boycotts and Apartheid Rhetoric?
NGO Letter to MEPs Distorts Israeli Legislation and Context
Israeli Apartheid Week 2010: NGO Involvement
Israeli Apartheid Week (March 1-14, 2010), held in universities and major cities in the US, Canada, and Europe, will feature speakers from NGOs: Adalah (funded by NIF and EU), AIC (Sweden and Christian Aid), PCHR (EU, Oxfam NOVIB, OSI, Christian Aid), Addameer, Badil. A video by Breaking the Silence will be screened in Connecticut. Israeli Apartheid Week is endorsed by Canadian Arab Federation, Independent Jewish Voices, CODEPINK, Adalah-NY, and others.
NIF-Funded NGOs: Goldstone’s Building Blocks
NIF-funded groups and their publications were featured centrally in the Goldstone report. Many of these citations referred to speculative issues unrelated to the conflict in Gaza, seeking to brand Israeli democracy as “repressive.” B’Tselem, Adalah, ACRI, Gisha, PHR-I, and Yesh Din have continued supporting Goldstone and lobbying governments to legitimize the report’s extreme biases and endorse its recommendations. Some NIF grantees campaign against the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish democratic state. Others are active in worldwide boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns targeting Israel.
NGO Monitor sues EU over lack of NGO funding transparency
On January 20, 2010, NGO Monitor filed suit against the European Commission in order to obtain vital information related to EC funding of NGOs. After initially rejecting NGO Monitor’s request one year ago, citing unspecified “security” factors, the EC provided a disk of documents with most details deleted. The EC’s allocation process has no transparency regarding decision-making or evaluation procedures. Many of the politicized NGOs funded by the EU are active in the strategy of demonization, seeking to isolate Israel using tactics such as “lawfare” and boycott campaigns.
Overview of Norwegian Funding for NGOs
International Law Series: The Right to Self Defense
The right to self-defense is a cornerstone of international law, enshrined in the UN Charter (Article 51) and numerous Security Council Resolutions. In order to delegitimize Israel’s self-defensive measures, many NGOs have issued statements distorting international law. Al Haq and PCHR falsely claim that Israel cannot invoke self-defense in response to attacks from non-state actors in occupied territory. Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem allege without any evidentiary basis that Israel’s exercise of self-defense is merely a pretext for punishing the Palestinians. Other groups pay lip service to Israeli self-defense.
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