- Broederlijk Delen, a Catholic development and peace organization, is active in 13 countries and “collaborates with about 130 partner organisations that focus on rural communities, women and/or youth.”
- Broederlijk Delen engages in advocacy, calling for “fair global policies of the Belgian and European authorities.”
- In 2017, total income was £13.6 million; total expenses were €13 million, of which €381,713 was spent on Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
- Donors include the European Union and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD, a branch of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- Broederlijk Delen has provided funding to a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict including Adalah, Gisha, Zochrot, Badil, Coalition of Women for Peace, HaMoked, Breaking the Silence, Defense for Children International-Palestine, and Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling. (See table below for further funding information.)
- Broederlijk Delen creates “teaching materials” on Israel. The lessons include “50 years of occupation” aiming to “provide students with an insight into the consequences of the occupation” as well as asking “how do we engage in political lobbying?”
- In May 2018, Broederlijk Delen signed on a call to the UN Human Rights Council to launch an “independent investigation into violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by Israel.” The call accuses Israel of “excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of lethal force… [that] may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity” (emphasis added).
- In April 2018, Broderlijk Delen and Pax Christi led an “immersion trip” to Israel and the West Bank publicized as “an introduction to the political reality.” The trip met with a number of highly politicized Israeli and Palestinian NGOs including, Adalah, Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, Ir Amim, and the Parents Circle Family Forum.
- On February 7, 2017, Broederlijk Delen was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people” (i.e. since the Balfour Declaration). The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.” The statement further called for the “the suspension of the EU’s Association Agreement with Israel” and on the international community “to cease all complicity with continued settlement activity and the myriad of ways that Israel violates international law.”
- In January 2017, as a member of the church umbrella organization CIDSE’s Palestine-Israel Working Group, Broederlijk Delen released a report titled “No Place Like Home: A Reader On The Forced Internal Displacement Of Palestinians In The Occupied Palestinian Territory And Israel” that was designed as a tool to lobby the European Union. The report calls for “the EU and Member States [to] prioritise the use of their leverage in bilateral relations towards the aims of promoting the shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. Financial support alone is not enough to promote these values, and ensure that they bring about justice and prosperity for the region.”
- In May 2016, held an expo on “Peaceful resistance in Palestine and Israel.” The corresponding booklet included a highly misleading map claiming to depict Palestinian loss of land since 1946. The booklet also reproduced information from Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, Combatants for Peace, Parents Circle Families Forum, and other political advocacy NGOs.
- In September 2016, Broederlijk Delen’s organized a “Peace Journey” to Israel with Pax Christi Flanders. Due to the Israeli policy of denying entry to activists involved in BDS, Brigitte Herremans, former policy officer for Broederlijk Delen, was denied entry when the trip landed in Israel on September 9, 2016.
- In an interview on Flemish Radio 1 on September 12, 2016, Herremans called for “sanctions against Israel” and to “subject Israeli citizens who come to Belgium to interrogation.” In the same interview, when asked about reports that showed a rise in antisemitism in Belgium, Herremans accused “Israel’s allies” of “inflating” the level of antisemitism in order to “distract from its treatment of Palestinians.”
- Herremans also encourages the EU “to confront Israel with the fundamental choice of whether it wants to continue its occupation and systematic violations of international law (with all the criticism that comes along with this) or if it wants to be a full and respected member of the international community.”
- Co-signed an August 2015 campaign calling on world leaders “to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza,” while altogether omitting that the blockade was implemented in an effort to stop Palestinian terrorists from smuggling of weapons and rockets into Gaza that would later be used to target Israeli civilians.
- Co-signatories include a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict: Christian Aid, CCFD, Diakonia, French Platform of NGOs for Palestine, Heinrich Boll Foundation Palestine, Medico International, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Oxfam, Pax Christi, Physicians for Human Rights, Trocaire, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision, and others.
- Organized a “peace trip” (October 26, 2012- November 6, 2012) to Israel with Pax Christi Flanders, which included tours to various refugee camps, as well as meetings with political advocacy groups such as OCHA, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Breaking the Silence, Coalition of Women for Peace, Gisha, and the Parents Circle Family Forum. The itinerary did not include meetings with mainstream Israeli groups or Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries and was based entirely on the Palestinian perspective.
- Produced an alternative tourism brochure in which it recommends visits with Sabeel and tours with Zochrot. The brochure also highlights the politicized tours of Breaking the Silence and includes information by EAPPI and the Yves Society as information references. These NGOs present a one-sided perspective of the Arab-Israeli conflict, based entirely on the Palestinian narrative, and promote the BDS campaign against Israel.
- Co-signed a 2011 Amnesty International letter to the Quartet, following the publication of the Palmer Report, requesting that Quartet members affirm the illegality of the “closure regime on Gaza,” despite the Palmer Report’s clarification that the naval blockade on Gaza is legal.
- Supports the “Made in Illegality” project, a settlement boycott campaign based in Belgian and France.
- In January 2018, Broederlijk Delen supported the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel. According to Broederlijk Delen, “Trading activities in or with the settlements do not only contribute to supporting, maintaining and expanding an illegal situation. They also indirectly contribute to human rights violations, such as the restriction of freedom of movement, the exploitation of natural resources and discrimination.”
- Was a signatory to the 2012 report “Trading Away Peace” that repeats the BDS agenda, calling on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel.
- Broederlijk Delen partners with 8 organizations in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza: Adalah, Breaking the Silence, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), Gisha, Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), Zochrot, Parents’ Circle Family Forum, and Theater Day Productions.
Broederlijk Delen Funding to Israeli/Palestinian NGOs
Information on Israeli NGOs for 2017 and 2018 was taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2013-2016 from Broederlijk Delen annual reports.
|Zochrot||NIS 19,984||€70,000 (including €52,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€50,000 (including €40,000 from DGD)|
|Breaking the Silence||NIS 50,518||NIS 160,464||€65,000 (including €52,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€25,513|
|Gisha||NIS 141,714||€60,000 (including €48,000 from DGD)||€60,000 (including €48,000 from DGD)||€60,000 (including €48,000 from DGD)||€60,000 (including €48,000 from DGD)|
|Adalah||NIS 44,811||NIS 36,644||€50,000 (including €40,000 from DGD)||€50,000 (including €40,000 from DGD)||€50,000 (including €40,000 from DGD)||€45,000 (including €36,000 from DGD)|
|Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling||€50,000 (including €40,000 from DGD)||€60,000 (including €48,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€30,000|
|Defense for Children International – Palestine||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€40,000 (including €32,000 from DGD)||€20,000|
|Parents Circle Families Forum||€30,000||€20,000||€20,000||N/A|