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Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Activity

  • Founded in 1960, as the “official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales and part of Caritas International.”
  • Work in the region includes “working with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and secular partners” to: “mitigate disruption to Palestinian families’ daily lives in the West Bank, especially through legal challenges to house demolition, land confiscation and violent attacks.”

Funding

Demonization of Israel

  • In January 2017, as a member of the church umbrella organization CIDSE’s Palestine-Israel Working Group, released a document titled “No Place Like Home: A Reader On The Forced Internal Displacement Of Palestinians In The Occupied Palestinian Territory And Israel,” meant “to highlight the causes and impacts of displacement, explain the basic international legal principles relating to displacement and place this within the context of the European Union’s response.”
  • In November 2014, promoted an “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” and posted a message on its website by Fr. Raed Abusahlia, General Director of Caritas Jerusalem, who alleged that “Since 1948, we Palestinians have experienced dispossession and exile. Our diaspora counts today more than 9 million people all over the world.” He further claimed that “Checkpoints, the Separation wall, lack of access to farmlands and violations are part of our daily life…Separation, segregation, violation, demolition, animosity and disrespect for basic human rights are all on the rise.”
  • Published a July 30, 2014 “Gaza Crisis Appeal,” which condemned the “ferocious and relentless bombardment by the Israeli military on Gaza,” omitting that the military operation was launched in response to over 4,000 Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and in an effort to root out the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, including terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel.
  • While CAFOD has “condemn[ed] violence against civilians by all sides,” it places sole responsibility for the conflict on Israel, omitting Palestinian terror, rejectionism and legitimate Israeli security concerns. CAFOD states that “the only way out of the cycle of violence is to address the root causes of the conflict: there needs to be an end to the occupation of Palestinian territory, to the building of illegal settlements and to the closure of Gaza.”
  • Together with a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs, CAFOD “actively supported” a November 2012 conference “initiated by North East Ecumenical Accompaniers” on “Peace and Justice in the Holy Land” that took place in Gateshead, England. Speakers included Nora Carmi, a founding member of Sabeel, who also works for Kairos Palestine, an NGO that promotes the 2009 Kairos Palestine document that calls for BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions), denies the Jewish historical connections to Israel in theological terms, and rationalizes and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance”; Stephen Leah, who helped prepare the 2010 Methodist Conference statement “Justice for Palestine and Israel”; Bishop Martin Wharton, “who was a member of the international delegation who visited Yasser Arafat in his compound to gain acceptance of international observers for the first elections for the Palestinian Authority after the Oslo accords.” The conference absolved Palestinians from all responsibility in the conflict.
  • Published a 2009 report “Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses” – together with Amnesty International UK, Trocaire (Ireland), Diakonia (Sweden), Oxfam International, Christian Aid (UK), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Medical Aid for Palestinians, and others – falsely accusing Israel of an “illegal and inhumane blockade,” “collective punishment,” and “occupying” Gaza.
  • In 2008, CAFOD co-authored a report “The Gaza Strip: A Humanitarian Implosion,” which inaccurately accused Israel’s Gaza blockade of being illegal under international law and constituting “collective punishment.” Contrary to these claims, the naval blockade is a permissible tactic used to prevent the smuggling of weapons that will later be used to target civilians in Israel.

Partners

2015-2016 Grants Received (amounts in £)

Donor20162015
United Kingdom4,178,0004,178,000
European Union1,877,0001,704,000
Ireland262,000
Government of Guernsey20,00099,000
United Nations1,369,000350,000
Government of Isle of Man117,00036,000
Government of Jersey99,000
Catholic Relief Services152,00064,000
Trocaire1,147,000125,000
Christian Aid40,00028,000
Islamic Relief Worldwide10,000301,000
Norwegian Church Aid266,000102,000
Various branches of Caritas International2,089,0001,449,000

2012-2016 Grants Donated

Amounts according to quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, unless otherwise noted.

NGO GranteeAmount and Year
Yesh DinNIS 156,550 (2015)

NIS 136,800 (2014)

NIS 144,783 (2013)
Islamic Relief£150,000 (FY 15-16)
Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center$51,480 (2015)

$49,800 (2014)

$47,100 (2013)

Breaking the SilenceNIS 57,407 (2016)
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)NOK 10.8 million (2015)

NOK 2.5 million (2014)
Catholic Relief Services£107,740 (FY 2015-2016)

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