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  • The European Union (EU) provides substantial funding to highly politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict through various funding mechanisms, including: Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI), European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and others. DCI and ENPI have subdivisions – under DCI there is the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities program (NSA-LA), and under ENPI there is Partnership for Peace (PfP).
  • NGO funding is a central component of EU foreign policy, which attempts to promote peace, cooperation and human rights.In contrast to these stated moral objectives, the EU funds a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs that exploit the rhetoric of human rights to promote anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) and lawfare campaigns, inflammatory rhetoric, and activities that oppose a two-state framework.
  • Lack of transparency: The EU fails to abide by minimum standards of transparency and accountability. The selection process of project funding is secret. The EU does not reveal information about selection committee members or their considerations. Moreover, project evaluations are not released, making it impossible to independently verify that projects achieve their stated goals and reflect the foreign policy objectives of the EU. (In response to requests from NGO Monitor, the EC provided a disk of documents with most details deleted.)
  • Additionally, NGOs and NGO projects are selected for EU funding by unknown officials in local EC offices. They may have close connections to the NGOs that receive funding, a clear conflict of interest, or may be guided by ideological considerations. Despite requests from Members of European Parliament (MEPs) and NGO Monitor, the names and backgrounds of the decision makers have not been released.
  • Limited funding information is available on the websites of the Delegation of the EU to Israel in Tel Aviv and the EU Technical Assistance Office in East Jerusalem. (See Table A below for available funding information.)1

Funding Mechanisms

  • In 2014, EIDHR, one of the EU’s major financial assistance programs, had an annual budget of approximately €160 million, aimed at proving “support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries.”
    • NGO Monitor’s analysis of EIDHR funding in 2007-2010 (the most comprehensive data) reveals that projects in Israel, projects in “Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),” and projects that address Israel and the Palestinian territories jointly received more than €11 million – more than any other target country. As of March 13, 2016, information regarding the latest cycle of EIDHR funding has been released only for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, but not for projects in Israel.
  • The EU’s Partnership for Peace program has an average annual budget ranging from between €5 and 10 million; the EU contribution per project range from between €100,000 and 500,000.
    • NGO Monitor’s detailed reports illustrate that, through PfP, the EU has provided grants to numerous NGOs that reject cooperation and partnerships with Israelis, support BDS and other biased campaigns that exacerbate the conflict, and are even involved in violent demonstrations. Following our analyses, the Calls for Proposals changed significantly, including the addition of language stressing the importance of cooperation and ensuring that “actions must assess whether or not they may directly or indirectly lead to violence, even if they have been established for non-violent purposes” (emphasis added).
  • In 2014, ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, provided €31.6 million to the West Bank and Gaza,  €23.5 million of which was allocated to Gaza. The vast majority of the funding is directed to unaccountable and non-transparent Palestinian governmental agencies.

1 Additional funding information is available based on Israeli NGO financial reports to the Israeli Registrar of Non Profits, as mandated by the Israeli transparency law; see Table B below for detailed funding information).

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Table A

Grants based on information provided by various EU websites

NGOFunding and YearsEU Funding FrameworkProject Title
Adalah€717,994 (2013-2016)

€162,556
EIDHRCombating Impunity: Torture and CIDT Prevention, Accountability and Rehabilitation in Israel/oPt

Promoting and Protecting the Rights of the Arab Bedouin of the Naqab
B'Tselem and ACRI (partnership)€233,043 (2014-2015)UnspecifiedProtecting and Advancing Palestinian Minors' Rights in the Military Justice System
B'Tselem€250,000 (2015-2017)EIDHRMaintaining Human Rights of Vulnerable Palestinian Communities at Risk of Forced Displacement in Area C
Arab Association for Human Rights€197,974 (2013-2015)EIDHRYouth for Change
Baladna and Kayan€231,939 (2014-2016)EIDHRArab Youth Against "Honour Killings"
Bimkom€193,036 (2012-2015)EIDHRPromoting Adequate Planning and Development of Recognized Bedouin Villages in the Israeli Negev
Bimkom and ACRI€250,000 (2014-2016)ENPI (sub-instrument unspecified)Promoting Recognition of Bedouin Villages based on their Rights, Needs and Active Participation
Comet-ME€486,913 (2014-2015)ENPI/PfPProvision of sustainable energy services to the communities of the South Hebron Hills in Area C of the West Bank
Hamoked€654,423 (2013-2016)EIDHRWriting Wrongs: Restoring Justice and Dignity to Victims of Torture
Mossawa€246,725 (2014-2015)

€400,000 (2011-2014)
EIDHR, DCI (sub-instrument unspecified)Strengthening Democratic Participation of the Arab Minority 

Investing in Palestinian culture in Israel and the oPT
Rabbis for Human Rights€197,000 (2012-2015)EIDHRLegal Aid to Combat land takeovers and displacement of Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills, Hebron district and Bethlehem region
Yesh Din€199,610 (2013-2014)

€180,000 (2014-2016)
EIDHR



EIDHR
Standing Idly By: the duty to intervene as an integral part of the IDF's duty to protect Palestinians and their property in the West Bank

The Road to Dispossession:Promoting the right to property and State adherence to the Rule of Law in the West Bank
Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem (ARIJ)€471,542.58 (2014-2016)

€497,040 (2014-2016)
DCI/NSA-LA



ENPI/PfP
Towards Better Services in the Vulnerable Communities of the oPt through engaging Palestinian Non State Actors in Local Community

Addressing Israeli Actions and its Land Policies in the oPt
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)* and Civitas Institute€274,519 (2012-2014)DCI/NSA-LACBO's and neighbourhood committees as social actors for development in the Gaza Middle District
Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF)€479,555 (2014-2015)ENPI/PfPAcross Two Narratives: The Israeli-Palestinian Parallel Narrative Experience
Oxfam Novib and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)€411,861 (2014-2016)EIDHRStrengthening human rights and access to information
Movimiento Por la Paz, el Desarme y la Libertad and Health Work Committees€356,350.66 (2014-2016)DCI/NSA-LAContributing to the protection and promotion of rights of PwDs ad to their enhanced participation in increasingly inclusive and accessible communities in Hebron district
Handicap International, National Society for Rehabilitation, and Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)€743,206.50 (2014-2017)DCI/NSA-LAFostering multistakeholders mobilisation for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their community in marginalized areas of oPt
Y-care and YMCA- East Jerusalm€491,083 (2012-2017)DCI/NSA-LAEmpowering socially excluded young women in the oPt to become economically active and advocate for their rights with local decision-makers
Save the Children Denmark,Ma'an Development Center, and Save the Children International€599,568 (2012-2015)DCI/NSA-LAJORDAN VALLE [sic] YOUTH FOR CHANGE
OXFAM Italia Onlus, East Jerusalem YMCA, Associazione Vento Di Terra ONG and Palestinian Livestock Development Center€461,175 (2012-2013)DCI/NSA-LABedouin communities in Jerusalem district: from isolation to better representativeness and socioeconomic empowerment 
CARE Osterreich and Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)€588,947 (2013-2014)DCI/NSA-LASANAD: Women participation in community health development 
Palestinian Hydrology Group €391,772.31 (2014-2016)EIDHRPromotion and Improvement of Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights for Women in the Gaza Strip
NRC and Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution€496,727 (2014-2015)EIDHR
*On June 19, 2014, Israel’s Defense Minister declared IRW to be illegal, based on its alleged role in funneling money to Hamas, and banned it from operating in Israel and the West Bank. (Hamas is a designated terror organization by Israel, the U.S., EU, and Canada.)

Table B

Information based on quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar on Non-Profits (latest available; accessed September 6, 2015)

NGODestructive ActivitiesFunding (amounts in NIS) and YearsEU Funding Framework
AdalahRejects the legitimacy of the Jewish state, while attempting to portray it as inherently racist and discriminatory 378,471 (2014)

1,146,862 (2013)

326,524 (2012)
Direct
Alternative Information Center (AIC)Rejects the existence of a Jewish state; supports BDS74,539 (2013)

77,038 (2012)
Indirect (Papa Giovannia XXIII)
B'TselemRegularly contributes to the international delegitimization and demonization of Israel through politically motivated campaigns, characterized by repeated false or distorted factual and legal allegations,inaccurate research and skewed statistics; a B’Tselem researcher was recorded on video denying the Holocaust to an international journalist, but it is unknown whether any disciplinary action was taken.1,072,038 (2015)

418,896 (2014)

383,966 (2013)

575,950 (2012)
Direct
Breaking the SilenceHighly active in the international demonization and delegitimization campaigns, promoting “war crimes” charges based on anonymous and unverifiable hearsay “testimonies” of low-level soldiers. Despite its claims to address Israeli society, BtS’ lobbying and media advocacy campaigns focus primarily on international audiences.580,835Direct
BimkomUtilizes politicized language and distorted facts to attack Israeli policies, including the security barrier, while omitting the context of terror. 486,531 (2015)

783,959 (2014)

286,941 (2013)

351,340 (2012)
Direct
Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)Leader of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. CWP officials have participated in events in which they carried flags of the PFLP terrorist organization152,046 (2014)

379,627 (2012)
Direct
GishaWhile claiming to promote the “right of Palestinians to freedom of movement,” Gisha advocates for the elimination of  restrictions on Hamas-controlled Gaza; erases or minimizes context of Palestinian terrorism and Israel’s right to self-defense74,340 (2013)

387,542 (2012)
Direct
Ir AmimPromotes the Palestinian narrative of victimization. Although it has been described as “work[ing] toward coexistence in Jerusalem,” an Ir Amim official was quoted as saying that the group was “seeking to advance a political agenda, and was not an organization geared to promote coexistence.”138,000 (2014)

229,692 (2014)
Indirect (EED)


Direct
MossawaRejects Israel as a Jewish state and the “state symbols: for Jews only”; regularly makes accusations of “racism” and “discrimination.”620,120 (2014)

1,944,333 (2013)

2,126,058 (2012)
Direct
Physicians for Human Rights- Israel (PHR-I)Under the guise of medical expertise, PHR-I promotes distorted and false narratives, aimed at demonizing Israel; erases the context of terrorism.62,936 (2014)Direct
34,387 (2013)Direct
228,408 (2012)Direct
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)Regularly circulates unverifiable allegations of Israeli torture, using them as the basis for campaigns in international forums and Israeli courts.74,340 (2015)Indirect (EMHRF)
510,393 (2014)Indirect (TIHV)
419,795 (2013)Direct
201,632 (2013)Direct and Indirect (TIHV)
Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF)Promotes a highly biased view of the conflict based on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and draws an immoral equivalence between terror victims and terrorists.877.697 (2014)Direct
Rabbis for Human RightsPromotes a highly biased and politicized view of the conflict, based on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression. 248,914 (2012)Direct
Yesh Din Engages in advocacy campaigns, including briefings to foreign diplomats, and petitions the High Court of Justice to alter Israeli policy.945,445 (2014)Direct
68,290 (2013)Direct
417,041 (2013)Direct
1,305,305 (2012)Direct
Social TVActs as a platform for promoting BDS, a Palestinian "right of return" and accusations that Israel is perpetrating a "Nakba" against the Palestinian population.24,730 (2012)Indirect (EMHRF)

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