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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 and the EU’s Financial Transparency System

NGOFunding and YearsEU Funding FrameworkProject Title
Adalah€717,994 (2013-2016)EIDHRCombating Impunity: Torture and CIDT Prevention, Accountability and Rehabilitation in Israel/oPt
Baladna and Adalah€244,371 (2015-2017)EIDHRPromoting and Protecting Freedom of Expression Rights of Arab Youth in Israel
Baladna and Kayan€231,939 (2014-2016)EIDHRArab Youth Against "Honour Killings"
B'Tselem and ACRI €233,043 (2014-2015)EIDHRProtecting and Advancing Palestinian Minors' Rights in the Military Justice System
B'Tselem and Bimkom€250,000 (2015-2017)EIDHRMaintaining Human Rights of Vulnerable Palestinian Communities at Risk of Forced Displacement in Area C
Bimkom and ACRI€250,000 (2014-2016)ENPI (sub-instrument unspecified)Promoting Recognition of Bedouin Villages based on their Rights, Needs and Active Participation
ACRI, The New Israel Fund- Shatil, and Sikkuy€253,289 (2016-2017)EIDHRFreedom of speech and combatting hate speech in Israel
B'Tselem and HaMoked€204,576 (2016-2017)EIDHRYouth in Detention: Preventing mistreatment of detained Palestinian minors in East Jerusalem
Hamoked€654,423 (2013-2016)EIDHRWriting Wrongs: Restoring Justice and Dignity to Victims of Torture
Breaking the Silence and Ir Amim€236,000 (2016-2017)EIDHREducating for Change: Human Rights Education in Israeli Society
Comet-ME€486,913 (2014-2015)ENPI (sub-instrument unspecified)Provision of sustainable energy services to the communities of the South Hebron Hills in Area C of the West Bank
Mossawa€246,725 (2014-2015)

€250,000 (2014-2016) *with four other NGOs

Strengthening Democratic Participation of the Arab Minority 
Together for a Better Future: The Coalition against Racism in Israel
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
Associazione Comunit Papa Giovanni XXIII and Rabbis for Human Rights€288,177 (2015-2017)ENPI/PfPLand of Hopes and Dreams - Spreading Nonviolent Conflict Transformation in the West Bank
Yesh Din€180,000 (2014-2016)EIDHRThe Road to Dispossession:Promoting the right to property and State adherence to the Rule of Law in the West Bank
Yesh Din and Emek Shaveh€240,000 (2016-2017)EIDHRLands and Cultural Heritage Rights in Area C of the West Bank
Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF)€479,555 (2014-2015)ENPI/PfPAcross Two Narratives: The Israeli-Palestinian Narrative Experience
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I) and Hotline for Refugees and Migrants€868,627 (2013-2016)EIDHRON.TO: Stopping the torture of refugees from Sub-Saharan countries along the migratory route to Northern Africa
Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem (ARIJ)€471,542 (2014-2016)
DCI/NSA-LATowards Better Services in the Vulnerable Communities of the oPt through engaging Palestinian Non State Actors in Local Community
Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem (ARIJ) Land Research Center, and Kerem Navot€497,040 (2014-2016)ENPI/PfPAddressing Israeli Actions and its Land Policies in the oPt
Oxfam Novib and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)€411,861 (2014-2016)EIDHRStrengthening human rights and access to information
Handicap International, National Society for Rehabilitation, and Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)€743,206 (2014-2017)DCI/NSA-LAFostering multistakeholders mobilisation for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their community in marginalized areas of oPt
CARE Osterreich and Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)€588,947 (2013-2014)DCI/NSA-LASANAD: Women participation in community health development 
Oxfam Novib, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)€2,500,000 (end date 12/2016) ENPI/East Jerusalem ProgrammeProtect the rights and improve resilience of vulnerable communities in East Jerusalem - Phase II
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
Palestinian Hydrology Group €391,772 (2014-2016)EIDHRStrengthen capacity of Civil Society organisations in C area and Seam Zone to promote water as human right issue
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution€496,727 (2014-2015)EIDHRPromotion and Improvement of Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights for Women in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR)€483,339 (2014-2015)EIDHRProtective Environment for Children from Sexual Abuse
DanChurch Aid PalVision€1,495,377 (end date 02/2019)ENPI/East Jerusalem ProgrammePromoting Change and Youth leadership in East Jerusalem
PalVision (and two other NGOs)€950,000 (end date 02/2016)ENPI/East Jerusalem ProgrammeYouth Actors for Positive change in East Jerusalem

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