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  • France provides millions of Euros to French, Palestinian, and Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Direct funding to these NGOs is transferred from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) through L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD – French Agency for Development), the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem (The Consulate), and French regional governments.
  • Indirect French government support is channeled through French aid organizations such as CCFD- Terre Solidaire, Secours Catholique, and the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah.
  • In addition, MAEDI funds the French aid organizations Center of Crises and Support (CDCS) and Humanitarian Emergency Fund (FUH) that are active in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Many of the NGOs receiving French direct and indirect funds support boycott campaigns against Israel and/or call for the boycott of the State. Such advocacy is illegal under French law. (See NGO Monitor’s report: French Funding to NGOs Involved in Boycott Campaigns and with Alleged Ties to Terror Groups.)

Direct Funding

Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs

According to information provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, Israeli politicized NGOs received the following direct funding from the French government since 2013. All amounts are listed in NIS. Unless otherwise noted, figures were taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar.

Breaking the SilenceConsulate in Jerusalem – France63,559
B’TselemConsulate – France130,21971,42947,619
Comet MeMFA – France5,391*137,466*
HaMoked Consulate – France49,019*
Ir AmimConsulate – France93,897*
BimkomEmbassy – France38,095*
Al MarsadConsulate- France44,048
Alternative Information CenterCNCDH71,760
Terrestrial JerusalemMFA- France167,364

*2013-2015 figures based on annual reports submitted to the Registrar; 2016 on quarterly reports.

Direct Funding to Palestinian NGOs

  • In 2015, the Consulate allocated €246,000 for “mini projects” in the areas of human rights, legal aid, protection against lands confiscations, and education fields in Gaza, Area C of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and refugees camps. The Consulate states, “These projects are part of the geographical and political priorities of the French cooperation in the Palestinian territories,” but detailed information about the projects is not disclosed. In previous years, the Consulate funded “mini projects” carried out by the politicized, pro-BDS organizations Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (€20,000) in 2012-2013 (p.6) and the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (€20,000) in 2011-2012 (p.14).
  • From 2014 to 2016, the Consulate provided €500,000 via the Social Fund for Development (FSD) to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, including:
    • €75,000 for the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) and Comet-ME, for a project in Hebron. The PSCC organizes protests that frequently turn violent (see videos of PSCC protests in Hebron, Kfer Qaddum, Nilin, Nabi Saleh, and Beituniya showing protestors hurling rocks, throwing sharp objects, trying to destroy the security barrier, and committing arson).
      • Comet-ME Frequently builds illegally in Area C of the West Bank, without obtaining requisite permits from the Israeli Civil Administration, which is responsible under local and international law (and the Oslo agreements) for maintaining law and order in areas under Israeli control. Comet-ME officials have consistently attempted to justify the illegal activity, saying, “We didn’t ask for permits because we wouldn’t get any permits,” and “We don’t get any permits [from the Israeli Civil Administration], so we simply build without.”
    • €77,000 to the Jerusalem Bedouin Cooperative Community (JBCC). JBCC is a member of the Israeli NGO Grassroots Jerusalem‘s network, which “strongly supports the global BDS call as a strategic tool to hold ‘Israel’ accountable for its oppression of the Palestinian people.” JBCC itself uses politicized language to describe Israeli actions, accusing the Israeli army of “constant displacement,” using “the ruse that they were living in a ‘Closed Military Zone’,” and “claiming “their homes were in the path of the Annexation Wall.”
  • From 2012-2014, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), initiated and implemented a €354,489 project in the “Hebron governorate.” UAWC was founded in 1968 by members of PFLP and is an official PFLP “affiliate.” USAID further identifies UAWC as the “agricultural arm” of the PFLP. The main funders of the project were: The French Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Sea, via the Water Agency Rhône Mediterranean Corsica (€177,000), the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem (€31,000), and the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur (€93,176).
  • In 2015, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development provided Al-Haq with €27,842 (line 1199) to support its activities in the “private sector and human rights.” Al-Haq is a leader in anti-Israel “lawfare” and BDS campaigns and also has alleged ties with the PFLP terror group.
  • In 2012-2013, the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem provided Diakonia, a Swedish NGO that is highly involved in anti-Israel lawfare campaigns, with €20,000.

Indirect Funding

Indirect Funding to Israeli NGOs

According to information provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, politicized Israeli NGOs received the following indirect funding from the French government since 2013. All amounts are listed in NIS. Unless otherwise noted, figures were taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar.

Breaking the SilenceCCFD-Terre Solidaire64,05441,60047,258
ZochrotCCFD-Terre Solidaire135,32298,932139,124*141,861*
HaMoked CCFD-Terre Solidaire92,457*129,706*
PHR-ICaritas (Secours Catholique)162,000*88,000*
Social TVCCFD-Terre Solidaire21,101
Alternative Information CenterCCFD-Terre Solidaire56,37621,74195,856
Fondation de France47,890
Sadaka-Reut***CCFD-Terre Solidaire86,136107,595
Caritas (Secours Catholique)140,850146,212
Emek ShavehCCFD-Terre Solidaire64,004

* Based on annual reports submitted to the Registrar.
**Based on Sadaka-Reut’s 2014 financial report

Indirect Funding to Palestinian NGOs

Other Activities

  • AFD and the Council of Île de France Region fund the Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine (The Platform), a politicized French NGO comprised of 40 French NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict that supports BDS and whose president, Claude Léostic, has stated that “I came to Palestine [in 2002] after one year of your Intifada to show direct support and solidarity to you all in your fight for your legitimate rights and your freedom.”
  • Since 2009, AFD provided €470,000 to various programs that aim to shape public opinion and influence media and decision makers on their opinions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Center of Crises and Support (an arm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) provides funding via its “Humanitarian Emergency Fund” (FUH) to politicized French NGOs for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. NGO recipients of these funds include Medecins de Monde (MDM), Action contre la faim (ACF), Première Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI), and ACTED. FUH provided €501,000 in 2012, €422,000 in 2013, and €400,000 in 2014 to claimed “humanitarian emergency situations.”

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