• The Netherlands funds numerous Israeli and Palestinian NGOs directly through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the Representative Office in Ramallah (NRO), and indirectly through Dutch aid organizations and Oxfam-Novib.
  • According to the Dutch MFA’s “Human Rights Report 2018,” the Netherlands provided over €2.7 million in direct and indirect funding to human rights NGOs operating in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • In June 2016, the Dutch Parliament passed a resolution calling for “the ending of funding to organizations that directly or indirectly pursue a boycott or sanctions against Israel.”
  • In January 2022, the Dutch Foreign Minister announced that the Netherlands will cease all funding to the Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC). According to the Minister, an “external investigation of the UAWC made it sufficiently plausible that there had been ties at individual level between employees and board members of UAWC and the PFLP for some time.” The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a designated terrorist organization by the USEUCanada, and Israel. (See more on UAWC below.)
  • In 2013-2017, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs also received direct Dutch funding through the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat(Secretariat), a joint mechanism for funding NGOs, created by the governments of the Netherlands, DenmarkSwitzerland, and Sweden.1

Direct Funding

Funding via Representative Office in Ramallah (NRO)

NRO Funding to Palestinian NGOs

NRO Funding to Israeli NGOs

  • Breaking the Silence
    • In 20182019, Breaking the Silence received €200,955.
    • In 2018, Breaking the Silence received funding for “bilateral support.” One of Breaking the Silence’s stated objectives for this project is efforts to encourage “diaspora Jewish communities to voice their opposition to the occupation.” Breaking the Silence will also use the Dutch funds to “increase opposition in the international arena to Israel’s prolonged occupation of the oPt” through challenging “key international public figures…to respond.”
    • Breaking the Silence makes sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous, and unverifiable accounts of often low-ranked soldiers. These “testimonies” lack context, are politically biased, and erase the complicated reality of asymmetrical warfare. In addition, they reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict in order to advance the political agenda of Breaking the Silence activists, thereby fueling the international campaigns against Israel.
  • B’Tselem
    • In 20182019, B’Tselem received €184,800
    • In 2018, B’Tselem received funding for “bilateral support.” Among the activities supported by the Dutch funding is a “report on the role of the Israeli Supreme Court.”
    • According to Dutch government documentation, “B’Tselem regularly refers to the Supreme Court as one of the main mechanisms that permits the ongoing occupation and human rights violations by granting judicial legitimacy to Israel’s policies.”
    • B’Tselem actively pursues its political agenda of “international consequences” and international pressure on Israel via lobbying of the UN and European governments.
  • Gisha
  • Bimkom
    • In 20182019, Bimkom received €79,200
    • Bimkom regularly files petitions in an attempt to alter government policies related to spatial planning, planning procedures, and Bedouin communities.
  • Yesh Din
    • In 20182019, Yesh Din received €169,111
    • In 2018, Yesh Din received funding for “bilateral support.” According to the grant agreement, Yesh Din is expected to ensure that the “Issue of impunity of ISFP [Israeli security forces personnel] in cases of offences committed against Palestinians in the West Bank and in Jerusalem remains on international agenda and in discussions between GOI [Government of Israel] and foreign government representatives. Increased international awareness on systemic impact of law enforcement failure for Palestinian communities, forcible home entries and the human rights situation in the West Bank and in Jerusalem (emphases added).
    • Yesh Din is central to the allegations that Israeli investigative and court systems are unable or unwilling to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and is part of a wider “lawfare” strategy of pressing “war crimes” cases against Israeli officials in foreign courts and in the International Criminal Court (ICC). These campaigns use faulty information and skewed statistics to promote their political claims.

Funding via Embassy in Tel Aviv

  • The Embassy in Tel Aviv does not publish details on NGO funding. According to information submitted by Israeli NGOs to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, the Embassy allocated NIS 606,591to Israeli NGOs from 2016-2018.
  • Beginning in 2019, all funding to Israeli NGOs was allocated via the NRO (see above) under the project RAM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION SUPPORT.

Previous Embassy funding includes:

Funding via Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), in partnership with the Land Research Center, Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), and the Economic & Social Development Center of Palestine, received €8.4 million (2013-2018) and a further $11,250,000 (2017-2021) from the Dutch MFA.
  • Diakonia received €251,712 (2016-2019) from the Dutch government for “Enhancing Legal Knowledge on Humanitarian assistance and Development in Area C.”
    • Diakonia’s “International Humanitarian Law” (IHL) program, which has its own online “Resource Center,” exploits international law, demonizes Israel, and promotes anti-Israel lawfare campaigns and a narrative based solely on Palestinian victimization. The IHL program focuses exclusively on Israel, and Diakonia does not conduct similar types of programs in terms of content or resources involving any other conflict region in the world.
    • Diakonia “Partners” with a number of NGOs that promote BDS and lawfare campaigns against Israel and even blatant antisemitism, including BADILSabeelAl-HaqAlternative Information Center (AIC), and Al-Mezan.
  • The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also provided funding to Israeli NGOs, including Comet-ME.
    • Comet-ME received NIS 4 million (2017) from the Dutch MFA, as part of a €2.39 million grant (2017-2020).
      • Comet-ME is also receiving a grant of €494,962 (2016-2017) from the MFA. The 2016-2017 MFA grant was provided for a project that “fits the ambition to implement politically relevant projects: it helps a very vulnerable community in Area C (priority of the EU), enabling the people to remain in an area where settlement activities and pressure from the Israeli government could otherwise force people to leave.” (emphasis added)

Human Rights and Humanitarian Law International Secretariat

Indirect Funding


Kerk in Actie

Dutch Funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC)NRO€8,400,0002013-2018
€13,000,000 2017-2021
Al MezanNRO€192,2802018
Palestinian Working Woman Society for DevelopmentNRO€83,600 2018
Independent Commission for Human Rights NRO€623,113 2017-2020
€770,993 2017-2019
AMAN CoalitionNRO€961,028 2013-2018
Breaking the Silence NRO €191,8402018
MFANIS 7,1152017
GishaEmbassy TLV€62,7002018
BimkomEmbassy TLV€75,2402018
Yesh DinNRO€160,9302018
Public Committee Against Torture in IsraelNRO€26,7802018
HaMokedEmbassy TLVNIS 7,2802017
Association for Civil Rights in IsraelEmbassy TLVNIS 140,4372016
Geneva InitiativeEmbassy TLVNIS 209,9932018


  1. Before 2013, the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah managed these pooled government finances through its Human Rights/Good Governance (HR/GG) program. (See NGO Monitor’s reports on the previous counterproductive funding via the NDC here and here.)

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