• Ireland, via its program for overseas development Irish Aid, provides millions of euros through direct and indirect funding processes to politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Ireland, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Organizations receiving Irish funding lead campaigns and political activities that are inconsistent with Ireland’s policies to promote peace and a two-state framework in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some of these groups also promote antisemitic rhetoric and have alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – a designated terrorist organization by the USEUCanada, and Israel.
  • In 2021, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the West Bank and Gaza was €17 million.

Direct Funding from the Irish Government

Irish Aid Funding to Palestinian NGOs

Irish Aid Funding to Israeli NGOs

  • In 2022, Bimkom received €80,625 from Irish Aid.
    • Bimkom regularly files petitions in an attempt to alter government policies related to spatial planning, planning procedures, and Bedouin communities.
  • In 2022, Gisha received €80,625 from Irish Aid.
  • In 2022, Yesh Din received €80,625 from Irish Aid.
    • 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.
  • In 2022, Comet-ME received €75,000 from Irish Aid.
  • In 2022, Ir Amim received €40,000 from Irish Aid.
    • Ir Amim’s activities consistently promote a one-sided Palestinian narrative, accusing Israel of the “Judaization” of Jerusalem, and alleging without evidence that the security barrier’s supposedly “demographic rationale therefore outweighs its security rationale.”
  • In 2020, the Human Rights Defenders Fund received €50,000 from Irish Aid.
  • Geneva Initiative received €87,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.

Irish Aid Funding to NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (amounts in €)

Human Rights Defenders Fund50,000
Ir Amim40,00050,0004,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Centre (JLAC)83,17181,00081,00080,62575,000
Palestinian Center for Human Rights80,62581,00081,00080,62580,000
Terrestrial Jerusalem40,00040,000
Yesh Din80,62580,62580,62590,000

Norwegian Refugee Council

  • In 2022, Norwegian Refugee Council received €300,000 from Irish Aid.
    • Norwegian Refugee Council engages in lawfare and international delegitimization campaigns against Israel.
    • One of NRC’s principle projects in Israel, “Information, counseling, and legal assistance (ICLA),” exploits judicial frameworks to manipulate Israeli policy, bypassing democratic frameworks.
      • ICLA’s interventions in Israeli courts and other venues “beneficiary targets” include: “3628 opened and continuing cases for legal assistance in the West Bank (West Bank 612 new and 3016 continuing), 40 advocacy briefings given on specific HLP and residency issues (verbal or written), 10 of instances information is submitted to other UN mechanisms, and 75 public interest cases challenging unjust HLP issues.”
    • A lawyer affiliated with the NRC program stated that the objective of these cases are an attempt to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system…as many cases as possible are registered and that as many cases as possible are appealed to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage” (emphasis added).

Indirect Funding from Irish Aid to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs


Christian Aid Ireland

Front line – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Irish Indirect Funding

2018-2022 amounts to Israeli NGOs based on quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar for Non-Profits

Al-HaqChristian Aid Ireland2019€70,000
Palestinian Center for Human RightsChristian Aid Ireland 2019€70,000
Culture and Free Thought AssociationChristian Aid Ireland 2019€90,000
AdalahChristian Aid Ireland 2019€70,000
ZochrotChristian Aid Ireland 2019€72,000
Who ProfitsTrocaire2020NIS 156,440
2019NIS 157,695
2018NIS 43,163
Breaking the SilenceTrocaire2022NIS 51,759
2021NIS 144,070
2020NIS 118,350
2019NIS 118,584
2018NIS 108,401
B'TselemChristian Aid Ireland2022NIS 234,180
2021NIS 240,009
Trocaire2022NIS 45,695
2021NIS 125,928
2020NIS 97,806
2019NIS 98,802
2018NIS 108,338
GishaTrocaire2019NIS 310,111
2018NIS 105,883

Funding via the United Nations

UN-OCHA oPt Humanitarian Fund

  • In 2023, Ireland provided $5.1 million to the UN-OCHA occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund.
  • Several PFLP-linked NGOs, including UAWCUHWC, and PCHR, are regular recipients of disbursements from the “occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund.”


  • In 2021, Ireland provided UNICEF with $1.8 million.
  • UNICEF spearheads a campaign to have Israel included on a UN blacklist of “grave” violators of children’s rights. The list appears as an annex to the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC). This political agenda is a primary facet of UNICEF’s activities relating to Israel, completely inconsistent with its mandate of “child protection” and from its guidelines for neutrality and impartiality. (Read NGO Monitor’s report “UNICEF and its NGO Working Group: Failing Children.”)

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