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  • 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 groups have also used antisemitic rhetoric and have apparent links to terror organizations.


Map from Irish Aid’s 2014 Annual Report, which incorrectly identifies Lebanon as “Palestine."

  • In 2015, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the West Bank and Gaza was €9 million, including almost €3 million for humanitarian assistance.
  • In 2015, the Irish government provided direct funding of €720,000 to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and over €32 million in funding to Irish and international NGOs involved in activities in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Some of the latter groups then transfer funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs.

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Direct Funding from the Irish Government

Irish Aid’s 2013-2015 annual reports list the following funding to political advocacy NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The Annual Reports only include grants over €50,000.

Irish Aid Funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs (in euros)

For further details on direct funding to Israeli NGOs, based on submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, see Appendix 1.

Irish Aid Funding to Irish and International NGOs (in euros)1

  • Trócaire is the “overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.” The organization received nearly €55 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • Trócaire funds highly politicized and biased NGOs that support BDS and engage in anti-peace rhetoric against Israel.
    • Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts campaigns to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements. Trócaire also attempted to block Israel’s inclusion in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Christian Aid Ireland received nearly €14 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
  • Oxfam International’s various entities received over €13.5 million (2013-2015).
    • Oxfam claims to work with “more than 60 Palestinian and Israeli partner organizations” (emphasis in original), but does not disclose the names of these organizations.
    • Oxfam advocates and participates in BDS campaigns against Israel.
  • World Vision Ireland received over €12 million (2013-2015).
    • World Vision Gaza’s manager of operations was arrested in June 2016. He was accused of diverting approximately 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget to the Hamas terrorist organization to build tunnels and fund other terrorist activity. The siphoned funds amount to approximately $50 million.
    • World Vision Ireland, however, does not appear to fund activities in the region.
  • The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) received €400,000 (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • FIDH engages in “lawfare,” supports BDS campaigns, and abuses its reputation as a human rights organization to condemn Israel in a variety of international forums.
    • In August 2016, Shawan Jabarin (General Director of Al-Haq) was elected as FIDH’s Secretary General. Jabarin has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan on several occasions due to his alleged ties to the PFLP terrorist group.
  • Amnesty International (Ireland) received €100,000 (2013-2014) from Irish Aid.
    • Amnesty disproportionately singles out Israel for condemnation, focusing solely on the conflict with the Palestinians, misrepresenting the complexity of the conflict, and ignoring more severe human rights violations in the region.
  • Transparency International received €500,000 (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.

Indirect Funding from Irish Aid to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

NGOs in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza receive indirect Irish Aid funding through the organizations discussed above.

Indirect Funding to Israeli NGOs, based on annual and quarterly submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (in NIS)

ZochrotChristian Aid2015275,830Supporting educational discussion of “Right of Return”
Oxfam - GB201425,878Supporting an educational program
Trocaire201346,000Collecting testimonies project
Who ProfitsTrocaire201685,068Research
Coalition of Women for PeaceTrocaire201323,847"Who Profits?" Project
Breaking the SilenceTrócaire2015384,408General Support
B'TselemFront Line BOL201519,293General Support
Christian Aid Ireland2015171,821General Support
2014187,564General Support
Trócaire2015104,331General Support
GishaTrócaire2015211,530Promote the honoring of international law within the Israeli authorities
Oxfam - GB201589,911Promote economic rights
Rabbis for Human RightsTrócaire2013213,818[2]N/A
ACRIOxfam2013147,80Two law systems in the territories project
Oxfam201436,229Analysis of two law systems in Area C

[1] Annual funding documentation provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-profits, see

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.


  1. Oxfam International is marked only as “Oxfam"; Grants to Save the Children and Action contre la faim are listed as “through key partner countries"; We Effect’s funding is noted as “through key partner countries” (2014-2015) and “Other Including Funding in Key Partner Countries” (2013)

Appendix 1

Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs, based on annual and quarterly submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (in NIS)

NGODonorYearSum (NIS)Project
Yesh DinMFA – Ireland2015379,800Law enforcement project, lands and security forces investigation
2014425,700Security forces investigation project
2013428,330Security forces investigation project
GishaIrish Aid2015380,241Promote the NGO’s goals
2014430,146Promote the NGO’s goals
2013431,935Promote the NGO’s goals
Emek ShavehMFA – Ireland201493,304N/A
Comet MEIrish Aid2014358,311N/A
BimkomEmbassy – Ireland2015359,249Planning rights in Area C and Jerusalem
2014396,262Planning rights in Area C and Jerusalem
2013318,597General Support

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