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Click for a compilation of articles highlighting NGO Monitor’s contributions to the broader conversation about NGOs, funding, and accountability in Spain. These include blogs and op-eds written by NGO Monitor and staff, as well as articles citing NGO Monitor, or otherwise relevant to our mission.

 

  • Spanish government funding to Israeli, Palestinian, and Spanish NGOs is primarily provided through the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), a subdivision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Spanish Cooperation Office in Jerusalem oversees projects funded through AECID.
  • On June 28, 2017, in the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, NGO Monitor and ACOM presented their joint report highlighting Spanish funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that carry out political warfare campaigns against Israel. At this event, MK Yair Lapid, Chair of the centrist Yesh Atid party, encouraged his counterparts in Spain to take steps to prevent government funding for such organizations, many of which support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel, incite to violence, and/or promote antisemitism. Some of these groups also have alleged ties to terrorist organizations.
  • NGO Monitor’s comprehensive report on Spanish government funding from 2009 to 2011 listed over 40 political advocacy Israeli, Palestinian, and Spanish organizations that received Spanish funding. Between 2009 and 2011, approximately €15 million in Spanish government funds were transferred to political advocacy NGOs active in demonization, including promotion of BDS and political warfare that fuel the conflict. The funding of polarizing Israeli political NGOs was also an example of efforts to manipulate Israeli democracy through foreign government.
  • For the years 2009-2011, NGO Monitor identified Spanish NGO allocations and project details for radical Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, including the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), and Breaking the Silence. No information was found on the processes used to evaluate and approve this NGO funding, in particular in light of these organizations’ continued politicized campaigns against Israel.
  • In 2012, and in wake of NGO Monitor’s draft report, AECID reduced funding to three political advocacy NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, with a combined allocation of €1.6 million, marking a substantial reduction. The three ongoing grantees are Rabbis for Human Rights, Al Maqdese and ARIJ (see tables below).
  • Spain was a primary forum in Europe for NGO-led “lawfare” strategies against Israeli officials. For example, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), an Israeli NGO active in demonization efforts against Israel, received €60,000 (2010) from AECID. In 2009, PCATI signed a petition submitted to the Spanish government opposing a parliamentary resolution “that limits the exercise of universal the Spanish courts.” The resolution was introduced in the Spanish parliament following lawfare cases against several foreign nationals, including jurisdiction of Israeli officials.
  • As reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the Spanish government was identified as a sponsor of an ad on PA TV (January 6, 2011), promoting the boycott of Israeli goods. A representative of Spain told Channel 2 TV (Israel) that “the Spanish government logo was used without our knowledge.”
  • Additional NGO support comes from Spain’s Autonomous Communities and Regions. For example, as part of a project funded by the Basque government, Spanish NGO coalition MEWANDO published a newsletter utilizing “apartheid” and “genocide” rhetoric and featuring a cartoon depicting an African-American lynching victim and a Jewish child in the Holocaust as “Palestinians” (link no longer available).
  • The Spanish NGO Xarxa d’enllac amb Palestina (Link Network with Palestine), funded by Barcelona and Catalonia, in May 2012, organized a concert in Barcelona to mark the Palestinian Nakba. In May 2011, Xarxa signed a letter titled “Enrique Iglesias, don’t sing for the Israeli apartheid!” which advised Enrique Iglesias, a Spanish musician, against performing in Israel.
  • The municipality of Barcelona provided €56,000 for the March 2010 Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which calls for “existing legal actions and campaigns in the context of BDS to be stepped up and widened within the EU and globally.” The Russell Tribunal was organized by Spanish NGO Nova (funding from Catalonia).
  • On November 29-December 3, 2014, the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) organized an International Conference of Local Government and Civil Society Organizations in Support of Palestine, which allegedly promoted antisemitic sentiments and BDS campaigns against Israel. The Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the Spanish government of funding the conference and its coordinator, FAMSI, through the government’s Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID). According to news reports, the Spanish Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations without clarification, but did not respond to Israeli government requests for a formal explanation.

Spanish Funding to Israeli/Palestinian Political NGOs

(Unless noted, 2015-2016 data based on quarterly financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2013-2014 Information taken from annual reports)

NGODonorYearAmount
AddameerBasque Agency for Development Cooperation (AVCD) 2016€199,988
Municipality of Vitoria2014€97,947
2013€64,999
Autonomous community of Navarre2016€84,745
2015€84,173
Municipality of Pamplona2015€30,100
2014€24,500
Palestinian Center for Human RightsAgency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)2015€185,581
Andalucía Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID) for a project with Al Quds Association2015€80,000
Union of Palestinian Women’s CommitteesAECID2015€83,200
Union of Agricultural Work CommitteesAECID2015€184,989
Bisan Centre for Research and DevelopmentAECID2015€76,380
Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling AECID2015€128,825
Applied Research Institute JerusalemAECID2015€199,611
Health Work CommitteesIndirect funding through the NGO Al Quds Association2015€12,818
BimkomACPP (Spain)2016NIS 54,395
AECID2014NIS 431,433
Breaking the SilenceAECID2016NIS 257,950
2014NIS 293,424
2013NIS 177,660
HamokedAECID2016NIS 606,000
2014NIS 281,169
2013NIS 189,905
Rabbis for Human RightsAECID2016NIS 427,350
2014NIS 479,705
2013NIS 1,003,312
Who ProfitsIndirect funding through the NGO NOVA2016NIS 5.705
2015NIS 41,764
Yesh DinIndirect funding through the NGO NOVA2016NIS 85,765
Alternative Information CenterBasque Government2015NIS 242,101
Indirect funding through the NGO Mundubat2013NIS 259,645
Coalition of Women for PeaceIndirect funding through the NGO NOVA2014NIS 161,258
2013NIS 246,781
Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL)Municipality of Torrelodones with Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) 2015€11,478
Municipality of Utebo with Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA)€3,000
AACID, the Parliament of Andalucía, and the municipality of Illescas for projects with the Health Work Committees (HWC)€61,326

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