- Founded as the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland; Works in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
- Member of CIDSE and represents Caritas in Ireland, which describes itself as “part of the Catholic church” and is headquartered in Vatican City. Trocaire is also one of four agencies associated with the “Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs” under the auspices of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Council.
- Trocaire funds highly politicized and biased non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) and utilize demonizing rhetoric against Israel, including Badil, Who Profits, and ICAHD. (See below for available funding information).
- Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts a campaign to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements, and attempting to block Israel’s inclusion in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
- Sadaka, an Irish pro-Palestinian group, ran a campaign in advance of the February 2016 elections, lobbying candidates to sign a pledge demanding that “the Irish Government  use all institutional mechanisms at its disposal… seek an EU ban on trade and investment with Israeli colonies/settlements…[and] to suspend military export licenses to Israel and suspend Department of Defence public procurement from Israeli arms companies.” According to a Call for Proposals from December 2015, “partnership funding” for pre-election lobbying was provided by Trócaire.
- Two leading Trócaire officials who deal or have dealt directly with Palestinian issues were hired after working for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). The IPSC is a radical group that advocates for BDS, including a cultural boycott of Israeli academics and artists. Trócaire’s Palestine program officer, Garry Walsh, is former National Coordinator of the IPSC; Eoin Murray, Trócaire’s Campaigns Coordinator, was also the National Coordinator for the IPSC and worked for the Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza.
- Trócaire’s educational material reflects a one-sided approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict and contains false information such as inflated casualty statistics. Joint reports with other political NGOs advance highly disputed legal claims; for instance, the blockade on Gaza is labeled “collective punishment,” and Israel is referred to as the “occupying power” in Gaza.
- In June 2014 sponsored a Breaking the Silence photography exhibit in Dublin, claiming to portray “the day-to-day reality of service” in the West Bank. BtS “collects testimonies” from former Israeli soldiers, who repeat false allegations of “war crimes” and “violations of international law.” As NGO Monitor has demonstrated, these “testimonies” are often anonymous, based on hearsay, and stripped of context, in order to advance the political agenda of BtS activists.
- In September 2013, Trócaire co-sponsored the International Right of Return Conference that featured speakers from Zochrot, ICAHD, Badil, and other advocates for a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meaning the dismantling of Israel and of the end of the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality.
- Published the report “Sustaining Injustice: EU trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories” (September 2012) and co-published “Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israel settlements” (October 2012), as part of an intensive lobbying effort for the EU to enact BDS policies against Israel.
- Partner organizations include the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Rabbis for Human Rights, Badil, and B’Tselem.
- In 2007, Trócaire joined Badil in a “Call to Action,” which advocated anti-Israel boycotts and sanctions, and enlisted “journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community’s double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation.”
Trocaire’s Contributions to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs
|NGO||Amount and Year|
|Breaking the Silence||384,408 NIS (2015); 72,377 NIS (2014); Trocaire lists BtS as partner.|
|B'Tselem||104,331 NIS (2015); 224,938 NIS (2012); 248,380 NIS (2011); 249,795 NIS (2010); Trocaire lists B'Tselem as partner.|
|Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)||23,847 NIS (2013)|
|Gisha||211,530 NIS (2015); 192,518 NIS (2014); 50,019 NIS (2012); 49,834 NIS (2011); 48,427 NIS (2010)|
|Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)||ICAHD lists Trocaire as a donor; details unavailable.|
|Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)||PCATI lists Trocaire as a donor; details unavailable.|
|Rabbis for Human Rights||233,333 NIS (2012); 257,990 NIS (2011); 243, 745 NIS|
|Who Profits||86,754 NIS (2015), 94,496 NIS (2015); Trocaire lists Who Profits as partner.|
|Zochrot||46,000 NIS (2013); 142,617 NIS (2012)|
|Al Mezan||Unspecified Amounts|
|Badil||€35,000 (2011); €60,000 (2010); Trocaire lists Badil as partner.|
|Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP)||Trocaire lists GCMHP as partner. Unspecified Amounts.|
|Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)||Trocaire lists MAP as partner. Unspecified Amounts.|
|Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)||PCHR lists Trocaire as a donor; Trocaire lists PCHR as partner. details unavailable.|
|The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)||Trocaire lists EAPPI as partner. details unavailable.|
Governments and Catholic charities that contributed funds to Trocaire
|Donor Organization and Country||Amounts and Years|
|Australian Aid||€653,000 (2015)|
|Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)||€168,000 (2012); €190,000 (2011)|
|CAFOD (UK)||€285,000 (2015); €233,000 (2014);|
|Caritas Austria||€100,000 (2014); €280,000 (2013)|
|Caritas Australia||€216,000 (2015); €1,139,000 (2014)
|Caritas Belgium||€280,000 (2011)|
|Caritas New Zealand||€156,000(2015); €107,000 (2013)|
|Caritas Czech Republic||€138,000 (2012); €20,000 (2011)|
|Caritas Italy||€40,000 (2015); €50,000 (2014)
|Caritas Japan||€20,000 (2015); €20,000 (2014)
|Caritas Korea||€73,000 (2015); €78,000 (2014)
|Caritas Slovenia||€32,000 (2012)|
|Caritas Spain||€200,000 (2015); €300,000 (2014)
|Caritas Switzerland||€64,000 (2013); €480,000 (2012)|
|Catholic Relief Services||€1,015,000 (2015); €38,000 (2013)|
|Development and Peace (Canada)||€129,000 (2015); €148,000 (2014)|
|EU and ECHO||€1,458,000(2015); €2,509,000 (2014)|
|Irish Aid||€18,208,000 (2015); €18,551,000 (2014)
|Misereor (Germany)||€200,000 (2015); €272,000 (2013);|
|Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund||€1,250,000 (2015); €1,275,000 (2014);
|Secours Catholique (France)||€938,000 (2015); €952,000 (2014)
|UK DFID||€5,894,000 (2015); €3,596,000 (2014)|