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False Witness? EU-Funded NGOs and Policymaking in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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[Abstract]

This report analyzes European Union funding for political advocacy NGOs, and the impact of this practice on EU policy making regarding critical issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. In particular, the study examines a number of documents written by, or under the auspices of, EU representatives in Israel and the PA between 2010 and 2012. The information in the documents is shown to have been provided by Israeli and Palestinian political NGOs, and in many cases is demonstrably false, out of context, or one-sided. As a result, the recommendations provided are not suitable for EU policymaking, and may serve to contribute to conflict, rather than promote peace or human rights. This practice has also increased friction between Israel and Europe.

About the Author

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg

Professor Gerald Steinberg is founder and president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on the changing nature of power in international relations, as reflected in Middle East Diplomacy and Security, The Politics of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Israeli Politics and Arms Control.