In December 2016, the EU announced grants under the EU Peacebuilding Initiative (European Neighbourhood Policy) with a total budget of €4.9 million. Among the recipients and projects, a number (receiving one-third of the total budget) demonstrate records of activities that are entirely inconsistent with the stated goals of promoting peace in the region.
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|Start date:||1 Jan 1988|
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Public funding from Spain to politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict is widespread and highly decentralized, correlating to several levels of governance in Spain. Funds are managed and allocated by the central government, autonomous communities, provincial deputations, municipalities, and bar associations – and reflect deep political fissures and regional radicalization.
UN-OCHA oversees and facilitates government funding to some of highly biased and politicized NGOs, including a number that are very active in promoting BDS and “lawfare” campaigns that single out Israel.
In-depth analysis of EU funding reveals that 25% of all beneficiaries support BDS, a tactic that the EU claims to expressly oppose.
Gerald Steinberg describes the unique and unhealthy dependence between the EU and NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which European funds are used to perpetuate the one-sided and biased views of anti-Israel groups.
The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held a September 7-8 meeting, featuring representatives of a number of highly politicized NGOs who encouraged the international community to engage in legal warfare against Israel.
The controversy surrounding Jewish-American singer Matisyahu scheduled appearance at the Rototom Sunsplash Music Festival in Spain highlights the antisemitism that is inherent in the BDS movement.