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  • The government of Canada provides direct funding to NGOs through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
  • Indirect funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza is provided via the United Church of Canada, Oxfam Italia, CARE International, and various UN agencies. Many of these NGOs are involved in anti-peace activities such as incitement and BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions); some also have reported ties to terrorist organizations.
  • All funding amounts listed are in Canadian dollars ($ CAD).

Direct Funding

  • In 2018-2023, Global Affairs Canada is providing $4.8 million to United Church of Canada: Kairos Initiatives for a project titled “Women of Courage – Women, Peace and Security. Twenty percent (approximately $950,000) is earmarked for the West Bank and Gaza in partnership with Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center.
    • Wi’am
      • Contrary to the rhetoric of peacebuilding and empowering women, Wi’am promotes BDS campaigns against Israel, utilizes “apartheid” rhetoric, and seeks to demonize Israel through Christian theology.
      • The group also utilizes antisemitic rhetoric, stating that  “We [the Palestinians] are the victims of the victims of the holocaust, and thus its direct victims…The Palestinian people are dying on the Cross…Palestinians are taken from the Cross-to hide the Israeli Crimes. In an attempt to silence our voice, the Israeli occupation imposes sanction and siege on our people…We are laid in the Tomb” (emphasis added).
    • United Church of Canada
      • The United Church of Canada has “sent over 25 Ecumenical Accompaniers” to the West Bank for Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). EAPPI sends volunteers to “witness life under occupation.” Upon completion of the program, the volunteers return to their home countries and churches where many engage in anti-Israel advocacy, including advocating for BDS campaigns in churches, comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany, and other delegitimization strategies.
      • In August 2015, UCC passed a resolution calling for “initiating and developing a program of education and advocacy in cooperation with our partners, related to divestment from and economic sanctions against all corporations and institutions complicit in and benefiting from the illegal occupation.”
    • KAIROS Canada
        • On November 17-28, 2019, KAIROS Canada brought a delegation of church leaders to Israel and the West Bank where the group met with pro-BDS organizations, authors of the antisemitic Kairos Palestine document, and other individuals and NGOs involved in anti-Israel delegitimization campaigns. KAIROS notes that the delegation was “ably hosted by KAIROS partner Wi’am Palestinian Centre for Conflict Transformation.” The delegation met with Coalition of Women for Peace and Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), as well as activists from EAPPI and Sabeel. The group also met with Bishop Atallah Hanna and Wi’am’s Lucy Talgieh, both of whom are authors of the 2009 Kairos Palestine document, as well as Hanan Ashwari. The Kairos Palestine Document repeatedly denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; rationalizes and trivializes terrorism against Israelis; promotes BDS; and is considered by many to be antisemitic.
        • In May 2013, issued a proclamation of support for the United Church of Canada’s call to members of the “ecumenical and justice community” to urge foreign affairs and trade ministers to impose “proper identification of Israeli settlement products in Canadian stores and an end to tax exemptions for products from the settlements.”
        • In December 2009, according to media reports, CIDA rejected grant renewal applications from KAIROS Canada following allegations that KAIROS took “a leadership in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney reportedly said that the “Church-based group lost its federal funding because of its position on the Middle East, more particular because of its anti-Israel stand.”
  • Ma’an Development Center.
    • In March 2019, according to Canada’s open.canada.ca, Canada provided $2 million to Ma’an Development Center for “payments to other international organizations.” These “international organizations” are not listed, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
    • In 2019, according to UN-OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), GAC granted $1,525,431 to Ma’an Development Center for “Improving equitable, affordable and sustainable access to safe and sufficient WASH services during emergencies and shocks in accordance with dignity of the underserved and most vulnerable communities of Wadi Al Salqa in the Gaza Strip. GAC also provided $893,738 to “improve resilience and food security of agricultural households in the South of Hebron in the West Bank by providing time-critical and quick impact support to address their needs.” It is unclear if these projects are part of the above March 2019 project listed on open.canada.ca.
    • In May 2018, Ma’an Development Center employee Ahmad Abdallah Aladini was killed in the violence on the Gaza border. Aladini was a “comrade” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the USEUCanada, and Israel. According to the PFLP, Aladini was active against the “Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip.”
  • Save the Children
    • In March 2019, Canada provided $995,000 to Save the Children for supporting “improved access to life-saving child WASH services for most vulnerable children in marginalised communities in the Gaza Strip. The project results will include increased access to potable water and hygiene condition.” Save the Children runs a number of projects in Gaza and the West Bank, implementing “programs in the areas of education, economic opportunities and psychosocial health… humanitarian assistance, child protection and youth development.” Despite a humanitarian mandate, some of these programs include major political and partisan advocacy that fuels the conflict, echoing the Palestinian narrative of victimization (see here for details).
    • In May 2018, Save the Children and the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) sponsored a workshop at the Dar al Huda kindergarten, “Training of Teachers on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching.”
      • On May 26, 2018, the Dar al Huda kindergarten in Gaza held a graduation ceremony that included the mock killing and kidnapping of Israelis by children dressed as combatants. The simulation included sophisticated equipment such as drones, body cameras, military fatigues, body armor, and sniper camouflage. Children wore headbands representing Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), designated as a terrorist organization by the USEU, and others.
      • According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Dar al Huda held similarly exploitative military-style events in 2017 and 2016.
  • In 2019, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) received $7.9 million.
    • MCC supports BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and the Kairos Palestine Document, which promotes BDS; denies the Jewish historical connections to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
  • In 2007-2010, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (predecessor to Global Affairs Canada) provided $4.4 million to Alternatives Canada. Funding from the Canadian government ended in 2014. According to a report in the National Post in December 2009, CIDA rejected grant renewal applications and was “set to slash millions of dollars in funding to Alternatives.”
    • Alternatives Canada engages in political advocacy against Israel, through its use of demonizing language such as “apartheid” rhetoric, and promoting a Palestinian “right of return” and BDS.
  • In 2009, the Canadian government via the Rights and Democracy organization created by Parliament, provided $10,000 each to Al-Haq and Al Mezan. This funding institution was shut down in 2012 due to problems with “efficiencies and savings” and in order to end funding to organizations considered by its own board members to be anti-Israel.

Direct Funding from Global Affairs Canada

NGO202020192018
United Church of Canada, KAIROS Canada, Wi’am$975,000 (*planned disbursement)$605,152$324,246
Ma’an Development Center$2,050,000$775,000
$1,525,431
$893,738
Mennonite Central Committee Canada$7.9 million$8.9 million

Indirect Funding

Funding via UN Frameworks

Funding to UNICEF

  • In 2018-2019, Canada provided $1 million to UNICEF for “reducing neonatal mortality in Gaza.” The implementing partner listed on the project is Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC). (Documentation on file with NGO Monitor.)
    • UHWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate” and by a 1993 USAID-engaged audit as the “the PFLP’s health organization.” For more information on UHWC’s PFLP ties, read NGO Monitor’s report “Union of Health Work Committees’ Ties to the PFLP Terror Group.”
    • HWC’s Youth Development Program, “A community, cultural, and social development program that provide services to Jerusalemite youth through ‘Nidal Center,’” was shut down by Israeli authorities from 2009 to 2012 because, in the words of the Jerusalem District Court, it served as “a place of action of the [PFLP] organization.” According to the Jerusalem District Court, “following the closure of the [Center], the PFLP began operating under the guise of the non-profit the Union of Health Work Committees – Jerusalem…on June 9, 2015 at the request of the Minister of Defense the non-profit was an unlawful organization…”

Funding to UN Women

  • Beginning March 2018, according to Global Affairs Canada, Canada is providing $17.3 million to UN Women in 2018-2023 for work “eliminating violence against women and girls in West Bank and Gaza.” According to the explanation provided by GAC under “type of aid,” the “Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO).” GAC does not list these “international organisations.”
  • According to UN Women, members of its “Civil Society Advisory Group” include representatives from numerous NGOs involved in delegitimization and/or BDS campaigns against Israel, including Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), Al-Haq, PYALARA, and Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA). It is unknown if the Canadian grant is being carried out with any of these or other organizations.

Funding to United Nations Population Fund

Funding to the Food & Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program

Oxfam Italia

CARE International

  • In 2016, according to FTS, Canada committed $3 million to CARE International for “humanitarian assistance – emergency livelihoods response to small-scale farmers affected by the Gaza crisis.” The project lists Ma’an Development Center as the NGO “implementing partner” and UAWC as an NGO partner. This grant appears to correspond with “GC-2017-Q1-0009” on the “canada.ca” website, a multi-year food security grant of $7.0 million to CARE Canada for work in the West Bank and Gaza.
Implementing Partners/NGOsDonor20202019201820172016
Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC)UNICEF$1,000,000 (on file with NGO Monitor)
Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)Oxfam Italia$3,500,000
WCLAC, PSCCW, PFPPA, PMRS, WISAL CoalitionUN Population Fund$2,600,000
Ma’an Development Center, Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and other NGO partnersCARE International$3,000,000
Ministry of Health, NECC,UHWC, Al Maqased Charitable Society Hospital in EJUNICEF$787,402 (USD)
“Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)”UN Women$3,565,043$4,065,836$3,600,000
Food Security SectorWorld Food Programme / Food & Agriculture Organizations$377,712 (USD)
$1,590,781 (USD)
$837,031 (USD)

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