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  • The government of Canada provides direct funding to NGOs through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
  • Much of Canada’s funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza is provided via international organizations and UN agencies.
  • All funding amounts listed are in Canadian dollars ($ CAD).

Direct Funding

  • In March 2018, Global Affairs Canada announced a $4.8 million collaboration with “United Church of Canada: Kairos Initiatives,” for a five-year project titled “Women of Courage – Women, Peace and Security,” including 20% (approximately $950,000) for the West Bank and Gaza in partnership with Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center. Wi’am, UCC, and KAIROS Canada support the 2009 Kairos Palestine Document, which 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.1 Wi’am’s Women Coordinator Lucy Talgieh is one of the authors of the document.
    • 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).
      • In 2016, Wi’am signed the “Call for Worldwide Women’s Endorsement of BDS” calling upon “women and feminists of the world, as well as women’s organizations and collectives, to endorse the BDS Call issued by Palestinian civil society in 2005 and join to the BDS movement to support our struggle for freedom, justice and equality” (emphasis added).
    • UCC support for BDS
      • 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.”
      • The United Church of Canada is the sending organization of Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) in Canada. It has “sent over 25 Ecumenical Accompaniers.” EAPPI sends volunteers to the West Bank 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.
    • KAIROS Canada
      • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, KAIROS stated that it was “gravely concerned about the use of lethal military force against protestors in the Gaza strip” and called on the Canadian government to “speak out against military action against civilians.” KAIROS ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
      • 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.”
  • In 2018, Global Affairs Canada granted $775,000 to Ma’an Development Center.
    • 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.”
  • In 2017, it appears that Ir Amim received NIS 4,878.
    • Although Ir Amim has been described as “work[ing] toward coexistence in Jerusalem,” an Ir Amim official was quoted as saying that the group was “seeking to advance a political agenda, and was not an organization geared to promote coexistence.”
    • Ir Amim frequently accuses Israel of attempting to “Judaize” Jerusalem and promotes the Palestinian narrative on the city, including claims that “government powers are being handed over to the settler organizations” and archeological digs have become an important “tool in the fight for control” over Jerusalem.
  • In 2015-2016, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) received $5.7 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

NGO2018201720162015
United Church of Canada, KAIROS Canada, Wi’am$950,000
Ma’an Development Center$775,000
Mennonite Central Committee Canada$49,999$5,700,000

Indirect Funding

Implementing Partners/NGOsDonor2018201720162015
WCLAC, PSCCW, PFPPA, PMRS, WISAL CoalitionUN Population Fund $2,600,000

Ministry of Health, NECC,UHWC, Al Maqased Charitable Society Hospital in EJUNICEF$787,402 (USD)
EAPPI$1,000,000

Footnotes

  1. The Simon Wiesenthal Center describes the Kairos Palestine Document as “a revisionist document of hatred for Israel and contempt of Jews” (See: The Simon Wiesenthal Center, “SWC Extremely Concerned by Flawed Presbyterian Palestinian ‘Kairos’ Study Guide,” June 24, 2011, http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=6478433&ct=10887407

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