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  • CCFD-Terre Solidaire (Comité catholique contre la faim et pour le développement-Terre Solidaire) is an association of 29 secular and religious movements, which supports hundreds of projects in 63 countries in collaboration with local partners.
  • CCFD-Terre Solidaire has maintained a presence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza since 1978. It claims to “support educational activities,” following “the initiative of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine’s priorities of education for intercommunity dialogue, peace and non-violence.”


Political Advocacy

  • CCFD has provided funding to a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict including Breaking the Silence, Who Profits, Zochrot, Social TV, HaMoked, Emek Shaveh, and Sadaka Reut. (See table below for further funding information.)
  • In June 2019, CCFD helped organize a visit by a Gazan soccer team to France where Salah Hamouri was honored. In 2005, Salah Hamouri was arrested and convicted for “attempting to assassinate Ovadia Yosef…and for his involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.” The PFLP has referred to Hamouri as a “comrade.” Hamouri works as a field researcher and lawyer for the Palestinian NGO Addameer, an “affiliate” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group.
  • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, CCFD stated that it was “horrified by the massacre of unarmed demonstrators in the Gaza Strip…Shooting live bullets at unarmed protesters in Gaza is inhuman and unacceptable. France and the European Union must intervene with the Israeli government to put an end to this violence and oppose a disastrous occupation policy.” CCFD ignored the violent nature of the protests, which have consisted of an organized armed attack on the Israeli border and IDF positions, attempts to destroy and breach the border fence, and sustained arson, rocket, and mortar attacks on Israeli civilian communities.
  • On February 7, 2017, CCFD was a signatory on a statement marking the anniversaries of the 1917 Balfour declaration, the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, and the “beginning of Israel’s occupation in 1967.” The statement calls for “the suspension of the EU’s Association Agreement with Israel.” The statement condemns the 1947 UN partition plan, claiming it “resulted in the 1948 Nakba, the demolition of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland, and is thus a process of ethnic cleansing.” It also claims that European countries “made Palestine carry the consequences of the monstrous genocide of the European Jews by the Nazis; and subsequently they did nothing to require that Israel respect UN resolution.”
  • In October 2016, CCFD published a report titled “Displacements of populations- Expropriations, evictions and regrouping of Palestinian populations,” accusing Israel of forced displacements against the Palestinian populations in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and within the recognized borders of Israel. According to the report, the Israeli city of Acre is comprised of “ideological settlers” and “gentrification exists elsewhere in the world but here, it is a strategy to replace a population by another. Until the eighties, the policy was to destroy what is Arab;today, it is the strategy of gentrification that takes place…” (Report on file with NGO Monitor.)
    • The report also details a CCFD study tour to Israel and the West Bank, where participants stated that “We are a little dumbstruck to discover the presence of settlers within Israel” (emphasis added).
  • In 2013, CCFD hosted a conference that justified Palestinian violence against Israelis, referring to how Palestinians “resist, […] also taking up arms, driven by despair to their hopeless situation.”
    • The book was published by CCFD, le Secours catholique, Pax Christi, and Justice and Peace.

Funding for politicized NGOs

BDS Activities

  • According to French law, it is illegal to support boycotts against Israel.1 In contrast, CCFD calls for “defending the right to boycott the products from Israeli settlements, and for stopping the criminalization of the BDS movement.”
  • In 2019, CCFD lobbied in support of the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line, aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel.
  • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, CCFD called for people to write to the President of France asking for the “European institutions to exclude Israeli military companies from European framework programs such as Horizon 2020 and FP9. Indeed, Israel’s participation in the European Union Framework Program for Research and Technological Development allows the provision of European financial support to military industries such as Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries, the two main suppliers of drones to the Israeli army complicit in Israeli war crimes.”
  • In March 2017, along with groups including International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH),  Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS), Al-Haq, and the French League of Human Rights (LDH) published a document ‘The dangerous ties between French banks and insurances companies with the Israeli occupation‘, which recommends that the French government pressure French financial institutions to “disengage without delay from any financial link with the Israeli banking system,” and create “a legislative proposal prohibiting enterprises from all sectors to invest in the settlements.”
  • In 2015, CCFD and politicized NGOs including Al-HaqAssociation France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS), and International Federation of Human Right (FIDH) published “Orange’s Dangerous Liaisons in the Occupies Palestinian Territory,” calling for a boycott of the Israeli mobile phone network Partner Communications (which then operated under the Orange brand). The NGOs targeted the French corporation Orange Group and “the French State as Orange’s principal majority shareholder.”
    • Efforts to pressure Orange included attending the Orange annual shareholders meeting and lobbying of the French government.
  • Supports the “Made it Illegality” campaign, which supports BDS aims. The campaign’s goals are “prohibiting the import of settlement products,” “excluding the settlements from their bilateral agreements and cooperation with Israel,” and “excluding companies which are active or located in the settlements from public markets and public procurement procedures…”
  • In August 2014, CCFD published an appeal for the EU and their member states to divest from all settlements activities. In July 2014, CCFD and FIDH published a document titled “European Measures against Israeli Occupation,” calling for settlement product labeling and divestment from business and other activities with Israeli entities beyond the 1949 Armistice Line. The document also urges the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to endorse calls for divestment from settlement activities.


CCFD Funding to Israeli NGOs (amounts in NIS)

2015-2016 amounts based on NGO annual financial reports; 2017-2018 amounts based on quarterly financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.

Alternative Information Center56,376
Breaking the Silence387,35964,054
The Social TV38,46970,886
Emek Shaveh68,864338,53964,044
Who Profits79,89440,017


  1. Under this law, in 2013, BDS France was fined €28,000 by a local French court.

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