- Christian Aid serves as the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland, and is part of the worldwide church community.
- Christian Aid’s activities date back to the 1940s. According to its 2016/2017 annual report, the organization “worked with 475 partners in 37 countries.”
- In 2016-2017, total income was £97 million; total expenses were £93.6 million, of which £938,000 was allocated for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
- In 2016-2017, Christian Aid received £42.1 million from governments and institutions, the majority of which came from the United Kingdom; other significant contributions came from Ireland and the European Commission (see table below for detailed funding information).
Governmental and Institutional Funding to Christian Aid (amounts in £)
|UK (Department for International Development (DFID))||15,078,000||15,609,000||14,551,000||16,234,000|
|Ireland (Irish Aid)||4,491,000||3,531,000||3,610,000||3,762,000|
|Other government and public authorities||2,153,000||1,610,000||803,000||1,123,000|
|Bread for the World (Germany)||29,000||626,000||---|
|Church of Sweden||342,000|
Other supporters include (funding not disclosed):
- Action Aid, APRODEV, DanChurchAid, European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), HEKS, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Norwegian Church Aid, Open Society Foundations, Save the Children UK, Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs – FDFA), Trocaire, and various UN organizations (including UNOCHA).
- Assumes a highly biased and politicized approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Its publications systematically ignore Palestinian responsibility in the conflict and minimize Israel’s right to self-defense.
- Runs two programs in the Middle East. Strategic actions include:
- “pursuing litigation before Israeli courts against discriminatory governmental decisions, practices, laws and proposed legislation, and lobbying parliament and government officials”;
- “defending the rights of Palestinian community activists and political figures who are harassed by the Israeli authorities in the courts and through public campaigns”;
- “raising public awareness on the Palestinian refugee issue within Israeli society, and promoting political dialogue and debate between the authorities and civil society on just solutions to the refugees’ right of return. Our partners’ work in this area incorporates the development of transitional justice approaches among Palestinians and Israelis.”
- In May 2016, released a video titled “Christian Aid’s work in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.” The video presents misleading and false information about the security barrier and water usage in the West Bank, and adopts a Palestinian narrative of the conflict.
- Co-signed an August 2015 campaign, calling on world leaders “to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza,” while altogether omitting that the blockade was implemented in an effort to stop Palestinian terrorists from smuggling of weapons and rockets into Gaza that would later be used to target Israeli civilians.
- Co-signatories include a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict: Broederlijk Delen, CCFD, Diakonia, French Platform of NGOs for Palestine, Heinrich Boll Foundation Palestine, Medico International, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Oxfam, Pax Christi, Physicians for Human Rights, Trocaire, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision, and others.
- Contributed to the 2013 Zochrot conference, “From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of Palestinian Refugees,” insisting on a “right of return” for 1948 Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants amounts to a call for the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
- On October 30, 2012, twenty-two NGOs, including Christian Aid, released a report, “Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements.” The report repeats the BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) agenda, calling on the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel.
- In June 2012, Christian Aid issued a call for legislation to ban the import of goods to the UK from Israeli settlements. At the Methodist Conference in July 2012 a motion was passed supporting this call.
- In June 2011, Christian Aid published “Locked Out: Palestinian Refugees and the Key to Peace,” a biased report demanding that Israel accept Palestinian positions solely based on the Palestinian narrative and refugee claims. There is no parallel call on the Palestinians to acknowledge Israeli claims and no recognition of the need for mutual compromise.
- In October 2007, Christian Aid was listed as a “partner” supporting an Ittijah-initiated conference held in Cyprus. The conference included some of the most ardent supporters of BDS, such as the Palestinian Grassroots anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (PGAAWC), Palestine BDS Campaign, and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). The conference’s final statement called upon NGOs to “turn utmost attention to the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign against Israel and pursuing the parastata Zionist organizations worldwide.”
Funding Israeli NGOs
According to information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, the following Israeli organizations received funding from Christian Aid and Christian Aid Ireland since 2013.
|2015||275,830||Supporting educational discussion of “Right of Return”|
|2014||241,169||Supporting discussion of “Right of Return”|
|Breaking the Silence||2015||293,500||Testimony collection|
|2013||216,147||Financial Support & General Support|
|Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)||2017||134,850||General Support|
|2014||164,578||Activity for rights in the Israeli-Arab minority|
- Zochrot supports a “One State Solution” or a “de-Zionized Palestine.” The group also promotes a “Palestinian Right of Return.”
- Breaking the Silence makes sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous, and unverifiable accounts of often low-ranked soldiers. These “testimonies” lack context, are politically biased, and erase the complicated reality in the West Bank. In addition, they reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict in order to advance the political agenda of Breaking the Silence activists, thereby fueling the international campaigns against Israel.
- Adalah rejects the legitimacy of the Jewish state, while attempting to portray it as inherently racist and discriminatory and regularly lobbies the Israeli Supreme Court and international bodies to adopt its agenda.
- Christian Aid describes itself as a “key member of ACT Alliance.”
- ACT Alliance’s ACT Palestine Forum promotes a highly politicized and biased narrative of the Arab- Israeli conflict, international BDS campaigns, and the Kairos Palestine document that denies Jewish historical connections to Israel.
- Christian Aid does not reveal all of their partners, nor funding to the organizations. Current and former partner organizations include some of the most radical NGOs operating in the region, including: Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Al-Haq, Sabeel, Adalah, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Alternative Information Center (AIC), the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Women’s Affairs Centre in Gaza, Culture and Free Thought Association, and Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Formerly worked with Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
- Major UK Churches Adopt Christian Aid's Anti-Israel BDS Agenda Chanah Shapira, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), November 23, 2011
- Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report 'misleading' Jennifer Lipman, The Jewish Chronicle, July 7, 2011
- Christian Aid denies it is biased in the Middle East Church of England Newspaper, September 14, 2007