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  • According to its website, “DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church.”
  • Aims to conduct “humanitarian aid and development assistance in close cooperation with churches and other cooperative partners.” According to its “statutes,” this “means that DanChurchAid shall engage popular and political powers and seek to influence decision makers in order to improve conditions for the world’s poorest. These efforts shall be conducted on local, national and global levels.”


Political Advocacy and Activities

According to information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, the following Israeli organizations received funding from DanChurchAid in recent years.

Breaking the Silence2013125,594
Who Profits201613,839
  • Some of DanChurchAid’s partners and grantees promote BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) and lawfare campaigns, false “war crimes” allegations, and even antisemitic propaganda.
    • BADILbadil_cartoon The main Palestinian “right of return” NGO, and a leader of BDS campaigns and political warfare against Israel. This NGO publishes antisemitic cartoons on its website, as well as imagery calling for the destruction of Israel (also a form of anti-Semitism) and denying Israel’s right to exist. Cartoon published by BADIL include classic antisemitic tropes, featuring a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks. He stands above a dead child and skulls, holding a pitchfork dripping with blood. Additional graphics deny the legitimacy of Israel in any form, and oppose peace agreements, in direct contradiction to Danish government policies. These are direct and blatant displays of antisemitism.
      • In correspondence with NGO Monitor, a representative from DanChurchAid agreed that the cartoon was antisemitic, attributing “this unfortunate incident” to “a misjudgment or error on behalf of Badil management.” NGO Monitor also requested information from DanChurchAid on its funding for BADIL. Despite repeated emails and phone calls, DanChurchAid did not respond to these questions.
  • In May 2017, DanChurchAid published a statement defending itself against criticism that it partners with organizations that promote antisemitism and individuals with alleged ties to terrorism. NGO Monitor responded to the statement, outlining how DCA’s defensive and misleading response to criticism reflects a lack of due diligence in its funding of and partnerships with NGOs.
  • Publishes one-sided condemnations of Israel that erase the context of terrorism, repeat the Palestinian narrative, ignore corruption, and blame Israel for Palestinian poverty and the continuation of the conflict.
  • Was a signatory to the 2012 report “Trading Away Peace,” which repeats the BDS agenda and calls on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions against Israel.
  • Funds DanWatch, which promotes BDS under the guide of “business ethics.” DanChurchAid specifically funds DanWatch’s project “Business on Forbidden Land,” focusing on Danish companies allegedly conducting business in Israeli settlements and opposing the marketing of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank.
  • Claims that the “Palestinians are not able to move freely and are denied access to land and water,” ignoring evidence that Israel provides Palestinians in the West Bank with more water than required under the Oslo framework and that thieves are responsible for stealing up to 50 percent of supplies in some Palestinian areas. In so doing, DanChurchAid manipulates and distorts water and land issues in order to falsely portray Israel as a brutal regime.
  • For three years beginning in June 2011, DanChurchAid partnered with Grassroots Jerusalem in a EuropeAid funded project to improve “respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in occupied East Jerusalem, where many Palestinians are exposed to poverty, violence, and violations of human rights.” Grassroots Jerusalem regularly describes Jerusalem as being “ethnically cleansed” and “colonized by the Israeli settlements” and claims that Israel is engaging in “collective punishment” and turning Palestinian villages into “ghetto[s].”
  • As part of a  “Gaza Emergency Response” campaign, DanChurchAid described the 2014 Gaza war as “the Israeli military’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’,” which “displaced” civilians in Gaza.  This attributes sole responsibility to Israel, ignoring that the military operation was launched in response to indiscriminate Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and that Hamas’ systematic policy of operating in civilian areas caused the displacement.
  • In 2007, DCA joined with BADIL to implement a “Call to Action,” which included anti-Israel boycott and sanction campaigns; efforts to “[e]nlist journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community’s double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation”; and enlisting the help of anti-Israel “Jewish” NGOs to “rais[e] awareness of the . . . right of return among the Jewish public in Israel.”


Appendix 1

DCA projects listed on website:

Implementing partnersProjectFunding - TotalSourceYear / s
Christian Blind MissionEarly Recovery Of Livelihoods For Vulnerable Women With Disabilities In The Gaza Strip€216,844Christian Blind Mission: €183,000September 1, 2015
Duration: 19 months
The Applied Research Institute - JerusalemImproving living conditions of vulnerable households in marginalized areas in Palestine$336,500UNDP : $250,000July 1, 2013

Duration: 12 months
The Applied Research Institute - JerusalemImproving the living conditions of vulnerable households and herders in the southern part of Hebron$250,000UNDPJuly 1, 2015

Duration:  9 months
Grassroots Jerusalem Human rights for East Jerusalemites living under occupation€1,132,060EuropeAid € 950,000June 14, 2011

Duration: 36 months
Youth Empowerment Center (YEC)Enhance Resilience and Restore Ability to learn of Children€236,151.94Caritas Switzerland €125,859.19January 6, 2015

Duration: 9 months
Finn Church Aid €40,000.00
Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Gaza Emergency Response$250,000Emergency Response Fund OCHA $250,000July 24, 2014

Duration: 1 month
Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Immediate Food and Hygiene assistance to vulnerable internally dicplaced [sic] people in Gaza.$160,000Christian Blind Mission $160,000July 26, 2014

Duration: 1.5 months
Augusta Victoria Hospital, PNA Ministry of Health, Union of Health Work Committees, Oyooni (My Eyes) Organization.Improving diabetes care in Gaza and diabetic eye and foot care in West Bank€814,821World Diabetes Foundation

July 1, 2013

Duration:  36 months
EJ YMCA, B’Tselem and BADIL, KEREM  Protection and Advocacy Action for Vulnerable people in the occupied palestinian territory, West Bank€1,316,841ECHO* €1,200,000July 1, 2013

Duration: 18 months
JRSProviding School Uniforms, School Bags and Stationary to Children$249,413UNOCHA $ 249,413October 28, 2014

Duration:  1 month
Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) and Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Summer Camp in Northern Gaza - Integrating children with disabilities in the community€30,000Caritas Germany €10,000June 15, 2011

Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014
War Child Holland €10,000
The East Jerusalem Young Men’s Christian Association (EJ YMCA), Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD), Women’s Affairs Center (WAC).Women´s inheritance and property rights in Palestine€860,088EuropeAid
June 15, 2011

Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014
  • According to DanChurch’s website, “ECHO has provided DanChurchAid with EUR 1,200,000 to protect, assist and advocate for the most vulnerable segments of the West Bank (Area C) populations affected by the Israeli occupation.”


  • Phase I (2010):  300,000 EUR
  • Phase II (2011): 720,00 EUR
  • Phase III (2012): 1,305,400 EUR
  • Phase IV (2013): 830,000 EUR

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