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  • France provides millions of Euros to French, Palestinian, and Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Direct funding to these NGOs is transferred from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) through L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD – French Agency for Development), the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem (The Consulate), and French regional governments.
  • Indirect French government support is channeled through French aid organizations such as CCFD- Terre Solidaire, Secours Catholique, and the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah.
  • In addition, MAEDI funds the French aid organizations Center of Crises and Support (CDCS) and Humanitarian Emergency Fund (FUH) that are active in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Many of the NGOs receiving French direct and indirect funds support boycott campaigns against Israel and/or call for the boycott of the State. Such advocacy is illegal under French law. (See NGO Monitor’s report: French Funding to NGOs Involved in Boycott Campaigns and with Alleged Ties to Terror Groups.)
  • The French government acknowledges that its international aid transparency is “poor.”

Direct Funding

Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs

According to information provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, Israeli politicized NGOs received the following direct funding from the French government since 2013. All amounts are listed in NIS. Unless otherwise noted, figures were taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar.

NGODonor20172016201520142013
Breaking the SilenceConsulate in Jerusalem – France63,559
B’TselemConsulate – France124,008130,21971,42947,619
Comet MeMFA – France5,391*137,466*
HaMoked Consulate – France49,019*
Ir AmimConsulate – France93,897*
BimkomEmbassy – France38,095*
Al MarsadConsulate- France44,048
Alternative Information CenterCNCDH71,760
Terrestrial JerusalemMFA- France167,364

*2013-2015 figures based on annual reports submitted to the Registrar; 2016 on quarterly reports.

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Direct Funding to Palestinian NGOs

  • In 2015, the Consulate allocated €246,000 for “mini projects” in the areas of human rights, legal aid, protection against lands confiscations, and education fields in Gaza, Area C of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and refugees camps. The Consulate states, “These projects are part of the geographical and political priorities of the French cooperation in the Palestinian territories,” but detailed information about the projects is not disclosed. In previous years, the Consulate funded “mini projects” carried out by the politicized, pro-BDS organizations Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (€20,000) in 2012-2013 (p.6) and the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (€20,000) in 2011-2012 (p.14).
  • Since 2015, AFD has provided €5 million in support for a project titled “Local Development in Area C.” The details of the project are not available to the public and AFD did not respond to NGO Monitor requests for information.
  • In 2016, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) provided the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) with €34,200. WCLAC fieldworker, Manal Tamimi, frequently utilizes antisemitic and violent rhetoric and imagery on social media.
  • In 2016,  MAEDI provided Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) with €3,000 for a music and speaking tour of conscientious objectors, including Tair Kaminer.
  • From 2014 to 2016, the Consulate provided €500,000 via the Social Fund for Development (FSD) to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, including:
    • €75,000 for the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) and Comet-ME, for a project in Hebron. The PSCC organizes protests that frequently turn violent (see videos of PSCC protests in Hebron, Kfer Qaddum, Nilin, Nabi Saleh, and Beituniya showing protestors hurling rocks, throwing sharp objects, trying to destroy the security barrier, and committing arson).
      • Comet-ME Frequently builds illegally in Area C of the West Bank, without obtaining requisite permits from the Israeli Civil Administration, which is responsible under local and international law (and the Oslo agreements) for maintaining law and order in areas under Israeli control. Comet-ME officials have consistently attempted to justify the illegal activity, saying, “We didn’t ask for permits because we wouldn’t get any permits,” and “We don’t get any permits [from the Israeli Civil Administration], so we simply build without.”
    • €77,000 to the Jerusalem Bedouin Cooperative Community (JBCC). JBCC is a member of the Israeli NGO Grassroots Jerusalem‘s network, which “strongly supports the global BDS call as a strategic tool to hold ‘Israel’ accountable for its oppression of the Palestinian people.” JBCC itself uses politicized language to describe Israeli actions, accusing the Israeli army of “constant displacement,” using “the ruse that they were living in a ‘Closed Military Zone’,” and “claiming “their homes were in the path of the Annexation Wall.”
  • From 2012-2014, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), initiated and implemented a €354,489 project in the “Hebron governorate.” UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate,” and by USAID as the “agricultural arm” of the PFLP. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by “agronomists loosely affiliated with the PFLP.” USAID further identifies UAWC as the “agricultural arm” of the PFLP. The main funders of the project were: The French Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Sea, via the Water Agency Rhône Mediterranean Corsica (€177,000), the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem (€31,000), and the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur (€93,176).
  • In 2015, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development provided Al-Haq with €27,842 (line 1199) to support its activities in the “private sector and human rights.” Al-Haq is a leader in anti-Israel “lawfare” and BDS campaigns and also has alleged ties with the PFLP terror group.
  • In 2012-2013, the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem provided Diakonia, a Swedish NGO that is highly involved in anti-Israel lawfare campaigns, with €20,000.

Indirect Funding

Indirect Funding to Israeli NGOs

According to information provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, politicized Israeli NGOs received the following indirect funding from the French government since 2013. All amounts are listed in NIS. Unless otherwise noted, figures were taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar.

NGODonor20172016201520142013
Breaking the SilenceCCFD-Terre Solidaire64,05441,60047,258
ZochrotCCFD-Terre Solidaire89,768135,32298,932139,124*141,861*
HaMoked CCFD-Terre Solidaire92,457*129,706*
PHR-ICaritas (Secours Catholique)162,000*88,000*
Social TVCCFD-Terre Solidaire21,101
Alternative Information CenterCCFD-Terre Solidaire56,37621,74195,856
Fondation de France47,890
UJFP37,152
Sadaka-Reut***CCFD-Terre Solidaire86,136107,595
Caritas (Secours Catholique)140,850146,212
Emek ShavehCCFD-Terre Solidaire75,04264,004
Who ProfitsCCFD-Terre Solidaire40,017

* Based on annual reports submitted to the Registrar.
**Based on Sadaka-Reut’s 2014 financial report

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Indirect Funding to Palestinian NGOs

Other Activities

  • In June 2017, France joined a humanitarian consortium led by the politicized Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), along with four other international NGOs: Action contre la Faim, ACTED, Première Urgence Internationale’s Spanish branch, and Gruppo di Volontariato Civile. This consortium was established in 2015 “at the initiative of DG-ECHO and five EU Member States (Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden)” and claims to “protect Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from individual and mass forcible transfer.”
    • NRC supports politicized “Litigation of public interest cases …through Israeli courts and international mechanisms.” Previously, NRC funded over 4,000 cases and legal interventions in Israeli forums.
    • A lawyer affiliated with the NRC program stated that the objective of these cases are an attempt to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system… as many cases as possible are registered and that as many cases as possible are appealed to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage.” (emphasis added)
  • AFD and the Council of Île de France Region fund the Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine (The Platform), a politicized French NGO comprised of 40 French NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict that supports BDS and whose president, Claude Léostic, has stated that “I came to Palestine [in 2002] after one year of your Intifada to show direct support and solidarity to you all in your fight for your legitimate rights and your freedom.”
  • Since 2009, AFD provided €470,000 to various programs that aim to shape public opinion and influence media and decision makers on their opinions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Center of Crises and Support (an arm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) provides funding via its “Humanitarian Emergency Fund” (FUH) to politicized French NGOs for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. NGO recipients of these funds include Medecins de Monde (MDM), Action contre la faim (ACF), Première Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI), and ACTED. FUH provided €501,000 in 2012, €422,000 in 2013, and €400,000 in 2014 to claimed “humanitarian emergency situations.”

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