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Background

  • The Netherlands funds numerous Israeli and Palestinian NGOs directly through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the Representative Office in Ramallah (NRO), and indirectly through Dutch aid organizations and Oxfam-Novib.
  • In 2013-2017, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs also received direct Dutch funding through the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (Secretariat), a joint mechanism for funding NGOs, created by the governments of the Netherlands, DenmarkSwitzerland, and Sweden.1
  • According to the Dutch MFA’s “Human Rights Report 2018,” the Netherlands provided over €2.7 million in direct and indirect funding to human rights NGOs operating in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • In June 2016, the Dutch Parliament passed a resolution calling for “the ending of funding to organizations that directly or indirectly pursue a boycott or sanctions against Israel.”
  • According to the Dutch MFA’s “2018 Work Plan,” contracts signed between the Dutch MFA and NGOs included new funding guidelines that ensure:
    • NGOs adhere to the Dutch Parliament decision that the “Netherlands does not finance activities that propagate BDS against Israel” (NGO Monitor translation).
    • The Netherlands does not finance “organizations that promote hate-speech, racism, anti-semitism in any sort or format” (NGO Monitor translation).

Direct Funding

Funding via Representative Office in Ramallah (NRO)

NRO Funding to Palestinian NGOs

  • In 2013-2021, Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC) received approximately $20 million from the NRO.
    • UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official “affiliate,” and by USAID as the “agricultural arm” of the  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization by the USEUCanada, and Israel. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by “agronomists loosely affiliated with the PFLP.”
    • Utilizes highly biased and demonizing rhetoric, accusing the “Israel occupation forces” of “continuing its brutal and immoral offensive [2014] war on Gaza” and an ongoing “policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law.”
  • In 2018, Al Mezan received €192,280 from the NRO.
    • Al Mezan is highly active in anti-Israel lawfare campaigns, exploiting courts and international legal bodies to seek arrest warrants against Israeli government officials, file lawsuits against companies and governments doing business with Israel, and lobby for cases against Israelis at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • In 2018, Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) received €83,600 from the NRO.
    • PWWSD utilizes highly biased and distorted rhetoric, accusing Israel of “apartheid policies,” “Judaization” of Jerusalem, and “constant violations of Human Rights.”
  • In 2018, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) received €443,114 from the NRO.
    • ICHR is a “quasi-governmental Palestinian organization,” established in 1993 with a declared mandate “to follow-up and ensure that different Palestinian laws, by-laws and regulations, and the work of various departments, agencies and institutions of the State of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization meet the requirements for safeguarding human rights.”
  • In 2013-2018, the AMAN Coalition received €961,028 from the NRO.

NRO Funding to Israeli NGOs

  • In 2018, Breaking the Silence received €191,840 for “bilateral support.” One of Breaking the Silence’s objectives for this project states that its efforts will include encouraging “diaspora Jewish communities to voice their opposition to the occupation.” Breaking the Silence will also use the Dutch funds to “increase opposition in the international arena to Israel’s prolonged occupation of the oPt” through challenging “key international public figures…to respond.”
    • 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 of asymmetrical warfare. 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.
  • In 2018, B’Tselem received €176,000 for “bilateral support.” Among the activities supported by the Dutch funding is a “report on the role of the Israeli Supreme Court.” According to Dutch government documentation, “B’Tselem regularly refers to the Supreme Court as one of the main mechanisms that permits the ongoing occupation and human rights violations by granting judicial legitimacy to Israel’s policies.”
  • In 2018, Gisha received €62,700.
  • In 2018, Bimkom received €75,240.
    • Bimkom regularly files petitions in an attempt to alter government policies related to spatial planning, planning procedures, and Bedouin communities.
  • In 2018, Yesh Din received €160,930.
    • Yesh Din is central to the allegations that Israeli investigative and court systems are unable or unwilling to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and is part of a wider “lawfare” strategy of pressing “war crimes” cases against Israeli officials in foreign courts and in the International Criminal Court (ICC). These campaigns use faulty information and skewed statistics to promote their political claims.

Funding via Embassy in Tel Aviv

Funding via Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Human Rights and Humanitarian Law International Secretariat

Indirect Funding

Oxfam-Novib

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO)

Kerk in Actie

Cordaid

PAX

Dutch Funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

NGOMechanismAmountYear
Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC)NRO€8,400,0002013-2018
€13,000,000 2017-2021
Al MezanNRO€192,2802018
Palestinian Working Woman Society for DevelopmentNRO€83,600 2018
Independent Commission for Human Rights NRO€623,113 2017-2020
€770,993 2017-2019
AMAN CoalitionNRO€961,028 2013-2018
Breaking the Silence NRO €191,8402018
B’TselemNRO€167,2002018
MFANIS 7,1152017
GishaEmbassy TLV€62,7002018
BimkomEmbassy TLV€75,2402018
Yesh DinNRO€160,9302018
Public Committee Against Torture in IsraelNRO€26,7802018
HaMokedEmbassy TLVNIS 7,2802017
Comet-MENRO€615,5242019
€852,2232018
€816,6952017
MUSAWANRO€1,300,0002016-2019
Association for Civil Rights in IsraelEmbassy TLVNIS 140,4372016
Geneva InitiativeEmbassy TLVNIS 209,9932018

Footnotes

  1. Before 2013, the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah managed these pooled government finances through its Human Rights/Good Governance (HR/GG) program. (See NGO Monitor’s reports on the previous counterproductive funding via the NDC here and here.)

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