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  • Ireland, via its program for overseas development Irish Aid, provides millions of euros through direct and indirect funding processes to politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Ireland, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Organizations receiving Irish funding lead campaigns and political activities that are inconsistent with Ireland’s policies to promote peace and a two-state framework in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some of these groups also promote antisemitic rhetoric and have alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – a designated terrorist organization by the USEUCanada, and Israel.
  • In 2017, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the West Bank and Gaza was €5.5 million.
  • In 2017, the West Bank and Gaza received €300,000 for humanitarian assistance.
  • In 2016-2017, the Irish government provided direct funding of €1.6 million to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, and over €32 million in 2016 to Irish and international NGOs involved in activities in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Some of the latter groups then transfer funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs.

Direct Funding from the Irish Government

Irish Aid’s 2015-2017 annual reports list the following funding to political advocacy NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The 2017 annual report only includes grants over €100,000. Direct funding to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs was obtained via a Freedom of Information request to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For further details on direct funding to Israeli NGOs, based on submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, see Appendix 1.

Irish Aid Funding to Palestinian NGOs

Irish Aid Funding to Israeli NGOs

Irish Aid Funding to Irish and International NGOs

For further details on direct funding to Israeli NGOs, based on submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, see Appendix 2.

  • Trócaire is the “overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.” The organization received €39 million (2016-2017) from Irish Aid.
  • Christian Aid Ireland received €17 million (2016-2018) from Irish Aid.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council received €200,000 (2017) for projects in “Palestine.”
    • Norwegian Refugee Council engages in lawfare and international delegitimization campaigns against Israel.
    • One of NRC’s principle projects in Israel, “Information, counseling, and legal assistance (ICLA),” exploits judicial frameworks to manipulate Israeli policy, bypassing democratic frameworks.
      • ICLA’s interventions in Israeli courts and other venues “beneficiary targets” include: “3628 opened and continuing cases for legal assistance in the West Bank (West Bank 612 new and 3016 continuing), 40 advocacy briefings given on specific HLP and residency issues (verbal or written), 10 of instances information is submitted to other UN mechanisms, and 75 public interest cases challenging unjust HLP issues.”
    • 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).
  • Oxfam International’s various entities, including Oxfam GB and Oxfam Ireland, received over €9.7 million (2016-2017).
    • Oxfam claims to work with “more than 60 Palestinian and Israeli partner organizations” (emphasis in original), but does not disclose the names of these organizations.
    • Oxfam advocates and participates in BDS campaigns against Israel.
  • Front line – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders received €992,000 (2016-2017).
  • World Vision Ireland received over €8.3 million (2016-2017).
    • World Vision Gaza’s manager of operations was arrested in June 2016. He was accused of diverting approximately 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget to the Hamas terrorist organization to build tunnels and fund other terrorist activity. The siphoned funds amount to approximately $50 million.
    • World Vision Ireland, however, does not appear to fund activities in the region.
  • The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) received €200,000 (2016) from Irish Aid.
  • International Crisis Group received €450,000 (2016-2017).
  • ActionAid received €7 million (2016-2017).

Indirect Funding from Irish Aid to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

NGOs in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza receive indirect Irish Aid funding through the organizations discussed above.

Trocaire

Christian Aid Ireland

Appendix 1

Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs (in NIS)

2013-2014 figures based on NGO annual reports, 2015-2017 figures based on quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar for Non-Profits

NGOYearSum (NIS)Project
Yesh Din2017734,724Law enforcement project, lands and security forces investigation
Gisha2017367,504Promote the NGO's goals
2016356,418
2015380,241
Comet ME2016299,377Installation electricity and water systems
Bimkom2016333,529Planning rights in Area C and Jerusalem
2015359,249

 

Appendix 2

Indirect Funding to Israeli NGOs (in NIS)

2013-2014 figures based on NGO annual reports, 2015-2018 figures based on quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar for Non-Profits

NGODonorYearSUMProject
Who ProfitsTrocaire201843,163Research
2017114,770
201685,068
Breaking the SilenceTrocaire2018108,401General Support
201790,003
2016105,865
2015384,408
Front Line BOL201631,517Public Activity
B'TselemFront Line BOL201519,293General Support
Christian Aid Ireland2017286,639General Support
2016168,168
2015171,821
Trocaire2018108,338Women in Gaza
2017686,682Gender training
201661,479
21,236General Support
2015104,331
GishaTrocaire2018105,883Promote the NGOs goals
2017138,919Promote the honoring of international law within the Israeli authorities
2015211,530

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