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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 2018, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the West Bank and Gaza was €5.8 million.

Direct Funding from the Irish Government

Beginning in 2017, Irish Aid’s annual reports only includes grants over €100,000. Direct funding to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs in 2017-2018 was obtained via a Freedom of Information request to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Irish Aid Funding to Palestinian NGOs

Irish Aid Funding to Israeli NGOs

  • Yesh Din received €180,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.
    • 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.
  • Bimkom received €170,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.
    • Bimkom regularly files petitions in an attempt to alter government policies related to spatial planning, planning procedures, and Bedouin communities.
  • Gisha received €180,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.
  • Comet-ME received €150,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.
  • Geneva Initiative received €87,000 (20172018) from Irish Aid.

Irish Aid Funding to NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (amounts in €)

NGO201820172016
Addameer75,00075,00075,000
Al-Haq80,00080,00080,000
BADIL4,000
Bimkom85,00085,00085,000
Comet-ME75,00075,00075,000
Geneva Initiative 50,000
Gisha90,00090,00090,000
Haqel4,000
Ir Amim4,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Centre (JLAC)75,00075,00075,000
MIFTAH70,00070,00070,000
Palestinian Center for Human Rights80,00080,00080,000
Yesh Din90,00090,00090,000
Women Wage Peace20,000
  • in 2018, 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).

Indirect Funding from Irish Aid to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

Trocaire

Christian Aid Ireland

Front line – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Irish Indirect Funding (amounts in NIS unless noted)

2015-2018 amounts to Israeli NGOs based on quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar for Non-Profits

NGODonorYearAmount
Al-HaqChristian Aid Ireland2018€70,000
Palestinian Center for Human RightsChristian Aid Ireland 2018€70,000
Culture and Free Thought AssociationChristian Aid Ireland 2018€90,000
AdalahChristian Aid Ireland 2018€70,000
ZochrotChristian Aid Ireland 2018€44,000
Who ProfitsTrocaire2019157,695
201843,163
2017114,770
201685,068
Breaking the SilenceTrocaire2019118,584
2018108,401
201790,003
2016105,865
Front Line BOL201631,517
B'TselemChristian Aid Ireland2018€70,000
2017286,639
2016168,168
Trocaire201998,802
2018108,338
2017686,682
201682,715
GishaTrocaire2019310,111
2018105,883
2017138,919

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