- Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) is distributed mainly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), following a merger of government agencies in 2008.
- Through Japan’s Country Assistance Policy and Rolling Plan for the Palestinians, Japan has donated nearly $1.8 billion since 1993. The assistance is part of Japan’s strategy for “peace building through promoting economic and social self-reliance” and is used to directly and indirectly fund projects both in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability, Japan provides limited information about funding for foreign and domestic NGOs involved in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
Funding to UNICEF
- Japan is the single largest donor nation to UNICEF-State of Palestine, with donations amounting to more than $50 million from 2012-2017.
- Throughout this funding period, UNICEF-oPt partnered with and provided funds to a number of radical Palestinian NGOs, including groups such as Defense for Children International -Palestine, Addameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that are reportedly linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. This funding period reflects a concerted effort to falsely accuse the IDF of violating the rights of Palestinian minors in order to have sanctions imposed on Israel.
- In 2017, Japan, via UNICEF, indirectly provided $191,191 to both the Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and Christian Peacemaking Teams (CPT).
- EAPPI consistently demonizes Israel, making accusations of “apartheid,” “war crimes,” and “Bantustans”; calls the security barrier, which has saved countless lives from suicide bombings, “evil.”
- CPT supports BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and makes false accusations of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “colonization.”
- Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP-Japan)
- Between 2016–2017, Japan has provided the Japanese NGO Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP-Japan) with over $1.7 million for a series of multi-sectoral projects such as health, education, distribution of goods and “support for war affected vulnerable people in the Gaza Strip.”
- In 2017, CCP-Japan received $459,725 from the Government of Japan for “Medical Aftercare by Home Visit and Winterization Support for War Affected Vulnerable People in the Gaza Strip.”
- NGO Monitor research shows that CCP-Japan utilizes anti-Israel rhetoric, accusing Israel of making Gaza a “ghetto” and an “open-air prison,” while referring to Hamas as a “political group” that is “hardline to Israel.”
- CCP-Japan is a signatory to the 2015 Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) joint agency briefing paper titled, “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” misrepresenting international law and distorting legal terminology to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper omits Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. The paper further encourages contact with Hamas, stating: “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
- Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
- In 2015, 39% of JVC’s budget was subsidized by the Japanese government.
- In 2014, JVC and Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) were granted $260,447 from the Japanese government for a project titled “School and Community Health Project in East Jerusalem.”
- PMRS regularly invites “delegations of consuls and country representatives to vulnerable areas… [and] international solidarity groups to witness and document human rights abuses.”
- Mustafa Barghouti, president of PMRS, takes part in BDS activities, stating, “We are now in the early stages of a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions directed at this Israeli government for its refusal to abide by international law. Such action successfully overturned Jim Crow laws in the American South and apartheid in South Africa, and we are slowly applying it to Israeli occupation and apartheid.”
- JVC has also partnered with Ard El Insan, an NGO Gaza-based group with alleged ties to Hamas, to “Protect Children’s Health in Blockaded Gaza.”
- Japan Platform (JPF)
- In 2016, the Japan Platform received $3.2 million from the Japanese government for “Humanitarian assistance in Gaza.”
- In the description of their “Humanitarian assistance to Gaza” project, JPF ignores the context of Palestinian terrorism, its effect on Israeli civilians, and Israel’s right to self-defense.
- Norwegian People’s Aid
- In 2015–2016, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) received $1.8 million from Japan.
- NPA played a central role in lobbying the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to divest from Israeli companies “involved in building activities in the illegal settlements,” promoting distorted factual and legal claims.
- In June 2016, NPA worked with the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) to publish a second draft of its May 2012 document, “Dangerous Liaisons,” which falsely alleged that Norwegian companies, through financial investments in Israel, are participating in international law and human rights abuses. The original document was cited as a central resource for the GPFG campaign, as well as other Norwegian BDS efforts. The document relies heavily upon Israeli BDS NGO Who Profits.
- In October 2014, NPA, in cooperation with the Fagforbundet trade union, began a campaign against G4S demanding that “G4S withdraws from all activities on occupied Palestinian land, and stop all deliveries to Israeli prisons where Palestinian prisoners are imprisoned in violation of the Geneva Conventions.”
- Initiated a 2013 campaign, together with Fagforbundet, to implore Staples Norway to stop selling SodaStream products due to the company’s “support for the illegal occupation of Palestine.”
- Church World Service
- Church World Service (CWS) lists the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its donor. CWS does not detail the amount it receives, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability,
- In April 2016, Reverend John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, signed an “Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land” document titled “Pursuing Peace and Strengthening Presence,” that “Encourage[d] reference to the Kairos Palestine message as an established initiative.”
- Kairos Palestine calls for BDS against Israel; denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
- In 2015–2016, MSF received $3.1 million from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- In August 2016, MSF celebrated its 20 year anniversary of working in Hebron with a “play which displays the ongiong [sic] struggle in Hebron’s H2 area… [and a] photo exhibition showcasing the psychological effects of occupation and violence on Palestinians.”
- In December 2015, MSF-France launched an exhibition titled “In Between Wars,” meant to display “the haunting and recurrent side of the violence of daily life under occupation.” The exhibition pays tribute to Palestinian “martyrs” and refers to images of “Palestinian young throw[ing] stones and Molotov cocktails at heavily armed Israeli soldiers” as scenes “iconic of the Palestinian resistance against occupation.” The exhibition was described by the head of MSF-USA as “depicting the humanitarian hardships Palestinians face,” but, in reality, the exhibition served as a showcase for virulent anti-Israel propaganda.
- In 2016, Mossawa received $15,317 from Japan to “anchor the legal rights of the Israeli-Arab citizens.”
- Utilizes “various methods, including governmental advocacy in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and government, international advocacy with a particular focus in Europe, the United States, and South Africa,” and “contributed several position papers used in the decision making processes of international actors such as the UN, EU, and the US state departments.”
- Culture and Free Thought Association
- In 2015, Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) received $663,212 via CCP-Japan.
- Participates in discriminatory campaigns such as “Love in the Time of Apartheid: The Palestinians Campaign for Repealing Israel’s Racist Law Denying Family Reunification.
- As a member of the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, CFTA called upon the ICC Prosecutor’s Office to Palestine to “take concrete actions towards investigating war crimes committed against Palestinians” and “hold the Israeli perpetrators accountable for their war crimes.”
- Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
- Between 2014-2016, PARC received $579,210 via the Japan Platform.
- According to PARC’s “2014-2018 Strategic Plan,” one of PARC’s strategic goals is “`Holding the occupation accountable towards Palestinian rights related to the agricultural sector and rural areas” by “Boycotting…Israelis’ settlement products” and “Supporting the cooperation and coordination with the boycott committees.”