The Jerusalem-based organization NGO Monitor delivered a presentation on Tuesday to members of the European Parliament, which outlined irregular funding practices for EU funded NGOs in the Middle East, including organizations that seek to delegitimize Israel.
Speaking from Brussels, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO monitor, told The Jerusalem Post that a “highly disproportionate number of NGOs are focused on the Israel-Palestinian conflict… more so than any other part of the world.”
He added “some [EU] money goes to BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] and other ways to sabotage Israel’s judicial system.”
NGO Monitor issued the analysis of EU funding on Tuesday.
The report is titled “Evaluating Funding for Political Advocacy NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
The report only covers EU funded NGOs from the period of 2007-10, because the EU has declined to provide comprehensive data for subsequent years.
It asserts there is a disparity in European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) funds. Israel and the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” received over €11 million, more than any other country.
Non-democracies like Syria, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates received no human-rights funds from EIDHR during the examined period.