German fund pulls NGO cash
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A German organisation which compensates survivors of Nazi labour camps has withdrawn funding for a Israeli NGO for its support of the Palestinian right of return.
The foundation – the Memory, Responsibility and Future Fund (EVZ) – said it would no longer support the educational work of Zochrot, a Tel-Aviv based NGO that also promotes the interpretation of the establishment of Israel as a “Naqba”, or “disaster”.
Gunter Saathoff, a director of EVZ, told Ha’aretz that they could not fund groups with a political agenda.
The decision, which followed pressure from pro-Israel watchdog NGO Monitor, was reportedly effective at the end of 2011.
Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, called the decision a “victory in the battle to hold funders accountable for their support of NGOs involved in the demonisation” of Israel.