Release Date: 09  August 2007

NGO Monitor: Irish Government Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

(Jerusalem) – In NGO Monitor’s latest report into government funding of NGOs, the Jerusalem based watchdog has revealed that the activities of many of the NGOs receiving funding from Irish Aid contradict the guidelines and foreign policy goals of the Irish government.

Irish Aid is administered through a division of the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. While its declared objectives are to promote "peace and justice" through a "commitment to human rights and fairness in international relations", Irish Aid funds highly biased and conflict-fuel ing NGOs such as Trocaire, Al Haq, PCHR, War on Want, World Vision, ICAHD, PARC, and Christian Aid. These and other NGOs are engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns directed against Israel, including promotion of boycotts and the rhetoric of demonization.

NGO Monitor’s report concludes that Irish Aid’s emphasis on "peace and justice", and development, as well as its claim to, "support specific actions designed to promote human rights," are undermined by support for the rejectionist Palestinian narrative and political campaigns promoted by many of the NGOs that Irish Aid is funding and supporting.

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Editors Notes:

This report NGO Monitor report on Irish Aid continues our series of analyses which have included the EU, UK, Sweden, and others.   NGO Monitor was founded to promote transparency, critical analysis and debate on the political role of human rights organizations.  For more information, see our website at


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