NGO Monitor has identified a number of virulently antisemitic statements made by officials of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) – a German government-owned agency that implements Germany’s humanitarian and development aid around the world. GIZ has funded Israeli and Palestinian NGOs (non-governmental organizations). These statements include comparisons between Israel and the Nazis, claims alleging that a “Hebrew spring” was behind the downfall of Arab dictators, and images depicting Israel as a grotesque two-headed monster. GIZ members also posted numerous statements on Facebook that justify Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and endorse discriminatory BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) campaigns against Israel.

Some of the antisemitic content was promoted by GIZ officials responsible for directing German funding to Palestinian NGOs, as well as by other colleagues at the agency. Palestinian groups funded by GIZ include those that have glorified violence and terrorism.

“These revelations highlight how radical activists can promote extreme agendas under the guise of human rights and development work,” stated NGO Monitor Europe Desk Director Olga Deutsch. “This should serve as a wakeup call for GIZ and other government agencies in Europe as to the urgency of addressing this dangerous and unacceptable antisemitic discourse at the highest levels of government.”

For further details, see NGO Monitor’s report here.