On June 30, 2020, the European Commission updated its Financial Transparency System (FTS) with details about grants to NGOs authorized in 2019.
Of the 38,447 grants (as listed on the FTS) funded by the EU worldwide in 2019, the only examples dealing with “religious and cultural heritage properties” in a highly conflictual framework are embedded in the Palestinian context.
In 2011-2018, the EU authorized grants of at least €25 million to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with ties to EU-designated terrorist groups.
On March 30, 2020, the EU Representative Office to the West Bank and Gaza sent a “clarification letter regarding the EU-funded contracts” to Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) appearing to give in to Palestinian pressure and effectively annul EU regulations that prohibit the transfer of EU funds to terror groups or individuals connected to these groups.
The European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR): EU Funding to Israel, West Bank, and Gaza 2014-2017
The European Commission disburses hundreds of millions of euros annually via aid frameworks to provide financial assistance to developing countries and promote EU principles abroad. One of the EU’s major aid programs is the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
The following report examines the involvement of NGOs in EU-funded peacebuilding efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges and structural issues related to the use of NGOs as peacebuilding agents.
NGO Monitor analyzes EU-funded projects to the Israeli NGO, I'lam. I'lam, and the other partners on the projects, are highly politicized organizations whose activities suggest they are not focused on dialogue, or on facilitating the core EU objective of peace based on dialogue and a two-state framework.
In November 2017, the EU approved a four-year grant to an Israeli legal NGO, Yesh Din, for a project designed to increase “Israeli security forces personnel (ISFP) accountability for forcible home entries in line with democratic standards and international humanitarian and human rights law.” Yesh Din is carrying out these efforts in partnership with Breaking the Silence and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I).
The European Union (EU) and European governments provide funding to a number of Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for culture, art, and related activities. Detailed research and analysis of this funding reveal that many of the supported organizations utilize cultural activities to indoctrinate children and youth, promoting rejectionist and violent agendas.
- Al Kamandjati (AK)
- Al-Harah Theater
- Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society
- Dalal Mughrabi
- Edward Said National Conservatory of Music
- European Commission
- Palestine Circus School (PCS)
- Palestinian NGOs
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
- Ramzi Aburedwan
On January 12, 2017, the European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah issued a “statement on the situation regarding Palestinian children arrested, detained and prosecuted by Israeli authorities.” The statement unsubtly implies misconduct and ill-treatment by Israeli authorities – echoing a well-coordinated NGO campaign that accuses Israel of “grave violations” against children in order to advocate for Israel’s isolation – while providing no verifiable evidence.
- Ahed Tamimi
- Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC)
- EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah
- Fawzi Muhammad Al-Juneidi