• Ireland, via its program for overseas development Irish Aid, provides millions of euros through direct and indirect funding processes to politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Ireland, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Organizations receiving Irish funding lead campaigns and political activities that are inconsistent with Ireland’s policies to promote peace and a two-state framework in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some groups have also used antisemitic rhetoric and have apparent links to terror organizations.

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Map from Irish Aid’s 2014 Annual Report, which incorrectly identifies Lebanon as “Palestine.”

  • In 2015, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the West Bank and Gaza was €9 million, including almost €3 million for humanitarian assistance.
  • While the Irish Foreign Minister has stated that the government is “opposed to proposals for trade sanctions or boycotts against Israel,” Ireland continues to fund several NGOs that lead efforts to promote BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns worldwide.
  • In 2015, the Irish government provided direct funding of €720,000 to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and over €32 million in funding to Irish and international NGOs involved in activities in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Some of the latter groups then transfer funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs.

Direct Funding from the Irish Government

Irish Aid’s 2013-2015 annual reports list the following funding to political advocacy NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The Annual Reports only include grants over €50,000.

Irish Aid Funding to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs (in euros)

NGO2013 Funding2014 Funding2015 Funding
Total720,000720,000720,000
Miftah70,00070,00070,000
Al Haq80,00080,00080,000
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)80,00080,00080,000
Yesh Din90,00090,00090,000
Addameer75,00075,00075,000
Gisha90,00090,00090,000
Bimkom85,00085,00085,000
Comet-ME75,00075,00075,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Centre75,00075,00075,000

Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs, based on annual and quarterly submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

NGOYearSum (NIS)Project
Yesh Din2017734,724Law enforcement project, lands and security forces investigation
Gisha2017367,504Promote the NGO's goals
2016356,418
2015380,241
Comet ME2016299,377Installation electricity and water systems
Bimkom2016333,529Planning rights in Area C and Jerusalem
2015359,249

Irish Aid Funding to Irish and International NGOs (in euros)

NGO2013 Funding2014 Funding2015 Funding
Total36,045,00036,450,00031,563,000
Trócaire18,035,00018,208,00018,373,000
Christian Aid Ireland4,467,0004,778,0004,666,000
Oxfam Ireland3,140,0003,855,000---
World Vision Ireland3,069,0004,943,0004,012,000
Oxfam GB--237,000---
Oxfam International2,682,000--3,592,000[1]
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)200,000--200,000
Save the Children1,775,0001,782,0001,700,000
435,0002,869,000[2]
Medecins Sans Frontieres1,230,0001,297,0001,728,000
Action contre la faim647,000--804,000[3]
CIVICUS200,000120,000---
Amnesty International (Irish)50,00050,000---
Interpeace50,00050,000---
Front Line--495,000484,000
Transparency International300,000--200,000
We Effect[4]200,000200,000200,000

[1] Marked only as “Oxfam”

[2] “through key partner countries”

[3] “through key partner countries”

[4] Funding noted as “through key partner countries” (2014-2015) and “Other Including Funding in Key Partner Countries” (2013)

  • Trócaire is the “overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.” The organization received nearly €55 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • Trócaire funds highly politicized and biased NGOs that support BDS and engage in anti-peace rhetoric against Israel.
    • Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts campaigns to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements. Trócaire also attempted to block Israel’s inclusion in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Christian Aid Ireland received nearly €14 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
  • Oxfam International’s various entities received over €13.5 million (2013-2015).
    • Oxfam claims to work with “more than 60 Palestinian and Israeli partner organizations” (emphasis in original), but does not disclose the names of these organizations.
    • Oxfam advocates and participates in BDS campaigns against Israel. In response to increased (mutually beneficial) cooperation between the EU and Israel, Oxfam called on the EU to sanction Israel with “urgent and concrete measures to push for an immediate end to settlement construction and the unlawful demolition of Palestinian civilian infrastructure.” Oxfam also called on the EU to sanction Israel regarding the blockade of Gaza. Oxfam’s lobbying led the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to recommend that retailers label goods produced in the West Bank as “Israeli settlement produce” or “Palestinian produce.”
    • In 2014, actress Scarlett Johannsen resigned as an “Oxfam Ambassador” over the latter’s support for BDS.
  • World Vision Ireland received over €12 million (2013-2015).
    • World Vision Gaza’s manager of operations was arrested in June 2016. He was accused of diverting approximately 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget to the Hamas terrorist organization to build tunnels and fund other terrorist activity. The siphoned funds amount to approximately $50 million.
    • World Vision Ireland, however, does not appear to fund activities in the region.
  • The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) received €400,000 (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • FIDH engages in “lawfare,” supports BDS campaigns, and abuses its reputation as a human rights organization to condemn Israel in a variety of international forums.
    • On May 6, 2015, FIDH along with other French NGOs and unions, as well as Al-Haq, published a report, “Orange’s Dangerous Liaisons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” calling for a boycott of the Israeli mobile phone network Partner Communications (which operates under the Orange brand). The NGOs targeted the French corporation Orange Group and “the French State as Orange’s principal majority shareholder.”
    • In August 2016, Shawan Jabarin (General Director of Al-Haq) was elected as FIDH’s Secretary General. Jabarin has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan on several occasions due to his alleged ties to the PFLP terrorist group.
  • Save the Children received over €8.5 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • Despite a humanitarian mandate, some of Save the Children’s programs include major political and partisan advocacy that fuels the conflict, echoing the Palestinian narrative of victimization.
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) received over €4 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • In a July 7, 2015, opinion piece, MSF-USA Executive Director Jason Cone attacked Israeli security policy while omitting Hamas terror attacks against Israeli civilians, alleging: “Israeli fears of rocket fire from Gaza… and the ongoing threat of tunnel-enabled attacks… cannot justify the devastating medical and psychological consequences for Palestinians of the barriers, checkpoints, bombing campaigns, blockades, and incursions.”
  • Action contre la faim (ACF) received over €1.4 million (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • ACF is a member of EWASH (Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene), a coalition of NGOs that presents a one-sided narrative, ignoring the negotiated agreements (i.e. Oslo Accords) that determine water arrangements in order to falsely accuse Israel of violating international law on water rights. EWASH plays a major political role in promoting falsehoods about water issues, which are then repeated by other NGOs, UN bodies, and the media.
  • CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation received €320,000 (2013-2014) from Irish Aid.
    • In a July 2014 UN submission CIVICUS stated that it was “appalled by the tragedy that the State of Israel, after its Holocaust history…that this State has turned from a victim into a victimizer.”
  • Amnesty International (Ireland) received €100,000 (2013-2014) from Irish Aid.
    • Amnesty disproportionately singles out Israel for condemnation, focusing solely on the conflict with the Palestinians, misrepresenting the complexity of the conflict, and ignoring more severe human rights violations in the region.
  • Interpeace received €100,000 (2013-2014) from Irish Aid.
    • Interpeace’s program information about the West Bank and Gaza repeated a Palestinian narrative and referred to the State of Israel as a catastrophe, claiming “It has been over 60 years since the 1948 Al-Nakba war. This led to the creation of the Israeli state and was followed by the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory in 1967.”
  • Transparency International received €500,000 (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
  • Front Line received nearly €1 million from Irish Aid.
  • We Effect (Formally the Swedish Cooperative Centre) received €600,000 (2013-2015) from Irish Aid.
    • We Effect partners with Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), which runs a program for the NGO. ARIJ is among the leaders of the political warfare against Israel, seeking to further BDS, falsely accusations of Israeli “apartheid” and “racism,” and supports a Palestinian “right of return,” which is inconsistent with the two-state framework.

Indirect Funding from Irish Aid to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs

Indirect Funding to Israeli NGOs, based on annual and quarterly submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits (in shekels)

NGODonorYearSUMProject
Who ProfitsTrocaire201843,163Research
2017114,770
201685,068
Breaking the SilenceTrocaire2018108,401General Support
201790,003
2016105,865
2015384,408
Front Line BOL201631,517Public Activity
B'TselemFront Line BOL201519,293General Support
Christian Aid Ireland2017286,639General Support
2016168,168
2015171,821
Trocaire2018108,338Women in Gaza
2017686,682Gender training
201661,479
21,236General Support
2015104,331
GishaTrocaire2018105,883Promote the NGOs goals
2017138,919Promote the honoring of international law within the Israeli authorities
2015211,530

[1] Annual funding documentation provided to the Israeli Registrar of Non-profits, see http://index.justice.gov.il/Units/RasutHataagidim/units/RashamAmutot/services/Pages/NetuneyAmutot.aspx.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

  • Zochrot received over NIS 275,000 (2015) from Christian Aid, nearly NIS 26,000 (2014) from Oxfam GB, and NIS 46,000 (2013) from Trócaire.
    • Zochrot supports a “One State Solution” and a “de-Zionized Palestine,” and refers to Israel as having an “ethnicized and racialized Zionist” system. (See NGO Monitor’s factsheet on Zochrot’s Support for “One State,” May 1, 2014).
  • Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) received over NIS 23,847 (2013) from Trócaire.
  • Who Profits? received over NIS 260,000 (2014-2016) from Trócaire.
    • Who Profits initiates international BDS campaigns, targeting Israeli and foreign banks, security companies, civil infrastructure facilities, and private companies. Who Profits further identifies companies for other BDS activists to target.
  • Breaking the Silence (BtS) received over NIS 450,000 (2014-2015) from Trócaire.
    • In June 2014, Trócaire sponsored a Breaking the Silence photography exhibit in Dublin, claiming to portray “the day-to-day reality of service” in the West Bank. BtS “collects testimonies” from former Israeli soldiers, who repeat false allegations of “war crimes” and “violations of international law.” As NGO Monitor has demonstrated, these “testimonies” are often anonymous, based on hearsay, and stripped of context, in order to advance the political agenda of BtS activists.
    • Breaking the Silence makes sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous, and unverifiable accounts of often low-ranked soldiers. These “testimonies” lack context, are politically biased, and erase the complicated reality in the West Bank. In addition, they reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict in order to advance the political agenda of Breaking the Silence activists, thereby fueling the international campaigns against Israel.
  • B’Tselem received over NIS 320,000 (2013-2015) from Trócaire, nearly NIS 550,000 (2013-2015) from Christian Aid, and nearly NIS 20,000 (2015) from Front Link BOL.
    • B’Tselem aims to change Israeli government policy in the West Bank and Gaza by utilizing unsubstantiated accusations of Israeli human rights violations. The NGO became very active during the 2014 Gaza war, issuing numerous statements and conducting highly politicized campaigns. These activities were characterized by repeated false or distorted factual and legal allegations and blatant political bias, which is often repeated at face value by journalists and in media appearances.
  • Gisha received over NIS 350,000 (2014-2015) from Trócaire and over NIS 450,000 (2013-2015) from Oxfam-GB. For more information on Gisha, see above.
  • Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) received nearly NIS 450,000 (2013-2014) from Trócaire.
    • RHR promotes the Palestinian narrative of victimization and demonization of Israel, including rhetoric describing “Israel’s foul and discriminatory policies against Palestinians, despite its obligation toward them as the occupier…Israel is forcing Palestinians to live in a completely separate universe where time has stood still, and prevents them from properly planning their most basic needs and infrastructure.”
    • RHR produced an offensive 2013 film, “Fiddler with no Roof,” comparing Israel’s plan to resettle unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev to the expulsion of the Jews during the antisemitic Tsarist regime.
  • Hamoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual received over NIS 160,000 (2013-2014) from Trócaire.
    • HaMoked accuses Israel of enforcing “apartheid” with the West Bank security barrier.
    • HaMoked has described Israel’s policies as “ethnic cleansing” and “racist.” For example, in an interview in the National, Director of Hamoked Dalia Kerstein said, “There is clearly a policy to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem and Israel to reduce what is called here the Palestinian demographic threat. It’s really a case of ethnic cleansing.”

In addition, Trócaire lists the following NGOs as partners: BADIL, Al-Haq, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Caritas Jerusalem, Medical Aid for Palestinians, and Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Trócaire does not disclose the extent of these partnerships, nor the amount of grants given to these NGOs.