For years, the NGO network has pushed product labelling as a stepping stone for full-fledged BDS against Israel, particularly in Europe. They have taken another step in singling out Israel, through the decisions of the French government and the European Court of Justice.
Yitzhak Santis describes the role of European funding in the Durban strategy of demonizing and isolating Israel.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg argues that EU officials are reluctant to detail funding for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs because they fear public criticism of the EUs use of these NGOs to manipulate Israeli democracy.
Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas discusses the controversy at Rights & Democracy as an example of non-disclosure of NGO funding -- much like the EU's refusal to release information to NGO Monitor.
EU officials have attempted to justify the intense secrecy by using exaggerated claims of public security and commercial interest. The only reasonable conclusion is that the EU has something to hide.