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.
On December 6, Amnesty International condemned US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In so doing, Amnesty blatantly misrepresents the content of the announcement in order to allege that it somehow violates international law and Palestinian human rights.
Gerald Steinberg argues that in order to counter the role of NGOs in the vicious Jerusalem propaganda wars, as in the other dimensions of NGO demonization of Israel, confronting the European governments that are their funder/enablers is central.
The UNESCO decisions that deny Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are based on a narrative that is bolstered by a massive, European-funded NGO campaign.
The IHL Secretariat (Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands) has released its 2015- 2016 budget, providing funds to NGOs involved in BDS and lawfare, with a focus on Jerusalem.
Since 2010, six documents from the offices of EU representatives in Israel and the PA have been leaked to the media. The documents repeat many of the false, inaccurate or misleading allegations made by a select group of NGOs that receive much of their funding from the EU and member states.