Founded in 1997 by Jeff Halper, a former Professor at Ben-Gurion University, the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), describes itself as a "non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories". The scope its advocacy and lobbying extends much further, however. As documented in previous NGO Monitor reports, ICAHD uses its funding (including 472,000 from the EU in 2005) to campaign against the two-state solution, promote boycotts and divestment, uses terms such as "apartheid", and grossly distort the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Moreover, ICAHD often recites statistics on the numbers of Palestinian homes demolished in the West Bank without sources making independent verification of ICAHDs allegations impossible. ICAHDs claims that Israeli planning and development policies are founded in racism are opinions based on ideology, and of no validity beyond this.
Military Court Watch is an opaque organization that claims to work on issues related to ensuring children are protected under international law. In reality, MCW’s activities are part of a broader non-governmental organization (NGO) propaganda campaign that exploits concerns over children’s rights to demonize Israel. The NGO was founded and is led by Gerard Horton, who was previously involved with the Palestinian NGO Defense for Children International – Palestine, which promotes a similar agenda.
An analysis of the annual reports of World Vision's Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza branch makes it impossible to corroborate the organizations' claims that its manager of Gaza operations could not have funneled as much money to Hamas as he is charged with.
The second in this series, this report deals with the EU's engagement with civil society, highlighting phenomena such as centralization among grantees, EU-funded networks, and involvement of NGOs in policy-making.
Gerald Steinberg explains that the major issues regarding foreign government funding for powerful and politicized Israeli NGOs are not going to go away simply because Israeli legislation is passed.