Report: NGOs involved in Israeli-Palestinian conflict get $27 million in global state aid

The cover of a new report by NGO Monitor that reveals the extent of foreign funding of NGOs involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Credit: NGO Monitor.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Governments from around the world donated some $27 million to 24 nongovernmental organizations involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 2012 and 2014, according to a new report by the Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor.

According to the report, released Monday, the donations were made by international governments both directly and indirectly, and “comprise roughly 60 percent of the NIS 176 million ($45 million) reported by 75 Israeli non-profit associations and corporations for the public benefit during that time.” The report found that the European Union was the largest donor to the NGOs during the reported period, at $4.5 million, followed by Norway, which donated $3.4 million. 

NGOs are obligated to disclose their finances by Israel’s Law on Disclosure Requirements for [Groups] Supported by a Foreign Governmental Body, enacted in 2011 as part of the country’s Transparency Law. The law demands that groups disclose their grants’ objectives. Among the NGOs to comply with the financial-disclosure directives were B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, the Geneva Initiative, Yesh Din, the Coalition of Women for Peace, MachsomWatch, the Adalah Legal Center, the Mossawa Center, Rabbis for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, and the Alternative Information Center. 

NGO Monitor noted that some of those groups “are directly or indirectly involved in BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaigns, lawfare, delegitimization, and lobbying against the State of Israel.”

Posted on February 10, 2015 .