06 oktober 2019

ENGLISH: The Netherlands finances numerous Palestinian NGOs that have links with terrorist organizations


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Yesterday we wrote about Samer Arbid, the Palestinian suspected of being the leader of the PFLP terror cell (People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine). The terror movement could count on tens of millions of euros, funded by European member states, including the Netherlands. As a result, we placed the details of the Dutch financial support prepared by the NGO Monitor.

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands finances various Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, the embassy in Tel Aviv and the Netherlands Representative Office (NRO) in Ramallah. Indirectly, money comes in through Dutch aid organizations and Oxfam Novib.

In 2013-2017, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs also received direct Dutch funding through the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, a joint mechanism for financing NGOs set up by the governments of the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden.

According to the "Human Rights Report 2018" of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands has provided more than € 2.7 million in direct and indirect funding to human rights NGOs active in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

In June 2016, the Dutch parliament adopted a resolution calling for "the cessation of funding to organizations that are directly or indirectly pursuing a boycott or sanctions against Israel."

According to the Foreign Affairs' Work Plan 2018, the contracts between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NGOs contain new financing guidelines that ensure that:

NGOs adhere to the decision of the Dutch parliament that "the Netherlands does not finance activities that promote BDS against Israel" (translation of NGO Monitor). The Netherlands does not finance "organizations that promote hate speech, racism, anti-Semitism in any form" (translation of NGO Monitor).

Direct financing 


Funding through representation office in Ramallah (NRO)

Highly politicized organizations funded through the Representative Office in Ramallah (NRO) are the Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC), Al Mezan, Breaking the Silence, B'Tselem, Gisha, Bimkon, Yesh Din and the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development.

A report from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2018 states that the Dutch representation office in Ramallah made € 489,151 available for "Various confidential projects" in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

NRO Financing for Palestinian NGOs

In 2013-2021, the Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC) received approximately $ 20 million from the NRO.

The UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official "affiliate" and by USAID as the "agricultural arm" of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated by the US, EU, Canada and Israel. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by "agronomists who are loosely affiliated with the PFLP."

Uses highly biased and demonizing rhetoric, accusing the "Israeli occupation force" of "continuing its brutal and immoral offensive [2014] war against Gaza" and a continuing "policy of collective punishment in disregard of international law and humanitarian straight."

In 2018, Al Mezan received € 192,280 from the NRO.

Al Mezan is very active in anti-Israeli court campaigns, exploits courts and international legal authorities to seek arrest warrants against Israeli government officials, initiate legal proceedings against companies and governments doing business with Israel and lobby for cases against Israelis at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ). In 2018, the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) received € 83,600 from the NRO.

PWWSD uses highly biased and distorted rhetoric, accusing Israel of "apartheid policies," "condemnation," of Jerusalem, and "ongoing human rights violations." In 2018, the Independent Commission on Human Rights (ICHR) received € 443,114 from the NRO.

ICHR is a "quasi-governmental Palestinian organization" established in 1993 with a declared mandate "to follow up and ensure that different Palestinian laws, statutes and regulations, and the work of different departments, agencies and institutions of the state of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization meet the requirements for safeguarding human rights. "

In 2013-2018 the AMAN coalition received € 961,028 from the NRO. Aman accuses Israel of "stealing," "racist goals," "condemnation," and "repeated attempts to ignite a sectarian religious conflict with the aim of controlling the Al-Aqsa mosque and its territory."

NRO Financing of Israeli NGOs

In 2018, Breaking the Silence received € 191,840 for "bilateral support." One of Breaking the Silence's objectives for this project states that its efforts are aimed at encouraging "Jewish communities in the diaspora to make their voices heard against the occupation." Breaking the Silence will also use the Dutch funds to "increase opposition in the international arena against the long-term occupation of Israel by the OPT" by "challenging important international public figures ...".

Breaking the Silence makes profound allegations based on anecdotal, anonymous and unverifiable reports of often low-ranking soldiers. These "testimonies" lack context, are politically biased and erase the complicated reality of asymmetric warfare. Moreover, they reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict to advance the political agenda of Breaking the Silence activists, fueling international campaigns against Israel.

In 2018, B'Tselem received € 176,000 for "bilateral support." Under the support of the Dutch funding of their activities is a "report on the role of the Israeli Supreme Court." According to the Dutch government, "B'Tselem regularly refers to the Supreme Court as one of the most important mechanisms that enable the continued occupation and violations of human rights by granting judicial legitimacy to Israeli policies. "

B’Tselem is actively pursuing its political agenda of "international consequences" and international pressure on Israel through UN lobbying and European governments.

Accuses Israel of "apartheid", "committing war crimes", "beating and abusing Palestinians", "demolishing [Palestinian] houses as punishment", and forced "deportations."

Gisha received € 62,700 in 2018

Gisha uses "apartheid" other international legal rhetoric to promote a party-bound political and ideological agenda.

Bimkom received € 75,240 in 2018

Bimkom regularly submits petitions in an effort to change government policy with regard to spatial planning, planning procedures and Bedouin communities.

Yesh Din received € 160,930 in 2018.

Yesh Din plays a pivotal role in allegations that Israeli investigative and judicial systems are unable or unwilling to investigate allegations of misconduct and is part of a broader "lawfare" strategy to instigate "war crimes" against Israeli officials in foreign courts and in the international criminal court Court (ICC). These campaigns use incorrect information and skewed statistics to promote their political claims.

Financing through embassy in Tel Aviv

The embassy in Tel Aviv does not publish details about NGO funding. According to information provided by Israeli NGOs to the Israeli Nonprofit Register, the 2016-2018 embassy has assigned NIS 606,591 to Israeli NGOs.

In 2018, the public commission against torture in Israel (PCATI) received € 26,780.

PCATI regularly issues non-verifiable allegations of Israeli torture and uses it as a basis for campaigns in international forums and Israeli courts. HaMoked received NIS 7280 in 2017.

HaMoked makes inaccurate and inflammatory allegations of Israeli "apartheid," "deportations," "torture," and "forced transfers," and accuses Israel of "collective punishment" and "ghettoization of the West Bank."

Funding through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in cooperation with the Land Research Center, the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG) and the Economic & Social Development Center of Palestine received € 8.4 million (2013-2018) and another $ 11,250,000 (2017) ) -2021) from the Dutch MFA.

UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official "branch" of PFLP and by USAID as the "agricultural branch" of the PFLP. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by "agronomists who are loosely affiliated with the PFLP."

Land Research Center claims that the Balfour Declaration "placed a poisonous dagger in Palestine with the aim of limiting the progress of the Arab nation and breaking the East of the West", and is part of a "continuous conspiracy." LRC outlines "the conspiracy in years", including the American war in Iraq, the "Fatah-Hamas conflict" and the Arab Spring. Palestinian Hydrology Group is part of Stop the Wall, a grassroots network organization that deals with BDS and delegitimises Israel through international advocacy.

In August 2017, Dutch Open Aid published a new project (€ 60,000; 2017-2018) called "Voices For Change with the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights" designed to help Palestinian women in three marginalized communities in East Jerusalem secure their financial and social rights. by holding relevant Israeli government offices and the Jerusalem municipality responsible for providing various welfare services to them. "

Diakonia received € 251,712 (2016-2019) from the Dutch government for "Improving legal knowledge about humanitarian aid and development in area C."

Diakonia's "International Humanitarian Law" program (IHL), which has its own online "Resource Center", exploits international law, demonizes Israel and promotes anti-Israeli lawfare campaigns and a story based solely on Palestinian victimization. The IHL program focuses exclusively on Israel, and Diakonia does not run similar types of programs in terms of content or resources that involve any other conflict region in the world.

Diakonia "Partners" with a number of NGOs promoting BDS and lawfare campaigns against Israel and even blatant anti-Semitism, including: BADIL, Sabeel, Al-Haq, Alternative Information Center (AIC), B'Tselem, Al-Mezan and others. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also provided funding to Israeli NGOs, Comet-Me, B’Tselem and the Civil Rights Association in Israel.

Comet-ME received NIS 4 million (2017) from the Dutch MFA, as part of a subsidy of € 2.39 million (2017-2020). Comet-ME also receives a grant of € 494,962 (2016-2017) from the MFA.

The MFA grant 2016-2017 was awarded for a project that “fits in with the ambition to implement politically relevant projects: it helps a very vulnerable community in area C (EU priority), making people in an area remain where settlement activities and pressure from the Israeli government could otherwise force people to leave. "(Emphasis added)

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also provided funding to Israeli NGOs, Comet-Me, B’Tselem and the Civil Rights Association in Israel.

Comet-ME received NIS 4 million (€ 1 million) in 2017 from the Dutch MFA, as part of a subsidy of € 2.39 million (2017-2020).

The MFA grant 2016-2017 was awarded for a project that “fits in with the ambition to implement politically relevant projects: it helps a very vulnerable community in area C (EU priority), which helps people in an area could remain where settlement activities and pressure from the Israeli government could otherwise force people to leave. "(Emphasis added)
B’Tselem received NIS 7,115 (2017) from the Dutch MFA for Human Rights Defenders.

Human rights and humanitarian law International secretariat

The Netherlands, together with the governments of Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden, jointly financed the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat. This financing mechanism had a starting budget of $ 20 million (2013-2017). This financing mechanism had a budget of $ 20 million for more than four years (2013-2017). The funds were managed by the Institute of Law of Birzeit University (IoL-BZU) in Ramallah and the consultancy ONDRAF / NIRAS. (Read the report from the NGO Monitor "Secretariat for human rights and international humanitarian law: misuse of public funds to perpetuate conflicts.")

The secretariat received more than € 3.7 million from the Netherlands, of the € 3.9 million allocated (2013-2018).

The Secretariat financed highly politicized NGOs that promote BDS campaigns and wage legal warfare against Israeli officials and companies doing business with Israel. Some of these NGOs have reported links to the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, the EU, Canada and Israel; promotion of flagrant anti-Semitism; distort facts; promote an "agenda of 1948"; make use of the false analogy of apartheid; and undermine peace and contribute to radicalization.

NGOs that have received core funding from the Secretariat are Addameer, Al-Haq, Al Mezan, B’Tselem, BADIL, Breaking the Silence, Defense for Children International - Palestine, Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Yesh Din.
In January 2018, then Minister Zijlstra (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) noted that "Support for Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations by the Netherlands and other partners through the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat will end at the end of this year [2017]. "

According to the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation 2018 budget, "the government will continue to support Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations. The government is investigating various options for this. "

Indirect financing


Large-scale indirect funding for political advocacy NGOs goes through Dutch aid organizations, usually Oxfam-Novib. Other aid organizations are: Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), Church in Action (KIA), PAX and the Catholic Organization for Aid and Development Aid (Cordaid). Since 2012, NGOs in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza have received more than € 13 million through this form of indirect financing from the Dutch government.

Oxfam-Novib

Oxfam-Novib received € 126.8 million from the Dutch government (2016-2018). Oxfam-Novib is also head of the IMPACT alliance, which received € 373.7 million from the Dutch government in 2011-2015. From July 2019, the Oxfam-Novib projects in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza that have been listed as "active" have combined budgets of approximately € 10 million.

Oxfam-Novib supports the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Adalah, Al Mezan, Bimkom, Breaking the Silence, Coalition of Women for Peace, Emek Shaveh, Gisha, HaMoked, MIFTAH, Palestinian Agricultural Aid Committees (PARC) , Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Palestinian Working Women Society for Development, Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity - AMAN, Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC), Women's Affairs Center (WAC), Womens Center for Legal Aid a Counseling (WCLAC), Women's Studies Center, Yesh Din, and other "non-disclosed" partners.

Interdenominational Development Cooperation Organization (ICCO)

The Interchurch Development Cooperation Organization (ICCO) received € 19.6 million from the Dutch government in 2016 and supplied more than NIS 3 million to Israeli NGOs from 2012-2016. Following the loss of MSFII funding, ICCO funding to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has fallen considerably. In 2016, ICCO provided NIS 43,168 to Who Profits, according to information submitted to the Israeli non-profit registrar.

From 2015, ICCO no longer mentions Israel, the West Bank or Gaza in the list of countries in which it is active or in the list of projects. According to the 2017 Annual Report, Amman, Jordan is the only country in the Middle East in which ICCO operates.

In November 2010, the NGO Monitor revealed that ICCO had transferred Dutch government funds to Electronic Intifada (EI) (known amount of € 200,000 between 2006-2010). The then Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal said to the Jerusalem Post: "I will investigate the matter personally."

In January 2011, Minister Rosenthal had a "frank and open discussion" with ICCO, noting that the activities of EI are "directly in conflict with Dutch government policy".
ICCO refused to change its policy and defended support for BDS and EI as "a peaceful and legal way to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories."

Church in Action

Kerk in Actie (KIA) runs projects that are co-financed with the government, but does not specify which. KIA partners include human rights rabbis, ecumenical guidance program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and Sabeel.

Cordaid

From 2012-2015 Cordaid financed 23 projects in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, with a total budget of € 4.7 million. The majority of the funding allocated by Cordaid was provided by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the MSFII program. The projects were all completed on or before December 31, 2015.

Cordaid has funded Ma'an Development Center, Israel Social TV, Culture and Free Thought Association, Mada al-Carmel, Sadaka Reut, Baladna and Kayan, among others.

PAX

PAX (formerly IKV Pax Christi) received € 9.9 million from the Dutch government in 2015-2016 via the MSFII financing program. PAX was chosen in “2015 as a strategic partner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” In 2016, PAX received € 12.8 million from the Dutch government.

Pax does not disclose financing to Israeli or Palestinian NGOs.



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