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June 3, 2013 3:55 pm

NGO Monitor Head Says Anti-Semitic NGOs Funded by Official Authorities

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NGO Monitor head Gerald Steinberg, pictured, lamented a human rights court's dismissal of a suit that would have required the European Commission to reveal details behind its funding of NGOs, many of which NGO Monitor says are anti-Israel. Photo: Gerald Steinberg.

JNS.org Gerald Steinberg, the head of the watchdog group NGO Monitor, accused world governments of funding anti-Semitic NGOs in an interview with Israel National News at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem.

Steinberg singled out a group called MIFTAH, a Palestinian Authority-based NGO, as an example of a group that has used the old Christian blood libel. He said that they accused Jews of using blood of Christians to bake matzah on Passover as part of their anti-Israel propaganda.

Steinberg said that the European Union has refused to cut off funding to groups like MIFTAH because it “funds projects and not organizations.” Meanwhile, Steinberg mentioned that the U.S. has been more diligent in cutting off funding to these groups.

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“The Americans are much more serious about their obligation to ensure that their funding is not being used for precisely the opposite of the purposes which they claim to support,” Steinberg told Israel National News.

Steinberg also singled out the Church of Scotland as an example of the type of anti-Semitic “poison” being adopted by major organizations.

Recently, the Church of Scotland came under wide scrutiny from Jewish groups over its report entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham,” for the report’s questioning of Israel’s legitimacy and the biblical Jewish connection to the land of Israel.

“They own a major hotel in Tiberias, they run a hospice in Jerusalem—this is an organization which is accepted in Israel as legitimate,” Steinberg said. “And yet they are classical anti-Semites in this document.”

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