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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. 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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