Israeli Deputy FM Launches Initiative to Curb Anti-Israel NGO Activity in Jewish State
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has accelerated diplomatic efforts to reduce European support for far left nongovernmental organizations deemed to be hostile to the Jewish State, Israel’s NRG reported on Monday.
Echoing comments she has made over the past several weeks in conversations with European diplomats, Hotovely directed all Israeli embassies operating in Europe to focus on the issue.
According to the report, the Foreign Ministry also sent documentation highlighting data on the European funding for anti-Israel NGOs to the diplomatic missions.
According to the data, European funding for the groups totals more than 100 million euros ($111 million) annually. The memo said that “foreign government funding is one of the central pillars of anti-Israel organizations operating under the guise of human rights organizations.”
The initiative will target a number of countries providing the bulk of the funding for the extremist NGOs, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, and even the European Union itself.
Hotovely instructed the Israeli delegations to “create diplomatic dialogue with Israel and set up red lines around the activities of organizations that support the boycott of Israel, work towards the [Palestinian] ‘Right of Return,’ or slander and delegitimize IDF soldiers.”
According to Hotovely, the NGOs that are causing Israel harm include the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, Coalition of Women for Peace, Who Profits, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Breaking the Silence, BADIL, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Alternative Information Center, Zochrot, the Applied Research Institute, Terrestrial Jerusalem, Yesh Din, Gisha, Bimkom, No Legal Frontiers, and NOVA, a Spanish BDS organization.