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July 25, 2016 11:48 am

Watchdog: German Government Using Official Channels to Fund Anti-Israel, BDS Activity (INTERVIEW)

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NGO Monitor founder and president Gerald Steinberg. Photo: Wikipedia.

NGO Monitor founder and president Gerald Steinberg. Photo: Wikipedia.

The German government is employing various official methods to support anti-Israel activity, the president of a major watchdog group told The Algemeiner on Monday. 

Professor Gerald Steinberg, President of Israel-based NGO Monitor was referring to a new report his organization released on Sunday, revealing how Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) — “the primary German federal donor to civil society organizations and activities” — has directed significant funds towards Israeli NGOs that promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and advocate a “one-state” solution.

According to the NGO Monitor report, between 2012 and 2015 alone, €4 million ($4.4 million) of German taxpayer money was granted to 15 Israeli NGOs, with 42 percent of that funding going to anti-Israel groups. This sum does not include other grants and funding to local actors, such as Palestinian NGOs and other German and international groups, the report stated.

“There are many different German federal frameworks through which this BDS funding takes place, including the powerful political foundations, the Foreign Ministry and processes that give huge budgets to church ‘humanitarian aid’ groups,” Steinberg told The Algemeiner.

“Each framework appears to act independently, and in these cases, without much due diligence in terms of examining the recipient groups carefully. The Bundestag has not provided oversight or investigated this funding, which is also part of the problem,” he said.

Highlighted in the report are several “humanitarian” projects that are associated with notorious anti-Israel groups, such as Kairos Palestine, which “denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms,” supports BDS and has called Israel an apartheid regime; Al-Haq, whose general director is a senior activist for the EU-designated terror group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and the systematic murder of Palestinians.

Projects backed by church-aid organizations that receive funding from the BMZ have also been found to support anti-Israel groups and Palestinian organizations calling for the destruction of Israel. Israeli NGOs Zochrot, which calls for a “one-state framework,” and the Coalition of Women for Peace, a major supporter of the BDS movement, are just two of several recipients of German church-aid funding.

In response to NGO Monitor’s startling report, the German Embassy in Israel, as quoted by Israel Hayom, stated:

Germany remains committed to the two-state solution and devising sustainable peace in the Middle East. The German government opposes any boycott of Israel, including BDS activities, as such action undermines the peace process. The German government’s funding policy seeks to support selected projects via earmarked funds. Germany will continue to invest in projects and initiatives that can promote and increase awareness to the two-state solution.

Responding to the German Embassy’s statement, Steinberg told The Algemeiner, “Unfortunately, this was a standard response that entirely avoided the substance, both in terms of the specific groups, and with respect to their activities that demonize Israel.”

“The problems begin in Berlin and the Embassy may not even be consulted, but this is part of the problem,” he said. “We strongly urge the German government and the Bundestag to take these issues seriously and provide a substantive response.”

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  • Shame on Germany – especially after what they did to us from 1933-45!

  • nat cheiman

    Another reason why Germany deserves the migrant problem

  • montlasky

    What changes in Germany?Highways,technology,soccer and other things because time,they say, changes everything-excep[t one :ANTI SEMITISM
    Anti Semitism is ingrained in the German psyche and no changes must be expected by the Germans in this regard. No matter how many monuments, reparations paid or rhetoric in favour of the Jews and Israel are erected or expressed, nothing changes. Anti Semites don’t change-they may lay low for awhile, but they burst through regularly with the same old blood libels and “Death to the Jews” calls and all the tried and well used epithets which the Jews know by heart. They fool nobody.

  • Angela Merkel, please see the obvious. Islam does not want a two state solution, they want the end of Israel. If this is what you want then keep on giving money to terrorists but expect some of it to come back to Germany for killing Germans too that is already happening. Terrorism is reward with donations from Germany and you are surprised??? You are giving money to the devil so expect the devil to hit you using money that you gave him. This is so stupid but then so are open borders. When is Germany going to GEREXIT. Close Europe to Islam is the first step to peace.

  • Otto Schiff

    BDS is nothing but old fashioned antisemitism.

  • stevenl

    Surprise? Surprise!

  • Just one biblical quote
    I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
    Enough said. There is plenty of evidence for this……..
    Wake up, Germany!

  • there is one single question for the German Embassy and BMZ:

    did the German govt fund organizations that advocate bds and/or other efforts, projects, or programs that are hostile to Israel?

    if the answer to the question is, as it certainly appears to be, in the affirmative, then, all the dishonest, double-speak is a further corrupt effort at deception.

    it should be needless to say that the Germans should be ashamed; the haters, the lunatics (for whom the only subject, ever, is the Jews), the deceivers, their collaborators and their apologists, the whole sick, disgusting lot. so, while one must be appreciative of the goodwill of certain parts of the German govt and public, one cannot ignore an increasing and increasingly virulent, anti-Jewish element in Germany.

    the first step for the German Embassy and BMZ is: Get honest. Stop the double-speak. Try something new: Reconcile yourselves to the truth, even if the truth is that you are irredeemably hateful.

  • Geoff Lanman

    …in other words, Germany remains committed to its historical antisemitism. If they didn’t have a BDS movement to destroy Israel, they would have invented something else. They hate Jews more than muslims. Germany was just taking a nap while it built itself into another monstrous regime: The new Germany: Islam uber alles.

  • Ronald Sevenster

    As the saying goes, the Germans will never forgive the Jews because of the Holocaust, and this funding of BDS activity is part of their revenge. Expect even Israel-German ties to suffer from the new waves of terrorism. In their contorted Hegelian “logic” the Germans will find a way to blame the Jews for the Islamist attacks.