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February 19, 2017 6:59 pm

Watchdog Launches Interactive Database for ‘Easy Access’ to Info on Quarter Billion Shekels Given to Israeli NGOs by Foreign Governments Seeking to Undermine Jewish State Policy

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Collecting data on foreign-funded Israeli NGO's. Photo: NGO Monitor video/Screenshot.

Collecting data on foreign-funded Israeli NGO’s. Photo: NGO Monitor video/Screenshot.

An Israel-based watchdog has launched an interactive database for what it calls “easy access and analysis” of the more than $60 million (NIS 235 million) in foreign government funding that went to Israeli non-profits actively working to undermine the Jewish state in its conflict with the Palestinians from 2012 to 2016.

NGO Monitor said that it collected the data from the quarterly submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits in accordance with the 2011 “Law and Disclosure Requirements for [Groups] Supported by a Foreign Governmental Body,” and it does “not reflect the organizations’ total budgets or full amount of donations received annually.”

NGO Monitor President Prof. Gerald Steinberg said, “The unique and disproportionate funding that a small group of Israeli NGOs get from European governments is used to influence Israeli politics and society. Over the past four years alone, 34 Israeli NGOs have received nearly a quarter of a billion shekels. Our new database brings this essential information directly to journalists, the public and decision-makers, increasing transparency in a clear, comprehensive and user-friendly way.”

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The organization, which said it will regularly update the database, provided a video clip describing how to use the tool.

In the clip, a narrator is heard saying:

Have you ever wondered how Breaking the Silence can afford its testimonies project?

Have you ever wondered who funds B’Tselem’s video cameras?

Have you ever wondered which governments are trying to influence the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Today, it’s all in your hands.

Since 2011, every Israeli non-profit must submit quarterly reports showing their foreign government funding.

We have gathered all this data for you.

With just one click, you find information on funding for Israeli NGOs active in the conflict.

Watch the Hebrew clip with English subtitles below:

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