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May 3, 2017 11:16 am

Report: European States Finance NGOs That Support Terrorism Against Israel

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The flag court outside the European Parliament building. Photo: Rama via Wikimedia Commons.

Several European governments fund NGOs that often justify attacks against Israeli civilians and maintain ties to terrorists, according to a new report by the research institute NGO Monitor.

The report, “White Washing ‘Resistance’ — Human Rights Funding to Organizations Blurring the Line Between Violence and Nonviolence,” outlines several groups with links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization designated by the EU and other Western states.

According to the report’s findings, many of these NGOs fail to clearly distinguish between the legitimacy of non-violent and violent activity, and frequently promote the concept of “resistance” — a term Palestinians often use to refer to terrorist attacks targeting Israel.

The report describes how the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), for example, often justifies attacks against Israelis as a “legitimate right to resist the occupation.”

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PFLP operatives founded some of the listed NGOs, while other groups have hired staff members who were convicted of terrorism-related charges by Israeli courts. These so-called human rights organizations are at the forefront of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and some prominent individuals within these NGOs are known to promote violence and antisemitism.

“Donors to the PFLP-linked NGOs include the EU, the governments of Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland, and the United Nations,” the report’s authors outline.

Using EU funds, the Spanish NGO Novact hosted a conference in February on preventing violent extremism; the group invited two Palestinians with a history of extremist views and associations, Manal Tamimi and Munther Amira. After the two Palestinians entered the country, Spanish authorities arrested Tamimi and Amira, members of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), for suspected terrorist related activity.

The NGO Monitor report lists other European-funded groups with ties to the PFLP, such as the Addameer association and Al-Haq. For example, Addameer’s vice chairwoman — Khalida Jarrar — was indicted for being a PFLP member and for calling on terrorists to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

“The examples presented in this report are symptomatic of an overall lack of accountability and scrutiny in government funding to NGOs that are politically active in the Arab-Israeli conflict. This results in financial backing for groups that legitimize violence, in sharp contradistinction to the government funders that are otherwise committed to facilitating a negotiated ‘two-state” vision,'” the report’s authors argue, before providing recommendations for reforming these organizations.

The report was released days before a diplomatic quarrel intensified between Israel and Germany, fueled by Germany’s support for anti-Israel NGOs.

On a recent trip to Israel, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with representatives from B’tselem and Breaking the Silence — far-left groups that are devoted to targeting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by cancelling a meeting with Gabriel that was scheduled for April 25.

“In his actions, Prime Minister Netanyahu [sought] to put this irresponsible NGO funding by Europe on the agenda, and to trigger long-overdue changes,” NGO Monitor president Gerald Sternberg told the Jewish News Service, adding that European and German state funds allow “fringe groups like Breaking the Silence to travel the world attacking the IDF.”

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