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February 23, 2018 12:37 pm

French Government Ends Funding to Radical Anti-Israel Organization

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French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons. – The French government ended its funding this month of a radical organization—the Jewish French Union for Peace (UJFP)—watchdog group NGO Monitor reported.

In October 2017, the Jerusalem-based watchdog had found that UJFP was receiving funding from the French government for a project against racism. However, the entity had published a book demonizing Israel, and making false accusations against Israel and France. It also produced video clips that compare Zionism to Nazism and alleging that Zionism is antisemitic.

NGO Monitor alerted lawmakers, Jewish organizations and journalists regarding the misuse of taxpayer funds. Parliamentarians submitted questions and inquiries on the issue, and the research was published by the well-known French magazine Causeur.

In February, the French government asked that its logo be removed from the UJFP website, halted the grant and demanded the return of funding that was already disbursed.

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