Saturday, 13 September 2008
Denmark funding anti-Israeli politicized NGOs
Source: NGO-Monitor - See full report here
"Denmark is a major government donor of humanitarian and development funds to NGOs engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns directed against Israel – including Al-Dameer, Al-Haq, Badil, B´Tselem, ICAHD and PCHR. Many of these NGOs actively support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and employ the rhetoric of human rights, international law and apartheid to delegitimize and isolate Israel internationally. NGO Monitor´s detailed research reveals that many of these organizations benefit from Danish funding through multiple channels: direct funding, government-funded Danish NGOs and other European bodies. Such funding is inconsistent with the stated goals of Denmark´s development agency and government, "strengthening democracy, good governance and human rights."
DanChurchAid (DCA), a recipient of over $30 million from the Danish government, partners with and funds highly political NGOs that participate in the Durban strategy of isolating Israel through Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigns, including BADIL, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
DCA closely identifies with BADIL, which promotes the "Right of Return" and organized "a year-long campaign of public awareness-raising and education about the Nakba and Israel´s discriminatory Apartheid-like regime over the Palestinian people."
As the head of a multi-donor secretariat, Mu'assasat, Denmark helped fund 24 NGOs in Israel and Palestinian Authority. Of note, Al-Haq promotes BDS and decries Israel's independence as "Naqba"; Defence for Children International / Palestine Section (DCI/PS) misuses international law and human rights rhetoric to condemn Israel, and falsely accuses Israel of deliberate attacks and "massacres"; Gisha misrepresents Israel's responsibility toward Gaza under international law, opening up Israel to unwarranted criticism.
Many NGOs also indirectly receive Danish funds through EU mechanisms, including the European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy (EIDHR) and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN). EMHRN, is based in Copenhagen and provides a platform for and promotes the views of problematic and radical NGOs, including PCHR, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI), and Adalah.
"Denmark is one of the largest international donors to the Palestinians […] In 2007 alone, Danish assistance amounted to approximately 35,5 million USD (or almost 180 million DKK).", Representative Office of Denmark, Ramallah"
"Denmark is also "one of the largest donors to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In the last five years, Denmark has thus contributed more than 65 million USD to the regular budget and emergency appeals of UNRWA, including more than 14 million USD in 2007 alone."
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