NGO Monitor on Wednesday issued an analysis of all the grants reported annually by 39 Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 2012 to 2016, organizing data according to the size of the grant, identity of the donor, source of the grant (private, governmental, or unclear) and whether the donor is a government or a church groups. Given the central role played by politicized NGOs in Israeli society, often masquerading as human rights advocates, the sheer size of foreign intervention in Israel’s internal affairs is mind boggling.
According to the report, from 2012 to 2016, those 39 NGOs received more than half a billion shekels ($145 million). Of this, 60.1% (310 million shekel or $87 million) came from governments (through direct and indirect funding) and 39.87% (206 million shekel or $58 million) from private donors.
Of the 39 groups examined, 28 receive more than 50% of their funding from governments. The three NGOs receiving the highest share of foreign government funding are Akevot (100%), Terrestrial Jerusalem (99.66%), and Who Profits (94.49%). Now you know who profits…
The anti-Israel NGOs are: Al Marsad, Sabeel, Al Qaws, Amnesty Israel, Baladna, Bimkom, B’Tselem, Gisha, ACRI, The Social TV, Hamoked, Public Committee against Torture in Israel, Alternative Information Center, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Zochrot, Parents Circle Families Forum, Terrestrial Jerusalem, Yesh Din, Kerem Navot, Combatants for Peace, Mada al-Carmel, Molad, Who Profits, Mossawa, Sadaka Reut, Adalah, Ir Amim, Emek Shaveh, Akevot, Negev Coexistence Forum, New Profile, Coalition of Women for Peace, Comet Me, Women’s Fund for Human Rights (Machsom Watch), Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human Rights, +972 Magazine, Peace Now.
25 governmental and intergovernmental entities – including the EU, UN, and the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat – fund these 39 Israeli NGOs. Germany is the largest donor, providing 50 million shekel or $14 million), followed by the EU and Norway.
Government Funding to Israeli NGOs (Courtesy NGO Monitor)
|Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark||25,016,556|
Of the 206 million shekel or $58 million in private funding given to these NGOs, the New Israel Fund (NIF) provides 13%; Sigrid Rausing Trust 10%; Open Society Institute 7%; Amnesty International 6%; Moriah Fund 4%; Social Justice Fund 2.59%; Rockefeller Brothers Foundation 2%; and the Galilee Foundation 2%.
Government Funded Church Aid Societies that Fund Politicized Israeli NGOs, 2012-2016 (Courtesy NGO Monitor)
|Church Aid Society||Government Donor||Total (NIS)|
|Bread for the World/EED||Germany||17077443|
|Christian Aid||United Kingdom||5,124,948|
|Catholic Relief Services||United States||4,598,850|
|Kerk in Actie||Netherlands||2,839,659|
|Norwegian Church Aid||Norway||2,082,837|
|Finn Church Aid||Finland||910,648|
|Church of Sweden||Sweden||612,172|
|Christian Aid Ireland||Ireland||579,449|
|Church of Scotland||Scotland||485,360|
|The United Church of Canada||Canada||307,699|
|Stichting Het Solidariets Fonds||Netherlands||265,943|
|Det Norske Menneskeretting Hetspond||Norway||249,580|
|World Vision||United States||162,577|
20% of the total funding (101 million shekel or $28 million) is donated by Christian groups (churches and Christian humanitarian aid organizations). Most of these institutions receive large sums of government funding. A further 7% of total donations was provided by private religious institutions and/or individuals.
A large percentage of the government-funded church entities are themselves involved in anti-Israeli campaigns abroad, including BDS, lawfare, and other delegitimization campaigns against Israel.
The NGOs examined in the NGO Monitor report are politically active in the Arab-Israeli conflict; registered in Israel as a non-profit association or as a corporation for the public benefit, and therefore report their income annually; conduct a considerable part of their activities abroad, including lobbying the International Criminal Court at the Hague to prosecute Israeli officials and/or the State; lobby the EU, US and UN with anti-Israel projects such as the Goldstone Report following the 2008-2009 Gaza war and the Schabas/Davis Report following the 2014 Gaza war); and participate and lead other delegitimization campaigns against Israel.