Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSA), Gilad Erdan, revealed an incriminatory report exposing how European Union institutions, in contradiction to their own stated policies, have given millions of euros annually to NGOs with known ties to terror groups, and which promote delegitimization and boycotts of the State of Israel.
Examples from the report include the NGO Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), a group which received €1.76 million in EU funds in 2016 alone. NPA was investigated and fined last month for $2 million by the US Department of Justice, after it was discovered that the group carried out a project in conjunction with the terror organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and had provided services to Iran’s energy sector. Both Hamas and the PFLP are recognized as terrorist entities by the EU, the United States, and Israel.
Furthermore the Ministry of Strategic Affairs report describes the way in which EU funds were channeled through third-parties to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al-Haq, which both have links to the EU-designated terror organization PFLP.
These findings raise the concern that European taxpayer money is being used to maintain ties with EU-designated terrorist organizations.
More than a dozen NGOs which promote anti-Israel boycotts have received more than five million euros annually in European Union funding, in stark opposition to the EU’s own declared policies rejecting such boycotts. In addition, an estimated several million more euros were channeled to boycott-promoting NGOs through third parties which receive EU assistance.
It should be emphasized that EU funding is given in addition to the aid granted independently by EU member states. Thus, many of the organizations receive “double funding” from both the EU and individual European countries.
This is in direct contrast to the EU’s official stance, with HRVP Federica Mogherini who stressed the European Union’s opposition to boycotts against Israel and its firm rejection of BDS attempts to isolate Israel.
Minister Gilad Erdan pressed for change: “It is inconceivable that the EU is giving millions in European taxpayer money to organizations that promote boycotts against Israel ― some of which are also connected to EU-designated terrorist groups. I expect the EU to uphold its declared policy of opposing anti-Israel boycotts, and of not supporting organizations with ties to terror.”