Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Germany: Government Using Official Channels to Fund Anti-Israel, BDS Activity

Via Algemeiner:
The German government is employing various official methods to support anti-Israel activity, the president of a major watchdog group told The Algemeiner on Monday.

Professor Gerald Steinberg, President of Israel-based NGO Monitor was referring to a new report his organization released on Sunday, revealing how Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) — “the primary German federal donor to civil society organizations and activities” — has directed significant funds towards Israeli NGOs that promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and advocate a “one-state” solution.

According to the NGO Monitor report, between 2012 and 2015 alone, €4 million ($4.4 million) of German taxpayer money was granted to 15 Israeli NGOs, with 42 percent of that funding going to anti-Israel groups. This sum does not include other grants and funding to local actors, such as Palestinian NGOs and other German and international groups, the report stated.
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