Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Europe: Pro-BDS group lives large on European donors' funds

Via Israel Hayom: 
A Palestinian human rights group is misusing donor funds to finance the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, a new report found Sunday.  
The report, by NGO Monitor, a watchdog group that promotes greater transparency among foreign-funded Israeli nongovernmental organizations, claims that the Ramallah-based Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat has greatly inflated its functionaries' salaries. 
The secretariat also uses donor funds to finance other BDS groups and activities, the report said.
 The secretariat was set up by European governments to funnel funds to Palestinian and Israeli political groups classified as human rights organizations. 
As such, the secretariat provides core funding for 24 nongovernmental organizations and auxiliary funding to other groups, 13 of which are declared BDS groups, which have received over $5.8 million in foreign funding over the past four years. 
NGO Monitor found that some of the groups use anti-Semitic rhetoric, while others are headed by officials with known ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Gaza Strip-based terrorist group.
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