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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions faces financial collapse

ICAHD faces "financial collapse...due to over-dependency on a few major
donors"
NGO Monitor
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On November 1, 2012, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
distributed its monthly newsletter, which included a description of the
NGO's "financial collapse." According to ICAHD founder Jeff Halper, this was
"due to over-dependency on a few major donors...given the limited pool of
funders willing to step out and support such an outspoken group."

As a result of the financial difficulties, ICAHD faces eviction from its
offices, and co-director Itay Epshtain (formerly of Amnesty-Israel) has
announced that he will leave the organization. Halper indicated that ICAHD
would focus on grassroots fundraising, as opposed to "applying to large and
bureaucratic donors."

ICAHD's main donors have included the European Union; the governments of
Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden via NDC ; Spain; Trocaire
(Ireland); UN Development Programme; World Vision; and Mennonite Central
Committee. While ICAHD's statement did not specify which funding had been
cut, a highly controversial EUR169,661 grant from the EU expired in June
2012.

(It appears, based on the publically available information, that ICAHD has
not filed the required annual reports with the Israeli Registrar of
Non-Profits since 2007.)

ICAHD's extensive difficulties demonstrate the degree to which political
advocacy NGOs are dependent institutionally on what some funders refer to as
"project support." Although these government donors often claim that their
money does not fund NGO salaries, travel, public relations, and offices,
this is clearly incorrect.

NGO Monitor also notes that despite the funding crisis, on November 4,
Epshtain traveled to Amman, Jordan in order to contribute to the
demonization of Israel through false claims before the UN Fact-Finding
Mission on Israeli Settlements. In keeping with the 2001 NGO Durban
strategy, ICAHD's statement called for "the criminalization of Israeli
officials that perpetrate settlement and related policies and practices";
named Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, Justice Minster
Neeman, Chief of General Staff Ganz, and other officials as "Israeli
duty-bearers" that are allegedly "responsible for perpetrating policies and
practices that may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity"; and
proposed an invented crime against humanity "prolonged and indefinite
occupation."

See NGO Monitor's website for more information on ICAHD
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