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Sunday, January 27, 2013
EU FUNDING SECRECY FOR NGOS, IN RESPONSE TO AMBASSADOR STANDLEY

EU Funding secrecy for NGOs, in response to Ambassador Standley
http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/eu_funding_secrecy_for_ngos_in_response_to_ambassador_standley

Amb. Standley’s letter to the editor, in response to the op-ed article by
Yitzhak Santis from NGO Monitor, is an important addition to the ongoing
discussion European funding for political advocacy NGOs, but contains some
significant distortions:

Amb. Standley denies that the extensive EU funding for Israeli political
NGOs is “secret,” citing “the ‘List of Projects’ page on the website of the
Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel.” Indeed, this list
is a step in the right direction for EU transparency. However, all EU
protocols, summaries and evaluations regarding the massive funding for NGOs
on this list remain highly classified, on the entirely false grounds of
“public security.” The inherent contradiction between Amb. Standley’s words
and this EU practice is glaring.

According to Amb. Standley, “…the EU supports human rights and peace
projects all over the world.” Indeed, the EU and individual governments fund
NGOs in other democracies, but the scale of involvement in Israeli civil
society and the secrecy of the processes have no parallel.

“EU funding has no connection whatsoever with the so-called Durban
Strategy…” Unfortunately, the evidence clearly demonstrates the opposite:
EU-funded NGOs (such as ICAHD, noted in the original article but unmentioned
in the response) are leaders of the BDS and lawfare campaigns, which are at
the core of the Durban Strategy promoting demonization and political
warfare. These NGOs were also central to the discredited Goldstone report,
which was integral to the Durban Strategy. (See also Prof. Robert Wistrich,
Holocaust Remembrance Day — a somber anniversary.)

Amb. Standley refers to “EUR78 million for 236 projects, the overwhelming
majority of which do not appear on NGO Monitor’s black list…” This partial
multi-national total excludes numerous additional frameworks in the EU and
member states plus Norway and Switzerland. NGO Monitor’s estimate of EUR100
million annually for political advocacy groups related to Israel is a
reasonable estimate.

The reference to “NGO Monitor’s black list…” is out of place. As an
independent research organization, NGO Monitor does not maintain a “black
list”; we provide much needed and systematic documentation on the activities
of political advocacy NGOs. If the EU and independent governments were
fully transparent and allowed open debate, our reports would not be
necessary.

Additional articles and analysis on this issue can be found here.

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/european_union

Prof Gerald M. Steinberg
NGO Monitor and
Bar Ilan University
http://www.geraldsteinberg.com/

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