Hotovely Declares War on European Funding of Leftist NGOs
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) on Tuesday outlined her plan to fight the European funding of anti-Israel radical leftist groups, and her plans have already begun to be acted on.
Over the course of Tuesday and one day last week Hotovely held a series of meetings with foreign ministers, deputy foreign ministers and ambassadors of European states that the Israeli Foreign Ministry has revealed as being behind funding of radical Israeli organizations that act against the state.
According to reports the deputy foreign minister warned Israel could legislate to criminalize the rampant funding of extremist NGOs by European states.
Hotovely explained to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday that “we are demanding from European states that donate millions of euros to immediately stop the direct funding of delegitimization organizations, that (act) under the guise of human rights organizations.”
A source in the Foreign Ministry told Arutz Sheva that “the European funding for human rights groups active in Israeli territory is the highest in the world relatively speaking,” showing the unbalanced European focus on Israel.
According to the source, European governments transfer between 100-200 million euros (roughly $109-219 million) every year to radical groups that act to delegitimize the Jewish state.
As an example, the Foreign Ministry revealed that the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law organization based at the legal faculty of Birzeit University received $10.5 million from the governments of Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Holland.
The money was meant to fund 24 anti-Israel politicized organizations, including B’Tselem, Doctors for Human Rights, Adalah, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Breaking the Silence and others.
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