BERLIN – Germany’s main political parties transferred public funds through their
foundations to Israel-based NGOs, as well as to organizations in the disputed
territories, that are rife with bias against the Jewish state and, in some
This according to a study released last
“As NGO Monitor’s detailed report shows, while German political
foundations claim a mandate for promoting democracy, peace and human rights, a
significant portion of their activities related to Israel are immoral,” Prof.
Gerald Steinberg, head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem
“And despite the use of taxpayer funds, the foundations fail the
transparency test,” Steinberg said.
“Their positive contributions do not
justify demonization and political warfare targeting Israel – Germany should be
leading the way in ending Europe’s role in attacking the legitimacy of Jewish
sovereign equality,” he said.
The 75-page study, titled, “German Funding
for Political Advocacy NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” found the
Green Party’s Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Christian Democratic Union’s
Konrad Adenauer Foundation funded the Ramallah-based MIFTAH NGO.
publications have accused Israel of “massacre,” “cultural genocide,” “war
crimes” and “apartheid,” NGO Monitor reported.
website published an article on an anti-Semitic blood libel in response to US
President Barack Obama’s support for Israel and his attendance at a Passover
Seder. After allegations of anti-Semitism, MIFTAH removed the
The Böll Foundation funneled $24,416 to MIFTAH in 2011. The
Adenauer Foundation distributed $92,869 in 2011 and 2012 to MIFTAH.
Adenauer Foundation is affiliated with German Chancellor Angela’s Merkel’s
MIFTAH did not immediately respond to Post inquiries.
German Left Party’s Rosa Luxemburg Foundation funded the Tel Aviv-based
Coalition for Women of Peace to the tune of NIS 197,969 in 2010 and NIS 146,026
in 2011. CWP officials have been photographed hoisting a flag of the terrorist
organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and CWP supports
the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign against Israel, NGO Monitor
In an email to the Post, CWP representative Zohar Elmakias wrote,
“CWP is a leading women’s peace movement, and we stand with integrity behind
every... word and action. With increasing domestic and international criticism
of the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people, it is not surprising
that reactionary, extremist right-wing and anti-democratic groups disguising
themselves as ‘objective’ desperately try to slander progressive forces in
NGO Monitor’s report noted that the Luxemburg
Foundation and the German Holocaust foundation Remembrance, Responsibility,
Future (EVZ) distributed funds to the Tel Aviv-based NGO Zochrot, which seeks to
“raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba,” declares that “the rights of
the refugees to return must be accepted” and has accused Israel of ethnic
EVZ did not respond to Post queries.
According to NGO
Monitor, Zochrot’s agenda is “equivalent to calling for the elimination of
Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
Post queries to Zochrot
were not immediately answered.
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which is
aligned with the German Social Democratic Party, used its office in Jerusalem to
blame Israel for the failed peace talks with the Palestinians, according to NGO
Monitor. In late 2011, Michael Broning, director of the foundation’s Jerusalem
office, co-wrote an article with the director of the Palestinian Government
Media Center in Ramallah, Ghassan Khatib, titled, “What about Israeli
The authors said Palestinian rejectionism was not the
problem, the study noted.
The Free Democratic Party’s Friedrich Naumann
Foundation funded the Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies. The Free
Democrats refused to disclose their financial support to
“Following the March 2002 suicide bombing attacks and ‘Operation
Defensive Shield,’ RCHRS issued a statement promoting the false claim that
Israel committed ‘massacres’ in Jenin and Nablus.
RCHRS has also accused
Israel of ‘terrorist crimes’ and making children the ‘sacrifice for the racial
hatred,’” NGO Monitor said in its report.
The Christian Social Union, the
Bavarian-based sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, used its Hans
Seidel Foundation to fund the Nazareth-based I’lam Media Center for Arab
Palestinians in Israel.
“I’lam’s reports and publications reflect
promotion of the demonization campaign, including unsupported claims of bias and
discrimination against Israeli Arab citizens of Israel in the media,” according
to NGO Monitor.
Seidel does not disclose its funding amounts.
NGO Monitor study found an overall lack of accountability and transparency
throughout the German political foundations and their funding streams in terms
of work in Israel and the disputed territories.
In response to a Post
query, representatives of the six German political foundations with offices in
Israel wrote in a letter, “The German political foundations are a unique
instrument of the Federal Republic of Germany. We take pride in the wide range
of our contributions to political dialogue, stipends, academia and development
cooperation as well as in the endorsements we receive from all sectors of
Israeli society. It is the belief in pluralistic democracy that remains the
guiding principle for our work and for our diverse contributions to our partner
The representatives continued, “We jointly reject the
one-sided and limited conclusions, which NGO Monitor draws in the
above-mentioned report. We regard your conclusions as unfounded allegations
resulting out of a biased, incomplete and scientifically flawed
“We did consider clarifying the vast number of shortcomings of
your report through a close and collaborative interaction with your
organization. Our scope of action will remain unaffected by your report. We
certainly will continue to provide – with full integrity, legality and
accountability – our value-based contributions to the German-Israeli relations,
to the strengthening of pluralistic and democratic societies, and to the Middle
East peace process towards a viable two-state solution,” the representatives
Steinberg told the Post, “We urge the foundation heads to respond
through dialogue and cooperation, in contrast to simplistic attacks and attempts
to silence this long-overdue debate.”
The Israeli Embassy in Berlin
declined to comment on the NGO Monitor study.
When asked about the German
Foreign Ministry’s role, according to the study, in funding anti-Israel work in
the Jewish state, a spokeswoman wrote the Post, “Germany’s foreign policy stands
firmly on the side of Israel” and is in line with a “fair and just” two-state