Human rights NGO receives NIS 15m. from Europe

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February 13, 2017 22:05

In addition, from 2008 to 2012 HaMoked received nearly NIS 3m. from the New Israel Fund, and some NIS 3.3m. in 2014 from a Palestinian foundation based in Ramallah.

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IDF carries out home demolition in Kfar Akab in West Bank

IDF carries out home demolition in Kfar Akab in West Bank. (photo credit:COURTESY IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)

Israeli human-rights NGO HaMoked, also known as the Center for the Defense of the Individual, has received more than NIS 15 million in funding from European governments, according to a new report by right-wing NGO Im Tirtzu released on Monday.

The report focused on divulging the foreign funding received by HaMoked, which, according to Im Tirtzu, has submitted nearly 60 petitions to the Supreme Court over the past two and a half years on behalf of 48 families of Palestinian terrorists responsible for the murder of 50 people.

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According to the findings, from 2012 to 2016 HaMoked received some NIS 15.5m. from the European Union, United Nations, and 11 European governments: Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In addition, from 2008 to 2012 HaMoked received nearly NIS 3m.

from the New Israel Fund, and some NIS 3.3m. in 2014 from a Palestinian foundation based in Ramallah.

In the recent terrorist wave alone, HaMoked petitioned the Supreme Court against the home demolitions of the families of numerous terrorists, including the murderers of Malachi Rosenfeld, Danny Gonen, Yeshayahu Krishevsky, Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi, as well as the terrorists who murdered Baruch Mizrahi, Taylor Force (an American tourist), Shlomit Krigman, Hadar Cohen, Rabbi Miki Mark and Hallel Ariel, Im Tirtzu said.

HaMoked has also filed petitions against the home demolitions of the terrorists who murdered the three kidnapped boys – Gilad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach – that sparked the 2014 Gaza war, and the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Calman Levine, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Chaim Rotman and Zidan Saif in the attack on the Har Nof synagogue in 2014.

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said that the findings of the report highlight the need for the Israeli judicial system to adopt a new approach in dealing with political NGOs that serve the agendas of foreign governments.

“The judiciary needs to toughen its stance against foreign government- funded organizations that utilize their extensive bank accounts to harm the State of Israel,” said Peleg. “Increasing transparency and applying heavy court fees on these organizations, which for all intents and purposes act as foreign agents in the Supreme Court, are only some of the measures that need to be taken in order to protect Israel’s legal system.”

Peleg added: “European governments should stop undermining the sovereignty of the State of Israel – the sooner the better. Providing assistance to terrorists and their families not only encourages terrorism, but poses a real threat to democracy.”

The report was released to coincide with the Supreme Court session convened to discuss a petition filed against the home demolition of Fadi Al-Qanbar, who murdered four Israeli officer cadets last month in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem.

The petition was filed by HaMoked and elicited protests from the parents of the victims and other bereaved families.

Hamoked declined to speak with The Jerusalem Post about the report’s findings.

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