mercredi 5 février 2014
L'ONG Oxfam finance les campagnes de boycott d'Israël
Malgré ses dénégations, l'ONG européenne Oxfam, connue pour sa diabolisation d'Israël, finance bel et bien le mouvement BDS (boycott d'Israël). Comment? Indirectement. En finançant des ONG qui prônent le boycott d'Israël, lui permettant donc de garder les mains bien bien propres. Décidemment ces ONG européennes gaspillent de très importante sommes d'argent et mènent des combats idéologiques contre Israël avec l'aide de gouvernements européens. Charité charité. La décision de l'actrice américaine Scarlett Johanssen de couper avec Oxfam est tout à fait louable. Oxfam serait bien inspiré de s'occuper du sort des Roms qui vivent en Europe dans des conditions indignes et dont le sort n'indigne pas grand monde. L'écrivain britannique Jake Wallis Simons donne les détails sur le site du Daily Telegraph (The darker side of Oxfam):
"[...] lurking behind this carefully-crafted website, and indeed the spokesman’s carefully-worded statement, is a rather different reality. In truth, Oxfam channels charity funds to political groups which follow deeply partisan agendas , and support the boycott of Israel. Over the last few years, Oxfam GB and the Dutch branch of the charity, Oxfam Novib, have granted many tens of thousands pounds to Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP).
This group is linked to whoprofits.org, a website that publicly identifies boycott targets, including Israeli banks, utility providers and companies like SodaStream. In 2013, Oxfam Novib alone donated more than £70,000 to the group. Some of the companies listed have just the vaguest connection to the West Bank or the Israeli military. Motorola is named because of its “long-standing cooperation with Israeli security forces” (it provides the Israel Defence Force (IDF) with encrypted smartphones). Hewlitt Packard, also mentioned on the site, has provided computer systems and biometric access control systems to the IDF.
Oxfam Novib, which receives tens of millions of Euros from the Dutch government, is also a substantial supporter of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PHCR), the organisation behind many "lawfare" suites against Israel, including attempts to arrest Israeli officials abroad.
In 2009, it sponsored Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the popular anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada, to give a presentation in the Netherlands in which he advocated BDS and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing”, “colonisation” and “apartheid”.
Last year, Oxfam's logo also appeared on a poster advertising a conference promoting the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, which was organised by a radical group called Zochrot. Oxfam, however, denies any involvement.
Moreover, as I reported in December, Oxfam GB (as well as UNICEF and Christian Aid) has funded the controversial Left-wing pressure group Breaking the Silence.
Alun McDonald, Oxfam spokesperson in Jerusalem, said: “Oxfam funds Palestinian and Israeli civil society organisations on projects to reduce poverty and address injustice. We value the independence of our partners and we do not expect our grantees to agree with us on all policy issues. We do not provide support to partner activities that call for the boycott of Israel.”
But according to Professor Gerald Steinberg, the president of NGO Monitor, the agenda behind Oxfam's statements is clear. "For Oxfam to say that it does not support the boycott is like a company claiming that it opposes air pollution, but invests in a coal power plant," he said.
Israel has taken steps to address the problem of foreign entities interfering in Israeli politics by proxy.
In December, a bill was passed which levies a 45 per cent tax on donations from foreign organisations or governments to NGOs that support BDS, demand Israeli soldiers to be tried in international courts, or support terrorism against Israel.
It remains to be seen whether this will deter Oxfam and others from funding Israeli political groups. Either way, next time you consider setting up a standing order to donate money to Oxfam, it might be as well to bear in mind where this money is going.
Libellés : ONG européennes