mercredi 18 août 2010

La Knesset s'intéresse au financement secret d'ONG anti-israéliennes par l'Europe

"Tandis que des ONG financées par l'Union européenne ont produit des centaines de rapports condamnant Israël, elles se sont très peu intéressées aux enfants de Sdérot."

"La perspective que "des responsables agissant sous le couvert de l'anonymat au sein de gouvernements européens" soient exposés comme étant des acteurs centraux dans cette offensive a évidemment provoqué des inquiétudes. Alors, logiquement, l'ONG israélo-arabe Adalah (qui, explique Steinberg, est "financée par le New Israel Fund-FNI et l'Union européenne [et] décrit "Israël comme un Etat foncièrement non-démocratique") et d'autres groupes tentent de bloquer l'initiative. "Ces groupes craignent la perte de leur financement et de leur influence, du fait qu'ils ont fait passer leurs intérêts particuliers au-dessus du droit du public de savoir qui paie les efforts de de-légitimation [d'Israël]"."

Pulling Back the Curtain on the NGO Scam, Jennifer Rubin (Commentary)

The worldwide effort by Israel’s enemies to delegitimize the Jewish state takes many forms. In international bodies, nation-states use the patina of respectability to indict and defame Israel. And a crop of NGOs have made it a full-time job, under the guise of “humanitarian” work, to carry out the same mission. Now Israel is pushing back, endeavoring to find out just who is behind these outfits.

NGO Monitor reports:

In another step towards greater transparency in funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Israel, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee tomorrow will discuss a bill to introduce transparency for NGOS that receive foreign government support. The draft legislation is sponsored by MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), and constitutes a revision of an earlier text introduced in February.

In this hearing, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, will provide background information and analysis on the role played by the European Union (EU) and member states in secretly funding Palestinian, Israeli, and other NGOs and "civil society" organizations.

"This bill is an important step towards protecting Israeli democracy and civil society from manipulation,” Steinberg comments. “While foreign governments allocate funds to many activities and organizations in Israel, the secrecy regarding political advocacy groups stands out, as does the role of recipient groups in demonization through the UN, the European parliament, and foreign capitals.”

“Many political advocacy NGOs, many of which are funded by the EU, distort international law to issue one-sided condemnations of Israel,” Steinberg stated to the European Parliament. “At the same time, they belie their claim to be working for universal human rights by giving very little attention to the rights of Israelis. While EU-funded NGOs have issued hundreds of reports condemning Israel, they have shown very little concern for the rights of the children from Sderot.” …

Steinberg adds, “Israelis, like citizens of all democracies, have the right to know how political advocacy groups receive their funding and how they look to fulfill their missions. Unfortunately, Israeli democracy often is easily exploited and manipulated. Funding transparency will give Israelis the information necessary to assess these groups and their activities.”

In a must-read op-ed [The war on de-legitimization], Professor Steinberg explains the insidious work of the NGOs, as well as the EU’s role in funding and enabling the onslaught against the Jewish state. Steinberg writes:

Examples of NGO campaigns are, unfortunately, plentiful. The recent “Free Gaza” flotilla incident demonstrated the sophisticated use of the “humanitarian,” “peace” and “non-governmental” labels to cover a preplanned attack on IDF soldiers, resulting in injuries and deaths. Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation) – a Turkish “charity” with close links to Hamas, jihadist groups, and the Turkish government – led the efforts in this instance.

Working with European and American anti-Israel campaigners, including the confrontational International Solidarity Movement (ISM), they tapped into a wider diplomatic and political campaign driven by the false charges of “war crimes” and “collective punishment.”

The possibility that “anonymous officials in European governments” would be exposed as central players in this offensive has understandably set off alarm bells. So naturally, the Israeli-Arab NGO Adalah (which Steinberg explains is “funded by the New Israel Fund-NIF and the European Union [and] portrays ‘Israel as an inherent undemocratic state’”) and other groups are trying to block the measure. “These groups fear that they too would lose their funding and impact, and placed their private agendas and interests above the right of the public to know who is paying for the de-legitimization efforts.”

Well, transparency would certainly be a step in the right direction. And those on the left here and around the world who say they are oh so concerned about Israel’s democratic character should cheer and support this development, right? Don’t hold your breath — the prospect that these “human rights” and “humanitarian” groups (which provide so much fodder for the daily Israel-bashing) might be exposed as the pawns of garden-variety European anti-Semites and Israel-haters is not one, I assure you, that they are cheering.

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Ce matin le ministre Charles Michel prétendait à la RTBF que chaque euro donné par l'état pour l'aide à la coopération est contrôlé. Quand on connait ses réponses évasives concernant le pactole donné chaque année par ses services à Intal (Steunfonds derde wereld), comme déjà son père, et qui organise des séances publiques de juifs buveurs de sang, on se rend compte de toute l'hypocrisie de cette tribu Michel. Une tribu qui a grandement participé à l'augmentation du PNB de la Belgique. PNB = Perte nationale brute, dans ce cas.