Netanyahu: EU Stopped Funding a Leftist NGO

A rare case because the EU generally does not heed requests from the Government of Jerusalem to stop funding an NGO linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu GPO Amos Ben Gershom

The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that after pressure from his Government, the European Union (EU) agreed to stop financing an Israeli umbrella organization of leftist groups, which he accused of delegitimizing Israel.

"After the diplomatic efforts of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the European Union announced that it will immediately suspend its funding and association with the 'Council for the Protection of Freedom', an NGO operating in Israel," said Netanyahu's Office.

The statement argues that the association "undermines Israel's right to exist and tries to defame the image of the state throughout the world."

The Council for the Protection of Freedom was created in 2017 by I'lam, an Arab-Israeli NGO related to press freedom issues.

It is composed of representatives of dozens of leftist Israeli NGOs, including B'Tselem and Adalah, with the stated aim of fighting against attempts to limit democratic freedoms in the country and resist attacks on human rights groups.

He has been accused by right-wing incitement websites and organizations, of describing Israeli actions in terms of "apartheid" and "war crimes," and of working to undermine the legislation promoted by the government.

According to the website of the Delegation of the European Union in Israel, Brussels initially assured that it would provide the initiative with more than 400,000 euros for its financing between January 2017 and December 2019.

"The general objective of this action is to ensure the active participation of civil society organizations to counteract the systemic barriers that limit their participation in the policy formulation processes," the EU argued on its website.

Netanyahu said: "This is just the beginning. We will continue to take decisive action against organizations that try to delegitimize the State of Israel and fight to defame the name of the State and the Israel Defense Army around the world. "

A senior Israeli official told Channel 10 that it would be a rare case because the EU generally does not heed requests from the Government of Jerusalem to stop funding an NGO linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



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