Daily Israel Report

Links Between B'Tselem, Terror Funds Reported

Investigation by Im Tirtzu connects the dots between Arab terror money and 13 Israeli leftist groups. B'Tselem: money is from European states.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/11/2011, 9:38 AM

Israeli leftist groups receive money from Arab pro-terror organizations, an independent investigation by grassroots student group Im Tirtzu revealed. The findings were reported by Ma'ariv Tuesday.

Im Tirtzu's study connects the dots between 13 Israeli leftist groups - including B'Tselem and the Center for Protection of the Individual ('Hamoked') - and a Ramallah-based fund called the National Development Center (NDC), which is closely linked to a fund called the Welfare Association (WA). The WA, in turn, receives some of its money from the Al Aqsa Fund, which also gives money to the relatives of mass murdering 'martyrs' who carried out suicide attacks against Jewish men, women and children.
 
Im Tirtzu says that by receiving money from these sources, the Israeli groups are legally obliged to fight Israel through propaganda and 'lawfare.'   
 
The NDC gave a total of about two million dollars to 13 Israeli groups in 2008-2009 alone, the new research reveals. The largest donations were to Hamoked, which received $450,000, and B'Tselem, which got $400,000. 
 
B'Tselem logo, bus bomb aftermath (photomontage) / Photos from Flash 90, Wikimedia Commons
 
The NDC, founded 2006, is officially funded by the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Holland and Denmark. However, its website also says that its assets, systems and team of founders came from the WA. Im Tirtzu says that according to the group's official criteria for granting assistance, any aid recipient must commit itself to "activity for monitoring human rights abuses by the 'Israeli Occupation Force'," and for conducting a propaganda and legal struggle against the 'occupation' of Judea and Samaria.
 
NDC's headquarters are based in Ramallah, and its directors are all from the Palestinian Authority. Five of the 13 board members are also representatives and members of the WA in Ramallah, which receives money from the Islamic Investment Bank, Arab countries hostile to Israel and the Al Aqsa Fund. The Al Aqsa Fund, which gives money to family members of suicide bomb mass-murderers, gave the WA $797,000 in 2007 alone.
 
B'Tselem: tell the police
B'Tselem responded to the Ma'ariv report by saying that the NDC "is a body for transferring money established by the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Holland and Denmark, and gives money to B'Tselem, among other groups. The body's operation is completely legal and B'Tselem reports, as the law requires, all monies transferred to it from these governments through this body. If the people of Im Tirtzu have any complaints, they are welcome to ask the Israel Police and the Registrar of Amutot (NGOs) to investigate."
 
Hamoked said: "Four European nations that are friendly toward Israel chose to give money to Hamoked through a pipeline known as NDC. Any other presentation of these simple facts is an underhanded attempt to depict the group in a bad light."