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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:04 AM
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3. Foreign funded anti-Israel NGO's undermine democracy...
The bills were meant to address a genuine problem: Foreign governments really are spending huge sums on blatantly anti-Israel activity. A document obtained by Makor Rishon, for instance, showed that Britains government gave 600,000 to Israeli NGOs in 2010 six times what it gave to NGOs in all Arab countries combined (excluding Iraq). Overall, according to NGO Monitor, European governments give more to Israeli NGOs $75 million to $100 million a year than to NGOs in all other Middle Eastern countries combined. That Europe spends more to promote civil society in the regions only democracy than it does in the entire undemocratic Arab world is a priori suspicious; European governments dont give comparable sums to NGOs in other veteran democracies. And indeed, a look at their recipients shows they arent trying to support Israeli democracy, but to undermine it.

Take, for instance, the Israeli Arab advocacy organization Adalah, which gets funding from the European Union and the governments of Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland. One of Adalahs avowed goals is to eliminate the Jewish state a goal clearly not shared by most Israelis. For instance, its proposed Democratic Constitution demands that Israel grant a right of return to millions of Palestinians, which would eradicate the Jewish state demographically and, until that happens, it demands that Arab parties be allowed to veto all government decisions, thus stripping the state of its right to self-defense (since these parties invariably oppose military action).

One can imagine how, say, America would feel if Europe funded American NGOs that openly advocated a Communist takeover. For Europe to be funding Israeli NGOs that seek an Arab takeover of the Jewish state is equally unacceptable.

http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/foreign-governments-contributions-need-be-restricted-how
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