Friday, April 04, 2008

Your money kills Israeli and Palestinian children

Dear Friends,


I have previously written about the Funding for Peace Coalition  website (note the new address!).  Their latest submission to a UK parliamentary inquiry once again documents the way international funding of the Palestinians lacks transparency or adequate controls –resulting in its diversion to corruption and violence.  At the end of the day, it is used to support war crimes, including the murder of Israeli civilians and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. And your money is used to promote “terrorist insurance” social welfare schemes.  Everyone is guilty – Europe, the US and even Japan give huge sums -  both directly and indirectly.


NGO Monitor has just published a highly detailed examination of European Union (EU) funding of political NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The fifty-page report, 'Europe's Hidden Hand', shows that the EU provides tens of millions of Euros from public money to NGOs whose activities directly contradict EU policy. That is – simply another avenue where international funds promote a never ending war against Israel.  I recommend that everyone read at least the Executive Summary, if not the full report of this latest publication. 


And in all of this, no-one asks UNRWA to settle even a single Palestinian refugee as a citizen of anywhere. Can you imagine what it would be if the Jewish refugees of WWII or  the millions of descendants Jews thrown out of Arab countries were still stateless? 


Put all of this together and work out what you are going to do to put pressure on your political representatives to stop pouring money into exacerbating the Middle East conflict. 



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