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Germany Donates Millions to BDS

Al-Quds Day Protest in Berlin, Germany (Photo: flickr/frankinho)

The German embassy to Israel claims that Germany supports the Jewish state and opposes calls to boycott it. However, Israel Hayom's Yair Altman reports that despite these claims, Germany gives millions to the BDS movement:

A new report revealed Sunday that despite statements to the contrary, the German government has been donating millions of euros to groups promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

NGO Monitor, a watchdog group that promoted greater transparency among foreign-funded Israeli nongovernmental organizations, has found that between 2012 and 2015, Germany funneled at least 4 million euros ($4.4 million) to some 15 Israeli organizations , and 42% of donations went to groups supporting an international boycott against Israel and policies negating Israel's existence as a Jewish state...

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee promotes violent riots across Judea and Samaria, and its Twitter account often features posts encouraging violence, the report said.

"Organizations promoting a clear political agenda are given generous grants, to the tune of millions of euros from the German government, only to forward them to local partners. Our research indicates that despite this wide network of organizations, there is little transparency," NGO Monitor President Professor Gerald Steinberg explained.

The German Embassy in Israel said that "Germany remains committed to the two-state solution and devising sustainable peace in the Middle East. The German government opposes any boycott of Israel, including BDS activities, as such action undermines the peace process. The German government's funding policy seeks to support selected projects via earmarked funds. Germany will continue to invest in projects and initiatives that can promote and increase awareness to the two-state solution."

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