Hotovely has met with the Dutch foreign minister, the Spanish deputy foreign minister, and the ambassadors of Sweden, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Switzerland.
According to Hotovely, the diplomats were presented with detailed documents collected by the Foreign Ministry and the NGO Monitor organization that prove the "problematic" funding. She emphasized that Israel sees support for organizations opposing its right to exist as crossing a red line.
Hotovely has instructed Israeli ambassadors in Europe to demand that ministries increase thier overview of funds given to such groups, warning that if her premptive diplomatic move fails, Israel will be forced to adopt legislation forbidding foreign countries from backing organizations with a clear anti-Israel bent.
According to Deputy Minister Hotovely, these are some of the European investments in such organizations in recent years:
The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, managed by the Institute of Law at Birzeit University in the West Bank, which received $10.5 million from the governments of Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The funds were to go to 24 political organizations over three years.
In 2014, the governments of Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the EU provided NIS 415,741 to the Coalition of Women for Peace, an organization that supports aspects of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
The Netherlands provided NIS 13 million in the last three years to numerous NGOs, including Who Profits, Al-Haq, the Coalition of Women for Peace, and Al-Mezan.
Denmark provided NIS 23 million in the last three years to several NGOs, including Breaking the Silence, BADIL, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and other Palestinian organizations.
Switzerland provided NIS 5 million over the last three years to organizations like the Alternative Information Center, Zochrot, the Applied Research Institute, and Terrestrial Jerusalem.
Spain gave NIS 3.8 million in the last three years to groups including Breaking the Silence, the Coalition of Women for Peace, the Alternative Information Center, and NOVA, a Spanish BDS organization.
The United Kingdom provided NIS 12 million in 2008-2011 to Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din, Gisha, Bimkom, Terrestrial Jerusalem, and No Legal Frontiers.
Some remarks by Abu Pessoptimist:
1) This is a serious development. All of the organisations Hotovely mentioned are engaged in human rights activities and/or monitor the activities of the Israeli army and the settlements against the occupied Palestinian population. But human rights is, as we know (Gaza!), something that the present Israeli leadership is not in the least interested in,
2) None of the organisations opposes, as H. claims, Israel's right to exist.
3) Some of these organisations are, as far as I know, in favour of a partial boycott, namely a boycot of institutions that support or profit from the occupation. Only a handful (the Alternative Information Cenre, The Coalition of Women for Peace, NOVA) support BDS. (which by the way, is a perfectly legal and non-violent means of action against occupation and suppression andd has been used all over the world).
4) H. announced that she might prepare a law forbidding the EU-governments or organisations to support the above mentioned organisations if the subsidies don't stop. That too is serious. Banning criticism and human rights activities is a trademark of fascist and totalitarian regimes. Israel is on its way towards the first of these two categories.
5) NGO-Monitor, the agency that supplied H. with her information, is an ultra-rightist organisation with strong ties with the government (its director Gerald Steinberg was, or still is, on the list of people employed by the Office of Prime Minister Netanyahu). It is among the number one organisations that work hard to minimize the freedom of speech in Israel.