Church groups who facilitate in the incitement of antisemitism.
OCTOBER 11, 2010. – NGO Monitor an organisation “Promoting Critical Debate and Accountability of Human Rights NGOs in the Arab Israeli Conflict,” recently reported that, “the Palestinian ‘right of return’ NGO known as BADIL announced the winners of its 2010 ‘Al-Awda Awards’ at ceremonies in Ramallah and Gaza. Second place in the ‘Best Caricature’ category and $600 were awarded to a blatantly antisemitic cartoon, featuring a grotesque caricature of a Jewish man standing over a dead Arab child and holding a pitchfork dripping with blood.”
NGO Monitor adds: “BADIL’s funders include a number of European governments and church groups, including Trócaire and DanChurchAid (DCA), even though this type of incitement violates the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ antisemitism guidelines.
“One of BADIL’s most prominent supporters and funders is DanChurchAid (DCA), a major Danish ‘faith-based and ecumenical, non-missionary organisation rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church.’ In a 2006 evaluation of BADIL, conducted by DCA and Trócaire, BADIL was praised for its ‘important role in the coordination and launching of the BDS campaign.’ Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Church’s humanitarian aid organization receives most of its funding from the Irish government.
“BADIL’s funding is entirely non-transparent. Research reveals that BADIL received $100,000 from the NDC (joint funding of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands) in 2008-9.”
According to NGO Monitor, “The larger framework of BADIL’s ideology is premised on promoting a so-called Palestinian ‘right of return,’ and rejecting Israel as a Jewish state. BADIL’s website describes the establishment of the State of Israel as follows: ‘Forced displacement which created the refugee issue, has been yet another dimension of the Zionist project to establish the state of Israel as a racist colonial entity.’
“The offensive cartoon was displayed at an exhibition in Ramallah, and then published on BADIL’s website.”
NGO Monitor report, “In August, NGO Monitor included reference to this cartoon in correspondence with DanChurchAid (DCA), and the image was removed from parts of the [BADIL’s] website; following further correspondence on this matter, by October it had been completely removed and was replaced with a disclaimer: ‘This cartoon does not meet BADIL standards, and measures have been taken in order to ensure that future winning entries to the Awda-Award will comply with these standards.’ There is no indication that the award was withdrawn from the producer of the cartoon.”
To quote Pope John Paul II: “Once again, through myself, the Church, in the words of the well-known declaration Nostra Aetate, ‘deplores the hatred, persecutions and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews at any time and by anyone.’ I repeat, ‘By anyone.’ “
(Photo credit: NGO Monitor)
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