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in a telephone interview, "Who defines
provided more than $5 million to the
what is terror? All funds received by the
New Israel Fund. It just announced it
NGOs should be unconditioned — no
would increase its funding to "peace and
political conditions."
social justice groups" in Israel through
PNGO steering committee member
the New Israel Fund with a $20 million
Allam Jarrar said that although many of
five-year grant.
the umbrella group's members depend
But the overwhelming majority of
upon USAID for funds, PNGO itself
Ford's monies for the Middle East are
gets much of its money from the Ford
given to pro-Palestinian and Islamic
Foundation, and "Ford does not make
rights groups. The list extends for pages.
us sign this agreement." He added, "For
For example, last year, the Al Mezan
us, Ford is a very credible organization."
Center for Human Rights in Gaza
The Council of Foundations, a repre-
received $100,000 for what the founda-
sentative association of philanthropies,
tion describes as "community-based
recoiled from the U.S. Treasury
advocacy work on economic, social and
Department's
cultural rights in
suggestion that
Gaza."
it obtain
The Al Mezan
Certification
Center works
Regarding
closely with the
Terrorist
International
Financing.
Solidarity
A formal
Movement,
statement by
which stages civil
Interaction, the
disobedience
largest
actions to
American
obstruct Israeli
alliance of
security forces
One of many anti-Israel cartoons on display
international
operating in the ter-
at an Arab Lawyers Union booth in Durban. humanitarian
ritories. The center
organizations,
also operates a Web
asked Treasury to withdraw the guide-
site at wvvw.mezan.org that seeks to
lines altogether. Interaction specified
document alleged Israeli atrocities and
that West Bank grantees would regard
violations of international law, and that
certification requests as "unduly intru-
also denounces Israel's war against the
sive."
Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas.
Sources at the Treasury Department
A recent Al Mezan Center news
indicate they want more than accounta-
release began, "The Israeli Occupation
bility; they want transparency — the
Forces (IOF) have blatantly escalated
ability to review activity reports and
their aggression against Palestinian civil-
monitoring, all of which are currently
ians in the OPT during the last week."
secret at organizations such as the Ford
Many Palestinian NGOs refer to the
Foundation.
Israeli Defense Forces as Israeli
"The days of opaque financial transac-
Occupation Forces. OPT is its abbrevia-
tions are over," a State Department offi-
tion for "occupied Palestinian territo-
cial said when asked about the millions
ries."
of foundation dollars pouring into
Palestinian NGOs.
Executive Order
Yehudit Barsky, director of the
American Jewish Committee's division
In May and June this year, the U.S.
on Middle East and international terror-
Agency for International Development
ism, said, "We need two kinds of
began applying President Bush's
accountability from Ford — not just
Executive Order 13224 to American
where did the money go, but how was it
organizations working in Palestinian
spent.
areas. USAID informed American tax-
"The foundation owes the public not
exempt charities it funds that if they
only
a financial accounting, but also a
partnered with any Palestinian NGOs,
moral accounting," she said.
those NGOs would be required to sign
a Certification Regarding Terrorist
Financing.
Foundation Defense
The certification pledges that no
A written statement by the foundation
funds have made or will make their way
asserted, "The Ford Foundation takes
into organizations to "advocate or sup-
the threat of possible misuse of grant
port terrorist activities."
funds for terrorism very seriously. We
The Palestine NGO Network,
PNGO, was outraged. PNGO program
FUNDING HATE on page 20
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