EU Cuts Funding to Arab Anti-Israel Organization
The European Union has for the first time canceled a grant to a Palestinian Arab non-profit organization for refusing to sign a clause that no terrorist organization would benefit from its funds.
The organization, the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights had secured a €1.7 million (about 1.9 million USD) for a three-year project called “Mobilizing for Justice in Jerusalem," which sought to document alleged Israeli crimes and violations in Israel's capital.
BADIL claimed that it refused to sign the clause because it "criminalizes the Palestinian struggle against oppression and requires the recipient organization to perform ‘screening’ procedures which amounts to policing its own people.”
On Friday, BADIL received a letter from the EU stating that since it had refused to sign Article 1.5 of Annex II of the “General conditions applicable to European Union-financed grant contracts for external actions,” the EU would “consider your application no longer valid." (INN / VFI News)
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