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Saturday, December 03, 2011

EU denies funding 'Peace Now'

When I saw this, I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. The European Union is claiming that it does not fund 'Peace Now.'
The EU’s spokesman in Israel, David Kriss, made the comments in a conversation with Arutz Sheva on Thursday. The interview took place in the wake of the Knesset’s Legislation Committee’s recent support for the proposed NGO bill, which limits the funding that political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may receive from foreign governments and international bodies.

He said that the EU has not provided support to Peace Now for years.

“No Peace Now project was supported in the 2011 budget, and the call for submission of applications for projects for 2012 has not yet been published,” Kriss said, adding, “All projects in Israel which are supported by the EU are clearly listed on the website of the EU’s Delegation to Israel.”

Asked whether it is possibly that the EU intervened in Israeli politics, Kriss replied vaguely, “The EU supports the promotion of the universal values ​​of human rights and peace."
I don't believe that story - they've never denied it until now. But I am waiting to hear a response from the experts (this is being written before the Sabbath), which I will post as soon as it is received.

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