Palestinians: International Assistance
Mr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, columns 830-31W, on Palestinians: international assistance, to what non-governmental organisations in Israel other than in the west bank or Gaza his Department has provided funds in each year since 2003; and for what purposes such payments were made. 
Alistair Burt: Between 2003-04 and 2009-10 financial years, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has provided nearly £3.8 million to non-governmental organisations in Israel (other than in the west bank or Gaza). Final funding for the current financial year cannot be confirmed.
Our funding supports our strategic policy priorities to:
(a) help manage or mitigate conflicts;
(b) monitor and promote human rights, access to justice and social welfare; and
(c) strengthen the bi-lateral relationship.
The following non-governmental organisations have received funding from the Middle East and North Africa Conflict Pool or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI);
Breaking the Silence;
Council for Peace and Security (CPS);
Economic Co-operation Foundation (ECF);
Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME);
Hand in Hand;
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
International Palestinian Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI);
Local Government Association (LGA-UK Organisation);
Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED);
No Legal Frontiers;
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI);
Women for Human Rights;
Funny, they are all of one political stripe.
They are all anti-"occupation".
Is that human rights? With whom can I bi-laterally engage?
Back in September, he prided himself that
...We maintain a regular dialogue with a variety of NGOs
but that was in connection with Sri Lanka and the Tamilis.
In late January, during Burt's visit here:
A statement from the British embassy in Israel said: "The UK has funded many of the organisations which could be probed, and believe that they play a critical role in the region and help contribute towards resolving the conflict between the sides."
That, Minister Burt, I would consider, in the way it is being done, as subversion of Israel' democracy through finance.
This is really not fair, chaps.
Read Danny Ayalon's article on transparency.
(k/t: MH & JH)