Anger grows over Swedish government funding for anti-Zionist groups amid diplomatic row

Anti-semitic-cartoon-Sweden-BadilAn antisemitic cartoon published by Badil, a Palestinian NGO that receives taxpayer funds from the Swedish government. Image: Badil

The Swedish government has insisted that it will continue with plans to recognize a Palestinian state, despite appeals from the Israeli government and the leader of Israel’s opposition Labor Party not to do so.

The Palestinian announcement was among the first priorities of the new Social Democratic government, led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who took office on Friday last week…

The news comes amid fresh controversy over Swedish government funding of rabidly anti-Israel non-governmental organizations. In its latest report, NGO Monitor, the Israel-based watchdog that tracks foreign government funding for NGOs involved in the Israeli-Palestinian arena, noted that Sweden “funds numerous Israeli and Palestinian NGOs through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Representative Office in Ramallah, and indirectly by outsourcing to Swedish aid organizations such as Diakonia and Kvinna till Kvinna.”

“Many NGOs receiving Swedish government funding oppose a two-state formula, disapprove of peace efforts, promote BDS efforts and lawfare cases against Israeli officials, and engage in antisemitic activities,” said NGO Monitor…