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Monday, March 1, 2021

Pompeo Seeks to Cut US Funds for Major Rights NGOs Over Anti-Semitism

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo seeks to officially brand several major human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as anti-Semitic and cease US support for them, Politico reported Wednesday.

According to the report, which cited a congressional aide and was corroborated by other US media outlets, Pompeo is pushing for a report by US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr.

The report would condemn alleged anti-Semitism on behalf of a number of top human rights NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Oxfam, and call for ending US financial support for them.

The document could be published as early as this week, Politico reported, adding that the material implications of ending US funding for the groups are not immediately clear.

In comments to the newspaper, all of the groups denied their alleged anti-Semitism and support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Earlier, Oxfam Solidarity was mentioned on a program Belgian document as one of the groups delivering projects to the strategic goal of “mitigating the influence of pro-Israel voices” in the EU.

In late 2019, Israel expelled a senior Human Rights Watch official over his alleged support for the BDS, which he denied.

Also in 2019, a lengthy report by a British researcher charged that Amnesty International is institutionally biased against Israel, spreads rhetoric of hate against the Jewish state and aligns its anti-Israel campaigns with the BDS movement.

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