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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2017
Question for written answer E-005868-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  Monitoring EU funding for NGOs
 Answer in writing 

As a co-grantee of the EU’s East Jerusalem Programme (2015-2018), the Burj Luq-Luq Social Centre Society received EUR 849 850 for a project entitled ‘Fostering Socio-Economic Empowerment and Protection of Vulnerable Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem’. According to the society’s website, the grant includes funding for activities such as sporting recreation, including yearly football and basketball courses managed by a professional sports coach.

In 2014, Burj Luq-Luq hosted a soccer tournament named after Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) terrorist Abu Jihad, and organised another tournament named after Ibrahim Al-Akari, a terrorist who murdered two Israeli civilians in an attack in Jerusalem in November 2014.

Furthermore, in 2012 the society performed an anti-smoking puppet show that included strong language inciting children to violence and encouraging them to replace their cigarettes with machine guns.

Is the Commission aware of these activities?

Does it intend to review the selection process for grantees of the East Jerusalem Programme to prevent NGOs that promote incitement from being funded?

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