The Council of the cantons of Switzerland, the highest legislative body of this country, approved a resolution prohibiting government agencies to Fund organizations suspected of racism, anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred.
About it writes on Tuesday, June 13, network edition EJ Press with reference to the non-governmental human rights organization Monitor that tracks such activity.
The head of this organization Professor Gerald Steinberg believes that the decision of the Swiss Parliament will have a «fundamental impact» on all government agencies, including the Ministry of foreign Affairs. He stressed that for the first time in history a European country has approved the resolution, the law prohibiting the funding of anti-Semitic organizations.
This document was initiated and prepared by the member of Parliament Christian EMERCOM and approved by the lower house of Parliament, where he voted 111 parliamentarians. This event was actively covered in the local media.
The Monitor notes that the main channel of funding for such organizations is the Secretariat for human rights and international humanitarian law – structure, uniting politicians from Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Its content has more than 40 Israeli and Palestinian organizations supporting BDS movement calling for a boycott of Israel and spreading the information about «Israeli apartheid.»
In the period from 2014 to 2016, the Secretariat has provided these organizations with more than $ 14 million, with 11 of the 20 grantees are active supporters of BDS.