US Christian evangelical groups donated some $65 million to Israeli settlements: Report
US Christian evangelical groups have reportedly raised tens of millions of dollars over the past decade to fund settlement projects in the occupied West Bank as the Israeli regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies in the Occupied Territories irrespective of great international outcry.
According to a report published by the English-language Haaretz daily newspaper, it is estimated the total amount of money collected in the past 10 years to be somewhere between $50 million and $65 million.
The report added that Hayovel (The Jubilee), an American non-profit organization that claims to bring Christian volunteers from all over the world to serve Jewish farmers in Occupied Lands, has brought more than 1,700 volunteers to Har Brakha settlement near Nablus alone.
The paper further revealed that the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs has offered Hayovel $16,000 a year for the production of materials promoting Israel and illegal settlements abroad.
American-born Founder of the Heart of Israel (also known as the Binyamin Fund), Aaron Katsof– who lives in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh – said his association collects hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for projects in the settlements.
Katsof noted that even though evangelicals do not account for the bulk of the money he raises, they do account for the vast majority of his donors.
“You have to realize that while the average Jew gives $1,500, the average Christian gives $50,” he said. “But their share is growing very, very fast.”
Less than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Zionist regime to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East” al-Quds.