European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) 

Profile: European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) 

1- Name of NGO:

European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) 

2- Brief & Mission:

The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), founded in November 2005, is a pro-Israel organization based in Brussels that has a broader scope of operations. The EFD is closely affiliated with a transatlantic network of neoconservative and Islamophobic activists. It primarily concentrates on increasing awareness regarding the threat of terrorist ideologies in Europe while advocating for Israel’s interests under the banner of universal human rights, individual liberty, and liberal Islam.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The EFD has embraced several political campaigns that align with the policies advocated by the Israeli establishment. Its experts have put forward proposals such as banning television channels associated with Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as arguing for the inclusion of both the political and military wings of Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations. Additionally, the EFD has organized events to rally support for stronger measures against Iran concerning its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons.  

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

There have been allegations that the EFD actively promotes the foreign policy objectives of Israel, as its agenda seems to closely align with the policies of the Israeli establishment

5- Sources of Funding:

The EFD benefits from tax-exempt funds provided by Friends of the European Foundation for Democracy (Friends of EFD), based in Washington. The charity raised $1,002,500 in 2011, $703,000 in 2012, and $983,000 in 2013. During this period, a significant portion, totaling more than $481,028, was paid to an American-registered consulting firm owned by Roberta Bonazzi for the management services her firm provided.

Roberta Bonazzi, the EFD’s current director, serves as Friends of the EFD’s executive director, but several other members of its staff have direct links with the Israel lobby in Washington. 

6- Activities:

The EFD has actively campaigned on various issues that mirror the policies promoted by the Israeli establishment. It has garnered a reputation as a pro-Israel group, leading to suggestions of support from the Israeli government.

7- NGO Leadership:

Roberta Bonazzi, the current director of the EFD, is believed to be a close ally of the Israeli lobby.

8- Controversy:

The EFD was involved in the now disbanded Coalition against Terrorist Media, which was founded by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a conservative think tank based in Washington. Clifford May, the former communications director at the Republican National Committee, serves as the president of the FDD, while R. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is the current chairperson. The FDD is recognized as a prominent hawkish think tank in Washington and reportedly receives substantial funding from Republican donors, including Paul E. Singer and Sheldon Adelson, according to Eli Clifton of Salon. The FDD’s mission, as stated in its tax documents, is to conduct research and provide education on international terrorism and related issues. During its active period, the coalition primarily focused on advocating for the banning of Hezbollah’s al-Manar television channel and al-Aqsa, which is affiliated with Hamas.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://www.europeandemocracy.eu
  • Address:Brussels
  • Email:  info@europeandemocracy.eu

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The think tank has been labeled as blacklisted because of its associations with the Israeli establishment. 

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