The Swiss government froze its funding stream for a pro-Palestinian NGO because an anti-Semitic cartoon appeared on its website, according to a report in the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger on Wednesday.Gerald Steinberg, head of watchdog organization NGO Monitor, noted that by withholding their funding of BADIL the NDC was acknowledging a key point: "NGOs sometimes misuse the foreign government funding they receive in order to pursue radical political agendas"
Switzerland, Holland, Sweden and Denmark, which together fund the NGO Development Center (NDC), have contributed $270,000 since 2008 to BADIL: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights.
The cartoon in question was posted in Fall 2010 and was a caricature of a Jewish man holding a blood-soaked pitchfork and keys while standing over a dead Arab child.
BADIL, advocates boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) against Israel--a BADIL spokesman blamed the publication of the cartoon on a "slip up".
Some might say that the only slip up was getting caught.
Switzerland has been busy--they also refused to fuel Iranian planes.
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