BDS IN THE PEWS
|HRW Presses Goldstone Campaign, Ignores Exposés|
HRW’s sixth report on the Gaza War, “Turning a Blind Eye” is another example of the obsessive focus on Israel, and presses HRW’s campaign on behalf of the Goldstone report. The publication is premised on speculation and charges that go beyond HRW’s research capacity. Despite his resignation, HRW repeats Marc Garlasco’s allegations as if they were credible and uncontested. The report also reflects the ideological bias of the MENA Division. HRW fellow Arezo Yazd contributed to “Turning a Blind Eye,” and refers to “[Israeli] state-sponsored terrorism” and “the Apartheid Wall.”
International Law, Human Rights, and NGOs Series
The exploitation of international legal rhetoric has become a major weapon in the political war to delegitimize Israeli responses to attacks on its civilian population. By couching political attacks in legal terms, NGOs seek to create a veneer of credibility and expertise, thereby increasing international pressure against Israel.
NGO “Apartheid State” Campaign: Deliberately Immoral or Intellectually Lazy?
Labeling Israel an apartheid state is closely linked to BDS campaigns and “lawfare” cases. Many NGOs falsely portray the Arab-Israeli conflict as a dispute motivated by alleged race-hatred of Arabs.
Unanswered Questions: Garlasco and HRW’s Israel Campaigns
EIDHR: Additional European Funding for Mideast Conflict Groups
In 2009, the European Commission allocated €2,007,051 through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs. Highly politicized Israeli NGOs include ICAHD, Machsom Watch, Adalah, ACRI, and Yesh Din. Some grantees use rhetoric that demonizes Israel, including “apartheid” and “war crimes.” 2008 EIDHR recipients included B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Gisha, HaMoked, and PHR-I. The EC claims to have evaluations of NGO funding, but these are not made available.
Spain: Government funding for NGOs promoting the Palestinian narrative
UPDATE: As reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the Spanish government was identified as a sponsor of an ad on PA TV, promoting the boycott of Israeli goods.
Finnish Funding for NGOs: Political Warfare under the “Peace” Façade
Norwegian NGO Funding: Peace and Coexistence, or Boycotts and Apartheid Rhetoric?
NGO Letter to MEPs Distorts Israeli Legislation and Context
Israeli Apartheid Week 2010: NGO Involvement
Israeli Apartheid Week (March 1-14, 2010), held in universities and major cities in the US, Canada, and Europe, will feature speakers from NGOs: Adalah (funded by NIF and EU), AIC (Sweden and Christian Aid), PCHR (EU, Oxfam NOVIB, OSI, Christian Aid), Addameer, Badil. A video by Breaking the Silence will be screened in Connecticut. Israeli Apartheid Week is endorsed by Canadian Arab Federation, Independent Jewish Voices, CODEPINK, Adalah-NY, and others.
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