BDS IN THE PEWS
|Moral Collapse: Amnesty International in 2009|
Despite bias and scandals, Human Rights Watch “halo effect” continues: "Unlawful destruction" in Gaza
On May 13, 2010, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its seventh report on the Gaza war, “‘I Lost Everything.’” The 116-page report focuses on alleged IDF destruction of civilian property, using this to promote the Goldstone report and to renew boycott calls against Israel.
New Israel Fund (NIF) Has Crossed the Line
NGO Monitor´s ad, "NIF Has Crossed the Line," appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Friday, May 14, 2010. Click here to see the advertisement and for more information on NIF-funded delegitimization.
EU funding pushes the Arab Peace Initiative among Israeli journalists
A project of the EU´s Partnerships for Peace program is aimed at "engaging core representatives of the media in a process of reflection on the past treatment and historical background of the API (Arab Peace Initiative) and simulate the adoption of API and its potential consequences in the media."
Ir Amim: European-funded Political Lobbying on Jerusalem
Ir Amim, which receives approximately 67% of its budget from foreign governments, engages in political advocacy on Jerusalem, promoting the Palestinian narrative and blaming Israel for the failure of the peace process.
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.
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