BDS IN THE PEWS
|Update on KAIROS (Canada) in the Arab-Israeli Conflict|
KAIROS’ position on the “right of return” totally conforms with the Palestinian demands. This political advocacy on an extremely complex issue is inconsistent with KAIROS’ status as a humanitarian aid organization funded by the Canadian government. KAIROS also promotes the Palestinian narrative on the peace process, implying that Israel alone is responsible for continued conflict in the region. Also recognizes the possibility that “sustainable and just peace” may “take the shape of one bi-national state for two peoples.”
NGOs and the BDS Movement: Background and Funding
List of 36 Incidents in the Goldstone Report
The Goldstone Report apparently documents in detail 36 incidents that occurred during the Gaza War. According to Richard Goldstone, "they appear to represent situations where there was little or no military justification for what happened." A list of these 36 incidents is not published in the report, nor is one available on the Mission’s website. Neither Goldstone, nor the Mission responded to NGO Monitor requests for this information. The following is a compilation of approximately 30-40 detailed incidents culled from a review of the report.
Alternatives Update: Apartheid rhetoric and BDS
Canadian gov´t denies KAIROS grant application
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) denied KAIROS’ application for a $7 million/four-year grant. KAIROS accuses Israel of “war crimes” and “collective punishment.” Blames Israel for Palestinian violence. Main supporter of the anti-Israel divestment movement in Canada, coordinating this agenda on behalf of member church groups. A publication on the “resources for education and action” webpage describes Zionism as an “ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism.” Supported the failed Bil’in lawfare case in Canadian courts.
Analysis of EC Response on Funding for Political NGOs
The EU claims to fund projects that advance human rights, peace, tolerance, and confidence building measures, but the activities of many NGO grantees are inconsistent with these goals. The EC’s NGO selection process and the evaluation criteria remain entirely hidden. Responding to NGO Monitor’s request under EU transparency regulations, the EC belatedly provided a CD of about 50 documents, from which most of the relevant information was deleted. Although the EC claims to fund “projects and not organizations,” EC funding can comprise as much as 75% of an NGO recipient’s entire budget.
Who Wrote the Goldstone Report?
Since the beginning of September, NGO Monitor has been investigating questions relating to responsibility for researching and drafting the Goldstone report. The Mission’s webpage does not provide any information on this issue, and repeated requests by NGO Monitor to both Goldstone and the Fact Finding Mission office were ignored. Staff members from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who were involved in preparing the report have strong links to NGOs.
Promoting Israel´s Isolation: Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands funding for NDC and NGOs
The NGO Development Center (NDC - Ramallah) has distributed $6 million to 25 NGOs on behalf of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark. The NGO grantees include some of the most radical groups operating in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Many of the recipients employ “apartheid” rhetoric and promote “war crimes” cases against Israeli officials, and some are active members in the Palestinian BDS movement. NDC “facilitated” and funded the “Palestinian NGO Code of Conduct” which demands that Palestinian groups reject “any normalization activities with the occupier.”
Analyzing Human Rights Watch’s Defensive Response to Robert Bernstein
HRW’s founder’s critical op-ed in the NY Times led to a defensive campaign by HRW officials and supporters. These misleading responses use identical language and format. HRW officials did not address Bernstein’s most serious claims: HRW’s role in “turn[ing] Israel into a pariah state” and its loss of “critical perspective” on Iran’s support for Hamas and Hezbollah. Analysis demonstrates that, contrary to the NGO’s claims, HRW does disproportionately focus on Israel, including 30% of the Middle East division’s reporting in 2009; and its “research” is flawed and error-filled.
Goldstone’s NGO partner: The Arab Thought Forum – E.U. funding to Promote Demonization
Goldstone is the chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. Its Middle East Project to “establish a ‘shared history’” is being conducted in partnership with the Arab Thought Forum (ATF). There is no longer an Israeli NGO partner. ATF employs terms such as “Palestinian Holocaust,” “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” “genocide,” and “collective punishment,” while promoting the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign.
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