BDS IN THE PEWS
|Review of Amnesty International in 2007: Attacking Democracy instead of Oppression in Middle East|
NGO Monitor´s systematic analysis of Amnesty International’s Middle East coverage in 2007, shows that Israel was singled out for more condemnation than Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, and Algeria. If detailed reports are used as an indicator, Amnesty ranks Israel and Iraq as equally the worst human rights abusers in the Middle East. Amnesty´s 2008 annual report (covering events in 2007) is yet another example of the NGO´s highly biased approach. It presents a gross distortion of the conflict, selectively reports events to remove the context of terrorism and ignore human rights issues not related to its political agenda, while repeating un-sourced and anecdotal claims.
NGO Monitor´s Detailed Analysis of "Off the Map": HRW´s Politicized Characterization of the Bedouin Issue
On March 31, 2008, Human Rights Watch issued a 130-page politically charged report entitled “Off the Map: Land and Housing Rights Violations in Israel’s Unrecognized Bedouin Villages.” NGO Monitor published an initial analysis on April 1, 2008 and has been preparing a detailed analysis of HRW´s claims since then. NGO Monitor’s in-depth review reveals "Off the Map" offers a one-sided view of Israeli property and planning law and of the highly complex Bedouin situation. HRW´s simplification of Israel´s challenges regarding the Bedouin, coupled with the organization´s choice to exclude discussion of the Bedouin in other countries is yet another example of HRW´s continued political goal to demonize Israel.
"Human Rights" Internships that promote conflict, not education
University programs that take place under the headings of "human rights" and "international law", and include internships with highly politicized NGOs active in areas of violent conflict, often cross the boundary between education and advocacy. This problem is illustrated by two such academic programs involving activist NGOs operating in the Israeli-Palestinian zone - one under the auspices of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for students at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), University of Denver; and the second program run by the Center for Global Education at George Mason University (Virginia).
NGO Monitor’s 2007 Report on HRW: Bias and Double Standards Continue
Although HRW´s relative focus on Israel in 2007 is less than in 2006 (during the war), the disproportionate emphasis, and the examples of bias and double standards continue. Despite a major increase in internal Palestinian violence during 2007, including the Hamas takeover of Gaza, HRW´s focus on Israel has not changed significantly. Similarly, in the selective use of language, especially the arbitrary accusation of "collective punishment," HRW´s strong political agenda with respect to Israel remains clear.
Durban 2009 Update: European responses on NGO funding
NGO Monitor has contacted the embassies of EU member states, as well as Switzerland and Norway, requesting information on their policy towards the UN Durban Review Conference scheduled for 2009. Specifically, NGO Monitor asked whether these governments had defined principles required of NGO grant-recipients regarding participation in the Durban Review Conference, and what lessons were learned from 2001.
HRW´s Report on Israel and the Bedouin: Destructive Contribution to a Complex Problem
On March 31, Human Rights Watch released a 130-page report headlined “Off the Map: Land and Housing Rights Violations in Israel’s Unrecognized Bedouin Villages”. A preliminary NGO Monitor analysis of this report demonstrates a number of fundamental flaws.
NIF, other NGOs endorse statement condemning antisemitism at Durban 2001 conference and pledging not to oppose use of UN fora for incitement and "any form of racism, including antisemitism"
Magenta, based in Holland, in cooperation with the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, published a "Statement of Core Principles for WCAR [UN World Conference against Racism] Follow up." This document expresses the need for a corrective movement to reverse the damage of the disastrous Durban I conference in 2001, and to restore the universality of human rights.
UK Parliamentary Enquiry on development aid to Palestinians
NGO Monitor's submission to the UK Parliament's "International Development Committee Inquiry on the Humanitarian and Development situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories," details continued UK support for NGOs whose activities contradict development goals. Significant UK government funding goes to Christian Aid, War on Want and Oxfam (GB). Save the Children, CAFOD and CARE also receive grants. While some of these NGOs' engage in legitimate projects to enhance civil society, reduce poverty and strengthen institutions, they also use development aid to pursue political goals which exacerbate conflict.
NGO Monitor's Analysis of B'Tselem's Annual Report for 2007
B´Tselem´s lengthy 2007 Annual Report (47 pages in Hebrew and 54 pages in the English version) reflects this NGO´s dubious methodology, its misuse of international legal terms, and selective reporting in order to promote a political agenda. Many of the factual allegations are anecdotal and unverifiable, based on inconsistent methodology, contradictory claims, and the intra-Palestinian violence is given very limited attention. However, B´Tselem has also increased its condemnation of suicide bombings and rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians, calling these actions “war crimes” and “a grave breach of the right to life”, according to international humanitarian law.
B'Tselem's Gaza Report - Ideology Instead of Facts
B’Tselem’s summer 2007 booklet "The Gaza Strip - One Big Prison" paints a picture of Israel as an aggressor and occupier with full control of the Gaza Strip, that does not perform its humanitarian responsibility to the Palestinians and imprisons them in their own land. Its selective choice of facts, disproportionate focus, and the use of one-sided photographs, demonstrates the primacy it places on ideological campaigning over accuracy.
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