BDS IN THE PEWS
|Congress Joins Fight on "Durban II"|
On September 23, 2008, the US Congress adopted House of Representatives Resolution 1361 in anticipation of the Durban Review Conference, calling on the US government to “lead a high-level diplomatic effort” aimed at “to defeat any effort by states to use the forum to promote anti-Semitism or hatred against members of any group or to call into question the legitimacy of any state.” The resolution is backed by an impressively broad, bi-partisan consensus.
NIF-linked “New Profile” Investigated for Illegal Activity
On September 15, 2008, the Israeli Attorney General ordered an investigation into the NGO known as New Profile for incitement to avoid military service. New Profile is an active member and is funded by the Coalition of Women for Peace, an umbrella group that includes New Profile, Machsom Watch, Women in Black, and others. This coalition is an NIF-grantee, having received over $500,000 since 2004.
CIDA Update: Still Funding Politicized anti-Israel NGOs
CIDA, the foreign aid branch of the Canadian government, funds numerous ideological NGOs with documented anti-Israel agendas and activities. Although CIDA’s support for extremist political groups has decreased since 2005, funding continues for a number of NGOs engaged in anti-Israel campaigning. This group includes Al Haq, Alternatives, Médecins du Monde, Oxfam and the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada.
Danish Funds for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns and Politicized NGOs: Government Funding & Support Analysis
Denmark is a major state-donor of humanitarian and development funds to NGOs engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns directed against Israel. These NGOs actively support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and employ the rhetoric of human rights, international law and apartheid to isolate Israel internationally. Such funding is inconsistent with the stated goals of Denmark´s development agency and government, “strengthening democracy, good governance and human rights.”
HRW, Amnesty, and the Reuters Cameraman Incident
On April 16, 2008, in the context of on-going warfare in Gaza, four non-combatants, including a Reuter’s cameraman, were killed by a shell fired from an Israeli army tank. HRW and Amnesty immediately accused the IDF of “deliberately” targeting the journalist, relying on questionable secondary sources for their information. Following the exoneration of the soldiers, Amnesty issued a highly prejudicial press release condemning the Israeli army, even though Amnesty did not have access to the IDF’s report of its detailed investigation.
Amnesty on Gaza (again): Ideology Instead of Research
On August 12, 2008, Amnesty International released a statement headlined “Trapped – collective punishment in Gaza.” This is one of numerous misleading Amnesty statements focusing on this contentious and highly politicized issue. The deficiencies in this report include: a lack of evidence and credibility, largely ignoring the context of terrorism, exploitation of international legal terms, selective use of data, and a disproportionate focus on Israel.
Gisha’s ‘halo effect’ reflected in false claims on Fulbright/Gaza scholars
“Yesh Din”: Justice for All?
Yesh Din claims to monitor legal procedures involving Palestinian defendants and complainants, and issues reports about the Israeli justice system. Reports generally omit the context of terror and use pseudo-legal human rights terminology and “apartheid” rhetoric to condemn Israeli policy. Methodological problems reduce Yesh Din’s credibility.
Promoting the Al Dura Myth: The Role of Amnesty and HRW
The French court’s dismissal of the libel case brought by France 2 TV, in response to evidence that the death of Muhammad al-Dura was staged, has increased the examination of the NGO campaigns that propelled this issue. The unquestioned repetition of claims by Palestinian “eyewitnesses” without further investigation reflects the standard pattern used by Amnesty International and HRW in condemning Israel for alleged human rights violations.
Spanish government funding for ICAHD: More Hidden European Government Funding for anti-Israel NGOs
Excerpt: “In a July 18, 2008 posting on the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) website, Jeff Halper (the leader of this highly politicized group) announced the support of the Spanish government for ICAHD’s Summer Camp. The posting claimed that “the Spanish government is paying for the construction of an entire Palestinian home, plus the expenses of 18 members of Spanish NGOs who will join the camp.””
ICAHD, an anti-Israel NGO funded largely by the European Union, falsely accuses Israel of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing” and “state terrorism.”
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