BDS IN THE PEWS
|NGO Monitor’s Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review– Israel – December 2008|
In anticipation of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Israel, scheduled for December 2008, NGO Monitor prepared a submission highlighting “problematic NGO activity vis-à-vis human rights in Israel”.
NGO Monitor Annual Report 2007
In 2007, NGO Monitor´s reports and publications continued to have an impact on increasing NGO responsibility and stimulated debate among government officials, diplomats, academics and in the media. This annual report is a summary of our accomplishments in 2007, highlighting our activities and publications on various NGOs and NGO funders. The report also details NGO Monitor´s submissions to UN and governmental bodies, presence on the internet, media impact and projected growth for 2008.
NGOs vs. EU upgrade of Israel relations
Canadian-Palestinian Educational Exchange (CEPAL): Anti-Israel Campaigns Cloaked in ‘Human Rights’
Adalah: Abusing “Civil Rights” to Delegitimize Israel
Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel claims to be an "independent" organization that promotes "civil and political rights" for the Arab minority in Israel. However NGO Monitor´s detailed analysis shows that Adalah is active in promoting the Durban strategy of demonizing Israel using the rhetoric of human rights, "apartheid" and "war crimes”. Adalah’s campaign for a “Democratic Constitution” is based on “a one-state solution”, meaning the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
HRW’s Letter to President Bush on Gaza: The “Collective Punishment” Hoax
In the first five months of 2008, HRW has issued thirteen statements condemning Israel’s response to deliberate attacks aimed at Israeli civilians launched from Gaza. These statements exploit international legal terminology, repeat incomplete or false analyses of international law, and minimize or omit Hamas’ attacks on Israeli border crossings where humanitarian aid is delivered, as well as the diversion of this aid by Hamas. In contrast to carefully written, accurate and well-sourced legal analyses, these publications reflect a dominant political agenda.
HRW’s May 13, 2008, open letter to US President George Bush, signed by Joe Stork and published with highly politicized NGOs Gisha and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, (both of which have had to admit false factual claims in recent weeks) highlights this practice
Political NGOs Major Contributors to State Department Human Rights Report
On March 10, 2008, the U.S. State Department published the “2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” As in previous years, the section on “Israel and the Occupied Territories” is largely based on claims from non-governmental organizations, whose credibility is limited. Many of the NGOs, including Adalah, Mossawa, Human Rights Watch, and Gisha, use their resources to campaign on controversial political issues, and their reports are often either unsubstantiated (and false in some documented examples) or strip away the necessary context. For example, in quoting from NGO reports alleging interference with ambulances, the documented use of these vehicles for terror is erased. At the same time, the reliance on these political NGOs in the 2007 Report unjustifiably enhances their legitimacy and influence.
Prepcom Double-Standards Point to Anti-Israeli Agenda: Update on Durban Review Conference 2009
The May 2008 meetings of the Prepcom for the Durban Review Conference provided disturbing evidence that the 2009 event will repeat the antisemitism and anti-Israel demonization that characterized the 2001 conference. The NGO accreditation process was characterized by double standards. The application by the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy was blocked by Iran, while the Prepcom accepted the “Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Coalition.” On the positive side, in a joint statement 95 NGOs declared that “the UN and its human rights fora must not serve as a vehicle for any form of racism.”
Child Soldiers: Political advocacy, contradictory evidence and unverifiable claims
Defence for Children International- Palestine Section (DCI/PS) is a member of the International Steering Committee of the "Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers." The two organizations are cooperating to lobby EU officials and bodies on the rights of Palestinian children, including meetings with EU representatives in Brussels and Ljubljana. NGO Monitor’s detailed examination of the reports circulated by these organizations reveals consistent double standards that erase attacks against Israeli children; false and exaggerated claims; unverifiable “evidence,” often sourced to other NGOs which lack credibility; and politicized campaigning under the guise of human rights advocacy.
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.
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