BDS IN THE PEWS
|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.”
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
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