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HRW receives unprecedented public criticism for its attacks on Israeli actions in Lebanon
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and its Executive Director, Kenneth Roth have faced an unprecedented barrage of public criticism in the wake of the Lebanon war, focused on the credibility of the NGO´s research and its determination to distort human rights norms to demonize Israel.
"NGOs that Take Sides"
The war with Hizbullah, like all Israel´s confrontations with terror groups in the past decade, includes a political front that is as important and complex as the military front. The words and images used by journalists, politicians, diplomats and officials of powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) set the framework in which the military actions are judged...
NGO Responses to Lebanon War - Update
"Human Rights Watch´s Q&A on Lebanon War: Selective and Distorted Application of International Law"
On July 17, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a document entitled "Questions and Answers on Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah" with the stated purpose of "provid[ing] analytic guidance for those who are examining the fighting as well as for the parties to the conflict and those with the capacity to influence them"...
NGOs quick to exploit Lebanon crisis to attack Israel
Christian Aid: Continued Bias and Missing Context in Palestinian Agenda: NGO Update January-June 2006
Summary: In December 2005 NGO Monitor published a comprehensive update on Christian Aid (CA). It detailed extensive involvement in anti-Israel political campaigns, close links with radical partner NGO´s such as ICAHD; the influence of Bishop Gladwin, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Christian Aid and patron of UK Friends of Sabeel, and the role in the divestment campaign...
NGOs´ Political Biases Reflected in Reports on Gaza Violence
Responding to the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and growing violence in Gaza, statements from powerful NGOs such as Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) show a clear emphasis on alleged Israeli infractions while downplaying Palestinian culpability. The following report examines NGO responses to the situation, the basis of their military and security assessments, and assesses the evidence of political agendas. NGOs statements examined in this report include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Christian Aid, MIFTAH, Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and others.
NGO Political Agendas Distort Reports on Gaza Beach Incident
On Friday June 9, eight Palestinian civilians were killed in disputed circumstances by an explosion on a Gaza beach. The sequence of events that followed highlights the political power of NGOs in the region and the manner in which their reports influence governments and lawmakers around the globe...
Gaza beach incident: Timeline of HRW involvement and activities June 9-21 2006
On June 9, an explosion on Beit Lahiya beach in northern Gaza killed eight Palestinian civilians. While the evidence and responsibility are unclear, numerous NGOs, the media and governments condemned Israel for "brutal", "reckless" and "disproportionate" actions. Human Rights Watch (HRW) was the leading NGO involved in the campaign, and in the weeks following the incident, officials exchanged charges with the IDF, and rejected the detailed evidence that contradicted the HRW/Palestinian claim that Israeli artillery fire, designed to end Palestinian missile attacks, had caused these deaths. As in many other incidents, the Palestinians and NGOs, led by HRW repeatedly demanded an "independent international investigation". Based on previous experience, Israel opposes such tribunals on the grounds that the members chosen by the UN or NGOs are generally biased and focus exclusively on the Palestinian agenda.
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