BDS IN THE PEWS
|Analysis of Ken Roth´s Defense of HRW´s Policy on Israel|
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), presented a defense of his and HRW´s policies on Israel at a conference sponsored by the North American branch of Rabbis for Human Rights, which was reprinted in Tikkun. Roth´s presentation focused on HRW´s credibility and agenda, following criticism published by NGO Monitor and elsewhere. The following is an analysis of Roth´s claims, including numerous inconsistencies, distortions, and omissions...
The Ma´an Network: Promoting Understanding or a Radical Palestinian Agenda?
The Ma'an Network and its News Agency are allied with a number of highly politicized Palestinian NGOs, including Badil, Miftah, and PCHR, and their activities often promote the demonization of Israel. The Ma'an News' archive includes many examples that use the term "apartheid," accusations of "ethnic cleansing", and referring to terrorism as resistance. Donors to Ma'an Network include US government's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and United States Institute of Peace; the Dutch and Danish governments, the UN and the EU.
US State Department Report on Human Rights relies on politicized NGOs
On March 6, 2007, the U.S. State Department issued its influential “2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” As in past years, the 2006 report section on “Israel and the Occupied Territories” relies heavily on allegations from politicized NGOs, many of whom are active proponents in the “Durban Strategy”, without providing any criteria by which these NGOs and their claims were selected or assessed. This report highlights deficiencies found in the 2006 report stemming from the reliance on these NGOs.
NGO Monitor highlights biased and distorted NGO submissions at the UN
On February 22 and 23, 2007, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) held its periodic review session on Israel. Many NGOs operating in the Arab-Israeli conflict provided evidence statements to CERD, including Adalah, ICAHD, BADIL, Al Mezan and Amnesty International. NGO Monitor also submitted a statement to the Committee, detailing the problems associated with reliance on politicized NGOs which claim to promote universal human rights, but instead, advance biased political agendas based on a highly distorted narrative. It also analyzes many of the NGO statements to CERD, highlighting their lack of credibility.
Gisha: Access for all?
Gisha is an Israeli-based NGO that promotes freedom of movement for Palestinians, regularly petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court on this issue. It uses the vocabulary of international law and human rights to promote a partisan political and ideological agenda, erasing essential facts and different opinions. In addition, Gisha’s use of “apartheid” rhetoric, downplays the context of terror and misrepresents human rights issues, contributing to the perception that Israel is imposing restrictions on Palestinians without cause.
UK Parliamentary Committee Embraces NGO Agenda in Report on Development Assistance to the Palestinians
The UK International Development Committee´s report on development assistance to the Palestinians reflects significant reliance on biased NGO submissions and questionable factual claims. The result is a distorted analysis of the obstacles and challenges to development, and a complete disregard for the key concern raised in NGO Monitor´s submission to the Committee – the use of DFID funds to support NGOs whose activities "undermine the policy goals which they are supposed to achieve”, including peace and democracy.
U. S Court and Swiss Parliament Support Greater NGO Accountability Following NGO Monitor Reports
Texas Court Dismisses "baseless" case against NGO Monitor; and our SDC report prompts Swiss parliamentary initiative and media interest in funding for politicized NGOs.
War on Want Wages War on Israel (Update)
War on Want is a powerful British charity claiming to fight poverty in developing countries, but NGO Monitor´s report details its leading role in divisive political campaigning to isolate and demonize Israel.
Norwegian Funding for Politicized NGOs
Norway is a significant donor of humanitarian and development funds to the Palestinian Authority. However, some of this money is provided to NGOs that are engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns directed against Israel, as shown in this detailed analysis.
Amnesty and HRW Claims Discredited in Detailed Report
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) led the campaign that condemned Israeli military actions in the Lebanon war (July/August 2006) as violations of international law. This NGO Monitor report compares the documented evidence presented in a new Intelligence and Terrorism Center report with HRW’s and Amnesty’s claims.
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