|Special Report: "Absence of Credibility in NGOs Reports Quoted in US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights (Israel and the occupied territories) in the 2004 Report"|
The U.S. State Department´s annual Country Reports on Human Rights are among the most widely read and important documents on the status of human rights, particularly in the Middle East...
The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
The Swedish International Development Corporation Agency´s (SIDA) overall goal is "to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions". In the West Bank and Gaza, SIDA´s aim is: "To promote peace and the development of a democratic Palestinian state by mitigating the effects of the ongoing conflict, promoting the peace talks, facilitating democratic, economic and social development." However, significant funding is channeled through Diakonia and highly politicized NGOs, such as Al-Haq, the Palestinian Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS) the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen´s Rights (PICCR) and ICJ-Sweden. Their activities and publications abuse human rights rhetoric to deligitimize Israel, and as a result, undermine efforts towards a peaceful end to the conflict.
Badil - Promoting an Extreme Agenda
The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights, established in Bethlehem in 1998, is one of the most active NGOs in promoting extreme Palestinian political positions in the context of the conflict against Israel. Its declared goal is to "provide a resource pool of alternative, critical and progressive information and analysis on the question of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons." Its actions, however, focus on the use of the suffering of refugees as a political basis for maintaining the conflict with Israel and justifying violence...
World Bank PNGO Project: Support for Social Services diluted by Politicized “Portal”
The World Bank Palestinian NGO project (WB-PNGO) aims to support “the overall professional, and strategic development of the Palestinian NGO sector”. It has been relatively successful, compared to other funders. However, the NGO Portal funded by the World Bank is a notable exception, providing a platform for extremist political NGOs such as PCHR, Al Haq, the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights and ARIJ; and has been as source of funding for Al Mezan, which was involved in its development. These organizations are exploiting the World Bank’s resources for external attacks against Israel, (including the use of terms such as “apartheid”) rather than focusing on internal development objectives.
"American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera): Aid Activity Tarnished by Political Agenda"
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) is a major NGO that claims to provide "direct financial assistance and/or gifts in kind to Palestinian-Arab refugees and other needy individuals in the Middle East.” With a budget of over $24 million (2005) provided by the US government and a range of private donors and organizations, most of ANERA´s focus is on development assistance and emergency relief, and the quality of these programs is considered to be very high. However, as the following report demonstrates, this NGO also engages in biased anti-Israeli political activities, and its publications erase the context of terrorism and promote the Palestinian narrative while falsely claiming to work with “all people living in impoverished communities”. Such activity is inconsistent with ANERA’s proclaimed objectives.
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN): Discrepancy Between Mission and Actions Continues
Analysis of NGO Funding: UK Department For International Development (DFID)
DFID is the “part of the UK Government that manages Britain´s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty”. In the Middle East, DFID claims to reduce Palestinian poverty by encouraging development, but significant funding goes towards politicised NGOs that campaign on external agendas as opposed to internal development, and use their status to demonize Israel.
Christian Aid: Anti-Israel Message Continues with Less Intensity
NGO Monitor has documented Christian Aid’s disproportionate focus and biased approach to Israel and its pattern of erasing the context of terrorism. The organization, that claims to "further charitable purposes, which relieve or combat malnutrition, hunger, disease, sickness or distress throughout the world", promotes its political agenda under the guise of humanitarian aims. These activities provide support and legitimacy to political campaigns such as the divestment effort.
Funders Ignoring Deceit by Palestinian Eco-NGOs
In September 2004, NGO Monitor reported on how Palestinian environmental NGOs were using ecological issues as a pretext for political and ideological attacks on Israel. This update shows that such activity has only become more pronounced. Such organizations continue to misappropriate their funds towards political campaigns...
Special Report: "Report On Human Rights Watch: A Comparative Analysis of Activities in the Middle East -- 2002-2004"
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