BDS IN THE PEWS
|HRW/FIDH/OMCT statement on NGO official linked to PFLP|
On May 2 2007, three major NGOs -- Human Rights Watch, FIDHand the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) -- published a joint press release calling on Israel to lift the travel ban placed on Shawan Jabarin, the General Director of Al-Haq. The statement alleges that Jabarin was barred by Israel from attending the annual Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Lisbon on April 19, 2007, and that "Israeli authorities have not explained why the restrictions are in place". NGO Monitor´s analysis of this statement shows these NGOs entirely erase Jarabin´s links to the PFLP and the legitimate security concerns. The result is a selective research and ideologically biased analysis, similar to others analyzed in previous NGO Monitor reports.
Claims in B´tselem/Hamoked report lack credibility
B´tselem and HaMoked released a report claiming that the Israel Security Agency continues to torture security detainees in violation of a Court decision. The Israeli Ministry of Justice (MOJ) issued a nine page letter detailing the questionable methodology and lack of verifiable sources in the report, and concluding that the report is "fraught with mistakes, groundless claims and inaccuracies." This public rebuttal reflects an important development in Israeli government policy with respect to such politicized NGO reports.
Alternatives (Canada) Update: Government Funding for Radical Politics
With half of its funding from the Canadian government, Montreal-based Alternatives continues support anti-Israel political activity. Through media statements and in cooperation with groups such as the PNGO, Alternative Information Center, Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC), and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Alternatives promotes the demonization of Israel, contributes to the conflict, and requires greater scrutiny from the Canadian government.
"Mise à jour d´Alternatives (Canada): Fonds gouvernementaux pour des politiques radicales"
The Role of the UN´s "ReliefWeb" in Promoting Biased NGO Reports
ReliefWeb is a UN-based and funded information service that works closely with NGOs to promote their reports, agendas and campaigns under the guise of humanitarian aid and human rights. While the official UN affiliation provides the image of credibility and objectivity, as the following analysis demonstrates, many of the reports on Arab-Israeli issues posted on the site are copied directly from biased NGOs pursuing an anti-Israel agenda. As a result, ReliefWeb should also be viewed as biased and unreliable.
Pax Christi: Aiding Peace?
Pax Christi International (PCI) is a Catholic organization and its International President is Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michael Sabbah. While PCI claims to promote reconciliation and the defense of universal human rights, its activities related to the Middle East reflect an adoption of the Palestinian narrative and utilize international legal and human rights rhetoric to delegitmize Israel. The UK branch of the organization is active in the boycott and sanctions movement against Israel and its website promotes radical NGOs and anti-Israel publications. The result of these activities is to further conflict, in sharp contrast to the claimed objectives.
EU Funding Promotes ICAHD´s Ideological Agenda
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) claims to be “a non-violent, direct-action group … to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.” A recipient of EU funding, ICAHD partners with radical NGOs such as Sabeel, Christian Aid, and LAW to campaign against the two-state solution, promote the “Durban Strategy” of boycotts and demonizing Israel, using terms such as "apartheid", and grossly distorting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.
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