|Special Report: "Update Comparing HRW´s Allocation of Resources"|
Following up on its previous analysis, NGO Monitor found limited evidence of greater balance in the focus of activities, resources and analysis of Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its coverage of the Middle East. However, a June 22 report and press conference in Jerusalem concentrating on allegations regarding Israel suggests that this core bias in HRW´s agenda remains.
Ford Foundation NGO Funding Update - Implementation of Post-Durban Guidelines is Slow and Lacks Transparency
As documented by NGO Monitor, the Ford Foundation provided funding to a number of human-rights based NGOs that engaged in demonization and anti-Israel activities. In response to the controversy, particularly after the 2001 Durban Conference, Ford Foundation President Susan V. Berresford initiated a review in December 2003 and pledged that Ford would act to ensure that funds no longer went to "groups that promote or condone bigotry or violence, or that challenged the very existence of legitimate, sovereign states like Israel."...
"Amnesty International Exploits "Women´s Rights" "
Amnesty International released a report on 31 March 2005 headlined "Israel and the Occupied Territories: Conflict, occupation and patriarchy - Women carry the burden". Reflecting this NGO´s consistent strongly pro-Palestinian political agenda, this report also blames Israel for intra-Palestinian violence against women. Rather than a significant examination of the status of women, the document, which relies on biased sources and lacks credibility, exploits this issue in the political campaign against Israel. The authors patronizingly deny Palestinian society the maturity to act responsibly, instead blaming Israeli policies for these failures....
"HRW and Amnesty Promote Caterpillar Boycott"
Based on previous calls for a boycott of the US-based Caterpillar Inc. "human rights" NGOs have joined with a number of extreme political groups in a "Day of Action" scheduled for 13 April 2005. The program and pretexts for this activity continue the previous practice used by groups such as HRW and Amnesty, in which the context of terrorism against Israelis and the ongoing conflict has been entirely erased. The result is a distorted indictment of Israel, which again exploits the language of universal human rights to promote the "South Africa strategy" designed to brand Israel as an "apartheid state"...
"NIF 2004 Fellow Shamai Leibowitz: Support For Divestment and Single-State Solutions"
Under the twenty-year old Israel-U.S. Civil Liberties Program, the New Israel Fund sends a pair of Fellows annually to the American University´s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The Fellows receive...
"Christian Aid´s Continuing Obsession"
Christian Aid´s campaigning and obsession with attacking Israel is further evidence that the goals of its leadership are primarily political, and not charitable. In the 6 months beginning September 2004, CA has issued several reports, campaigns, press releases and expensive advertisements all presenting strong pro-Palestinian political positions...
Update: NIF´s Ongoing Support for Radical NGOs
In 2003, the NGO Monitor examined the NGOs supported by the NIF, including funding for radical anti-Israel groups that were leaders of the demonization campaign at the Durban conference and elsewhere. In 2004, NIF funding demonstrates a change in focus, and an end to the direct support for some extremist political groups such as Physicians for Human Rights - Israel and ICHAD...
ICAHD - EU Funding for One-Man NGO Promoting Extremist Anti-Israel Agenda
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions describes itself as "a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories." In reality, this is a well-funded blatantly political and ideological one-man NGO, which couches its radical anti-Israel agenda and demonization in the rhetoric of human rights. ICAHD´s "coordinator", Jeff Halper, routinely uses terms such as "apartheid" and "war crimes" to refer to Israeli policy against Palestinian terror, supports a "one state solution", and advocates sanctions and boycotts. Criticism of Israeli responses to terror, including house destruction, is a minor theme in this agenda. Initially but no longer supported by the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund, the main funding has come from the European Union. Updated details are not available, as neither the EU nor ICAHD practice transparency.
"Update: Rabbis For Human Rights"
NGO Monitor briefly examined the activities of Rabbis for Human Rights in May 2003 noting that it was moving its emphasis from a pro-Palestinian agenda to a broader human rights focus. NGO Monitor now analyzes developments since then...
"Christian Aid Uses Charity Funds for Anti-Israel Political Advertisements"
On 15 February 2005, the front page of The Guardian featured a prominent advertisement from Christian Aid. At an estimated cost of approximately £4000 ($7500), Christian Aid has again used its considerable "charitable" resources to promote a political message focused on Israel´s security barrier against Palestinian terror attacks...
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