Canada has consistently denounced boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns against Israel, making funding for the Palestinian group Wi’am completely incompatible with Canadian policy.
Given the presence of self-interested actors, such as terror groups posing as human rights NGOs or groups promoting particularistic and not universal values, it is crucial that governments remain vigilant and ensure that aid is used to improve the lives of those for whom it’s intended, writes Becca Wertman.
Becca Wertman discusses the importance of oversight over international aid, and recent developments in Canadian, European, Swiss, and Danish giving.
Becca Wertman discuses Airbnb announcing it was “removing listings” in “Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank.”
Becca Wertman spoke at the 38th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Becca Wertman discusses how Human Rights Watch (HRW) releases a report ignoring criticial aspects of the Gaza riots, including the threat that Hamas and other terrorist factions pose to both Palestinian and Israeli civilians and does not mention the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.
Becca Wertman responds to the immoral bis in UNICEF's work on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
For centuries, the principles of national sovereignty and noninterference in internal affairs that arose in Western Europe were central to international relations. Reently, however, this framework has been weaked considerably through a number of mechanisms and practices, including international institutions and allied nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
The Israeli government has prepared a list of 20 organizations that lead BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns, such that officials of these groups will not be allowed to enter Israel. Reasonable people can disagree on whether or not banning activists who seek to harm the country they desire to enter is the best policy approach or not.
December 10 marks International Human Rights Day—a date that honors the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948—and as such, recognizes the universal value of human rights. Unfortunately, those prestigiously honored as human rights defenders by the international community have made a mockery of these universal values of human rights.
Becca argues that Canada’s continued emphasis on women and girls should be commended, but the country's past experience shows that international aid organizations and mechanisms require far greater scrutiny than the new international aid policy admits.
Becca Wertman explains that NGOs that claim human rights agendas must face the facts, that Hamas steals aid.
Becca Wertman outlines how the authors of a UN report that accuses Israel of apartheid have long histories of anti-Israel activity, and rely heavily on sources that cite highly politicized NGOs.
Becca Wertman questions why some NGOs that claim to promote the values of human rights seem to value some lives more than others.
Becca Wertman how a recent event at Columbia University Law School featured speakers who share a common support for legal warfare against Israel.