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Ligue des droits de l'Hommes (LdH)

Profile

Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitewww.ldh-france.org
Founded1898
In their own wordsCreated in 1898 to defend an innocent, the captain Dreyfus, the league of human rights and of the citizen is part of all struggles for justice, liberty, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and against racism and antisemitism for more than 110 years.

Funding

In 2016, Ligue des droits de l’Homme’s (LdH) total budget was €2.1 million. LdH received €756,000 (36% of its total budget) in government funding.

Activities

BDS Activities

Condemnations of Israel during the 2014 Gaza War

Other Anti-Israel Activities

  • In June 2017, LDH cosigned a statement published by FIDH that supports a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. The statement also accuses Israel of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” and argues that “settlement and its associated regime” are “features of colonization and apartheid in violation of the principles of international law.”
  • Supported the campaign to free the Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouthi “and all Palestinian prisoners,” omitting the violence that leads to the arrests and convictions. Barghouti has been referred to as the “chief of staff of the Intifada” for his role in attacks during the violence in the early 2000s. The petition claims that “the detention of prisoners aims to destroy the social and national structure of the Palestinian people.”
  • Endorses the accusations of the group “LGBT for Palestine” that Israel is “instrumenting their difficulties [LGTB community] in the Arab-Islamic world” and practicing “pinkwashing.” LdH further accuses Israel of “cultural and touristic diplomacy, its military communication presents it [Israel] as an ‘LGTB-friendly oasis among LGTB-phobia desert’.”
  • In an online publication titled “Jerusalem: Breeding-ground of violence” (2014), LdH includes “the denial of life experienced by the Palestinian people for decades” in a list of the roots of despair and hatred.
  • In a statement titled “East Jerusalem is in danger,” President of LdH Pierre Tartakowskyis, together with the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine and French Senators, former ambassadors, professors, and others, described Israeli policy as a “policy of colonization, dispossessions, demolitions and expulsions” and accused Israel of “eviction attempts through impoverishment, discrimination and obstacles” and of “Judaizing” Jerusalem.
  • In 2006, two former members of the LdH executive committee (Antoine Spire and Cedric Porin) explained that they resigned from the organization after “it gave away its heritage [the Dreyfus Affair].” Spire and Porin note that LdH “censored Israeli filmmakers…on the ground of their nationality…this is called racism.” Additional accusations included an adoption of “a non-critical commitment alongside the Palestinian people” and issuance of one-sided condemnations of Israel during the Second Lebanon war, requesting sanctions for “…war crimes against Lebanese civilian populations, but forgot Israeli civil populations that are victims of bombing.” Spire and Porin also criticized LdH for “saying almost nothing concerning Darfur or Chetchnia, and keeps silent in face of the antisemitic speeches and Holocaust denial of the Iranian president!”

Partners

LdH is member of La Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine (a network-based organization made up of 40 French NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict), International Federation of Human Right (FIDH), Collectif National pour une Paix Juste et Durable entre Palestiniens et Israéliens (CNPJDPI), European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH), and EuroMed Rights.

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