The US State Department Report on Human Rights practices in "Israel and the Occupied Territories" was released on March 11, 2008. NGO Monitor analyses of previous reports found that the authors relied heavily on allegations from politicized NGOs, many of whom are active proponents of the "Durban Strategy," without providing any criteria by which these NGOs and their claims were selected or assessed. The 2005 and 2006 reports relied on NGOs that display anti-Israel bias, publish claims that lack credibility, and ignore the complexities of human rights requirements in the context of conflicts involving terrorism and warfare.
The 2007 State Department Report (published in 2008) again repeated unverifiable NGO claims and was too reliant on the evidence of NGOs, such as Adalah and Gisha in its section on "Israel and the occupied territories." A detailed NGO Monitor analysis of this year’s reports will be published shortly.