In the post 9/11 world, the issues of funding for terrorist organizations via Islamic charities and non-profits (as well as other sources) has received vast attention from global law enforcement and security agencies, as well as from scholars and other policy researchers. This paper attempts to shed light on a related but less explored phenomenon of Israeli, Palestinian, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, that receive international government support and have ties to terrorist organizations. This financial support provides NGOs with legitimacy to continue operating despite their terror connections.
Articles published in academic and scholarly journals that are relevant to research and analysis on the role of NGOs, written by NGO Monitor staff, fellows, interns as well as individuals unconnected to NGO Monitor.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (Amnesty), and other like-minded organisations have become major actors in the world of international humanitarian law (IHL). Every year they issue hundreds of publications purporting to document violations and to promote IHL enforcement. These publications are ubiquitously cited in the media, and used as source material for governmental and United Nations inquiries, quasi-judicial bodies, the International Criminal Court, academic studies, and other frameworks.
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).
Professor Gerald M. Steinberg reviews Bendetta Voltolini's book on NGOs lobbying the European Union.
Professor Gerald M. Steinberg and Professor Richard Landes analyze Ron Dudai's argument regarding 'right-wing' groups and human rights discourse.
Many prominent NGOs have employed individuals linked to terror organizations, formed alliances with such groups, supported their radical and violent agendas, and channeled humanitarian aid into terror activities, contrary to their claims of promoting human rights.
Gerald Steinberg explains that Israeli policies with respect to Palestinians will continued to be framed by history and perception of insecurity and vulnerability, and that this will only changed when the Palestinian side addresses it directly.
Although they lack the military expertise and knowledge of international humanitarian law to do so, NGOs make allegations and claims against military decisions made in the interest of defense and security.