Importantly, as part of the NGO Durban Declaration and accompanying BDS campaigns, advocacy organizations have sought to turn the ICC into a court of universal jurisdiction. Like their exploitation of the UN and other international frameworks, these NGOs seek to use the ICC for demonization and to brand Israeli officials as “war criminals.”
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The growing phenomenon of NGO activists visiting Israel and engaging in BDS and other forms of demonization has led the Israeli government to create a taskforce to prevent such activists from entering Israel on tourist visas.
In response to the recent wave of terror, government officials, repeating claims made by highly politicized NGOs, have accused Israel of using "excessive force" when responding to attacks against Israeli civilians, criminalizing Israels right to defend itself.
Gerald Steinberg asserts that in a moral world the kidnapping of three Israeli teens would have produced immediate and widespread outrage, but in the real world those who claim to promote "human rights" are largely silent.
The involvement of political advocacy NGOs in the issue over Bedouin citizens and land claims in the Negev contributes significantly to the demonization and delegitimization of Israel.
The EU and Israel completed talks to increase trade and diplomatic cooperation. NGOs released statements condemning the EU for not using negotiations to sanction Israel, including calls for freezing and retracting mutually beneficial EU-Israel Association Agreement.
The only geographical or conflict-related working group in EMHRN is the Working Group on Palestine/Israel and Palestinians focusing on Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which allows for disproportionate allegations targeting Israel.
Since Gilad Shalits capture, human rights NGOs have demonstrated little interest in his human rights. NGOs have also not condemned the immoral extortion exacted by Hamas on Israel, resulting in freedom for hundreds of terrorists, including convicted murderers.
The agreement to release kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is an important humanitarian act, but organizations dedicated to human rights have an obligation to condemn such immoral extortion by Hamas.