This report provides background on the situation of women and women’s groups within Palestinian society. The report analyses the highly restrictive and coercive civil space and provides an overview of Palestinian female role models, the vast majority of whom are celebrated for their participation in violent “resistance.” The report also looks at the role of the international community in perpetuating this state of affairs, whether through funding of radical Palestinian NGOs, or through granting international legitimacy to these groups in multilateral forums such as the UN.
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European funding for strengthening civil society should consider whether some NGO recipients may actually be contributing to shrinking civil space. At least one Palestinian organization uses control of foreign donations to enforce uniformity of thought amongst local NGOs.
- Marc Garlasco
- Media Bias
- Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC)
- Norwegian Association of NGOs for Palestine (Fellesutvalget for Palestina)
- Norwegian Boycott Israel Campaign
Diakonia is Swedens largest humanitarian NGO, receiving most of its budget from the Swedish government. Some of the organizations programs appear to be genuine and important humanitarian projects. Diakonias Civil Society and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) programs overtly promote the Palestinian narrative, and fuel the conflict. Attributes structural problems in the conflict solely to the continuing of the occupation, the building of the Wall, and the fragmentation of the Palestinian territory. The IHL website promotes a so-called right to resist and delegitimizes Israels right to self defense.