"For years, the United Nations and the European Union have provided major funding and assistance for radical Palestinian NGOs and their supporters, allowing them to exploit the rhetoric of human rights, ‘civil society,’ international law and peace to promote the opposite. An illustration of the damage that results from this combination is provided by the meeting, scheduled for the European Parliament in Brussels on August 30-31, to be run by the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. This committee is ‘the main UN forum where all NGOs interested in the Palestine issue can meet.’

The title is certainly high-sounding – International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace. But, as noted by UN Watch, ‘the UN’s Palestinian Division runs a tightly-controlled operation that accredits only anti-Israel NGOs and speakers. Without altering the virulently anti-Israel nature of their meetings, the organizers instead seek to mask their activities.’ Moreover, to add credence to their cover, they invite specially approved Israelis – a select group of radicals who openly espouse hatred of Israel, claiming the license to do so because of their citizenship."

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