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EuroMed Rights

Profile

Country/TerritoryDenmark
Websitewww.euromedrights.net
Founded1995
In their own wordsThe mission of EuroMed Rights is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reform in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Funding

Activities

Political Advocacy

International Advocacy

  • Regularly lobbies the EU and UN, “as well as in other fora and urges the international community to adhere to its own obligations and commitments under international law.”
  • In May 2018, EuroMed Rights called on the UN Human Rights Council to launch an “independent investigation into violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by Israel” in response to Gaza-border violence. The statement accused Israel of “excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of lethal force… [that]  may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity” (emphasis added). The call ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
  • In February 2018, EuroMed Rights signed a statement supporting the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel. According to the statement, “An effective database would give a glimmer of hope to the Palestinian people enduring half a century long military occupation, and stand as a reminder that the international community is committed to putting an end to the illegal settlement enterprise that is stifling their economy, depleting their natural resources, and undermining their human rights.”
  • In June 2017, to mark “50 years of occupation, 50 years of impunity,” EuroMed Rights called on the EU and its Member States to “clearly call for the full dismantling of all settlements and outposts in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and reject any efforts to recognise these areas as legal” as well as “preventing the entry of illegal settlement goods into the EU market” (emphasis added).
  • In February 2017, EuroMed Rights submitted a letter and submission to the EU “warning against the risks of convening an EU-Israel Association Council and further depending relations with Israel in the coming months,” based on Israel’s “normalizing its prolonged occupation.”
  • Calls upon the EU to “differentiate, in its relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the OPT including through steps to prevent illegal settlement products from accessing European markets” (emphasis added). Labeling and banning products from the West Bank is the first step in a broader strategy of imposing boycotts against Israel.
  • Called upon the EU to pressure Israel to withdraw the “NGO Transparency Bill” which provides Israeli democracy and civil society with the information necessary to assess the extent and impact of foreign government funding for political advocacy NGOs, some of which promote BDS against Israel.

Staff

  • EuroMed Rights’s Executive Committee (EC) is elected every three years by the General Assembly. These individuals act “as the link between the Working Groups and the EC.” Many of the Members of the EC have previously worked for or have been involved in other politicized NGOs:

Members

  • EuroMed Rights disproportionately focuses on Israel and holds it responsible for the continuation of the conflict. Reflecting this one-sided bias, EuroMed Rights members in “Israel/OPT” are all highly politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict:
    • Adalah
      • Adalah rejects the legitimacy of the Jewish state, attempting to portray it as inherently racist and discriminatory; regularly lobbies the Israeli Supreme Court and international bodies to adopt its agenda.
    • Al-Mezan
      • Highly active in anti-Israel lawfare campaigns, exploiting courts and international legal bodies to seek arrest warrants against Israeli government officials, filing lawsuits against companies and governments doing business with Israel, and lobbying for cases against Israelis at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
    • Al-Haq
    • B’Tselem
      • Actively pursues its political agenda in the Israeli courts and the Knesset.
      • B’Tselem’s publications reflect its political agenda – “dissent” and opposition to Israeli policy – in contrast to fact-based documentation of human rights violations and sound legal analysis. Under the leadership of Hagai El-Ad, beginning May 2014, dissent was prioritized as “little room is left among the Israeli public to allow for criticism of government policy.”
    • Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
      • PCHR describes Israel’s policies as “apartheid” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes,” and the “Judaization of Jerusalem,” while regularly distorting or denying the context of terrorism against Israeli civilians.
      • In an interview, PCHR director Raji Sourani admitted that he served “a three-year sentence [1979-1982] imposed by an Israeli court which convicted him of membership in the illegal Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine…” He was also denied a US entry visa in 2012.
      • In February 2014, the PFLP organized a ceremony in Gaza honoring Sourani for winning the “Alternative Noble (sic) Prize.”
    • Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
      • Accused Israeli forces of “resorting to extra-judicial killing, mass intimidation and collective punishment in order to maintain their grip on Palestinian territory in violation of basic international norms.”
      • Supports BDS initiatives through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and membership in BDS platforms.CEO Dr. Yishai Menuhin, previously the spokesperson for Yesh Gvul and a Hadash party candidate for the 17th Knesset, wrote, “if war crimes suspicions are not investigated in Israel, it is appropriate that they
    • Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
      • PCATI regularly circulates unverifiable allegations of Israeli torture, using them as the basis for campaigns of demonization in international forums.

Selected List of Donations, 2014-2015 (amounts in €)

Donor20142015
European Commission521,698485,810
Sweden720,8611,389,622
Denmark1,784,480412,781
France1,382
Open Society Foundation411,744393,100
British Council31,617153,953
Netherlands46,771
Norway307,141
Church of Sweden53,305
Ford Foundation1,070

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