|In their own words||“a network of Palestinian grassroots community groups from all over the Jordan Valley and international supporters” that aims “to protect Palestinian existence” by “monitoring, recording and aiming to prevent the abuse of Palestinian human rights by the Israeli occupation and settlers.”|
- The Jordan Valley Solidarity does not include any financial data, donor information, or sources of funding on its website, reflecting a complete lack of transparency and accountability.
- According to its website, “the majority of our work is supported by donations from individuals and fundraising activities organised by our supporters.”
- Accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid,” “military intimidation and harassment,” “land grab and colonization,” “harassment and demolitions,” and “rights abuses.”
- Cites highly biased and inaccurate information by Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD), Alternative Information Center, Save the Children, Oxfam, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, and other politicized NGOs.
- Maintains that Israel seeks to “eliminate the Palestinian presence in the Jordan Valley.”
- Supports BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and works “to expose” Israeli companies that “export products made on stolen Palestinian land with stolen Palestinian resources.”
- In February 2022, Jordan Valley Solidarity launched a campaign titled “Stop Water Apartheid” to examine “water apartheid, used by the Israeli occupation forces as a tool for displacement and its connectivity to theft of resources (water, agricultural land, minerals) through settlement expansions and acquiring territory by force in violation of international law.” The campaign ignored that Israel’s use of water is entirely consistent with international law and practice, and is dictated by the 1995 Interim Agreement (Oslo II) mutually agreed to between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (For more information, see NGO Monitor’s report: Analysis of Palestinian Water Issues and Israel’s Role.)
- In January 2022, Jordan Valley Solidarity endorsed “Global Days of Action for Palestine” meant to “intensify protests against Israel’s dramatic escalation of violence and ethnic cleansing across Historic Palestine.”
- In May 2021, Jordan Valley Solidarity published an article accusing Israel of “greenwashing its theft of Palestinian water resources” and turning two springs into “apartheid beauty spots.”
- In May 2021, Jordan Valley Solidarity participated in a march “held against the Israeli occupation and its crimes against the civilian population in Palestine.”
- In February 2016, Jordan Valley Solidarity published a guidebook titled “Existence is Resistance: A Guide to BDS Targets from the Jordan Valley,” which provides details on corporations that it claims “are complicit in, and profiting from, Israel’s occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population in the Jordan Valley.”
- Falsely claims that “[s] ince its occupation in 1967, Israel has monopolized, destroyed and exhausted the area’s water resources” and “forbids Palestinians from using the Jordan River.” Allegations regarding water rights and availability are often used by NGOs as part of the larger delegitimization campaign against Israel.
- The “Volunteer Blogs” section of its website features a blog by Martna Fortunato, a journalist who has also worked for the Alternative Information Center and EWASH, an NGO that presents distorted narratives of water rights in order to falsely accuse Israel of violating international law.
- References a 2012 report, “Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli settlements,” published by 22 NGOs, which repeats the BDS agenda, calling on the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel. (Click here to read NGO Monitor’s analysis on “Trading Away Peace”: How Biased Political NGOs Fuel Conflict).
- Co-organized a March 2013 “Freedom Ride” in the Jordan Valley, which claimed to show “the realities of life and struggle under settler colonialism, military occupation and state-sanctioned apartheid.”
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