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Ligue des droits de l'Hommes (LdH)

Profile

Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitewww.ldh-france.org
Founded1898
In their own wordsCreated in 1898 to defend an innocent, the captain Dreyfus, the league of human rights and of the citizen is part of all struggles for justice, liberty, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and against racism and antisemitism for more than 110 years.

Funding

  • In 2017, Ligue des droits de l’Homme’s (LdH) total budget was €2.5 million.

Activities

BDS Activities

Condemnations of Israel during the 2014 Gaza War

Other Anti-Israel Activities 

  • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, LDH published a press release alleging that the “Israeli civil authorities and Israeli army officials, who define the conditions of use of weapons, and soldiers who agree to execute orders given the entire responsibility” could be considered a “war crime. This surge of violence against unarmed protesters is only possible because of the impunity of their perpetrators, enshrined in Israeli legislation and supported by the unrestricted support of the United States, and by inaction. of the European Union.” LDH ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
  • LDH has called for the release of Salah Hamouri and claims that “for no reason other than its discretionary authority, the Israeli government is pursuing the path of the most absolute injustice, ignoring even the demands made by the French government.”
    • Until his arrest on August 23, 2017, Hamouri worked as a field researcher for the Palestinian NGO Addameer, an “affiliate” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group. Hamouri was previously arrested in 2005 for “attempting to assassinate Ovadia Yosef…and for his involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.” The PFLP has referred to Hamouri as a “comrade.”
  • In June 2017, LDH was a signatory on a statement published by International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) that supported a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. The statement accused Israel of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” and argued that “settlement and its associated regime” are “features of colonization and apartheid in violation of the principles of international law.”
  • In May 2017, to mark the “50th Anniversary of Israel’s Military Occupation of the West Bank,” LDH was a signatory on a call that accused Israel of “colonization and apartheid” and “systematic violations of human rights, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
  • Supported the campaign to free the Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouthi “and all Palestinian prisoners,” omitting the violence that leads to the arrests and convictions. Barghouti has been referred to as the “chief of staff of the Intifada” for his role in attacks during the violence in the early 2000s. The petition claims that “the detention of prisoners aims to destroy the social and national structure of the Palestinian people.”
  • Endorses the accusations of the group “LGBT for Palestine” that Israel is “instrumenting their difficulties [LGBT community] in the Arab-Islamic world” and practicing “pinkwashing.” LdH further accuses Israel of “cultural and touristic diplomacy, its military communication presents it [Israel] as an ‘LGTB-friendly oasis among LGTB-phobia desert’.”
  • In an online publication titled “Jerusalem: Breeding-ground of violence” (2014), LdH includes “the denial of life experienced by the Palestinian people for decades” in a list of the roots of despair and hatred.
  • In a statement titled “East Jerusalem is in danger,” President of LdH Pierre Tartakowskyis, together with the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine and French Senators, former ambassadors, professors, and others, described Israeli policy as a “policy of colonization, dispossessions, demolitions and expulsions” and accused Israel of “eviction attempts through impoverishment, discrimination and obstacles” and of “Judaizing” Jerusalem.
  • In 2006, two former members of the LdH executive committee (Antoine Spire and Cedric Porin) explained that they resigned from the organization after “it gave away its heritage [the Dreyfus Affair].” Spire and Porin note that LdH “censored Israeli filmmakers…on the ground of their nationality…this is called racism.” Additional accusations included an adoption of “a non-critical commitment alongside the Palestinian people” and issuance of one-sided condemnations of Israel during the Second Lebanon war, requesting sanctions for “…war crimes against Lebanese civilian populations, but forgot Israeli civil populations that are victims of bombing.” Spire and Porin also criticized LdH for “saying almost nothing concerning Darfur or Chechnya, and keeps silent in face of the antisemitic speeches and Holocaust denial of the Iranian president!”

Partners

  • LDH is a member of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). The FIDH, which is funded by multiple European governments, is a major leader of BDS campaigns worldwide. The group, composed of 178 member organizations, supported campaigns including the BDS campaign against Orange (2015), promoted the EU product labeling guidelines, and participated in the NGO campaign at the UN Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel following the 2014 Gaza War.
  • LdH is a member of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine and Collectif National pour une Paix Juste et Durable entre Palestiniens et Israéliens (CNPJDPI), both of which support BDS campaigns against Israel.
  • LDH is also a member of EuroMed Rights.
    • 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.”
    • Maintains four “Working Groups,” one of which is titled “Palestine, Israel and the Palestinian Working Group.” The Working Group focuses on “Accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity” and “The separation and fragmentation of the Occupied Palestinian territory, including through Israel’s settlement policy and the Gaza closure.”
    • In June 2017, EuroMed Rights, to mark “50 years of occupation, 50 years of impunity,” 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).

Footnotes

  1. Under this law, in 2013, BDS France was fined €28,000 by a local French court.

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