See here for NGO Monitor’s report, Emotion, Not Law: A Critical Reading of B’Tselem’s “Black Flag” Report (February 1, 2015)

See here for NGO Monitor’s Media Impact Regarding B’Tselem’s False Gaza War Allegations.

See here for more on B’Tselem.

See here for B’Tselem funding chart.

NGO claims lack credibility and are part of Schabas and ICC political campaigns

Jerusalem – In its report on IDF strikes during the 2014 Gaza conflict, B’Tselem presents a simplistic and distorted political narrative of Israeli guilt and Palestinian victimhood, according to Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor. B’Tselem’s publication follows those of Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and other investigation NGOs, contributing to the campaign surrounding the UN Human Rights Council by William Schabas, as well as Palestinian Authority efforts focused on the International Criminal Court.

“Once again, and regardless of the circumstances and available evidence, B’Tselem has contorted the facts in order to pronounce Israel guilty,” said Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor’s Legal Advisor. “Contrary to such claims, Hamas is morally and legally responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza: Hamas systematically conducts military operations from within civilian areas and stores its rockets in schools, mosques, and private homes.”

B’Tselem’s claims regarding international law are marked by major omissions and distortions. It notably fails to state that under the laws of war, the presence of civilians does not render military objectives immune from attack. B’Tselem also does not explain why targeting Hamas fighters or Hamas command centers did not “effectively assist military efforts” or “provide a military advantage” to Israel.

NGO Monitor notes that, as in the past, this publication fails to present definitive evidence that would justify the allegations. Indeed, it is clear that B’Tselem, like other politicized NGOs, lacks the necessary information, including military intelligence and command decisions. B’Tselem also lacked direct access to Gaza, instead presenting unverifiable “testimonies” from purported victims and eyewitnesses in Hamas-controlled territory, mixed with other data that originated with the Hamas Ministry of Health in Gaza.

As a result, B’Tselem has a history of presenting faulty information on civilian casualties in alleged attacks against “families bombed at home.” Independent studies have identified at least 14 combatants present in such incidents, whom B’Tselem misleadingly portrayed as innocent civilians (see below for details). B’Tselem also did not mention that a meeting of terror operatives was occurring at the targeted home, but instead published an emotive account of a family member of an Islamic Jihad commander.

“B’Tselem’s absurd argument that Israel cannot target Hamas fighters at home will only encourage terrorists to store more weapons, launch more rockets, and conduct more military operations from within homes and mosques, knowing they can do so with complete impunity,” continued Ms. Herzberg. “The international community should wholly reject this dangerous publication.”

In August 2014, B’Tselem received “emergency funding” from Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland (“the Secretariat”) for “documentation and investigation efforts…for the purposes of assisting and supporting national and international mechanisms.”

For more information on B’Tselem, see

For NGO Monitor’s extensive research and analysis on the Summer 2014 Gaza War, see

Combatants Identified by B’Tselem as Civilians
(as identified in B’Tselem’s “Families Bombed at Home” Infographic)

DateAttackB'Tselem Identified as CivilianAffiliationLink
July 8, 2014Kaware familyMuhammad Ibrahim KawarePIJ's Al-Quds Battalions
July 8/9, 2014Hamad familyIbrahim Mohammed Ahmad Hamadal-Qassam
July 8/9, 2014Hamad familyMahdi Mohammed Ahmad HamadPFLP
July 10, 2014Al Haj familyOmar al-Hajal-Qassam
July 12, 2014Al-Batsh familyNahed Na'im al-Batshal-Qassam
July 12, 2014Al-Batsh familyBahaa Majed al-Batshal-Qassam
July 12, 2014Al-Batsh familyJalal Majed al-Batshal-Qassam
July 16/18, 2014Al-Astal familyHussein Abd al-Nasser al-Astalal-Qassam
July 19, 2014A-Zweidi familyMohammad Khaled Jamil al-ZweidiAl-Quds
July 20, 2014al-Hayah familyOsama Khalil Isma'il al-Hayyaal-Qassam
July 20, 2014Ziyadah familyOmar Sha'ban Hassan ZiadaTerrorist operative
July 21, 2014Siyam familyMohammad Mahrous Salam SiamNational Resistance Battalions
July 20/21, 2014Siyam familyKamal Mahrous Salam Siamal-Qassam
July 29, 2014Dheir famliyIzat DheirPIJ Al-Quds Battalions operative