The Winograd Commission was appointed by the Israeli government to investigate and draw lessons from the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Its members included Professor Ruth Gavison, a widely respected expert on international law and human rights. In the final report, issued on January 30, 2008, Chapter 14 (pp.480-500) focuses on the issues related to international law during the war, concluding that the IDF did not commit violations or war crimes, as alleged repeatedly by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other NGOs.
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Press Release: NGO Monitor Reveals Human Rights Watchs Exclusive Condemnation of Israel over Collective Punishment
(Jerusalem) Jerusalem-based watchdog NGO Monitor this week released its report on the 2007 activities of Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report provides a detailed analysis of HRWs publications and statements in 2007, revealing that, while there is some improvement from 2006, there remains a clear, identifiable political bias in both the quality and quantity of HRWs coverage of Israel.
(Jerusalem) A report issued today by Jerusalem-based watchdog NGO Monitor provides worrying evidence that despite previous pledges, the Ford Foundation is continuing its support of radical and politicized NGOs ahead of the Durban II review conference in 2009.
In a detailed report released this week, Jerusalem based watchdog NGO Monitor exposes how Machsom Watch a radical NGO that uses the language of human rights - squanders substantial funds from both the EU and the New Israel Fund. Behind the faade of protecting Palestinian rights at Israeli roadblocks and checkpoints, Machsom Watch uses these funds to promote often inaccurate or unverifiable allegations, which ignore and reject any Israeli security concerns in order to demonize Israel.
Following exposure of the Ford Foundation's support for radical participants in the infamous NGO Forum of the Durban 2001 conference, Ford officials pledged to stop "support[ing] organizations whose conduct is antithetical to our objectives of promoting peace, justice, tolerance and understanding," However, as planning begins for a follow-on UN conference in 2009, a newly published report by Jerusalem based watchdog NGO Monitor, has revealed that despite these guidelines, many Ford-funded NGO's continue to violate Ford's terms.
Following the inclusion of NGO Monitors analysis in the Human Rights Watch Report, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Executive Director of NGO Monitor commented: "This latest attack on Israels actions during the Second Lebanon War comes as no surprise. It follows a clear pattern by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which has sought to create a moral equivalence between the deliberate targeting of civilians by a terrorist organization and the efforts of a democratic country to defend itself.
In response to a new HRW report retracting previous accusations against Israel, NGO Monitor calls for apology. (Jerusalem) The Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor has today called for Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director Ken Roth to apologize for his vast misrepresentation of the Second Lebanon War. This follows the publication of a new report by HRW into last years conflict, which only tacitly acknowledges the errors in earlier HRW statements, and represents an attempt to regain HRWs legitimacy through artificial "balance". HRWs report, "Civilians under Assault: Hezbollahs Rocket Attacks on Israel in the 2006 War" highlights numerous factual errors in HRWs primary publication on the war, "Fatal Strikes"; which was shown by NGO Monitor at the time to be highly inaccurate, and often based on unverifiable sources.
In NGO Monitor's latest report into government funding of NGOs, the Jerusalem based watchdog has revealed that the activities of many of the NGOs receiving funding from Irish Aid contradict the guidelines and foreign policy goals of the Irish government. Irish Aid is administered through a division of the Republic of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. While its declared objectives are to promote "peace and justice" through a "commitment to human rights and fairness in international relations", Irish Aid funds highly biased and conflict-fuel ing NGOs such as Trocaire, Al Haq, PCHR, War on Want, World Vision, ICAHD, PARC, and Christian Aid. These and other NGOs are engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns directed against Israel, including promotion of boycotts and the rhetoric of demonization.
July 12, 2007 Following Amnesty Internationals statement marking a year since the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, Jerusalem based watchdog NGO Monitor has expressed continued concern over their approach to the conflict. Amnestys comments again fail to hold Hezbollah responsible for initiating the conflict in an unprovoked cross border raid that saw eight Israeli servicemen killed and two kidnapped.
July 9, 2007 (Jerusalem) In its latest report into government funding of non-governmental organizations, Jerusalem based watchdog NGO Monitor has revealed the extent to which the French government support and fund NGOs with highly political anti-Israel agendas - many of whom support the widely condemned campaign to boycott Israeli trade and academics.