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.
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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.
(Jerusalem, June 11th 2007) Following NGO Monitors detailed analysis of the World Banks latest report on Israel, NGO Monitor Executive Director Gerald Steinberg will be giving testimony at a session of the Knessets Law & Constitution Committee. The session is due to take place at 3 PM on Tuesday 12 June and will focus on the World Banks report entitled Movement and Access Restrictions in the West Bank: Uncertainty and Inefficiency in the Palestinian Economy,
(Jerusalem, June 4th 2007) Amnesty International (AI) today issued a report entitled "Enduring Occupation: Palestinians under siege in the West Bank," which provides more evidence of AIs strong political agenda on Arab-Israeli issues. This report also reinforces the unjustified boycott campaigns that delegitimize Israel and the right of self-defense. By participating in this campaign, the members of Amnesty International, including the Israeli branch, undermine the basis of universal human rights.
Following the publication of NGO Monitors analysis of Amnesty Internationals activity in 2006, NGO Monitor has released the following response to Amnestys annual report...
Yesterday, (May 6th 2007), BTselem and Hamoked issued a report entitled " Utterly forbidden: The Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Detainees". NGO Monitor reports have shown that both of these groups use human rights to promote political agendas. The Israel Ministry of Justice has departed from previous practice and released a detailed, nine page rebuttal of this report, which notes the following...
On January 17, 2007, a Texas Federal Court judge dismissed as wholly frivolous and baseless Palestine Childrens Welfare Fund (PCWF) Riad ElSolh Hamads defamation suit against NGO Monitor, Frontpage Jerusalem, the Center for Study of Popular Culture and others. Hamad charged the organizations had defamed him and violated his constitutional and civil rights linking him and his charity in newspaper and Internet articles to Islamic fundamentalist terror.