Campaigns of Demonization

As part of the “Durban Strategy” to isolate Israel, NGOs level accusations of systematic Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. The NGO allegations are characterized by factual and legal distortions, in pursuit of an anti-human rights agenda.

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NGOs Intensify Apartheid Demonization Campaign

In the past 18-months, at least 15 political NGOs involved in anti-Israel advocacy, as well as their UN allies, have issued publications accusing Israel of “apartheid.” This offensive term is used to advance a narrative of unparalleled Israeli immorality, and to promote demonization through BDS and lawfare, including in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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From the “River to the Sea”: B’Tselem’s Demonization Crosses the Line

On January 12, 2021, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem launched a high-visibility international campaign, under the headline, “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid,” escalating its political and ideological condemnations that go far beyond criticism of policies.

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Tracking Anti-Israel NGO Exploitation of the BLM Campaign

Since the founding of Black Lives Matter in 2013, a number of political NGOs have sought to connect this cause with anti-Israel campaigns. Several prominent pro-BDS organizations, as well as Palestinian NGOs, are leading this effort. These NGOs are attempting to leverage tensions in order to promote Palestinian solidarity and portray Israel as a main violator of civil rights.

Advocacy Instead of Research: NGO Propaganda Campaigns to Blacklist the IDF at the UN

Save the Children and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict again published reports as part of the ongoing political campaigns to demonize Israel and have Israel included on a UN blacklist of “grave” violators of children’s rights. In the process, neither NGO applies the accepted UN definitions of what constitutes such violations, and the reports reflect major methodological shortcomings.

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HRW Whitewashes Hezbollah, Hamas, and PFLP

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is scheduled to release a publication, “Born Without Civil Rights,” on Tuesday morning, December 17 utilizing individuals who are members of internationally recognized terrorist organizations and/or groups closely linked to these organizations and who have been convicted of incitement, terror financing, and membership in terrorist organizations. These include Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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UN Secretary-General Report on Children and Armed Conflict: Improvements in Documenting Palestinian Abuses

On July 26, 2019, the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) published the 2018 report on Children and Armed Conflict. Despite intensive lobbying by NGOs over the past few years, the IDF was not included in the Annex of “grave violators” of child’s rights.

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