In the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, self-proclaimed human rights groups often fail to denounce acts of violence against Israelis. Some even minimize or incite terrorism. Worse yet, some NGOs have alleged ties to terrorist organizations.
For most of the four years since the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, most human rights NGOs have ignored his situation. On the fourth anniversary of Shalits capture, most of these NGOs continued their silence. The exceptions were HRW, BTselem, and PCATI. Amnesty International, which was initially active, to a limited degree, on the Shalit issue, was silent.