Table of Contents:
- Human Rights – Watching the Watchers
- Careful Giving: Jewish Chronicle Editorial Endorses Ngo Monitor Analysis on Tsunami Aid
- The "Child of Bethlehem" – More Reaction to Christian Aid
- NGO Monitor Funding Update: Ford Foundation
- NGO Monitor News Updates
- Op-Eds and Analyses
HRW Annual Report Lacks Credibility and Reflects Political Bias
On 13 January, Human Rights Watch published its 2005 Annual Report including an overview of Israel and the “Palestinian Territories”, repeating many of the unsubstantiated claims in previous declarations, reports and press releases, continuing to reflect this organization’s highly partisan politicized agenda and demonization of Israel.
Human Rights – Watching the Watchers
HRW and Professor Gerald Steinberg engage in debate following critical opinion pieces in The Jerusalem Post and The Canadian Jewish News
The Jewish Chronicle’s editorial encourages its readers to give careful consideration before deciding which charities to donate funds for the Tsunami relief effort, focusing, in particular, on the politicized agendas of Christian Aid, Oxfam and Cafod.
Guide to Charities in the Tsunami Zone
NGO Monitor provides a guide to charities and humanitarian organizations responding to the immense tragedy, distinguishing NGOs that direct their resources primarily to humanitarian concerns, from those that follow a strong political agenda.
- Gerald Steinberg, "The Outrage that is Christian Aid," The Jewish News (London), January 7, 2005.
- D. Houghton, "Christmas Day with Christian Aid – a Personal Account."
- "Christian Aid’s Campaign Sparks Anger," Jewish Chronicle (London), December 17, 2004.
Ford NGO Funding Update – Al-Dameer
The extremist agenda of the Al-Dameer Association of Human Rights demonstrates the need for faster implementation of Ford Foundation guidelines on funding for NGOs that engage in incitement and justification of terror.
"With Ford Cash and New Head, New Israel Fund Switches Gear," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 11, 2005
"The New Israel Fund…is gearing up for new challenges posed by upheavals on the diplomatic and economic fronts…The group, which long has focused mostly on seeding new projects, now also plays a role in longer-term financing through a five-year, $20 million grant provided by the Ford Foundation."
IMRA Takes Issue With Betselem Casualty Figures
Betselem publishes its 2004 casualty statistics – IMRA highlights a lack of context and challenges the definition of "non-combatants", noting that figures about noncombatant minors include children shielding combatants as they prepare and launch Qassam rockets or shielding gunmen as they engage in battle against Israeli forces.
- Gerald Steinberg, "The Unhelpful Hand: Time to free the Palestinians from NGOs."
- Dan Izenberg and David Horovitz, "Demolitions Are a Big Mistake."
- David Horovitz, "Editor’s Notes: The Abu Mazen Disconnect."
- "Legal Adviser to the MFA: Getting on a Bus Without Being Blown up is as Much a Human Right as Getting through a Checkpoint."
- "Natan Sharansky on Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East."