Lawfare November 2008 update: PCHR and Al Haq
On November 8, 2008, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which receives funding from the European Commission (the Ford Foundation has ended such funding), co-hosted a conference in Cairo focusing on “extra-judicial executions and prosecution of Israelis suspected of committing war crimes.” Participating NGOs included anti-Israel NGOs such as the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ),Diakonia, and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). Daniel Machover, the UK attorney responsible for securing a private arrest warrant against Doron Almog in 2005 also addressed the conference. PCHR’s Director, Raji Sourani, lobbied for further expansion of universal jurisdiction statutes to harass Israeli officials.
On November 25, 2008, the UK Court of Appeal dismissed Al Haq´s lawsuit against the British government to end export licenses to Israel. Al Haq´s donors in 2005-6 included Christian Aid, Diakonia, Ford Foundation, and the governments of Ireland, Norway, Canada and the Netherlands. Al Haq originally brought the case in November 2006 to “secure the implementation of the July 2004 [ICJ] Advisory Opinion on Israel’s Wall.” In rejecting Al Haq´s position, the appellate court found that existing Parliamentary oversight on the issuance of such licenses was sufficient and did not merit further scrutiny. Al Haq plans to appeal the decision the UK House of Lords — England’s highest appellate body.
- NGO Monitor´s Monograph, NGO Lawfare: Exploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
- Anne Herzberg, Lawfare Against Israel, Wall Street Journal (Europe), November 5, 2008.