Following the release of two major NGO Monitor reports, a study on EU funding for political NGOs, and an analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East coverage in 2007, NGO Monitor’s impact has been felt in a range of important publications:
- Gerald Steinberg’s oped on EU funding was published in the Wall Street Journal, European Edition;
- HRW responded to NGO Monitor’s report in Ynet News and The Jerusalem Post;
- And reflecting NGO Monitor’s analysis, the UK Charity Commission has addressed War on Want over complaints about its political campaigning.
- NGO Monitor is also contributing to the ongoing discussion of the political bias and research deficit of medial human rights NGOs. Daniel Fink’s oped in the Jerusalem Post highlighted this issue, which was explored further in the Israeli media, when Physician for Human Rights-Israel was rebuked by the Shin Bet for failing to conduct "even a minimal inquiry into the facts." (This is not the first time that PHR-I’s research methodologies have been questioned. See also "WHO report based on unreliable and false NGO claims," NGO Monitor Digest, Vol 6. No. 7, March 2008)
Gerald’s Steinberg’s oped on this subject was published in the Wall Street Journal European Edition, on May 6, 2008: "State of the Union: Funding Israel’s Detractors."
"Report: Rights group shows clear anti-Israel bias," Ynet news, May 1, 2008.
NGO Monitor’s report notes that Russia’s 1999 policy of denying power, water, food or any humanitarian supplies to Chechnya was condemned by HRW but was not referred to as collective punishment. The report also notes that Azerbaijan’s blockade of Armenia in 1994 was actually supported by HRW on the grounds that Armenia was "financing" a war.
In contrast, the report notes, HRW condemns Israel as guilty of "collective punishment" despite continued rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians. These attacks, while condemned by HRW, are repeatedly referred to as "retaliatory", with Israel implicitly culpable for the violence on both sides, NGO Monitor says."
"NGO accuses HRW of Israel obsession," by Abe Selig, Jerusalem Post, May 1, 2008.
…While [HRW Middle East Division Deputy Director] Stork could not point out any other country HRW had accused of "collective punishment," he stood by his organization’s use of the term, and its application to Israeli policies in the Gaza Strip.
"When that’s what the crime is, that’s what we call it," he said. "When the shoe fits. Collective punishment is completely appropriate to describe the Israeli blockade of Gaza."
A disturbing diagnosis, Daniel Fink, The Jerusalem Post, April 30, 2008
The UK Charity Commission has addressed War on Want (WoW) after objections regarding its pamphlet, ‘Together we can knock down Israel’s Apartheid Wall‘. In a March 13, 2008 reply to complaints, which reflected NGO Monitor’s analyses, the Charity Commission writes that it has taken seriously concerns over War on Want’s condemnation of the security barrier and support for trade sanctions against Israel. The letter also states that WoW trustees have given "written assurances….that they will review their strategy on political campaigning and consult with [the commission] before pursuing further controversial campaigns." However WoW denied making such a commitment.
- UK charity warned about anti-Israel campaign, Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post, April 30, 2008
- News and Views From Europe. By Rachel Rogosnitzky, The Jewish Press, April 16, 2008.
- War on Want is warned over ‘apartheid’ campaign, David Ainsworth, Third Sector, 23 April 2008.