In sharp contrast to the almost daily statements condemning Israel’s policy towards Gaza, NGOs have said little about Palestinian terror attacks and other core human rights violations.
On February 4, 2008 two Palestinian suicide bombers killed one woman and injured thirty eight civilians in the Israeli city of Dimona. Following the attack, only B’Tselem issued a special statement to condemn the bombing. Amnesty International was silent, and HRW mentioned it once in a long February 7 press release criticizing Israel’s response to rocket attacks. HRW minimized its importance saying it was the "first suicide attack in a year," and ignored the ongoing campaign of Palestinian terror by referring to Israel’s response as "retaliat[ion]." Oxfam UK mentioned it in passing in a February 6, 2008 press release entitled, "Gaza situation worsens as Israel cuts supplies." It stated, "The Palestinian suicide bomb attack, in Dimona, could lead to an escalation of violence which would further undermine the humanitarian situation." Despite claiming to "have condemned" the bombing, no other mention of it could be found on Oxfam UK or any other Oxfam website. Christian Aid ignored the bombing, despite issuing a press release the following day, which ignored terrorism and accused Israel of "illegal use of collective punishment."
On February 15, 2008 the YMCA’s Library in Gaza city was razed by "more than 10 armed men." This follows a murder in October 2007 of a Christian bookshop owner, and numerous attacks on Christian owned property over the past year. The latest attack was condemned by a number of Palestinian NGOs, including Al-Mezan, PCHR, GCMHP and PARC. But despite extensive evidence of intimidation and persecution of Palestinian Christians, the major international NGOs such as Amnesty, HRW and Christian Aid continue to ignore this phenomenon.
Finally, despite numerous claims that Israel is responsible for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, Hamas’ abuse of aid shipments was also met with silence by NGOs. As the German news agency Deutsche Presse Agentur reported February 7, 2008, “[a]t least 10 trucks with humanitarian aid sent to the Gaza Strip by the Jordanian Red Crescent Society were confiscated by Hamas police shortly after the lorries entered the territory;” a further news report added that the aid was “unloaded in Hamas ministry warehouses,” and that a similar seizure took place in January, 2008.