October 7 Hamas Atrocity: NGOs and the Gaza War

On October 7, 2023 (which was the Sabbath and a Jewish holiday), thousands of Palestinian terrorists poured across the border from Gaza into Israel, slaughtering 1200 people, torturing and maiming thousands, and kidnapping more than 200. Gaza Palestinians also engaged in public desecration of victims’ bodies. In parallel, thousands of rockets were fired at Israeli population centers, sending millions rushing to shelters.

Every one of these attacks constitutes a blatant violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws.

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Gaza Lawfare: Anti-Israel NGOs Abuse Courts in Pursuit of “Genocide” Charges

In the aftermath of the barbaric Hamas massacre of October 7, rather than use law and international justice frameworks to support the victims of the atrocities, supposed human rights NGOs have sought to use lawfare to spread anti-Israel propaganda and to target allied support for Israel in an effort to harm the IDF’s ability to defeat Hamas.

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NGOs Reveal Politicized Agenda in Responses to ICC Warrants

On May 20, 2024, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan announced that he was seeking arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant, alongside three Hamas leaders. International, Palestinian, and Israeli NGOs celebrated the decision, demonizing Israel with allegations of “apartheid” and “crimes against humanity.”

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The Role of NGOs in Supporting the International Criminal Court (ICC) Investigation

Importantly, as part of the NGO Durban Declaration and accompanying BDS campaigns, advocacy organizations have sought to turn the ICC into a court of universal jurisdiction. Like their exploitation of the UN and other international frameworks, these NGOs seek to use the ICC for demonization and to brand Israeli officials as “war criminals.”

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Behind the ICC Prosecutor’s Narrative: The NGOs that Pushed the “Starvation” Libel in October

On May 20, 2024, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan announced that he was pursuing arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant. Khan alleged that both “bear criminal responsibility” for the war crime of “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare.” Many anti-Israel NGOs initiated the “starvation as a weapon” narrative immediately following Hamas’ brutal assault on October 7.

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PFLP and Samidoun on American College Campuses

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – which participated in the October 7th atrocities and is designated as a terrorist group by the US, Canada, the EU, and Israel – has had a strong presence at encampments, demonstrations, and riots on American college campuses. In addition, Samidoun, an NGO designated by Israel as a terrorist group and a “subsidiary” of the PFLP, can be seen on posters promoting the PFLP, and its officials have preached “resistance” (code for terrorism) at campus events

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