Following the “March of Return” protests that took place along Gaza’s border with Israel on March 30, 2018, numerous human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took to social media to condemn Israel – neglecting the context and role that terrorist organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) played in organizing the event.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) is a Norwegian NGO that promotes allegations of Israeli “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and “violations of international law and human rights,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
According to its website, RLS “focuses on strengthening democratic elements of civil society” and “promotes alternative education based on the principles of democracy, social justice, absence of violence and peaceful regional and international cooperation.” In contrast to these stated moral objectives, funding is provided to highly politicized anti-Israel NGOs including Zochrot, Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bisan, and Combatants for Peace (CFP). (See funding chart below for more details.)
Amnesty International-UK’s Human Rights Centre in London was originally scheduled to host a debate on January 24, between Hillel Neuer of UN Watch and Fred Carver of the UN Association, moderated by human rights attorney and Yahad board member Danny Friedman. A few days before the event (January 24), however, Amnesty-UK abruptly cancelled the event on the grounds that the organization was “currently campaigning for all governments around the world to ban the import of goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements.