On November 12, Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched hundreds of rockets at Israeli population centers. According to media reports, one of these projectiles misfired, hitting a Gaza building that houses the office of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). However, several international and Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) immediately blamed Israel for the attack, providing no evidence for their claims.
Caabu is a lobby group that organizes “fact-finding” visits to the West Bank, together with Medical Aid for Palestinians, to disseminate an anti-Israel narrative to British parliamentarians, journalists, and EU politicians.
For many years, the network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) claiming a human rights agenda has consistently sought to delegitimise Israel’s counterterrorism strategy. This phenomenon was prominent during the 2008–2009 and 2014 Gaza wars, when these groups issued hundreds of statements condemning Israel, and in campaigns calling for UN commissions of inquiry (e.g. the Goldstone and Schabas/Davis investigations) into Israeli ‘war crimes’.
Naftali Balanson maintains that NGOs claiming to promote human rights should be campaigning to eliminate the threat in the South, instead of preventing Israel from exercising the most basic human right the right to life.
The submission demands, at a minimum, strict adherence to the principles of impartiality and objectivity, transparency in all interactions with NGOs, and professional guidelines for assessing the credibility, and factual and legal claims of NGOs.
Prof. Steinberg recaps his remarks from the July 2 book launch of Best Practices, and highlights the contributions of keynote speaker Prof. Franoise Hampson, and panelists Amb. Robbie Sabel and Sigall Horowitz.
Naftali Balanson explains that if Israeli NGOs support the latest UN "fact finding" mission on Israel, as they did the Goldstone Report, they "will further alienate themselves from Israeli society and will cement their negative reputations."
The NGO campaigns highlighted in this report launched ostensibly to uphold the rule of law and due process, are manufactured as part of a coordinated strategy to internationally isolate Israel and weaken its ability to protect its citizens from asymmetrical war.
- Fact finding missions
- Goldstone Report
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Israeli High Court of Justice
An in-depth report, documenting the central roles of groups such as the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Haq, and others in implementing strategies for the prosecution of Israelis.