Naftali Balanson notes that instead of engaging critics, many members of the powerful NGO network demonize and censor them. The commitment of these same human rights NGOs to the principles of democracy and transparency in government disappears.
As part of a wider lawfare strategy of pressing war crimes cases against Israeli officials in foreign courts and in the International Criminal Court (ICC), foreign funded Yesh Din attempts to portray Israel and its security forces as unaccountable to the rule of law.
NIF and its grantees are featured prominently at the J Street conference. So are leading BDS and lawfare advocates, including Rebecca Vilkomerson (JVP), Mustafa Barghouti (PMRS), and Michael Sfard (Yesh Din).
NGO and media sources allege that Jawaher Abu-Rahmeh died after inhaling tear gas during an anti-security barrier demonstration. Initial findings point to significant inconsistencies regarding the factual claims.