Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) denied KAIROS application for a $7 million/four-year grant. KAIROS accuses Israel of war crimes and collective punishment. Blames Israel for Palestinian violence. Main supporter of the anti-Israel divestment movement in Canada, coordinating this agenda on behalf of member church groups. A publication on the resources for education and action webpage describes Zionism as an ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism. Supported the failed Bilin lawfare case in Canadian courts.
The addition of Nadia Barhoum, a pro-Palestinian campus activist, to HRWs Middle East and North Africa Division, increases the political bias reflected in the activities and backgrounds of Sarah Leah Whitson, Joe Stork, and previous staff. This is inconsistent with HRWs claimed "even-handedness and accuracy." Barhoum was an active member in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Berkeley. SJP promotes the Durban agenda of demonization of Israel, divestment from Israel, and uses terms such as "apartheid" and "mass atrocities" in reference to Israel.