Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Israel as a “Catastrophe”: European-Funded NGOs That Promote the “Nakba” Narrative - NGO Monitor

by NGO Monitor

NGO Monitor's detailed research shows [how certain] NGOs promote divisive campaigns that fundamentally reject the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state

In advance of Israeli Independence Day, NGO Monitor has documented a number of Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that mourn the establishment of the state of Israel as a “Nakba” (“catastrophe” in Arabic) and actively promote a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. Such efforts are made possible by the extensive funding provided by foreign governments, mainly European (see below for funding details).

These NGOs similarly refer to all Jewish aspects of the state of Israel as inherently racist, thereby denying the Jewish right to self-determination and misrepresenting the robustness of Israeli democracy.

These goals fundamentally contradict the two-state framework backed by the international community, including their European donors.

NGO Monitor's detailed research shows that the following NGOs promote divisive campaigns that fundamentally reject the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state:

1. Zochrot - Zochrot (Hebrew for “remembrance”) is an Israeli NGO that aims to “raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba” and to “recogniz[e] and materializ[e] the right of return.”
2. Adalah claims to be “an independent human rights organization and legal center” that “promote[s] and defend[s] the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.” At the same time, it attempts to portray Israel as undemocratic and racist – a tactic it frequently employs at the UN and in other international platforms. Adalah issues statements with the aim of eradicating the Jewish character of Israel.
3. Baladna claims to work “to enable and strengthen the Arab youth’s understanding and application of the principles of democracy and gender equality, pluralism and tolerance, youth empowerment and community building, as it is part of a growing trend towards building independent institutions and striving to equalize the Palestinian community's relationship with the State.”
4. Combatants for Peace (CfP) – While CfP claims to “allow each side to understand the other’s narrative,” its activities reflect a strong affiliation with the Palestinian agenda and narrative, placing most of the blame for the conflict on “the occupation.”
5. +972 Magazine claims to be “an independent, blog-based web magazine” that is “jointly owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine.”

NGO Monitor

Source: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/israel_as_a_catastrophe_european_funded_ngos_that_promote_the_nakba_narrative

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