Combating the delegitimization of Israel

12 May

by Yishai Hughes (NGO Monitor)

Welcome again to the blog. On a regular basis, guest bloggers will offer their thoughts on Israel, Zionism and Israel Education. Please note that the opinions expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of, but as our website states:

We are a “blue and white” company, which seeks to promote a love, understanding and appreciation of the Land, People and State of Israel. We are also an organization of many colors, which recognizes the multifacted and variegated nature of Jewish identity and people’s connections to Israel. Put simply, we believe that there is more than one way to have a relationship with Israel. We seek to develop independent and critical thinking amongst our participants, and have them ask pertinent questions, rather than give them answers.

NGO Monitor is a Jerusalem-based, independent research institution that combats the delegitimization of Israel. Our work focuses on human rights organizations (“NGOs,” including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) that exploit the language of human rights and morality to politically isolate Israel.

We publish in-depth, well-sourced information on the activities and reports of human rights NGOs involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and disclose their sources of funding. We provide this information for the benefit of government policy makers, journalists, philanthropic organizations and the general public.

Human rights NGOs are the engine that drives delegitimization campaigns against Israel. These groups provided most, if not all, of the information that comprised the Goldstone report, and were the source of much of the inaccurate and misleading information about Israel during and after the Gaza Flotilla incident.

Human rights NGOs are also at the center of BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns targeting Israel. BDS, whose supporters deny the Jewish people the right of national self-determination, is the main component of the “Durban strategy” – adopted by the virulent NGO Forum of the UN’s Durban Conference (2001), and based on the use of false claims of “war crimes,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “apartheid.”

NGO Monitor has won significant victories in the ongoing struggle to counter the influence of these human rights NGOs.

*We combated the recent annual Israeli Apartheid Week on college campuses by distributing to campus organizations worldwide a “BDS Sewer System” map, detailing the funders, NGOs, and tactics that comprise BDS campaigns.

*Correspondence with the Canadian government regarding its funding of multiple NGOs centrally involved in delegitimization campaigns against Israel resulted in its reassignment of millions of dollars that had been previously channeled to these groups.

*Our research prompted the Dutch Foreign Minister to launch an investigation to stop government funding to the antisemitic NGO, Electronic Intifada, a leader in the global BDS and demonization movement.

*We exposed Human Rights Watch’s (HRWs) whitewashing of Libyan human rights violations, instead focusing disproportionately on Israel. HRW’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division Director Sarah Leah Whitson praised Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, ignoring years of ongoing Libyan repression of human rights. The Atlantic, Commentary, and Jerusalem Post covered our criticism of the discredited and morally corrupt organization.

*Correspondence with Human Rights Watch founder Robert Bernstein resulted in his authoring an op-ed in the New York Times denouncing the biases and failures of his own organization, and in his establishment of a new human rights organization, Advancing Human Rights

Yishai Hughes is responsible for Strategic Communications in the Communications Department of NGO Monitor. For more information on NGO Monitor’s work combating the delegitimization of Israel, you contact him at or at +972-2-566-1020.

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