Viewpoint: NGOs and the economic war

A formidable network of NGO officials and European diplomats is committed to go from product labeling to major economic warfare.

November 29, 2015 18:23
3 minute read.
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Demonstrators crammed into boxes at London’s Parliament Square last year, purporting to represent living conditions in Gaza, during an event organized by Oxfam. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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THE EUROPEAN Union’s adoption of “product labeling” guidelines for Israeli settlements followed a long campaign involving numerous actors, including powerful nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Many of these groups are also involved in the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against Israel and play a leading role in the frequent allegations of “war crimes” and “violations of international law” used to single out and demonize the Jewish state.

The strategy of punishing Israel to force policy changes has been pressed for many years by NGOs like Oxfam International, Amnesty International, the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and numerous others operating under the twin banners of humanitarian aid and human rights. Echoing the declaration adopted at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban conference against racism, these influential groups work closely with Palestinians and the Islamic block in the UN in an attempt to replicate the boycott strategy used against South African apartheid.


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