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The NGO Front in the Gaza War: Oxfam

Faute de temps pour traduire, je mets en ligne certains textes importants en anglais. Celui-ci a été traduit entre temps [*].(Menahem Macina).

[*] Voir "Le front des ONG dans le conflit de Gaza. L’exemple d’Oxfam (NGO Monitor)".


NGO Monitor

January 8, 2009

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 Promoting Accountability in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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From the beginning of Israel’s "Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on December 27, 2008 to January 8, 2009, 35 NGOs claiming to promote human rights and humanitarian agendas have issued more than 132 statements on the fighting, and the number increases continuously. These statements exhibit severe bias and double standards, focus overwhelmingly on condemning Israel, and ignore or pay little attention to Israeli human rights and casualties. Under the faade of morality and universality, they exploit international legal terminology and erase Hamas violations of international humanitarian law, such as the extensive use of human shields. These reports are a central part of the "soft power war being waged against Israel, in parallel to the "hard power rocket and terror attacks, and reflect an ideological bias which also gives excessive attention to this conflict. In contrast many international NGOs have remained silent on extensive human rights abuses occurring around the world during this period. For example, on December 27 (the start of the operation), 189 villagers were massacred by Ugandan rebels in the Congo. Yet, none of the major NGOs reported on this incident.

NGO Monitor is tracking these statements to provide continual updates on the NGO public relations effort on Gaza. In order to highlight the activities of particular NGOs, NGO Monitors series entitled, "The NGO Front, will focus daily on different organizations, beginning with an analysis of Oxfam’s role.

Oxfam : "Disproportionate Attacks on Israel

  • Oxfam is funded by the British government ; Oxfam American received $9 million from the Ford Foundation in 2007.
  • Following Hamas’ takeover of Gaza and increased rocket attacks on Israeli civilians in 2007, Oxfam played an integral role in the NGO campaign against Israel’s Gaza policy, accusing Israel of an "illegal siege, "collective punishment and continued "occupation. This campaign contributed to the conflict and gave Hamas leaders the expectation of international support for its terror activities.
  • Oxfam has issued eight statements since December 27, and has created a special page regarding the conflict on its website.
  • These statements include false international legal claims, such as the accusation that Israel is guilty of "disproportionate force or "illegal collective punishment.
  • Presents an immoral equivalence between Hamas’ deliberate rocket attacks on Israeli civilians and Israel’s response in self defense - a right guaranteed under Article 51 of the UN Charter.
  • Repeats the standard Palestinian accusation that Israel has created a humanitarian crisis, despite the detailed evidence from the World Food Bank and other sources to the contrary.
  • Oxfam uses these claims to promote a clear anti-Israel political agenda, including calls for increased diplomatic pressure and demands that the EU and other international bodies suspend agreements with Israel. No similar demands are presented with respect to Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, or Iran.

For further information:

"EU and NIF-funded NGOs Lead Condemnations in Gaza Conflict ," NGO Monitor, (Updated daily)

"Did Israel Use "Disproportionate Force" in Gaza?" Dore Gold, Jerusalem Viewpoints, Vol. 8, No. 16, 28 December 2008

"International Law and the fighting in Gaza ," Justice Reid Weiner and Avi Bell, MESI, December 29, 2008

For NGO Monitor’s full report, including quotations from Oxfam’s publications, click here

© NGO Monitor


Mis en ligne le 8 janvier 2009, par
M. Macina, sur le site