It is not difficult to locate like-minded NGO's interested in the demonization and destruction of Israel. The UN has created a "civil society network" on the Question of Palestine. It is a product of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and the UN Division for Palestinian Rights - the only Committee and Division in the whole UN system dedicated to the claims of a single people. Once provided the global UN soapbox, their message is unambiguous: to weaken Israel mortally in two stages: first, wildly-distorted accusations of gross human rights violations and the resulting demonization of Israelis, and second, calls for boycotts of Israeli institutions and divestment in the Israeli economy.
CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
Division for Palestinian Rights, DPA/UN
This network disseminates hate and encourages violence globally -- and without charge to advertisers or recipients. Together with the UN secretariat and the CEIRPP Committee, a website, database, conferences, newsletters, art displays, and a variety of publications, are produced. The reach of this UN program cannot be underestimated. By its own words
Accredited civil society organizations will be invited to attend all relevant international meetings and conferences held under the auspices of the Committee and participate in the discussions and to make statements, either orally or in written form. They may submit reports, written statements and other relevant documents for circulation among Committee Members and Observers. They will have the opportunity to display, after prior screening by the Secretariat, their own publications at such meetings. Accredited civil society organizations are also invited to make suggestions regarding the preparation and conduct of civil society events held under the auspices of the Committee.
Accredited civil society organizations can use these international meetings as a platform to discuss their own initiatives, campaigns, views and ideas. They can network with each other, in order to coordinate action, and meet representatives of Governments and intergovernmental organizations. They can attend panel discussions, where experts from around the world, including the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, provide information and analyses on their own work, as well as on current political and humanitarian developments.
The reports of the international meetings and conferences are issued as publications of the Division. They are widely disseminated, not only to the network of accredited civil society organizations, but also to Governments, intergovernmental and United Nations system entities, experts who have participated in these events and others interested in the issue. They are also posted on the "Question of Palestine" website administered by the Division.
Whenever appropriate, Members of the Committee and/or staff of the Division will consult with accredited civil society organizations on issues related to the question of Palestine. Civil society organizations will also receive all publications issued by the Division and other relevant information material.
The UN makes no effort to hide its agenda of encouraging anti-Israel advocacy in civil society. It fosters workshops, meetings and conferences, often paid for from the UN regular budget. And the UN website offers
"the latest information on activities carried out by civil society organizations throughout the world relevant to the Palestine issue."
"NGOs interested in contributing information
on their activities should communicate it by Email [firstname.lastname@example.org; UN Division for Palestinian Rights]." This results in advertising their campaigns worldwide without charge in the UN's NGO Action News. This is a bi-weekly newsletter issued by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the UN Secretariat. According to the UN
, it is "intended to provide information on NGO activities relevant to the question of Palestine... The Division reserves the right to make the final selection with regard to material to be included in this newsletter."
Here are some examples of output:
- In May 2015, the NGO Action News linked to the 'Sainsbury Campaign': "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) organized Nakba commemorations in Brighton and Bristol on 15 May and in London, Nottingham and Sheffield on 16 May... Sheffield PSC was organising the Sainsbury's boycott and Town Hall demonstration in Sheffield on 16 May." The Sainsbury Campaign states: "Brighton & Hove PSC once again tells Sainsbury's: 'Stop profiting from Israeli apartheid!'"
- The April 2015 NGO Action News includes: "On 22 April, the Student Senate of Earham College in Indiana, USA, passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine: Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and Caterpillar."
- In March 2015, NGO Action News published an invitation by Canada Palestine Association (CPA) for a "discussion organised by Critical Race and Postcolonial Feminist Theory Group entitled 'From Vancouver to Ferguson, Gaza and Beyond...Resisting Settler Colonial/Racial Violence'. CPA also launches an online petition addressed to Air Canada CEO to put an end to the maintenance agreement signed with Israeli Aerospace Industries, a military defense company."
- The December 2014 edition of NGO Action News included this: The Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the UN hosted Omar Barghouti (BDS Movement) on 3 December 2014 to discuss the recent achievements of the BDS movement. The video is available here."
- In October 2014, NGO Action News promoted a UN boycott of Israel: "The BDS Movement delivered on 9 October 2014 a petition signed by over 60,000 people, including Nobel Laureates, artists and public intellectuals, to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on the UN and Governments around the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel."
- The September 2014 issue of NGO Action News linked to a photo essay published by The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) entitled "Testimony from Gaza: Witness to a War Crime."
- The July 2014 issue of NGO Action News included the following: "The Palestinian BDS Movement is calling for a military embargo on Israel and issued a petition entitled Stop Arming Israel."
- In January 2013 NGO Action News cheered more boycott news: "Stanley Jordan the American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and pianist cancelled his planned appearance as the headlining artist for the Israel Red Sea Jazz Festival....Don't Play Apartheid Israel issued a comprehensive summary of the 2012 cultural boycott of Israel."
- In October 2012 NGO Action News included: "Comité Pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient (CPJPO) on 12 October organized a soccer game between citizens of Luxemburg and Israel. The event was an occasion to protest against the occupation and apartheid policies of the Israeli Government."
- In April 2012 NGO Action News actively promoted the boycott of the UN member state of Israel, advertising future events and suggesting targets for the future. It links to Australian Friends of Palestine Association quoting: "(AFOPA) in Adelaide organized their latest DS action against Seacret in the Rundle Mall on 22 April. The latest YouTube video shows the protesters' actions. The next BDS action in the Mall will be held on 29 April. Seacret promote their products as originating from the Dead Sea. They are one of a number of Israeli companies selling such products around the world, including AHAVA." Likewise it included: "London BDS on 15 April launched several YouTube videos, exposing the sales practices of Dead Sea Kiosks in shopping malls, selling Dead Sea beauty products. These kiosks have attracted a lot of attention, not just for the origin of their natural resources, but also for their shady practices and coercive sales techniques. Kiosks stocking Dead Sea beauty products can be found in many malls run by Israeli companies who employ almost exclusively Israelis. These kiosks are legitimate targets for BDS campaigns, as every sale supports companies who in turn support the apparatus of oppression and apartheid policies in Israel."
- In November 2011 NGO Action News linked to Adalah report which states that "The term Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic) is used to refer to the mass expulsion of Palestinians and the destruction and confiscation of Palestinian land and property that accompanied the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, a seminal event in Palestinian history."
- In January-February 2011 issue NGO Action News linked to the winners page of the "International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest".
- In January-February 2011 issue NGO Action News advertised lectures by notorius anti-semite Norman Finkelstein.
- In December 2009 issue NGO Action News published a call for participation in "Gaza Freedom March" which included "children in Bethlehem reading the names of the more than 300 children who died in Gaza."
- In November-December 2008 issue NGO Action News advertised a report by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) entitled "Suffering of Gazan Women increases with Israeli Siege" which stated that "19 Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip were killed by shelling, shootings and incursions, in many cases in their homes. Also the siege lead to death of 13 women, who were denied their right to travel for advanced medical treatment."
- The April - May 2006 edition of NGO Action News includes: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation issued a press release on 11 April 2006 informing that over 300 US-based organizations have endorsed an open letter to Members of Congress against the H.R.4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 to ban assistance to the Palestinian Authority, introduced after the recent Palestinian legislative elections. The initiative has generated over 12,000 letters. For further information, contact E-Mail: email@example.com or visit the Campaign's web site: http://www.endtheoccupation.org
- In January-February 2008 issue NGO Action News advertised a press release by Amnesty International on "more than 40 seriously ill patients have died since the Israeli authorities closed Gaza's borders, so denying them access to hospital treatment abroad."
- The Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO) issued a press release on 28 May 2007 calling "on the United Nations and the international community to intervene to stop the war crimes committed by the Israel occupation forces on Palestinian civilians and their properties in the Gaza Strip" which was published in NGO Action News.
- In February 2007 NGO Action News published a press release on "the Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign (UK) held on 10 February 2007 a mass picket of the UK Carmel Agrexco [the largest exporter of settlement produce for sale overseas and the UK is the most important foreign market for Israeli fresh produce] depot in opposition to the sale of Israeli goods and in support of the Palestinian farmers who are not able to market their goods internationally."
- The United Nations Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on the Question of Palestine in Caracas on December 15, 2005 featured a speaker who made a direct call for the end of the Jewish state. Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions argued that "a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was no longer viable."
- On November 29, 2005 during the CEIRPP's Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, an NGO Representative was invited to speak in a forum which was webcast around the world. Chris Doyle, member of the International Coordinating Network on Palestine and Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, explained the terrorist's thinking -- not by hate, anti-semitism, rejection of a Jewish state, a penchant for violence, or loathing for democracy -- but this way: "A people who remain under occupation will inevitably resist, will fight the occupation as history shows us all too clearly."
- The November 2005 NGO Action News advertised an international seminar by Health Work Committees, the Alternative Information Center, and the Alternative Group which included a workshop called "Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment," and a paper on "Local and International Perspectives on a One State Solution."
- The October-November 2005 NGO Action News announced a conference organized by The Palestine Center on November 18, 2005 entitled "Palestine and the Middle East in a Global Context": one theme discussed at the conference was "Churches and Divestment: A Third Party Intervention".
- The United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Middle East Peace in Paris in July 2005, culminated in the drawing up of a "Plan of Action" calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel; this was to be the "main focus of the NGOs' activities for the coming year as a coordinated international campaign."
- On March 8-9, 2005, the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine focused on "Implementing the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory - the role of Governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society." In the report of this conference which is linked to the UN NGO website on the Question of Palestine, Professor Michael Lynk compares Israelis to Nazis: "Settlement implantation projects...abrogate the right of the indigenous people to self-determination, which is, after the right to life, perhaps the single most important human right of all because no other rights are possible without it...Illustrative examples from history include...the transfer by the Nazis of German-speaking peoples into newly conquered lands during the Second World War...."
- At the United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People at UN Headquarters in September 2004, invited speaker at the opening plenary session, Phyllis Bennis, of the International Coordinating Network for Palestine, compared Israel to apartheid South Africa. In the 2004-2005 Plan of Action adopted at the meeting, NGOs called for "divestment," "sanctions," "arms bans," "withdrawal of economic privileges," and "travel restrictions" against Israel.