Members of the international community are very frequently misinformed or deliberately misrepresent the facts about Israel’s rights. These distortions and misrepresentations are used to attack and weaken Israel. They are the basis of BDS campaigns, charges made in courts and in forums such as the UN, etc.
Here you see a small sampling of the sort of lies and misrepresentations leveled at Israel on an almost daily basis:
February 4, 2018. A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated the BDS Movement for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Bjørnar Moxnes, leader of the Red Party, maintains that his nomination is “perfectly in line” with his party’s commitment to stopping “an ascendant, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world.
“As a member of Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize,”
January 25, 2020. A South African official, speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, claimed that Israel is the world’s only apartheid state.
“Israel is the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state,” Clinton Swemmer said, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review. “We remain deeply concerned at the denial of the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people, in the absence of which no other human right can be exercised or enjoyed.”
November 28, 2017. Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, while visiting the Palestinian Authority areas for the first time, declared that “Palestinians are being subjected to the worst version of apartheid…
“What we have experienced in South Africa is a fraction of what the Palestinians are experiencing. We were oppressed in order to serve the white minority. The Palestinians are being eliminated off their land and brought out of their territories, and this is a total human-rights violations. I think it is a total disgrace that the world is able to sit back while such atrocities are being carried out by apartheid Israel.”
Mandela, a strong supporter of BDS, did not visit Israel or meet with any Israeli officials.
On October 26, 2017, Israeli judoka Tal Flicker won a gold medal in the under 52 kilo category in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Judo Tournament, in the UAE, but was denied the right to have the Israeli flag displayed or Hatikvah sung. Instead, the flag of the International Judo Federation was displayed, and the Federation anthem was played.
The UAE, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, had warned it would not display any of Israel’s symbols, in spite of the fact that the International Judo Federation’s demand that all athletes be treated equally.
The Israel team decided to compete in spite of the UAE declaration, because to withdraw would have been to give the UAE a greater victory. Flicker could be seen mouthing the words to Hatikvah during his award ceremony.
Israeli Gili Cohen, who won a bronze medal in the under-52 kilograms (114 pounds) class for women, received identical treatment.
October 24, 2017. A controversial Rutgers University (N.J.) professor by the name of Jasbir Puar has written a book that accuses Israel of maiming Palestinian Arabs in order to control them:
“Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill,” she says. But this “purportedly humanitarian practice of sparing death by shooting to maim” is part of a “logic long present in Israeli tactical calculations of settler colonial rule—that of creating injury and maintaining Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”
On July 7, 2017, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, at its annual meeting being held in Warsaw, Poland, declared the Old City of Hevron, including the Machpela, the Cave of the Patriarchs, to be “an endangered Palestinian heritage site,” located in the “State of Palestine.”
Twelve members of the committee approved the resolution, six abstained, and three voted against. The vote was held by secret ballot. The resolution was orchestrated by the Palestinian Arabs through an expedited procedure claiming that the area was threatened and Israel was vandalizing the site.
As recorded in the Torah, the Cave and the surrounding field were purchased by the Avraham for burial of his wife, Sarah. It is the burial place of Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs Avraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah.
This vote was preceded by a World Heritage Committee vote just days earlier that denied that Israel had any claim to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is the location of Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount.
Just days before the vote on Hevron was taken, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) had issued a report that criticized the resolution:
“Although it is stated that the nominated property is thought to be one of the oldest cities continuously inhabited in the world, the emphasis of the nomination is on a small period of that history in the form of the Mamluk town…
“This means that the association of Hebron with Jewish and early Christian societies is given little recognition, and Tell Rumeida [an area of Biblical Hebron] and other sites are excluded from the boundaries.”
On June 29 and 30, 2017, a two-day forum called marking “Fifty Years of Occupation” was hosted at the UN by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP). The goal was promotion of BDS.
The final panel featured Mustafa Barghouthi – an official of the PLO and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council – who began by claiming that Israel had assembled “a much worse form of apartheid than what prevailed in South Africa.”
On May 2, 2017, the Executive Committee of UNESCO approved a resolution that maintains that Israel has no rights within its capital, Jerusalem.
The resolution reads:
“all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.”
Twenty-two nations voted for the resolution, 10 were opposed, and 23 nations abstained. Three nations were absent.
On April 28, 2017, the student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison unanimously passed a divestment resolution that included an amendment specifically aimed at Israel.
The amendment “blames Israel for police violence against African-Americans, citing an exchange program in which senior American police officers travel to Israel to learn about counterterrorism.”
On January 23, 2017, NGO Monitor reported that “The European Union is funding dozens of projects that are dedicated to the destruction of Israel…
“A total of 42 of the 180 grantees funded by the EU reportedly support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, the NGO Monitor found in its latest research.”
In December 2016, the UN Security council passed a resolution that the US administration failed to veto, claiming that the settlements were illegal.
On May 26, 2016, WHO, the World Health Organization – a UN body – singled out Israel for criticism during its annual assembly, calling for an investigation into “the impact of prolonged occupation and human rights violations on mental, physical and environmental health.”
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman responded that “Israel provides health insurance for all residents. We guarantee a health insurance plan that is comprehensive and equitable. These services, which are embedded in the law, promise a high standard of care for all.”
While UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer charged, “The UN reached new heights of absurdity today, by enacting a resolution which accuses Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan, even as in reality Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the Assad regime’s barbaric attacks.”
The assembly did not address other alleged abuses in other Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
In the first half of 2016, anti-Semitic incidents on US university campuses increased by 45 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to a study released by a watchdog group. The study, carried out by the AMCHA Initiative.The study, carried out by the AMCHA Initiative, focused on more than 100 American campuses with large Jewish populations. It found a strong correlation between anti-Israel activism on campus, especially the support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and the number of anti-Semitic incidents. (Emphasis added)
On November 15th 2015, the European Union has issued new guidelines for the labelling of products from so-called “illegal” Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria.
EU issues guidelines on labelling products from Israeli settlements
On June 3rd 2015, the CEO of Orange, a leading company in Europe, said he wanted his company to leave Israel. He later retracted his statement.
Orange Ready to Boycot Israel Tomorrow
One June 1st 2015, it was reported that the Dutch government issued a travel advisory to its citizens traveling in Israel, warning that Jews in Judea and Samaria constitute a threat to Dutch travelers because they throw stones “toward Palestinian and foreign vehicles.”
The New Government’s war on BDS
On May 28th, 2015, the Palestinians, encouraged by the BDS movement, plan to call for a vote in FIFA to suspend Israel’s membership. Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that if the vote will pass, it will signal the beginning of the end of FIFA.
Netanyahu: Effort to hurt Israel will destroy FIFA
On April 27, 2014, Top US official, Wendy Sherman suggests to a Jewish gathering that UN veto policy could change if Israel doesn’t continue to support a two-state solution.
On March 27, 2014, a delegation of Belgian parliamentarians visited Judea and Samaria. During the visit, delegation head Senator Anke Vandermeersch noted that she was “surprised to see how different the reality here is compared to what we are shown by the European media.”
On February 17, 2014, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions South Africa put out a call for people to join the 10 annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 10 – 16:
“IAW is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops) that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies against the indigenous Palestinians and garner support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign which is aimed to bring an end to Israel’s apartheid policies and violations of international law.”
On January 22, 2014, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU ambassador to Israel, declared that if the peace talks fail, “Naturally, the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep.” He explained that it would be “logical” to assume that the failure was the result of “settlement activity.”
On January 13, 2014, a report was released by Payvand News regarding boycotts in the Netherlands:
“The Netherlands has seen a number of its companies terminate cooperation with Israeli companies over Israel’s ongoing occupation. The latest is PGGM, the largest Dutch pension management fund. PGGM made the decision to divest all its funds from Israel’s five largest banks because all of them are involved in some way in the settlements…the Netherlands government is creating an atmosphere which encourages boycotts and divestment from Israel.
“PGGM’s decision is the latest in a series of Dutch businesses cutting ties with any Israeli venture that is connected to the settlements. Last month, a Dutch water company cut ties with Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, because of its operations in the settlements. In September, a major Dutch engineering firm canceled a contract to work on a sewage treatment plant because the project was located in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line (the border of Israel before it captured the West Bank in 1967). That cancellation was said to have been pushed for by the Netherlands’ government.”
On January 23, 2014, “European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen freely admitted… that Europe intends to blame the Jewish state if the current peace talks fail to produce an agreement.
“’Naturally, the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep,’ stated Faaborg-Andersen.
“He qualified that remark by insisting it would be only ‘logical’ to attribute failure to Israel if the issue that prevents the signing of a peace deal is Jewish ‘settlement activity.’”
On January 12, 2014, Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, made a statement in response to an Israeli announcement of building in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria:
“I was deeply concerned to hear the latest announcement by the Israeli authorities to advance settlement plans once more in the West Bank including East Jerusalem…
“The settlements are illegal under international law…”
On December 16, 2013, the American Studies Association announced a boycott of Israeli universities.
“The boycott is one prong of a global justice movement that is anchored in international law and universal principles of human rights. It aims to help end Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights…
“We are targeting Israeli universities because they work closely with the government and military in developing weapons and other technology that are used to enforce the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land…. The fact is that universities are active participants in, and important enablers of, Israel’s repressive, unjust, and illegal policies toward the Palestinians.”
Curtis Marez, President of the ASA and chair of the ethnic studies department, UCSD, “In Defense of an Academic Boycott of Israel,” In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 31, 2013.
On January 15, 2012, Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General said:
“The Israeli occupation of Arab and Palestinian territories must end…Settlements, new and old, are illegal.”
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