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Research Papers by Jeremy Havardi
As director of BBLBIA, I promote the interests and welfare of Jewry worldwide and tackle the scourge of antisemitism wherever it arises. I raise concerns about how Israel is perceived and talked about, requesting fairness, accuracy and balance in place of more misguided opinion. Concerns about human rights are raised and links established with representatives of other minority groups. I have writing and distributed the research papers below to ensure that we are well informed in all of our meetings.
The terror enablers: How UNRWA helps perpetuate Palestinian misery and sustain the Middle East conflict with Israel
British governments have long said they wish to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through just and peaceful means. Ministers have reaffirmed their belief in the two state solution and in the various incarnations of the peace process predicated on achieving this goal. But at the same time, the UK is undermining this position by providing financial support to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) every year.
This organisation is actively hostile to resolving the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. In the schools it administers, Palestinians are encouraged to hate Israelis and to commit acts of violence towards them. They are told that their‗right of return‘ is sacrosanct, even though it would be impossible to implement. It inflates the actual number of Palestinian refugees and encourages a sense of permanent victimhood.
Spreading the Hate: How UK funded NGOs pursue a radical anti-Israel agenda
The aim of this paper will be to reveal the many ways in which UK based NGOs have been actively pursuing a hostile anti-Israel agenda in recent years. These organisations have disproportionately singled out Israel for attack, often during times of heightened Middle East conflict, and made repeated allegations of war crimes and apartheid. At the same time, they have systematically ignored Palestinian terror and rejectionism, crucial factors in the continuing impasse. Such an agenda contradicts their claims to impartiality or to holding progressive, enlightened and peaceful values. Among the organisations examined are Amnesty, Christian Aid, War on Want, World Vision, The Amos Trust, Oxfam and Save the Children.
These NGOs have built up a formidable reputation for promoting justice and human rights. They are usually treated with automatic deference and respect, as if they were beacons of moral enlightenment guiding us towards a more civilised world. In many ways, they do valuable work in uncovering abuses of international law and human rights – but not when it comes to Israel and the conflict in the Middle East. On this subject, they have become highly politicised, promoting a view so critical of Israel and so one sided in approach as to betray a complete lack of impartiality. They have become part of the propaganda war against the Jewish state.
All except Save the Children are registered organisations with the Charity Commission. The Commission has issued specific guidance for campaigning and political activity by registered charities. Such campaigning is legitimate provided that it is carried out to help deliver its charitable purposes. Even emotive or controversial material can form part of a campaign, provided this is lawful or justifiable, but charities must ensure that the material used is ‘factually accurate’ with a ‘legitimate evidence base.’[i] The evidence collected here casts doubt on whether all the material collected by charities is factually accurate, though more often, the claims made about Israel are more politically biased or legally dubious, problems that are not covered by the Commission’s guidance. More importantly, charities cannot have a political purpose and political activities can only be undertaken in the context of a wider purpose. The Charity Commission has already investigated War on Want following a complaint that it is an explicitly political organisation, and it may be hoped that other investigations may follow.
[i] ‘Speaking Out: Guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities’ part 1.