zaterdag 11 december 2010

Deputy FM Ayalon holds press conference with NGO Monitor


To mark International Human Rights Day, they addressed the exploitation and abuse of human rights, particularly with regards to NGO's and the use of Lawfare against Israel.

(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)

To mark International Human Rights Day, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon held a press conference with Prof. Gerald Steinberg and Anne Herzberg of NGO Monitor on the exploitation and abuse of human rights, particularly with regards to NGO's and the use of Lawfare against Israel on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

At the event, NGO Monitor, an independent Jerusalem-based research institution, presented its updated monograph NGO Lawfare - Exploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict to the Deputy Foreign Minister. Lawfare has been described as a strategy of using or misusing law as a substitute for traditional means to achieve military or political objectives.

In his presentation, the Deputy Foreign Minister stated that due to the consistent Palestinian refusal to come to the negotiation table, during 2011 the Palestinian Authority will continue attempts to assault Israel's legitimacy through tactics like Lawfare and other obstructive unilateral steps, and the global human rights agenda will once again be hijacked and abused for a narrow political agenda.

NGO Monitor’s study details the exploitation of courts by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their efforts to use courts to prosecute alleged human rights violations by Israeli officials.  Lawfare also includes groundbreaking research on EU-funding for these cases as well as for NGO lobbying for prosecutions of Israelis at the International Criminal Court.