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CNN & Other Media Give Voice to Anti-Israel ‘Human Rights’ Organization

Bartender and survivor of the Nova Festival, May Hayat, takes cover as rocket sirens sound, during her first visit to the scene of the attack, on the one-month anniversary of the attack by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Oct. 7, near Re’im, Israel, Nov. 6, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

An organization called Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor describes itself as a “youth-led independent, nonprofit organization that advocates for the human rights of all persons across Europe and the MENA region, particularly those who live under occupation, in the throes of war or political unrest and/or have been displaced due to persecution or armed conflict.”

Behind this humanitarian mask, however, lies an organization steeped in anti-Israel bias, conspiracy theories, and activism. But this has not stopped international media from citing some of Euro-Med Monitor’s most outrageous charges against Israel.

As noted by NGO Monitor, Euro-Med Monitor has published articles that accuse Israel of “apartheid,” “genocide,” and “ethnic cleansing,” and has issued calls for an arms embargo as well as sanctions against the Jewish state.

Among the more extreme conspiracy theories published by Euro-Med Monitor are claims that Israel is engaged in organ trafficking, that the IDF engages in extra-judicial killing, and that Israel has used doctored photos to cover up these executions.


Euro-Med Monitor, a group of 68 human rights organizations in 30 countries, has accused Israel of harvesting organs from Palestinian bodies in Gaza.

Euro-Med: “Israel is the world’s biggest hub for the illegal trade of human organs…

— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) December 27, 2023

The perfect example of Euro-Med Monitor’s anti-Israel obsession is its output following Hamas’ brutal October 7 invasion of southern Israel.

Since that day, the organization has published close to 100 articles on Israel and the war in Gaza, documenting what it deems to be Israel’s transgressions in the coastal enclave.

At the same time, not one article has been published about the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel on October 7, the ongoing hostage situation in Gaza, or the persistent rocket fire directed at Israeli civilians since then.

In fact, in less than 20% of these Gaza war-related articles are October 7 or Hamas even mentioned at all. When they are mentioned in passing, it is simply to provide context for Israel’s actions in Gaza.

For an organization that claims to be dedicated to “human rights,” it is clear that the rights of Israelis do not figure into its supposed fight for justice.

Euro-Med Monitor’s troubling agenda is a mirror of the ideology of its staff and leadership.

Founder Ramy Abdu has been accused of being one of Hamas’ “main operatives” in Europe, Chief of Progammes Muhammad Shehada (who was previously profiled by HonestReporting) has a history of whitewashing Palestinian terrorism, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Richard Falk, is a former UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories who has promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories and has compared the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.

Yet, despite Euro-Med Monitor’s clear anti-Israel agenda and questionable leadership, both the organization and its staff have recently been cited in both the mainstream and alternative media.

CNN cited the “NGO” in a report on Israel’s detention of suspected Hamas members in Gaza, while EuroNews and Metro UK both published articles based on claims made by the organization.

EuroNews’ reliance on the “human rights group” is particularly egregious, as it published the organization’s conspiracy theory-driven report on alleged Israeli human trafficking.

In addition, Muhammad Shehada has recently been quoted by the BBC, Metro UK, Middle East Eye, and the anti-Israel outlet Electronic Intifada.

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said on that Israeli army forces have been carrying out field executions against civilians, after detaining them from their homes

— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 26, 2023

With its flagrant anti-Israel bias (which includes stooping to medieval anti-Jewish tropes) and prejudiced leadership, should mainstream news outlets like CNN and the BBC be relying on Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor as a legitimate source for reporting on the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas?

The author is a contributor to HonestReporting, a Jerusalem-based media watchdog with a focus on antisemitism and anti-Israel bias — where a version of this article first appeared.

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Newly released documents from the Deschênes Commission show Canada’s reluctance to prosecute Nazi war criminals

The release of formerly classified documents from the 1986 Deschênes Commission—which investigated how Nazi war criminals entered Canada after the Second World War—reveals greater details about why the government was reluctant to prosecute them once they were in the country, says David Matas, the lawyer who represented B’nai Brith Canada at the inquiry. Canada released […]

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South African Immigrants to Israel Protest Against Former Country Government

The International Court of Justice in The Hague in session in January 2020. Photo: Reuters/Eva Plevier.

Dozens of South African immigrants to Israel protested against their former country’s government on Friday, standing with their new home against political and legal attacks from South Africa’s ruling ANC party, highlighted by accusing Israel of “genocide,” last Thursday in the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

“The demonstration is not against South Africa or its people, but against its disgraceful government. I am proud to stand here as an Israeli, but I am ashamed of the government of my homeland, for stooping so low. It is a danger to Judaism,” said David Kaplan, an attendant of the event.

Former Knesset member Ruth Wasserman Lande, who was raised in Cape Town, South Africa before moving to Israel for military service, living in Israel since, added “Justice is with us, the ruling party of South Africa has sold its soul to Iran.”

The protest in Ra’anana in central Israel comes a few weeks after Israel was forced to stand trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against charges of “genocide” in its current defensive war against Hamas in Gaza. The charges were filed by South Africa’s government, a noted friend of Hamas leadership and outspoken critic of Israel and the Israeli government.

In South Africa’s case against Israel, the country alleges that the IDF is acting “genocidal in character because they are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group.”

The suit came as both countries are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention, passed after the Holocaust and with the goal of creating proceedings to ensure no genocide like what happened to the Jews of Europe occurs in the future.

Israel said South Africa was acting as “the legal arm of Hamas,” and called the charges “baseless,” especially as the country has been noted to take unprecedented steps to protect civilians in the war. Furthermore, the war began after Israel was attacked by Hamas terrorists on October 7, when they invaded southern Israel, murdering more than 1,200 and taking hostage over 240.

The ICJ refused to grant South Africa’s wish of calling for an immediate ceasefire, but nevertheless ruled to investigate the genocide charges and called on Israel to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of [genocide].”

Even this past week South Africa continued its attacks, calling for the defunding of Israel, with Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor saying “This necessarily imposes an obligation on all states to cease funding and facilitating Israel’s military actions.”

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Robert Kraft Antisemitism Nonprofit to Air Super Bowl Ad Featuring Associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and team owner Robert Kraft celebrate winning Super Bowl LIII, Feb. 3, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque.

Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), a group created by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, will air its first Super Bowl commercial when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11.

An estimated 100 million television viewers will see the commercial, which features Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a former legal adviser of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jones, according to FCAS, helped King draft the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on Aug. 28, 1963.

“I know I can speak for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I say without a doubt that the Civil Rights movement (including the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Acts) would not have occurred without the unwavering and largely unsung efforts of the Jewish people,” Jones said in a press release issued by FCAS. “With hate on the rise, it is as important as ever that all of us stand together and speak out. Silence is not an option. I’m glad that I’ve lived long enough to partner with Robert Kraft and FCAS to continue to spread the message to the widest possible audience — the Super Bowl.”

This year’s Super Bowl commercial mark’s FCAS’ biggest push to promote awareness of antisemitism since its founding in 2019. Last year, the nonprofit launched a $25 million multimedia campaign, which asked supporters to use the “Blue Square” emoji available on iOS devices in their social media posts.

FCAS has undertaken numerous other initiatives to address rising antisemitism.

In March 2023, it announced a partnership with Brandeis University, which will include a student fellowship program for undergraduates, conferences featuring leading experts on antisemitism, and collaborations with K-12 administrators. Additionally, Brandeis University’s Hornstein Jewish Professional Jewish Leadership Program will expand to include “Kraft Scholars,” who will participate in new online degree and certificate programs that will train them to respond to crises caused by antisemitic incidents.

Kraft, who led the remarkable transformation of the New England Patriots from a second tier club to an annual Super Bowl contender and winner of six such titles in under twenty years, founded FCAS after being awarded $1 million through Genesis Prize, an honor given to successful members of the Jewish community. FCAS focuses most of its resources on social media, aiming, it says, “to stand up against racist and violent rhetoric aimed at the Jewish people through the most accessible and most powerful avenue of information in the world.”

In a statement, Kraft, expressed hope for this latest campaign and praised Dr. Clarence Jones as an emblem of his FCAS’ highest aspirations.

“The work Dr. Jones has done over the course of his entire life and career is the embodiment of FCAS’ mission to build bridges and stand up to Jewish hate and all forms of hate. In the time we have spent together and through his work, I have become a huge fan of Dr. Jones, and I am proud to spotlight all that he has done for our nation,” he said. “With this ad, we hope to continue to spread Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of unity and equality at a time in which the country needs it mist most, and our goal is to reach a wide audience of people and inspire all Americans to stand up together, arm in arm, and fight this horrific rising hate.”

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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