NGO Monitor is an Israeli organisation “founded jointly by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, an organization which says it has “developed and implemented an array of cutting-edge programs to present Israel’s case to the world”, and the U.S.-based  Wechsler Family Foundation.”
This unholy alliance also runs the ICA [Institute for Contemporary Affairs] in Jerusalem which “provides a forum for discussion of Israel’s strategic, defense and national security challenges”.
Thus NGO Monitor is clearly a hasbara conglomerate. Ironically, it is subsidised by the US taxpayer to undermine the work of peace organisations in Israel and Palestine in the interests of the Israeli and US economic elite.
One of its co-sponsors is the Wechsler foundation, a non-profit [sic], tax-exempt US organisation.
The foundation’s contact is Harry C Wechsler. Is this the same person as the ex CIA officer mentioned in regard to the Boston Systematics/Alltel/Vince Foster/PROMIS software affair?
The Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem claims NGO Monitor is “an organization that attempts to frame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a one sided skewed narrative. NGO Monitor is run by pro-Israeli contributors, is funded by pro-Israeli groups, and has a proven track record of smearing Palestinian supported groups while refusing to report on pro-Israeli organizations.”
The ARI took NGO Monitor to court and won in 2007.
Here’s the NGO Monitor International Advisory Board:
Professor Alan Dershowitz
Sir Martin Gilbert
R. James Woolsey
Michael Gove MP
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Other interest is being shown in NGO Monitor’s funding source.
Opinio Juris has a piece by Kevin Jon Heller wherein NGO Monitor’s reticence in providing funding details is underscored.
NGO Monitor’s Steinberg blusters and deflects in the comments.
Didi Remez discovers the source of NY Times statement that ‘A senior Netanyahu aide affirmed in an interview last year that Israel was “going to dedicate time and manpower to combating these groups.’
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