Wednesday 19 November 2008

Spanish and Basque NGOs Join Palestinians and AIC in Boycott conference

Yet more evidence of European NGOs' Israel bashing activities. Amazing news: even the minuscule Basque government is having a go at it.

"On October 29-30, 2008, The Bilboa Initiative - a "civil society assembly" organized by the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), Ittijah, the Alternative Information Center (AIC), and MEWANDO (supported by the Basque government) - held a conference in Spain to discuss "effective coordination tool[s] for practical campaigning in solidarity for Palestine and for a just peace. " Speakers included representatives from: the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Coalition (PGAAWC), Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott to Israel (PACBI), Zochrot, AIC, BADIL, Addameer, and NIF-funded Ahali Center for Community Development (combined grants of $280,000 in 2006-7). The agenda included implementing boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; and lectures on "Israel: Between colonialism and institutionalized racism," and the "right of return. "

MEWANDO (Middle East Without Wars and Oppression Network) is a coalition of Spanish NGOs, which recognizes "the return of all [Palestinian] refugees" and "the liberation of all prisoners. " It accuses Israel of a "Zionist campaign of ethnic cleansing in Palestine [which] has evolved and perfected itself without interruption since 1948" and promotes the "boycott of the Israeli apartheid state. " MEWANDO is supported by the Department of Housing and Social Affairs of the Basque Government."

Source: NGO-Monitor

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Anonymous said...

Is this not a continuation of the type of Catholicism banned by the Pope but continued by the Lefebvrist sect? On this issue it unites with the extreme left.

Anonymous said...

I see that finally the European civil society is taking serious steps to stop Israel's Apartheid.

Anonymous said...

Apartheid - with Arab members of the Knesset? Druze members of the Israeli Army? Israeli medical services freely available in Israel to Arab and Jew alike. You must be joking. The true practitioners of apartheid ,in the very loose and inaccurate way in which you use the word, are those who maintain that Arabia must be free of infidels and that there should be no Jews in the area to which the Palestinian Authority lays claim. To talk of civil society in connection with organisations linked to terrorists like ETA is also a bit rich.

Anonymous said...

How many Jews live in Libya, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Somalia? In those few which have parliaments how many Jews are elected members? Can those states and other Arab states be regarded as practicing apartheid? or do they give equal rights to all?