Israeli-Backed 'NGO Monitor' Tracks Pro-Palestine College Groups


Last Updated on April 25, 2024

Israeli-backed NGO Monitor is tracking and monitoring pro-Palestine groups protesting across America’s college campuses.

NGO Monitor claimed in a press release these pro-Palestine protests are “tightly coordinated and well-funded by a network of radical and often antisemitic non-governmental organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Within Our Lifetime, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Samidoun.”

It argued that they work to “undermine the economic, military and other ties between US and Israel, and to besiege and divide the US Jewish community.” It also asserted that these groups have supported and justified the Oct. 7 attack against Israel by Hamas and that many of these groups are tied to designated Palestinian terror organizations. There are no sources for these claims besides editorials and associated Jewish groups. Add to it, quite ironically, is the lack of transparent funding and structure, which is pretty standard for Zionist and Jewish NGOs.

The press release hammered away at several nonprofits, particularly Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). It is supposed to be the “Jewish wing” supporting Palestinians, although the NGO Monitor insisted activists aren’t even Jewish, based on an opinion piece in The Times of Israel. JVP’s stated goal, according to NGO Monitor, is to eliminate US economic, military and political aid to Israel. If anything, that sounds like an isolationist or nationalist-populist pro-America group.

Tenets of the IHRA’s “working definition” of antisemitism.

NGO Monitor shared some other thoughts on JVP, but they are sourced from Jewish NGOs or opinion articles, making them irrelevant and not exactly factual. Antisemitism to this group levied against JVP is attacks against Israel and the IDF, similar to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition.” It also embellished quite a bit, saying JVP “embraces terrorists.” Ironically, the JVP does much the same with the IDF, but that is considered an “antisemitic trope.”

NGO Monitor believes the JVP operates to exploit the “Jewish” label to “deflect evidence of blatant antisemitism,” citing yet again another biased source. It is strange, though, how NGO Monitor acknowledges the victimhood and adjoined privilege of Jewish identity, in this case, for pro-Palestine students to leverage. Otherwise, such a claim would have been considered “antisemitic.”

It also mentions the lack of transparency in its funding, which JVP racked up $3 million just in 2021. NGO Monitor said the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, under its “peacebuilding program,” provided aid, but that doesn’t account for the full amount. It cited one-third of JVP’s budget to be US-based. Again, this wouldn’t be a problem for the many pro-Israel groups that are based in Israel or conducted by dual citizens. The full financial report by NGO Monitor can be found here.

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NGO Monitor breaks down Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Within Our Lifetime (WOL) or Students for Justice in Palestine, US Campaign for Palestine Rights (USCPR) and Samidoun in a similar fashion. What is strange, though, is that they all seem similar or adjacent to the issues that plague pro-Israel groups, like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

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What we learn from this is that these activist NGOs don’t necessarily operate with much regulation, balance or integrity. A normal layperson should take NGO Monitor’s hit presser much the same as it takes one from Canary Mission or the ADL. It simply demonstrates that these nonprofits are not in the best interest of the people but are ideologically driven, so much so that they have little hesitation in ruining a person’s life.

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