BDS IN THE PEWS
July 30, 2012
- Website: http://electronicintifada.net
- Electronic Intifada (EI) is a major online media outlet active in promoting the Palestinian agenda with news articles and commentary.
- Founded in 2001 to counter Israel’s “orchestrated media campaign to spin news reports to its own advantage.”
- EI has an extensive BDS section, including academic, consumer, cultural, and church boycotts, commercial divestment, and government sanctions against Israel. Issues reports on developments and “victories” in BDS. Ali Abunimah is co-founder and executive director of EI.
- The funding sources for EI are not fully transparent.
- Between 2006 and 2009, €150,000 was provided by the Dutch government from ICCO, a Dutch inter-church development organization. (ICCO receives 95% [p. 135] of its annual budget from the Dutch government [89. 7%] and the EU [6.1%].) In November 2010, after NGO Monitor revealed this funding, Dutch FM Uri Rosenthal told the Jerusalem Post, “I will look into the matter personally.”
- In 2010, ICCO provided another €50,000, claiming it was “support from private funds.” Rosenthal dismissed this as “disingenuous.”
- EI is a project of the Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society (MECCS). MECCS’ total revenue in 2009, including donations, was $383,843 (p.1); $183,760 was given to EI (p.2).
- Abunimah is a leading advocate of the one-state solution. To actualize this, he says “coercion is necessary,” and dismisses Jewish concerns of living under an Arab majority as “irrational, racist fears.”
- Labels PA President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as “collaborators”, and PA participation in peace talks as “collaboration.” Collaboration is punishable by death in the PA and Gaza.
- Says Zionism “is one of the worst forms of anti-Semitism in existence today,” claiming that it “dehumanizes its victims, denies their history, and has a cult-like worship of ethnoracial purity” (Twitter; October 26, 2010). He also wrote “That is something Zionism shares with anti-Semitism, a disdain for actual Jewish culture and life as it existed.”
- Holocaust references appear frequently in his comments. He calls Gaza a “ghetto for surplus non-Jews,” compares the Israeli press to “Der Sturmer,” and claims “Supporting Zionism is not atonement for the Holocaust, but its continuation in spirit.” He calls Gaza a “concentration camp” and repeated a claim that IDF statements are the words “of a Nazi.”
- In November 2010, EI reported that a Dutch pension fund “divested from almost all the Israeli companies in its portfolio,” calling it an “indicator for the success of the international [BDS] campaign.” A week later this was revealed to be a BDS hoax; investments were withdrawn from funds devoted to emerging markets because Israel had successfully joined the OECD.
- EI submissions use apartheid rhetoric, and accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing, Judaizing Jerusalem, and genocide.
- Laurie King-Irani, co-founder and contributing editor at EI, advocates using universal jurisdiction against Israeli officials in foreign courts. (In an updated version of the article she writes, “One day soon, they'll unplug that bastard Sharon, and flush.”)
- Nigel Parry, co-founder of EI, justifies Palestinian violence against Israeli settlers, and draws a moral equivalency between Israeli counter-terrorism operations and Palestinian attacks against civilians, calling the targeting of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin “Israel’s version of a bus bombing.”
- Former Al-Haq worker and current managing editor of Electronic Intifada was subpoenaed in front of a Federal Grand Jury by the FBI in December 2010 relating to her activism in the Chicago branch of the Palestine Solidarity Group.
Electronic Intifada Essentials:
- Analysis of Dutch Government Funding for Israeli and Palestinian Political Advocacy NGOs, NGO Monitor Reports, October 5, 2011
- Indirect Dutch Government Funding: ICCO and Cordaid support for radical NGOs, NGO Monitor Reports, June 27, 2011
- Rosenthal heeft pittig gesprek met ICCO (Dutch), The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, January 13, 2011
- Electronic Intifada and Ali Abunimah Factsheet, NGO Monitor Factsheets, November 29, 2010
- Dutch will look into NGO funding of anti-Semitic website, Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2010