BDS IN THE PEWS
War on Want (UK)
October 23, 2014
- Website: http://www.waronwant.org/
- Founded in the early 1950s in London, UK.
- Claims to fight “poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. We campaign for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.”
- Funding: 2013 income of £2,058,647 (accessed July 13, 2014).
- Donors include: Ireland, UK, Methodist relief and development, and others.
- In 2013, War on Want received EUR 200,000 from Ireland.
- Political Advocacy: A leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.
- Regularly erases the context of Palestinian terror and utilizes demonizing rhetoric, accusing Israel of “war crimes,” “collective punishment,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “apartheid.”
- Maintains that the “illegal occupation of Palestine and oppression of the Palestinian people is one of the outstanding moral outrages of our day” and that “Israel’s siege of Gaza has condemned its 1.7 million inhabitants to a humanitarian disaster with no end in sight.”
- Advances the so-called Palestinian “right of return,” which would effectually mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state, as well as false comparisons to apartheid South Africa.
- Partners with highly politicized NGOs including Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine, Stop the Wall, Al-Zytouna, and others “to coordinate international pressure” against Israel.
- Published a 2013 report, “Killer drones: UK complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people,” accusing Israel of “violations of international law and human rights” and inflammatorily alleging that “Israel takes advantage of its armed conflicts to ‘field test’ its weapons on Palestinians”. Repeating calls for BDS, the report demands for “a two-way arms embargo between the UK and Israel,” which would include “all dealings with Israeli weapons companies, including Elbit, and an end to all licenses for UK arms exports to Israel”.
- Launched a 2014 campaign against the Israeli security barrier, alleging that the “construction of the Apartheid Wall continues to this day devastating every aspect of Palestinian life…seiz[ing] vital water resources and fertile land, while imprisoning Palestinian communities.” The campaign includes an online petition, addressed to Foreign Secretary William Hague, calling on the British government to impose BDS measures and “stop aiding and assisting Israel until it fully complies with international law.” The campaign also includes a short film with comedian Mark Thomas, who maintains that the “Wall… is the most barbaric inhumane, instrument that I have managed to ramble…”
- Initiated a 2014 campaign, which distorts the reality of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as the concept of ethical investing, against the British security company G4S, urging it to end its contract with Israel’s prison authorities and alleging complicity in Israel’s “illegal occupation and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children.” Following its 2014 annual meeting, which was attended by representative of War on Want, the NGO claimed that G4S confirmed that it would end its Israeli prison contract within the next three years.
- Organized an October 18, 2014 event, “Israel: above the law?”, together with the Palestine Legal Action Network (PLAN). The event only featured outspoken opponents of Israel, such as John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories; Sahar Francis, Director General of the NGO known as Addameer; Rafeef Ziadah, senior campaigns officer of War on Want and member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee. Alternative views or perspectives were not presented.
- Reinforces the allegation that “In Palestine, the Apartheid Wall is cutting Palestinian communities off from their water resources and fertile land, and imprisoning the population of the Occupied Palestinian West Bank,” ignoring evidence that not only does Israel provide Palestinians in the West Bank with more water than required under the Oslo framework, but that thieves are responsible for stealing up to 50% of supplies in some areas.
- Organized a July 2014 protest opposite the Israeli embassy in London to “End Israel’s War Against Palestinians” and “collective punishment measures.”
- Publishes video testimonies titled, “Voices from the Nakba,” presenting entirely biased accounts of the conflict and urging the international community to intervene and “intensify efforts” against Israel.
War on Want Essentials:
- War on Want (WoW) campaigns on Israeli-Palestinian issues, December 2008 – August 2009, NGO Monitor Reports, August 25, 2009
- War on Want Wages War on Israel (Update), NGO Monitor, January 15, 2007
- MPs: War on Want's boycott guide "a handbook of hate", NGO Monitor Digest (Vol.5 No.12), September 02, 2007
- War on Want steps up political campaign against Israel, NGO Monitor Digest (Vol.4 No.11), July 17, 2006