The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: The Evidence

  evidence-based reports | authored and compiled by
constantine kaniklidis
scholars for peace in the middle east (spme) | director, progressive voices for peace in the middle east (pvpme)


electronic intifada


Electronic Intifada: Origins
In keeping with BDS supporters' tradition of false authorities we also have equally preposterous citations as an "authority" to Electronic Intifada, an ultra-rejectionist anti-Israel propaganda and hate site (akin to citing "The Protocols of Elders of Zion" as a legitimate source). Launched in February 2001 as a project of the Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society (MECCS)1, and founded by four activists affiliated with the militant International Solidarity Movement (ISM)2, Electronic Intifada (EI) receives funding from ICCO (Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation)3, a Dutch inter-church development organization which in turn receives 95% of its annual budget from the Dutch government4, despite promoting anti-Israeli bigotry and  propaganda24.

Electronic Intifada: The Anti-Israel Propaganda Machine
EI Executive Director and cofounder Ali Abunimah, who is a founding steering committee member of Al Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition, authored the 2006 book "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" which rejects a two-state solution in favor of a one-state fantasy which, to actualize he notes, “coercion is necessary”5. And he casually acknowledges that in a one-state solution “we couldn’t rule out some disastrous situation” for Jews6, and has repeatedly confirmed his view that a return for refugees would end Israel’s existence as a Jewish state"7. Abunimah and Electronic Intifada are ferociously opposed to the peace process, subscribing to the illusionist replacement of Israel by an Arab / Muslim state in which Jews would be reduced to a permanent minority as dhimmis with legally and socially inferior existence in Islam8,9.  Electronic Intifada labels PA President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as “collaborators”, and PA participation in peace talks as “collaboration”8, reminding readers that collaboration is punishable by death in the Territories.

The website contributes to the hate-sponsored war to delegitimize Israel via articles that:

(1) compare Israelis to Nazis10, claiming that the Nazi Holocaust has "long [been] deployed by Zionists to silence Israel’s critics"11,
(2) compare the Israeli press to the odious Nazi tabloid “Der Sturmer”12, and
(3) use apartheid rhetoric extensively to accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing13  and genocide14,22,
(4) views Zionism as intrinsically incompatible with human rights26,
(5) charges Israel with "near daily killing of children27, and its top rabbis with calling for genocide against Palestinians28, and that Israel is a ghetto for Jews, as he charges that Israel itself in its very Zionism holds that its own "Jews don't belong in 'diaspora' but must be corralled into a ghetto"29,

and in the yellow journalism of Electronic Intifada we also have regular "commentators" like Daniel McGowan defending Holocaust denial and revisionism15

Electronic Intifada: Pro-Violence / Anti-Peace
Moreover, Electronic Intifada promotes a culture of anti-Israel violence, and blatantly incites to active bloodshed and assault against Israel in asking, and answering, "Isn't it the time for another Palestinian revolution in the form of a third intifada?"16. In the same vein we have Electronic Intifada cofounder, and frequent contributor to Mondoweiss, Nigel Parry, explicitly justifying Palestinian violence against Israeli settlers19 while drawing an obscene moral equivalency between Palestinian assaults against civilians on the one hand, a manifest violation of international law and LOAC (the Law of Armed Conflict), and Israeli counter-terrorism initiatives on the other21, interlaced with articles in Electronic Intifada extolling the "hope" of the Hezbollah and Hamas terrorist organizations23,25 while cofounder and Contributing Editor Laurie King-Irani odiously and ridiculously charges the "Israel Lobby" with viewing the September 11th atrocity as a "gift" and a "real day of victory and glee" and control over "the entire US populace"24. And Ali Abunimah actually defends the terrorist Hamas policy of illegally, and in violation of international humanitarian law, blocking Red Cross visits to Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit20.

Issue after issue of Electronic Intifada brims with lies and hate: it cites as an “indicator for the success of the international [BDS] campaign”17  that the giant Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) “divested from almost all the Israeli companies in its portfolio”, which within a week was revealed to be another BDS hoax with direct contradiction from PFZW itself18, yet the lie is still repeated on BDS sites.

Electronic Intifada: The Nature of the Beast
Electronic Intifada: an extremist, peace-rejectionist, pro-violence and terrorist-excusing anti-Israel hate and propaganda machine. It serves not the cause of peace, nor the cause of Palestinians, nor of equitable justice in the Middle East.  



References

1.   Electronic Intifada's Executive Director and cofounder Ali Abunimah also serves as President and Director of MECCS, which also has operated under the aliases of "The Direct Aid Initiative", "Direct Aid Iraq" and "Electronic Iraq", among  others.  MECCS is shown as the Registrant Contact on the Domain Record for ElectronicIntifada.net [http://network-tools.com/default.asp?prog=express&host=electronicintifada.net].  MECCS claims 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization status although this has been disputed as illegitimate (Information Tax Violations by ISM and Affiliates), based on public IRS Form 990 filings (available from Guidestar).
2.   In addition to Ali Abunimah, lecturer and a researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago, the other ISM activists are Nigel Parry (formerly webmaster for the Bir Zeit University site), Arjan El Fassed (a human rights activist in the Netherlands), and Laurie King-Irani  (anthropologist,  former coordinator of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila, managing editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies in Washington).  Maureen Claire Murphy, a former Al-Haq employee, serves as Managing Editor (subpoenaed by the FBI in Dec 2010 to appear before a Federal Grand Jury for her work with the Palestine Solidarity Group).
3.  'Ophef rond The Electronic Intifada over één citaat'.  deVolkskrant (Dutch newspaper). 2 Dec 2010.  Translated at: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=nl&to=en&a=http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2808/Israelisch-Palestijns-conflict/article/detail/1067615/2010/12/02/Ophef-rond-The-Electronic-Intifada-over-een-citaat.dhtml.
4.   Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO). Funders. At: http://www.icco.eu/en/about-icco/funders.
5.    "Israeli Jews and the one-state solution". Electronic Intifada. 10 Nov 2009.
6.   Q and A with Ali Abunimah: (BDS) Conference keynote speaker at the 2009 Campus BDS Conference at Hampshire College. 20-22 Nov 2009].  At: http://www.usacbi.org/2009/11/q-and-a-with-ali-abunimah-bds-conference-keynote-speaker-at-hampshire-college/.
7.   "Boycotts work": An interview with Omar Barghouti". Electronic Intifada. 31 May 2009.
8.    "Why Israel Won't Survive," The Electronic Intifada. Jan. 19, 2009.
9.   "'One Country': An Interview with Ali Abunimah".  Electronic Intifada. 14 Dec 2006.
10.  "Israel’s Auschwitz Borders". Electronic Intifada.  Dec. 8, 2008.
11.  "Why Israel wont’ survive".  Electronic Intifada. Jan. 19, 2009.
12.  Ali Abunimah, writing as "Aninunu".  Twitter. 19 Oct 2010. [At: https://twitter.com/#!/avinunu/status/27868373240].
13.  "The mendacity of 'restraint'". Electronic Intifada. 4 Oct 2010.
14.  "Gaza civil society to UN chief: siege more than 'unacceptable'". Electronic Intifada. 22 Mar 2010.
15.  "What Does Holocaust Denial Really Mean?"  Dissident Voice. 17 Feb 2009.
16.  "Palestinians and desensitization: is it the time for a third intifada?". Electronic Intifada. 19 Jan 2012.
17.  "Major Dutch pension fund divests from occupation". Electronic Itifada. 12 Nov 2010.
18.  Ben Cohen. "Another Israel Divestment Hoax". Huff Post World. 19 Nov 2010.
19.  "The message of the mortars".  Electronic Intifada.  31 May 2001.
20.  "Is Israel right to complain that Hamas has denied Red Cross visits to Gilad Shalit?".  Ali  Abunimah Posterous Blog. 25 June 2010. At: http://aliabunimah.posterous.com/is-israel-right-to-complain-that-hamas-has-de.
21.  "The ‘targeted killing’ of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin".  Electronic Intifada.  22 Mar 2004.
22.  "The Gaza genocide".  Electronic Intifada. 2 Mar 2008.
23.  "Differing perceptions of Hezbollah".  Electronic Intifada.  24 Jul 2006.
24.  "ICCO and Electronic Intifada – funding extremism".  Missing Peace. 25 Jan 2011. At: http://missingpeace.eu/en/2011/01/icco-and-electronic-intifada-%E2%80%93-funding-extremism/.
25.  "Engaging Hamas and Hizballah".  Electronic Intifada.  29 Oct 2007.
26.  "Beyond the make-believe of negotiations".  Electronic Intifada. 4 Jun 2008.
27.  "Dehumanizing the Palestinians".  Electronic Intifada.  21 Sep 2007.
28.  "Zionism like classic anti-semitism . . . "  Ali Abunimah, writing as "Aninunu".  Twitter. 26 Oct 2010.  At: https://twitter.com/#!/Bstephjo/statuses/42419218972553216, and http://www.realclearworld.com/twitter/archive/index.php?date=10/26/2010.


evidence-based reports: our reporting


Imperative in this context is a new equity in geopolitics that eschews disproportionate approbation of one actor to the exclusion of all others while also acknowledging the competitive narratives of national ambition and identity in the Middle East, with the need for new engagement and negotiation. 

This misplaced and uncritical reliance on ideological and prejudicial sources has evolved to be a formidable obstacle to peace in the Middle East. It has led to what others have termed a new “soft powerlessness” for Israel whose legitimacy has been successively eroded and who stands accused and convicted in the international arena. And it helps account for the current moribund state of peace negotiation. We therefore realized that what is needed to overcome these barriers to peace is effective confrontation through the exposure and refutation of lawfare as practiced by anti-peace NGOs and obstructionist initiatives like BDS. This will in turn require a new rational and equitable discourse in addressing the clash of competitive nationalist aspirations for self-determination in the same land, in order to achieve a fair and durable peace in the Middle East for Israel, and for the Palestinians.

To that end, I as Director of Progressive Voices for Peace in the Middle East (PVPME) and a member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), have authored and compiled a series of evidence-based reports (EBRs) on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict which are founded on an objective critical systemic review of the core issues and a critical appraisal of the relevant arguments, sustained by scrupulous attention to and respect for principles of international and human rights law.  This demands (1) systematic review of all credible sources on an issue, (2) critical appraisal of all sources extracted for factual basis, (3) cross-confirmation of accuracy wherever viable, and (4) use of the highest caliber of sources available, with preference to peer-reviewed literature.

These evidence-based reports hone to the principles of the evidence-based paradigm and methodology as it has evolved from initial domain of application (medicine) into a broad spectrum of evidence-based practice and research
, in the form of evidence-based sociology, evidence-based education and evidence-based teaching, evidence-based psychology, evidence-based crime policy / policing, evidence-based  decision making /policy, evidence-based social work, among many others. We  also commit to industry-standards promulgated by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in their SPJ Code of Ethics, the guidelines for online  journalism issued by Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in their What are the ethics of online journalism?, and the elements of PIRC (Public-Interest Responsible Communication), especially the Verification Of The Reliability Of Sources, the Independent Verification of Factual Assertions, the Transparency with Sources, and Assessing Objectivity. (For a good summary, see Elements of "Responsible" Journalism of the Canadian Journalism Project, a project of The Canadian Journalism Foundation in collaboration with leading Canadian journalism schools and organizations). 




progressive voices for peace (PVPME)

Progressive Voices for Peace in the Middle East (PVPME), a Brooklyn based initiative, grew out of the recognition that these next-generation obstacles to peace require effective confrontation through counter-lawfare initiatives and the need for a new rational and equitable discourse in addressing the clash of competitive nationalist aspirations for self-determination in the same land.

Director, Constantine Kaniklidis



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