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Israeli NGO Curiously Silent on Hamas Human Rights Abuses

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A pro-Hamas rally in Ramallah. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A pro-Hamas rally in Ramallah. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Gisha is an Israel-based NGO that calls itself the “legal center for freedom of movement” concentrating on the rights of Gazans and goods to go in and out of Gaza.

While it has a website, a blog, and a Twitter account, somehow it missed this widely reported story:

A group of 37 orphans from Gaza Strip were prevented from crossing into Israel Sunday after Hamas backtracked from a deal reached to allow the kids to tour the Jewish state, saying the tour was an attempt to “brainwash” the kids. The indicent took place amid claims of clashes along the border between the IDF and Palestinians.

The group, comprised of children aged 5 to 12 whose fathers were killed in the 50-day summer war between Hamas and Israel, were all ready to go at the border crossing with Israel when Hamas rescinded its initial agreement to the visit.

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Wouldn’t this be right up Gisha’s alley – Gazans being denied the right to freely travel? Not to mention that they are orphans! How could Gisha miss this?

A look through their archives finds that it missed some other stories as well: my story earlier today of Hamas blocking certain Israeli items from being imported, Hamas not allowing sick Gaza children from traveling to Egypt, Hamas stopping human rights workers from leaving Gaza, Hamas banning Fatah politicians from going to the West Bank, and others – all that involve daily violations of the rights of movement by Hamas against Gazans that are even more restrictive than Israeli regulations.

Gisha will talk about Egyptian closures of the Rafah crossing. But as far as I can tell, this Israeli NGO cannot find a negative thing to say about Hamas actions hurting the freedom of movement of people and goods from and to Gaza!

Gisha has a budget of about a million dollars a year, and is funded by donors such as the European Commission, United Kingdom, Oxfam GB, Trocaire, Oxfam Novib (the Netherlands), Irish Aid, Norway, UNDP, Broederlijk Delen, and NDC (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands).

Isn’t it interesting that such a lavishly funded NGO will not say anything against a terror group that violates every aspect of freedom of movement in Gaza that Gisha supposedly monitors?

Gisha claims to be non-partisan – yet it cannot find anything wrong with Hamas’ actions in Gaza against its people. That is a pretty large blind spot for a “non-partisan” organization.

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