Here is a recurring theme seen throughout the West, but especially regarding Israel: Hopelessly-biased "Human Rights" groups that consistently bash those Western democracies that protect human rights in order to help their enemies who don't. Orwell would be proud.
Organizations such as B’tselem, Ir Amim and Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) who receive funds from the European Union... are primarily using their resources to promote an overtly anti-Israel agenda.
Ignoring the ancient Jewish presence in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, disrupted only by their eviction (ethnic cleansing) and the Jordanian occupation between 1948-67, B’tselem and Ir Amim erroneously label residents of the neighborhood as ‘settlers’, in order to strengthen their political campaign against the return of the Jewish population. Similarly, excavations and archaeological activity in the City of David, a site that is central to Jerusalem’s Biblical heritage, is delegitimized by Ir Amim as part of an Israeli settlement plan.
In a further attempt to stigmatize the Israeli presence in Jerusalem, and erase the scars of mass terror attacks, the separation barrier is portrayed by B’tselem and Bimkom (funded by EU and New Israel Fund) as an attempt to annex land, disregarding Israel’s legitimate security concerns. Similarly, the Jerusalem Municipality’s actions to prevent illegal construction are dismissed as an excuse to ruthlessly destroy Palestinian homes by B’tselem and ARIJ, who falsely describe these policies as Israeli attempts to ‘erase all trace of Palestinian existence’ in Jerusalem.
These NGO political power and publicity campaigns have a significant impact on international policy towards Jerusalem. A position paper released by the European Union in December 2008 showed the degree to which such NGO claims, based on EU funded “reports” were copied directly, totally disregarding Israel’s historical and legal rights in Jerusalem. The EU position paper’s inference that the building of a synagogue at the Western Wall plaza could adversely impact Muslim sites directly reflects an Ir Amim report. Meanwhile statistics in the same paper claiming that only 12% of East Jerusalem is used for Palestinian residential purposes and that the Palestinian population represents only between 5-10% of the municipal budget are taken directly from B’tselem reports, without any independent confirmation. B’tselem is a highly political organization whose claims have been consistently shown to be based on Palestinian sources and to be inaccurate.
NGO Monitor’s Executive Director, Prof, Gerald Steinberg commented “The status of Jerusalem is one of the central and most sensitive issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The flow of European government funds, including from the EU, to political organizations such as B’tselem and Ir Amim, for use in the political war against Israel on the issue of Jerusalem is one of the most damaging aspects of European funding directed against Israel. Similarly, these NGOs should not be abusing their moral claims on human rights and coexistence in order to support efforts to turn back the clock to the dark days of 1948-1967, when no Jews could live or even visit the Old City and the Jewish sacred sites.”