Photo Credit: courtesy, NGO Monitor
PCHR post, 'before' and 'after' intervention by NGO Monitor

An alert to European funders by the NGO Monitor has resulted in an NGO being forced to retract an inflammatory account of a terror attack.

On September 26, a Palestinian Authority terrorist murdered three Israeli security officers outside the Israeli neighborhood of Har Adar. The attacker was killed in the gunfight.

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A European-funded NGO, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), described this terror attack on its website as:

Israeli forces killed Nemer Mahmoud Jamal (37) from Beit Sorik village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem when 4 Israeli Border Guard officers at the entrance to ‘Har Adar’ settlement opened fire at him. Moreover, three Israeli soldiers were killed and the fourth was wounded.”

NGO Monitor informed PCHR’s funders – the governments of Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark – that such distortions are inconsistent with human rights reporting.

“This week, received a response from the Swiss Ambassador to Israel stating that the post on PCHR’s website had been removed and that the Swiss government “carefully investigates all the allegations against its partners’ organizations and takes measures, if necessary,” a spokesperson for NGO Monitor said.

NGO Monitor’s due diligence in bringing PCHR’s false claims to the attention of its European funders led them to take action, the organization pointed out.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.