Human Rights and Hot Coffee

Human Rights and Hot Coffee
Current events in Israel through the eyes of human rights, international law and international relations.

Dr. Yossi Beilin and Prof. Gerald Steinberg on the Israel-UAE-Bahrain Agreements
Sep 17 • 26 min
On September 15, a historic ceremony took place at the White House. Israel signed a peace treaty with the UAE and a peace declaration with Bahrain. With the Oslo Accords having been signed 26 years ago, is Israel’s normalization with Arab countries a…
Netherlands Halts Funding to Terror-Linked NGO
Jul 24 • 11 min
On July 20, the Dutch government acknowledged funding the salaries of two NGO employees later indicted for the murder of 17-year-old Rina Shnerb. What led to this dramatic turnaround and what does it mean for future government funding to terror-tied…
Are governments lobbying themselves?
Jul 16 • 20 min
NGO Monitor recently discovered a grant approved by the Belgian government aimed at “mitigating pro-Israel voices.” This is not the first time we’ve identified government funding to advocacy groups that lobby those same governments. Join our host Yona…
Behind the Scenes: EU Clamps Down on Terror Funding
Jun 25 • 26 min
In June, the Palestinian NGO Badil revealed that it was locked out of a 1.7 Million Euro EU grant, because it refused to sign an agreement that no funds would be allocated to terror-linked actors. Join our host Yona Schiffmiller and our Vice President…
Where is UN COVID-19 aid money really going?
May 27 • 13 min
NGO Monitor’s new report lays out the UN’s COVID-19 humanitarian aid program for the West Bank and Gaza. Where is this money going? Who are the UN’s partners on the ground? Are donor governments aware of the potential abuse of their funds by…
Oxfam: Dead terrorists are victims
May 21 • 21 min
On this week’s episode, we dive into one of the worst examples of fact finding in the Arab-Israeli conflict, as Oxfam features UN data that labels armed Palestinian terrorists as victims in its push for an arms embargo and other BDS measures against…
Exposed: The ICC Targets Democracies
Apr 23 • 57 min
Who is supplying information to the ICC, as it seeks to investigate American, British, and Israeli officials? How should these countries respond? Tune into this week’s episode with Col. Richard Kemp, Anne Herzberg, and Prof. Gerald Steinberg as they…
Even COVID19 Doesn’t Stop the Israel Bashers
Mar 26 • 15 min
Even during a global pandemic, blind criticism of Israel continues to be the strategy of choice for many NGOs. NGO Monitor is maintaining a running digest of absurd NGO statements regarding COVID-19, including comparing Israeli policy to the virus….
Calling out the ICC’s Baseless Standards
Mar 19 • 18 min
In December 2019, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor announced that she had sufficient evidence to begin a formal investigation of war crimes committed in the West Bank and Gaza. This week NGO Monitor and our partners submitted an amicus to…
Human Rights Watch Caught Red Handed
Mar 4 • 19 min
A recent news article uncovered a massive conflict of interest at Human Rights Watch. Director Ken Roth solicited money from a human rights violating Saudi businessman. One of the funding conditions was that the funds would not be used to promote gay…
UN Publishes BDS Blacklist
Feb 13 • 16 min
On February 12, the UN published its discriminatory blacklist of companies doing business with Israel. How were the companies on the list chosen? How will this list effect Israeli and Palestinians? Join our host Yona Schiffmiller and UN Expert and Legal…
Prof. Steinberg’s take on the Deal of the Century
Feb 5 • 24 min
Last week, President Trump released the Deal of the Century, his peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians. Is it a realistic plan? What does Israel’s treaty with Egypt teach us about negotiations with the Palestinians? How have NGOs framed…
Does the ICC have jurisdiction to take Israel to court?
Jan 30 • 23 min
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court recently announced that she intends to investigate alleged war crimes in the “State of Palestine.” Does she have jurisdiction over alleged crimes in the West Bank and Gaza? How is she defining…
Palestinian NGOs Reject EU Anti-Terror Clause
Jan 23 • 21 min
After years of NGO Monitor work, the EU added a new funding clause stating that no European money can be given to terrorists and their allies. Palestinian NGOs are not happy. Tune in to this week’s episode where our host Yona Schiffmiller and Naftali…
US Special Envoy Elan Carr on Antisemitism
Jan 9 • 22 min
Human Rights and Antisemitism
ICC War Crimes Prosecution and PFLP-linked NGOs
Dec 25, 2019 • 16 min
What links the murder of Rina Schnerb in a terrorist bombing to the threat of war crimes prosecution against Israeli officials? Which European governments are trying to drag Israel to The Hague? Find out in this week’s episode as our host Yona…
Corbyn, Civil Society, and Antisemitism
Dec 5, 2019 • 28 min
Corbyn, Civil Society and Antisemitism
Gaza Kids Betrayed by International NGOs
Nov 28, 2019 • 15 min
Last week was Universal Children’s Day, a day to promote the rights of children around the globe. But are human rights groups actually protecting the rights of all children? Why is the Swedish government sponsoring a project with an Islamic Jihad-run…
Human Rights Watch v. The State of Israel
Nov 21, 2019 • 26 min
On November 5, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected Human Rights Watch’s demand that Israel renew “Israel/Palestine Director” Omar Shakir’s work visa- acknowledging his BDS activism. How did the court come to this decision? What was NGO Monitor’s role in…
Is Assassinating an Islamic Jihad Leader a War Crime?
Nov 14, 2019 • 14 min
As the IDF and Islamic Jihad traded fire throughout the week, the legality of Israeli actions in Gaza was once again scrutinized by human rights groups. On this week’s episode our host Yona Schiffmiller sits down with NGO Monitor legal expert Anne…
I is for Intifada, J is for JVP
Nov 6, 2019 • 21 min
A children’s book, P is for Palestine, recently brought heated debate to a small town in central New Jersey. We looked into the event and found that a much larger well funded campaign was behind this conflict. Who was involved? What was the role of…
A Good UN Report on Antisemitism?
Oct 30, 2019 • 23 min
Who is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Antisemitism? Is the UN report on antisemitism actually helping to combat it? How does Israel fit into this report? Can this report help bring about change? Join us this week as our host Yona Schiffmiller and UN…
NGO Official Arrested for Murder?
Oct 3, 2019 • 18 min
On August 23, 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered while hiking with her family. Earlier this week, Israel announced it apprehended Rina’s murderers. Samer Arbid, who allegedly both assembled and detonated the deadly device, formerly worked as an…
Benny Gantz War Criminal?? Lawfare’s newest target.
Sep 25, 2019 • 21 min
A civil suit was filed in the Netherlands, accusing Benny Gantz of committing war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war. Will he be tried?
Annexing the Jordan Valley?
Sep 16, 2019 • 22 min
The role of NGOs and foreign governments in the fight between Israeli and Palestinian control over Area C.
Episode 18: Martin Sampson of CIJA on Canada, UNRWA and Funding Guidelines
Mar 20, 2019 • 25 min
Canadian Funding Guidelines and Support for BDS
Episode 17: Col. Richard Kemp on Gaza Border Riots
Mar 14, 2019 • 26 min
Colonel Richard Kemp discusses the UN’s Commission of Inquiry into the 2018 Gaza border riots
Episode 16: Military Justice in the West Bank
Mar 6, 2019 • 33 min
NGOs and Military Justice in the West Bank
Episode 15: NGO Monitor in Serbia
Feb 28, 2019 • 15 min
NGO Monitor’s Vice President Olga Deutsch discusses her recent appearance in the Serbian parliament in Belgrade, and that country’s relationship with civil society and foreign government support for local NGOs.
Episode 14 - Development Aid and Corrupt Regimes
Feb 21, 2019 • 21 min
Negative Aspects of Development Aid
Episode 13: Hen Mazzig: What makes BDS activists tick?
Feb 12, 2019 • 27 min
BDS around the world
Episode 12: Disrupting Terror Funding
Feb 7, 2019 • 21 min
Disrupting Terror Funding
Episode 11: Amnesty International’s Campaign Denying Jewish History
Jan 31, 2019 • 22 min
This week Amnesty International published a new report targeting tourism to holy and historic sites in Israel and the West Bank. Amnesty’s BDS campaign attacks the Western Wall, City of David, and the Cave of the Patriarchs, alleging that visitors to…
Episode 10: New Faces in Washington and Shifting Views on Israel
Jan 24, 2019 • 22 min
Is there reason to be concerned about new faces in Washington and their positions on Israel? How will the relationship between Israel and the US be affected? What is the role of NGOs in this shift?
Episode 9: The World Council of Churches’ Training Camp for Anti-Israel Advocacy
Jan 17, 2019 • 20 min
NGO Monitor’s new report that uncovers the funding for and activities of EAPPI, the WCC’s anti-Israel political advocacy program.
Episode 8: Teaching Kids to Hate: Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks
Jan 10, 2019 • 34 min
Palestinian Incitement in Textbooks
Episode 7: Is this a war crime?
Jan 3, 2019 • 31 min
Understanding the legal terms surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict
Episode 6: Policy Changes and NGO Terror Ties: 2018 in Reflection and Looking Forward
Dec 27, 2018 • 23 min
Learn about the important developments in 2018 and what to expect in the coming year.
Episode 5: Avi Mayer and Olga Deutsch Take Stock of Israel-Diaspora Relations
Dec 18, 2018 • 42 min
Avi Mayer and Olga Deutsch Take Stock of Israel Diaspora Relations
Episode 4: Hillel Neuer and Anne Herzberg- What’s Wrong with the UN Human Rights Council?
Dec 13, 2018 • 38 min
What’s Wrong with the UN Human Rights Council?
Episode 3: Government funding vs private funding: What’s the difference?
Dec 6, 2018 • 24 min
Learn about the difference between government and private funding of political NGOs.
Episode 2: Human Rights Reports- Fact or Fiction?
Nov 29, 2018 • 25 min
How to fix the broken process of human rights reporting and fact finding
Episode 1: Why Airbnb left the West Bank
Nov 22, 2018 • 28 min
Understand the driving force behind Airbnb’s decision to leave Israeli settlements in the West Bank.