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NGOs and Israel – An undermining relationship?
TIME: 18:00-19:00, Thursday 3rd March 2016
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP, London
SPEAKERS: Mr Tuvia Tenenbom, author of Catch the Jew! and journalist
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Picture a group of Italian students visiting Israel on an organised tour focused on how and why the Israeli government violates human rights and breaks international law. And then imagine that the NGO sponsoring said tour has organised for the students’ exposure to be solely to those who speak the worst about Israel and its Jews.
In his book Catch The Jew!, Tuvia Tenenbom recounts his experience of meeting this group of Italian students visiting Israel, travelling with the organisation Casa per la Pace Milano, which in fact is partially funded by the European Commission. Deeper discoveries are unearthed as the undercover Israeli playwright further explores the truth behind NGOs claiming to promote moral agendas. The NGO Monitor observes one hundred and fifty non-governmental organisations that claim to promote human rights but use anti-Semitic themes and imagery, and furthermore, fifty of these are funded by Germany or German foundations, and are pro-Palestinian.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with theatre director, playwright, author, journalist, and essayist Tuvia Tenenbom, who will talk about European-funded human rights NGOs and their relationship with Israel.
To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.
Tuvia Tenenbom is a theatre director, playwright, author, journalist, essayist and the founding artistic director of the Jewish Theater of New York, the only English-speaking Jewish theatre in New York City. Tenenbom was called the “founder of a new form of Jewish theatre” by the French newspaper Le Monde and a “New Jew” by the Maariv.
Tenenbom’s book Catch the Jew! recounts his adventures as he wanders around Israel, extracting information, sentiments, theories and visions that motivate the people there. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Catch the Jew! offers “one of the more interesting portraits of Palestinian politics to have appeared in English”. It reached the #1 spot on a number of Israeli best seller lists, and has received major praise by Israeli and German critics.