Event: ‘European Governments and the BDS Wars: Public Opposition, Private Support?’


steinbergmurrayTIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Thursday 19th May 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKERS: Professor Gerald Steinberg, Founder and President of NGO Monitor,
Douglas Murray, Associate Director at The Henry Jackson Society

For a summary of this event click here

The UK, EU, and other EU governments together provide hundreds of millions of pounds and euros annually to numerous NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and charities around the world. It is sometimes the case however, that funding agencies such as DFID and the parliamentary oversight committees scrutinising their work do not examine the actual activities carried out by NGOs. As a consequence, certain radical NGOs are able to carry out activities promoting anti-Semitism and demonization of the State of Israel, in violation of the official policy of those very governments providing their funding. So just who are these NGOs and why are they able to circumvent governmental positions on issues like the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign against Israel? And why is taxpayers’ money allowed to be subverted in such a fashion?

By kind invitation of Baroness Deech The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Gerald Steinberg, Founder and President of NGO Monitor and Douglas Murray, Associate Director, The Henry Jackson Society, who will be discussing the role European governments play in the BDS war, and how by providing independent analysis of NGO agendas and holding funders accountable, this process can be reversed.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.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.

Professor Gerald Steinberg is Founder and President of NGO Monitor and Professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He is also Founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University. Professor Steinberg’s research focuses on the changing nature of power in international relations, as reflected in Middle East Diplomacy and Security, The Politics of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Israeli Politics and Arms Control. He was awarded a prestigious Israel Science Foundation grant, (2008); served as team leader, Israel at the Polls chapters on the peace process and Israel-American relations (1988-2005); member of Israel Council of Foreign Affairs; advisory board of the Israel Law Review International; appointed to the Israel Higher-Education Council, Committee on Public Policy (2013); and was an academic participant in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ICCA.

Douglas Murray is the Associate Director at The Henry Jackson Society, having joined in April 2011. He previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank studying extremism and terrorism in the UK. A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, Douglas is a regular columnist for both the Spectator and Standpoint and writes frequently for a variety of other publications, including the Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. A prolific debater, Douglas has spoken on a variety of prominent platforms, including at the British and European Parliaments and the White House and appears often on the UK’s top political debate programmes such as BBC’s Newsnight and Question Time. He has authored books on neoconservatism, terrorism and national security as well as on freedom of speech. Such titles include Neoconservatism: Why We Need It and Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and the Saville Inquiry.


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