- Dec 6, 2009
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Incitement campaigns against Palestinian rights defenders are disingenuous and inaccurate and should be treated as such by European governments and NGOs
This disinformation campaign has now suffered a key setback after the Dutch government issued a comprehensive rebuttal of smears levelled at the Gaza-based Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights.
Earlier this year, NGO Monitor had published a report on Al Mezan’s supposed "ties" to "terror", a report which prompted questions to the Dutch government - a funder of the centre – by legislators from the ultra-nationalist Party for Freedom (PVV), including its far-right leader, Geert Wilders.
The response from the Dutch authorities, however, demolished NGO Monitor’s allegations.
Some of the "evidence" was dismissed as nothing more than guilt by association. Even more embarrassingly, NGO Monitor repeatedly used sources that were actually about completely different people with similar names – including, in one case, someone who was actually dead.