An international organization closely linked to the New Israel Fund (NIF) has blamed Israel for causing an increased incidence of leukemia in Gaza, while claiming that Hamas suffers from unfair discrimination and has the right to “self defense." The organization also characterized Israel as “bleating” about anti-Semitism and accused its soldiers of "merrily" shooting innocents.
The organization is the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a 95-year old pacifist group that has a United Nations office and national sections in 37 countries, including Israel and “Palestine.” The Israel section of WILPF is a member of the NIF-sponsored umbrella group Women's Coalition for Peace. It has condemned Israel's Cast Lead operation and the Gaza flotilla raid, while stopping short of openly praising Hamas. However, a perusal of statements by other WILPF committees and sections shows them lavishing compliments on the terror group and attacking Israel venomously.
Hamas 'good at keeping the peace'
In its 2010 “Statement on Palestine,”
WILPF's Middle East Committee blames Cast Lead and the IDF closure of Gaza for terrible health problems: “Because of the war and the siege, Gaza has suffered health epidemics, including greatly increased birth defects and leukemia,” it says. There is no reference to a study or any other source that backs up these claims.
In advocacy of Hamas, the report further states that “the U.S. unjustly calls Hamas 'terrorist' and thus requires the Palestinian Authority Police to arrest or otherwise persecute Hamas affiliates... Hamas is being badly discriminated against by the U.S. and Israel because of its religious beliefs.”
“The problem is that the United States quite unjustly has kept Hamas on the terrorist list even though Hamas is very good at keeping the peace,” the committee states. Elsewhere it says that “Hamas renounced terrorism in 2004, and is very good about renouncing violence in action not just in words through ceasefires, both unilateral and bilateral, as long as Israel does not violate them. However, it retains the right of self-defense.”
The statements issued by the “Palestine” section of WILPF evoke anti-Semitic associations. In a June 3 statement following the Gaza flotilla events, the organization stated: “For over fifty years successive Israeli governments have been slaughtering Palestinians, confiscating their land, denying their identity, turning Palestinian lives into a patchwork quilt of raw struggle, and merrily adopting a policy and practice of 'shoot to kill' on sight.”
A soldier 'scattering a child's brains'
Another statement by the “Palestine” section of WILPF is titled “Zion: Beyond the Pale.”
It accuses Israel of “the extra-judicial killings of men, women and children and the trauma of witnessing such acts as an Israeli soldier in full battle gear crouched on one knee his target a child, whose brains are scattered on a local rubbish heap.”
There is no record of any incident of this type, but there is hard proof of dozens of Arab murders of Israeli children, among them ten month old Shalhevet Pas, a Jewish baby in Hevron, killed by an Arab sniper who trained his rifle on her head from a window overlooking the park in which she lay in her stroller, and Daniel Shefi, five years old, hiding under her bed, shot in the head at close range by an Arab terorist. who invaded her home in dead of night, the pregnant Tali Hatuel and her four daughters, killed from close range as their car was attacked on the way to Ashkelon by an Gazan Arab terrorist.
Providing no sources,names or dates for its accusations, and ignoring over 1000 proven Jewish civilian victims of terror in the 2000-2006 post Oslo Intifada including the examples cited above, it continues: “The shooting of infants, and young children, the abuse of them when used as human shield could happen on no other place on earth.”
“This is Gaza: a population of 1.5 million people kept in formaldehyde,” it states.
The group says that Israel is unlikely to investigate itself. Instead, it writes: “It will bleat anti-Semitism and transform all accusations into arrogant rhetoric as has already occurred in relation to the Goldstone report.”
The NIF got in trouble with the Israeli public and some of its Jewish donors worldwide
in February when it became known that the groups it sponsors were responsible for 92% of the accusing quotes from Israeli sources in the infamous Goldstone report. NIF President Naomi Chazan was blasted by grassroots Zionist student movement Im Tirtzu for signing a petition against the Cast Lead counter-terror offensive that called the operation a “massacre.”