University should not host Bassem Eid

​Palestine Human Rights Campaign appalled that lone Zionist Palestinian propagandist invited to NZ – 27.08.15

bassemThe Palestine Human Rights Campaign is appalled that lobby groups have invited Bassem Eid, founder of the now debunked Palestine Human Rights Monitoring Group, to speak in New Zealand. Zionist lobbying groups have assigned him the task of undermining pro-Palestine solidarity activism with a special focus on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

In 2005 Palestinian civil society called for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestinian lands and complies with international law and respect Palestinian rights.

PHRC spokesperson Tuma Hazou, himself a Palestinian refugee, says ” BDS is a non-violent initiative and allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice. But the growth of global support for BDS has alarmed Israel and a budget of 100 million shekels has been set aside to counter its impact”.

Israeli-sponsored Zionist and pro-Israeli groups have countered with a hasbara (PR) campaign against all BDS initiatives and activists. Bassem Eid teamed with anti-Palestinian former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz as the main speakers at last March’s Stand With Us Anti-BDS Conference in Los Angeles to combat the boycott movement against Israel.

Eid has regularly engaged in outlandish attacks on the growing BDS movement, but finding a Palestinian willing to adopt and parrot the same hysterical, anti-Palestinian ranting makes Eid a particularly valuable asset for racist, Zionist organizations dedicated to undermining Palestinian rights.

Hazou observes that ” Eid has willingly and wholeheartedly embraced his very lucrative role as a token Palestinian working not only to undermine Palestinian solidarity in support of the inalienable Palestinian human rights, but also to blame the Palestinians themselves for their own massacres at the hands of the Israeli military”. Why? Because Eid claims that they fail to rebel against both Hamas in Gaza and Fatah and the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank. He does not criticize Israel for the mass punishment and its war crimes against Palestinians as indicted by the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and leading Israel human rights organisations such as B’Tselem and the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions.

Bassem Eid has been calling upon the Palestinians to adopt non-violent means to attain their rights, yet he denounces the BDS campaign which is in essence a non-violent strategy adopted by the full spectrum of Palestinian civil society and supported by a growing global human rights movement. Tuma states that “Eid is a lone voice and DOES NOT speak for the oppressed Palestinians, although he shamelessly claims to speak for the “reasonable, peace-loving” element among the Palestinian people. Meanwhile he adopts the most extreme, right-wing Zionist positions and tours the world on behalf of the usurping apartheid Israel”.

The University of Auckland Business School and the Mira Szaszy Research Centre for Maori and Pacific Economic Development should have declined to host Bassem Eid. However the Fabian Society has pulled out of hosting his lecture. Eid has been brought here by the Astor Foundation (a Zionist organisation.)

The promotional materials being circulated about Eid and his lecture, also appear to be highly misleading, claiming that he represents a voice of Palestinian human rights. The Israeli Embassy in NZ was previously promoting Eid’s lecture on their web site, although now that the event has been outed as Zionist propoganda, the embassy seems to have hidden its promotions of it.

This is what the Israeli Embassy of NZ had previously published on its web site and the information which was circulated in Auckland to promote the event:

You are invited to a seminar by Bassem Eid, a human rights activist, political analyst and commentator on Palestinian domestic affairs, at the University of Auckland on Friday 28 August.

Can the plight of Palestinian rights and justice be resolved by the UN and international level initiatives?

Born in Jerusalem, Bassem spent the first 33 years of his life in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Shuafat refugee camp. He became a prominent figure during the Palestinian uprising from 1987 to1993 as senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli information centre for human rights in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

His views are based on years of systematic research of Palestinians, including during the 2014 fighting in Gaza. He speaks about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and discusses why Europeans stopped funding his Palestinian NGO.

Bassem has spent 26 years researching UNRWA policies and has written extensively on reform.

He travels widely lecturing on the Palestine-Israel conflict. In recent years he has visited Canada, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Korea, Australia and Russia.

This event is bought to you by the Astor Foundation in conjunction with the Mira Szászy Research Centre and the New Zealand Fabian Society.

Please register for the event using the button on the right – we hope to see you there.
The Mira Szászy Research Centre


This information has since been removed from the Israeli Embassy of NZ website.

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