France on Wednesday condemned the French NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) for distributing
a film that solely blames Israel for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Broken Hopes,” whose bias was revealed through research by NGO Monitor, presents the views of three anti-Israel spokespeople who are in various ways connected to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions (BDS) movement or to organizations that oppose Israel’s existence.
The film “presents a unilateral and partial story of Palestinian ‘victimization’” and disregards the Palestinian Authority’s “corruption regarding the management of aid received from the international community,” AJC France Chair René-Pierre Azria wrote to the president of ACF in Paris, Stéphanie Rivoal.
“This biased portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not only unfair to Israel itself, but it also contributes to a negative view of the Jewish state and the Jewish people in parts of French public opinion,” Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, director of the AJC Paris office, told JNS.org.
“Semantic falsehood and one-sided media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been present in much of France's media since the beginning of the second Intifada,” Rodan-Benzaquen added.
NGO Monitor noted that ACF’s bias is not limited to the film.
“ACF repeats the Palestinian narrative of the conflict, erasing all complexities,” NGO Monitor said. “For instance, an ACF July 2013 report described the blockade of Gaza as a ‘denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law and amounts to collective punishment.’”