What’s in a name? The umbrella term NGO is misleading; it’s time to distinguish between virtuous causes and groups that have reprehensible political agendas.
Robbie Sabel’s Hot chocolate, life insurance and NGOs is worth reading in its own right. Anyone who has ever attempted Israel Advocacy has seen how much damage well-funded groups, who claim not to be anti Zionist, but always somehow seem to be on the side of lawfare, BDS and human rights conferences (such as UN Durban) that are turned into hate-Israel fests, can do. All in the best interest of Truth, Justice and the Israeli way, of course. His suggestion to distinguish the benign from the vicious by labels should be considered seriously.
For some time I have considered calling them For their own good groups. This is in-line with the Theobald Jews† who always introduce themselves as ‘As a Jew’ then go on to rubbish Israel, the country founded to provide them shelter in adversity. According to the Benedictine monk Thomas of Monmouth in his The Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich (1173), it was an apostate Jew, a certain Theobald, who, swore that Jews had killed twelve-year old William, a tanner’s apprentice, to fulfill their “Passover blood ritual” in the fateful year of 1144—the first recorded such episode in a long line of murderous defamations. Did you know that? I didn’t either, which I why I call them As a Jews.
Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are defined by the World Bank as private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development. It’s a great cover for an anti Israel agenda. Sabel suggests that instead of calling them NGOs, we should differentiate between genuine do-gooders and groups out to sully the Jewish state and label them more appropriately Interest Groups. That is what Five Minutes for Israel intends to do from now on.
† For more information (some of which I borrowed) check out Jewish Self Hatred for Dummies by David Solway