Oopsie, NGO Monitor Hauled Into Court, Apologizes for Smearing Palestinian NGO

Prof. Gerald Steinberg: liar, liar pants on fire

The next time any respectable news media outlet quotes or interviews Gerald Steinberg, I’d hope they’d note that his NGO Monitor was hauled into Israeli court for smearing the reputation of a Palestinian NGO by claiming that it “justified violence.”  The group in question, the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), whose purpose is to “promote applied research, technology transfers, sustainable development, and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources,” did not take kindly to this libel and responded with a lawsuit.  Prof. Steinberg was forced to eat humblepie and released this “Correction” which should have also included the title “Apology:”

Correction to NGO Monitor´s 20 October, 2005 report on Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

NGO Monitor

February 13, 2007

CORRECTIONIn NGO Monitor’s 20 October 2005 report, “Analysis of NGO Funding: Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC),” the summary mistakenly included the following sentence: “These groups [Al Mezan, ARIJ and Dev.tv] emphasize external issues including the justification of violence, rather than contributing to internal norms of good governance and civil society.”

We regret this error and the sentence has now been removed.

Professor Gerald Steinberg, Executive Director, NGO Monitor

Caveat emptor…This man is a propagandist with no concern for the truth and anyone who buys what he peddles risks harming their journalistic credibility and reputation.  H/t to NGO Monitor’s “monitor.”