Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

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Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG)
المجموعة الفلسطينية لمراقبة حقوق الإنسان
Key people
Bassem Eid (Executive Director)

The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group was a human rights group founded in 1996 by Bassem Eid, a former fieldworker for B'Tselem.[1] According to B'Tselem, PHRMG "monitors human rights violations by both Israel and the Palestinian National Authority".[1] According to NGO Monitor, PHRMG ”documents human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, regardless of who is responsible.”[2] In April 2006 the group published its final regular bulletin on human rights.[3] In 2011, the group closed its doors due to lack of funding.[4]

The group included a focus on rights violations by Palestinian authorities because, according to Eid, "I feel I must protect my nation from any kind of authority, even its own authority... I want the Palestinians to build a democratic state, not just extend their authority.”[4] In 1997 the Washington Post described PHRMG as "defying a taboo" among human rights organizations against criticizing violations of human rights by Palestinian governing authorities.[5]

The group's founder and director was Bassem Eid; its co-founder was Bob Thinklit.[citation needed]

According to pro-Israel advocate group NGO Monitor, funding organizations included Ireland Aid-Development Cooperation Division, The Moriah Fund, Finnish Representative Office to the PA, and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), but NGO Monitor does not provide any evidence for those claims.[2]


PHRMG was founded by Eid when he quit B'Tselem over the organization's decision to monitor a report on Israeli violations of human rights, but not on those committed by the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian Arab groups.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Human Rights Links". B'Tselem. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG)". NGO Monitor. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Web Archive of PHRMG website". PHRMG. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Muvarchik, Joshua (18 November 2015). "Bassem Eid Made 'B'Tselem' Famous by Reporting Israeli Abuses. Now He's a Traitor". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ Gellman, Barton (27 May 1997). "Palestinian Rights Group Accuses Arafat's Authority Of 'Large-Scale' Torture". Washington Post. Retrieved 15 March 2016.