Human Rights patch

July 16, 2009 at 10:47 am | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Israel | Leave a comment

Human Rights Watch is often accused of being anti-Israeli, producing biased reports about Israeli actions and ingoring vast Human Rights violations in many other countries. Their reports on the last wars in Lebanon and Gaza or about Israel in general might show that or not – depending if you are willing to be critical about them. But now they themselves have done something point that out.

A fundraising group of HRW went to Saudi Arabia to meet state officials in order to make them become donors. Quite insane, isn’t it? A Human Rights Organisation meets with officials to one of the severe Human Rights violaters to get money from them to protect Human Rights. And what do they do there?

The delegation arrived to raise money from wealthy Saudis by highlighting HRW’s demonization of Israel. An HRW spokesperson, Sarah Leah Whitson, highlighted HRW’s battles with “pro-Israel pressure groups in the US, the European Union and the United Nations.” (…)

Finally, some would defend HRW by pointing it that it has criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record rather severely in the past. The point of my post, though, is not that HRW is pro-Saudi, but that it is maniacally anti-Israel. The most recent manifestation is that its officers see nothing unseemly about raising funds among the elite of one of the most totalitarian nations on earth, with a pitch about how the money is needed to fight “pro-Israel forces,” without the felt need to discuss any of the Saudis’ manifold human rights violations, and without apparent concern that becoming dependent on funds emanating from a brutal dictatorship leaves you vulnerable to that brutal dictatorship later cutting off the flow of funds, if you don’t “behave.”

Jeffrey Goldberg – who says about himself, that he is “not one of the people who believes that Human Rights Watch is reflexively anti-Israel” – couldn’t believe that and so he asked the executive director of Human Rights Watch. And after a lot of back and forth he evantually came to the conclusion:

In other words, yes, the director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division is attempting to raise funds from Saudis, including a member of the Shura Council (which oversees, on behalf of the Saudi monarchy, the imposition in the Kingdom of the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic law) in part by highlighting her organization’s investigations of Israel, and its war with Israel’s “supporters,” who are liars and deceivers. It appears as if Human Rights Watch, in the pursuit of dollars, has compromised its integrity.

Human Rights with guardians of that ilk, do not need enemies no longer.

(Found on Yaacov Lozowick’s blog.)

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