September 06, 2007

HRW's damage can't be undone

I am pleased that we are pursuing and exposing Human Rights Watch, including the Executive Director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa Division, Sarah Leah Whitson, who wrote a letter to "Dear President Ahmadinejad" which began with, "We [at HRW] are aware that you have recently expressed great concern about the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, citing in particular the large numbers of Lebanese civilian victims of this conflict."

As John Perazzo describes, "HRW believes that Ahmadinejad can be reasoned with. Ms. Whitson seems unaware Ahmadinejad has repeatedly, unabashedly characterized Israel as a loathsome "tumor" whose civilians and non-civilians alike "must be wiped off the map" of the planet earth."

Clearly, Sarah Leah Whitson is not unaware. Ahmadinejad's position on his disgust for Israel has been public for at least a year now.

Human Rights Watch, including Ken Roth and Sarah Leah Whitson are human rights frauds. Behind their overpaid positions at HRW lies their lust for power, and, only they know how powerful they feel inside when they denigrate Israel just so that they can validate their puny existence.

After the Iranian bombs fall, Israel will still be here. Where will you be, Ken Roth? Via JPost:

During last year's conflict with Hizbullah, Human Rights Watch led the condemnation and political campaign against Israel, repeatedly using terms such as "indiscriminate attacks" and "war crimes," based on allegations that were unverifiable or false, and largely absolving Hizbullah.

This NGO superpower issued more statements and reports than any other group. One year later, HRW and Ken Roth, who heads this powerful organization, are still trying to answer critics, and to this end, they have published a 128-page report claiming to discover the details of the conflict. While it is heavily padded and repetitious - few people are apparently expected to read more than the summary and recommendations - the report tacitly acknowledges that the widely publicized claims made by HRW officials, including Roth, were wrong.

How did HRW make such fundamental errors during the war? Why were they so quick to condemn Israel without knowing the facts? Why did officials ignore Hizbullah attacks and obvious violations of the moral principles HRW claims to promote? And which officials are responsible for HRW's role in the demonization of Israel?

HRW'S REPORT, entitled "Civilians under Assault: Hezbollah's Rocket Attacks on Israel in the 2006 War" contrasts sharply with the political bombardment during the war. The major weapon at that time was a 49-page glossy booklet entitled "Fatal Strikes: Israel's Indiscriminate Attacks against Civilians in Lebanon," including an apparently staged cover photo with numbered coffins, and accompanied by a public relations campaign.

This and other publications simply repeated the claims of "eyewitnesses" probably linked to Hizbullah, who declared that no rockets were being fired from any area in Lebanon that was hit by Israeli counterattacks.
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