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"Last month, Robert Bernstein, the founder and former longtime chairman of Human Rights Watch, issued a stinging condemnation of the organization for its maniacal anti-Israel bias. This was only the latest blow to HRW’s credibility on Israel-related issues. It started when I reported that HRW’s Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, had taken a fundraising trip to Saudi Arabia. Appearing before Saudi elites, including several government officials, Whitson appealed for support for its coverage of Israel’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza and its battles with “pro-Israel pressure groups in the U.S., the European Union and the United Nations.” Whitson dismissed criticism of her junket as “racist.”" "In short, if HRW wants to regain its credibility, a housecleaning is needed. HRW’s board needs to send Garlasco, Roth, Whitson, Stork and the rest of the current crew packing. HRW can then bring in some sincere human rights advocates without anti-Israel ideological priors to staff its Middle East division. Or, HRW can continue to preach to the leftist, anti-Israel choir. But it shouldn’t expect anyone else to pay attention."