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"Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of Jerusalem-based research organisation NGO Monitor, called on James Hoge to take actions “to end support for the anti-Israel ideology that has permeated the organisation.” In the letter, Prof Steinberg said the organisation’s Middle East agenda disproportionately focuses on Israel and criticised HRW’s support of boycotts of Israel, which he said “demean and politicise human rights norms.” Noting “the disproportionate resources devoted to criticising Israel at the expense of chronic human rights abuses in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and others”, he appealed to Mr Hoge to “make the necessary changes in order to meet these objectives.” Prof Steinberg said: “HRW needs to act quickly and firmly to restore its moral compass and claim to promote universal human rights values.”"