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"Gerald Steinberg, the head of Jerusalembased NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the session “was led by a small group of MEPs who work closely with the NGOs involved in the demonization of Israel.”" "Steinberg told the Post that MEPs who initiated the discussion “repeated the distorted claims and patronizing attitudes towards Israeli democracy. But it is encouraging that a number of other MEPs spoke out against this bias and highlighted the real problem – the EU’s violation of its own transparency norms in funding radical NGO advocacy under the false banners of ‘partners for peace’ and promoting democracy.” In related news, Steinberg blasted American billionaire George Soros for donating $100 million to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Steinberg said that “HRW claims to be ‘even-handed’ and to publish ‘credible reports,’ but this is contradicted by highly biased activities in the Middle East, particularly on the Arab-Israeli conflict. “Time and again, HRW reports on Israel are based on false or unverifiable claims, and the analysis strips away the context of the conflict, denying Israelis the right to self-defense. George Soros has supported this travesty,” he said."