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Both HRW and Amnesty International confirmed to the Post that they omitted from their websites criticism of the grand mufti’s call to destroy all churches. HRW has been engulfed in criticism over the years for accepting money from the Saudi government.
The Israeli watchdog organization NGO Monitor argued that the leading human rights groups have ignored Saudi Arabia’s anti-Christian human rights record. Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, wrote the Post on Sunday, saying that “the two selfstyled ‘human rights superpowers’ – HRW and Amnesty – have a history of appeasing and cooperating with the worst Middle Eastern dictatorships and violators of universal human rights.” “HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson lost all credibility when she marketed the Ghaddafi family as human rights reformers and cozied up to the Saudi elites to raise funds. HRW and Amnesty have reflected the agenda of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which dominates the UN Human Rights Council,” he continued. “Following the lead of the OIC and UNHRC, both NGOs have long ignored massive human rights violations against Israeli Jews, as well as the systematic oppression of Christians.”