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On Oct. 7, the Hamas terror group slaughtered 1,200 Israelis and foreign visitors in a carefully planned massacre that included the brutal torture and disfigurement of victims. Hamas abducted more than 240 other people, including more than 30 children, and took them to the Gaza Strip, holding them as hostages.

Human Rights Watch, ostensibly one of the world’s most respected moral organizations, waited more than two days to issue a statement. When it did, the text was not a clear and direct condemnation of this monstrous war crime. Instead, Omar Shakir (HRW’s Israel and Palestine director) framed the unfathomably evil terror attack as a justified reaction to Israeli policies, which, in HRW’s list of slogans, include war crimes, unprecedented repression, unlawful closure of Gaza, inhumane acts, “domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians” and “crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”