In contrast to extensive condemnation of Israeli actions in Gaza or during last summer’s Lebanon War, NGOs have largely remained silent regarding the fighting between the Lebanese army and the al Qaeda-linked, Palestinian faction Fatah al-Islam at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon.  The only NGOs to issue statements to date are Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, Christian Aid, and World Vision.  And these statements do not repeat the condemnations, extreme politicized rhetoric and exploitation of international legal terminology that are common in these group’s statements on Israel.  Moreover, while the death toll has already climbed higher than those killed in the 2002 Israeli anti-terror operation in Jenin, no NGOs have accused the Lebanese Army or government of a “massacre”.