Professor Gerald Steinberg writes a letter to the Australian Financial Review regarding Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
The condemnation by Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch (HRW) of Israels response to rocket bombardment from Gaza exploits and distorts international law. His claim that Gaza remains occupied is a politically based fiction designed to negate Israels legal and moral right to self-defense. Further, there is no legal or moral precedent for a country to be forced to provide a hostile neighbor with the means to continue attacks on its territory and against its civilians. HRWs statement is a moral muddle that further undermines the universality of human rights.
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In a video that has gone viral, a young Palestinian approaches two Israeli soldiers. She hits, prods and slaps them. She is trying to provoke a reaction that will be caught on camera and show the ugly violence of the Israeli army. The soldiers respond with professionalism and restraint, and ignore her attack.
On December 15, 2017, AJ+ – part of the Al Jazeera network – posted a video on its Twitter, that was also widely disseminated in an offensive tweet by Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth, alleging that Israel “systematically harasses and abuses Palestinian kids.” The video parrots blatantly false and/or misleading claims by non-governmental organization (NGO) regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinian minors, and goes so far as to claim that Israel has no reason to arrest minors (0:27) – regardless of the fact that some minors are perpetrators of violent terror attacks, including murder.
NGO Monitor expresses concern regarding attempts by Human Rights Watch to influence UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moons preparation of the Report on Children and Armed Conflict.
Anne Herzberg maintains that while one would expect human rights and international justice NGOs and activists, who have campaigned on universal human rights issues for decades, to support the landmark decision of Sokolow v. PLO, their silence speaks volumes.
NGO Monitor Submission to the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
- 2014 Gaza War
- Collective Punishment
- Commission of Inquiry
- Distortions of International Law
- Double Standards
- Fact Finding Best Practices
In its 2014 World Report, HRW continues to exhibit a biased and disproportionate obsession with Israel. HRWs methodological failures, including factual inaccuracies and selective narrative of events, are compounded by unsupported and nebulous allegations of Israeli violations of international law.
Often referred to and quoted as a "highly respected human rights organization," HRWs publications and submissions to various official bodies are all too often immediately accepted and repeated without a perceived need for independent verification.