Following the publication of Minority Report: Human Rights Watch fights a civil war over Israel in The New Republic, NGO Monitor repeated its call for an independent investigation into the hiring practices, research priorities, methodologies, and biases of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch (HRW). The detailed evidence in this article highlights the deeply-rooted bias among senior HRW officials this bias is destroying the moral foundation and universality of human rights, commented NGO Monitor President, Prof. Gerald Steinberg.
HRWs sixth report on the Gaza War, Turning a Blind Eye is another example of the obsessive focus on Israel, and presses HRWs campaign on behalf of the Goldstone report. The publication is premised on speculation and charges that go beyond HRWs research capacity. Despite his resignation, HRW repeats Marc Garlascos allegations as if they were credible and uncontested. The report also reflects the ideological bias of the MENA Division. HRW fellow Arezo Yazd contributed to Turning a Blind Eye, and refers to [Israeli] state-sponsored terrorism and the Apartheid Wall.
Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, has published a very important criticism of the organization in the NY Times. In declaring his decision to publicly join the groups critics, Bernstein endorses the conclusion that HRW has lost all credibility over the Middle East. Bernsteins oped follows publication of NGO Monitors systematic report demonstrating HRWs blatant bias and lack of credibility on the Middle East. These findings have been amplified by the recent call for HRWs board members to institute a full independent review and reform in the organization.
HRW is leading the campaign to promote the widely criticized Goldstone report on the Gaza War, with close to thirty statements to date. Repeatedly equates Israel to Hamas, immorally compare its response to attacks on civilians to the genocide in Sudan, and falsely accuse Israel of willfully killing civilians and deliberate infliction of suffering on civilians. The close links between Goldstone and HRW continue to constitute a clear conflict of interest. HRWs extensive media campaign diverts attention from the criticism and scandals that plague the organization.