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.
The addition of Nadia Barhoum, a pro-Palestinian campus activist, to HRWs Middle East and North Africa Division, increases the political bias reflected in the activities and backgrounds of Sarah Leah Whitson, Joe Stork, and previous staff. This is inconsistent with HRWs claimed "even-handedness and accuracy." Barhoum was an active member in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Berkeley. SJP promotes the Durban agenda of demonization of Israel, divestment from Israel, and uses terms such as "apartheid" and "mass atrocities" in reference to Israel.