by Johanna Markind at legalinsurrection.com

Congratulations to Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf for blocking the former head of the rabidly anti-Israel Human Rights Watch (HRW) from a year-long fellowship at the school. The former head, Kenneth Roth, led the organization from 1993 until stepping down in August 2022.

Roth relentlessly pushed the fraudulent “Israel Apartheid” narrative, turning Human Rights Watch into a primary instigator of antisemitism.

Posted by Johanna Markind Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 07:00am 9 Comments

Congratulations to Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf for blocking the former head of the rabidly anti-Israel Human Rights Watch (HRW) from a year-long fellowship at the school. The former head, Kenneth Roth, led the organization from 1993 until stepping down in August 2022.

HRW’S OBSESSIVE TARGETING OF ISRAEL

(a) HRW Founder Accused “Rights” Organization of Discriminating Against Israel

So obvious and obsessive had HRW’s anti-Israelism become even thirteen years ago that back in October 2009, its own founder, Robert L. Bernstein, publicly censured the organization in a New York Times op-ed (archived version here). Bernstein wrote, in part:

Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state…

The [Middle East] region is populated by authoritarian regimes with appalling human rights records. Yet in recent years Human Rights Watch has written far more condemnations of Israel for violations of international law than of any other country in the region.

Israel, with a population of 7.4 million, is home to at least 80 human rights organizations, a vibrant free press, a democratically elected government, a judiciary that frequently rules against the government, a politically active academia, multiple political parties and, judging by the amount of news coverage, probably more journalists per capita than any other country in the world — many of whom are there expressly to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Meanwhile, the Arab and Iranian regimes rule over some 350 million people, and most remain brutal, closed and autocratic, permitting little or no internal dissent. The plight of their citizens who would most benefit from the kind of attention a large and well-financed international human rights organization can provide is being ignored as Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division prepares report after report on Israel.

Human Rights Watch has lost critical perspective on a conflict in which Israel has been repeatedly attacked by Hamas and Hezbollah, organizations that go after Israeli citizens and use their own people as human shields (emphasis added).

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