First of all, the main criticism of Human Rights Watch isn’t that they fabricate anti-Israel propaganda. Of course that’s true and it’s revelatory to see this overcompensating tool wet her pants over it – more on that below – but it’s not the main criticism. The biggest problem with HRW is that they painstakingly detail every minute Israeli action while ignoring literal atrocities elsewhere in the world. Institutionally they’re a committed anti-Israel outlet masquerading as an objective human rights organization. Personally many of their field investigators seem clinically obsessed with the Jewish State. And all of that is suspicious.
Corruption is one easy explanation. I’m more than willing to believe they’re merely trading their credibility for Saudi money, the better to traipse back and forth between Middle East fundraisers and European cocktail parties. Alternatively, it could be that there’s something so unseemly bubbling beneath the surface that they even fool themselves into believing their pretexts.
In either case this seems awful bold…
“This is a blanket accusation that groans, ‘Your witnesses are Palestinians, therefore they must all be lying,’” Whitson said, saying the methodology HRW uses here is the same methodology it uses all over the world. “Please, if there is something we got wrong, if one of the incidents or attacks we described is wrong, I would love to hear it. Because the Gerald Steinbergs of this world, and I guess now the Sharanskys of this world, love to give blanket denials, love to give blanket dismissals. But let’s get down to the facts and let me know, did we get the fact wrong on any of these cases.”
She said the acts of malfeasance her organization has documented are also documented by other organizations, even by Israeli ones. “OK, are we all lying? Are we all enemies of Israel? Are we all making this up? Are we all falsifying evidence? Notwithstanding that we do this work everywhere else in the world – when it comes to Israel, are we all just making it up because we just hate Israel? Come on! Come on!”
In its harshest condemnation of Israel since last summer’s war, Human Rights Watch charged that most of the Lebanese civilian casualties came from “indiscriminate Israeli airstrikes,” according to a report to be released Thursday. In a statement issued before the report’s release, the human rights organization said there was no basis to the Israeli claim that civilian casualties resulted from Hizbullah guerrillas using civilians as shields. Israel has said that it attacked civilian areas because Hizbullah set up rocket launchers in villages and towns.
Here are the leaked UN documents documenting how Hezbollah used civilian human shields. After the jump I’ve put a picture and a video documenting how Hezbollah used civilian human shields. “No basis.”
Totally losing it at the end was a particularly nice touch. That should go far in dispelling rumors that these people are deeply – emotionally – invested in demonizing Israel.
UPDATE (19:47) – MF writes in with a passage from a Harvard study entitled “How The Media Partnered With Hezbollah,” which I blogging in 2007 and totally forgot about. If Hezbollah’s not availing themselves of human shields, that’s news to Nasrallah: “In addition to your article about HRW and Hezbollah using human shields, you can add that Hezbollah themselves, admitted that they use human shields regularly:”
Few seemed to note that before the war, on May 27, Nasrallah had actually–and publicly–embraced the guerrilla tactic of hiding soldiers among civilians. “[Hezbollah fighters] live in their houses, in their schools, in their churches, in their fields, in their farms and in their factories,” he said, adding, “You can’t destroy them in the same way you would destroy an army.”9
* NGO Monitor’s Submission to the Human Rights Council Inquiry on the Gaza War, Led by Judge Richard Goldstone [NGO Monitor]
* Human Rights Watch Holds Saudi Fundraiser, Promises To Demonize Israel [MR]
* Diplomacy: Israel vs. Human Rights Watch [JPost]
* HRW Anti-Israel Bias Now A Mathematical Certainty [MR]
* HRW: “No Basis” For Claims That Hezbollah Used Human Shields. MR: What About All The Photos And Videos [Video]
* UN Peacekeepers Begged Hezbollah to Stop Using Them As Human Shields. UN, LA Times Blame Israel Anyway. [MR]
* Human Rights NGOs: We Don’t Talk About Hamas’s War Crimes Because They’re Too Blatant And Savage
* Human Rights Organizations Untroubled By Dozens Of Israeli Secret Arrests, Planned Executions Of Terrorists
* UN Thugs, Dictators, and Tyrants Condemns Human Rights Atrocities and Lack of Democracy in Israel