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Posted at 3:24 PM ET, 02/16/2011

The other war against Israel

By Jennifer Rubin

NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog group, sent out a statement today that reads, in part:

Signaling the continuing decline of the organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has appointed Shawan Jabarin, an alleged senior activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, to its Middle East Advisory Board. . . . "This appointment ends any façade that Human Rights Watch is a moral 'watchdog' organization," says Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "Mr. Jabarin has ties to the PFLP terror group, which specialized in aircraft hijackings and carries out suicide bombings and political assassinations. He also heads an organization, Al Haq, which is among the leaders of delegitimization campaigns targeting Israel. This appointment is a slap in the face from HRW Executive Director Ken Roth and Chairman James Hoge to terror victims, Israelis, Jews, and others who seek to uphold universal human rights. "With this appointment, HRW blatantly disregards decisions by the Israeli Supreme Court and other countries that have affirmed Jabarin's terror links. Jordan also has denied him exit visas because of his alleged terrorist ties to the PFLP.

As reported by NGO Monitor, the Israeli Supreme Court in June 2007 referred to Jabarin as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," a human rights worker by day and a terrorist by night. In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld a visa denial because of his terror connections....

This appointment is the latest of numerous moral failings, scandals and biases that have exposed HRW as a political advocacy organization. In May 2009, as NGO Monitor exposed, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division director Sarah Leah Whitson went to Saudi Arabia to raise funds, selling the message that HRW counters "pro-Israel pressure groups." Last year, the revelation of HRW "senior military analyst" Marc Garlasco's Nazi memorabilia obsession further damaged the organization's credibility. (Garlasco was fired, but an investigation never occurred.). . . As donations decreased amid the scandals, George Soros rescued HRW with a 10-year, $100 million donation. Mr. Soros also funds Al Haq."

Soros, of course, also founded and continues to fund the faux pro-Israel group, J Street, which, like HRW, devotes a disproportionate amount of its time and effort aiding in the delegitimization efforts of Israel's enemies (e.g. escorting Richard Goldstone around Capitol Hill, urging Obama not to veto a condemnation in the U.N. of Israel).

In a sign of increased willingness to combat those NGO's that are nothing more than combatants in the war to delegitimize Israel, an Israeli official authorized to speak only on background had this reaction in response to my request for comment:

"This unfortunately comes as no surprise. HRW has a consistent track record of institutional bias against Israel and as an organization lacks any credibility when it comes to the Jewish state. HRW is known to hire people to do their Middle East work who do not have a human rights background but rather a background of activism in radical Arab advocacy groups."

The official also pointed to its past fundraising in Saudi Arabia, remarking, "Isn't that a bit like feminists fundraising with the Taliban?"

This incident raises several key issues. First, it is further justification for Israeli efforts to require that NGO's disclose their foreign funding. Second, it should be incumbent on media outlets not to use HRW as a source for unbiased material or comment. The group has proven over and over again that it is an antagonist of the Jewish state and not a neutral observer. And finally, why should the Israeli government, especially the Israeli Defense Forces, continue to cooperate with HRW? Allowing HRW access to the battlefield or other data certainly isn't going to impact the group's ideological commitment. Rather, it enhances its image as a real "human rights" group.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 16, 2011; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Israel  
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Comments

"...it should be incumbent on media outlets not to use HRW as a source for unbiased material or comment." --J. Rubin

I'd say the same thing about Ms. Rubin and her use of sources like Elliott Abrams, Paul Wolfowitz, and the like, but that would be too logical.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is again disgracing itself by enabling plain PROPAGANDISTS to publish their ludicrous PROPAGANDA.

NGO Monitor is a well-known front-group of the Israeli far-right existing with the sole mission to harass and to defame any actor critical of any single Israeli policy, as far as Human rights are concerned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGO_Monitor

Posted by: Sensi23 | February 16, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What a shame to give a voice to this organisation.NGO Monitor was fast to post that a Canadian NGO lost its annual financing from a Canadian governenmental agency: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/canada_canadian_international_development_agency_cida_
The agency recommanded the financing but the minister or someone in his staff falsify the conclusion the achieve political goals. This is a scandal, will NGO Monitor will report the falsification?

Posted by: Kwi-kwi | February 16, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

MsJS:
Here's the difference - Human Rights Watch portrays itself as an "objective" source of information and is described as such by a large segment of the media. Ms. Rubin writes "an opinionated blog" called "Right Turn." For more objective news I read the rest of the Washington Post.

Just kidding.

Posted by: paco33 | February 16, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What a shame to give a voice to this organisation.NGO Monitor was fast to post that a Canadian NGO lost its annual financing from a Canadian governenmental agency: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/canada_canadian_international_development_agency_cida_
The agency recommanded the financing but the minister or someone in his staff falsify the conclusion the achieve political goals. See: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/opposition-steps-up-pressure-for-oda-resignation-over-altered-document/article1910111/ This is a scandal, will NGO Monitor report the falsification?

Posted by: Kwi-kwi | February 16, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

HRW is one of several organizations that claim objectivity, but are in fact lefty advocacy groups. Another letter or two in their acronym would give us some clarity. LAHRW (Liberal Advocacy Human Rights Watch). Others could use an extra letter too. NOLW (National Organization of Liberal Women). NAALCP (National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People). The ACLU, NEA, etc, etc... also fall into this category.

Posted by: RitchieEmmons | February 16, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RitchieEmmons | February 16, 2011 8:49 PM

HRW is one of several organizations that claim objectivity, but are in fact lefty advocacy groups. Another letter or two in their acronym would give us some clarity. LAHRW (Liberal Advocacy Human Rights Watch).

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That stands to reason seeing as right wing is anathema to human rights.

It's farcical listening to necons and right wingers harp on about human rights, and women's rights while attacking human rights groups and accusing them of subversion.

It's pathetic listening to necons and right wingers harp on about gay rights, while actively denying recognition of equal rights for gay people in their own communities.

Posted by: Shingo1 | February 16, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin follows on the dishonest track of the Defamation League [ADL], distracting attention from the primary issue --which is what Israel is being accused of-- by launching a counter attack, which is based on lies.
Jennifer, like Lucifer, too makes an issue of who investigates, processes, checks and presents the information rather than whether they tell the TRUTH.
In 2006 the ADL used similar techniques. In a paid ad in the NEW YORK TIMES the ADL falsely accused the U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan. The ad said: "Kofi Annan. How many more Israelis have to die before your will condemn Hezbollah". The ADL actually engaged in defamation. The ADL did that in blatant contradiction of the fact that Kofi Annan had many times condemned Hezbollah.
Mr. Annan is on record to have said: "I condemn without reservation the attack that took place in Southern Lebanon‫,‬ and demand that the Israeli troops be released immediately". U.N. Secretary Annan was unquestionably the most pro-Israeli secretary general in recent memory, and had made an enormous effort to improve relations between Israel and the U.N. Secretariat.

But nothing satisfies the AIPAC guys and the ADL false prophets; Neither does the truth satisfy Mrs Rubin. She wants HRW destroyed for having dared to censor Israel.

Posted by: telavivPEACEagent | February 17, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin follows on the dishonest track of the Zionist Defamation League [ADL]. In order to distract attention from the primary issue, which is what Israel is being accused of in its ILLEGAL OCCUPATION of PALESTINE, by launching an unprecedented libelous attack against HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH. 
Jennifer, like Lucifer, makes an issue of who investigates, processes, checks and presents the information rather than whether they tell the TRUTH.
In 2006 the ADL used similar techniques. In a paid ad in the NEW YORK TIMES, the ADL falsely accused U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan of not condemning Hezbollah. The ad said: "Kofi Annan. How many more Israelis have to die before your will condemn Hezbollah". Jeniffer like the ADL actually engages in defamation of a TRUE and HONEST ORGANIZATION. Like the ADL which attacked Kofi Annan, in blatant contradiction of the fact that Kofi Annan had many times condemned Hezbollah. [Mr. Annan is on record to have said: "I condemn without reservation the attack that took place in Southern Lebanon‫,‬ and demand that the Israeli troops be released immediately"]. The U.N. Secretary Annan was unquestionably the most pro-Israeli secretary general in recent memory, and had made an enormous effort to improve relations between Israel and the U.N. Secretariat. Nothing seems to satisfy AIPAC and the ADL false prophets; Neither does the truth satisfy Mrs Rubin. She wants HRW destroyed for having dared to censor Israel.

Posted by: telavivPEACEagent | February 17, 2011 5:43 AM | Report abuse

"Signaling the continuing decline of the organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has appointed Shawan Jabarin, an alleged senior activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization."
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Signaling the continuing decline of the moral authority of Zionism, Israeli voters elected two alleged senior terrorists of the murderous Irgun terrorist organization as Prime Ministers of Israel.

Gerald Steinberg, president of the NGO Monitor a pro-Israel watchdog group, released a statement demanding that Jews who kill their parents not be punished because they are now orphans.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | February 17, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

" . . . it should be incumbent on media outlets not to use HRW as a source for unbiased material or comment. The group has proven over and over again that it is . . . not a neutral observer."

Much like Jennifer Rubin, whose posts have been further pushing the WaPo into the depths of the neo-con swamp, and seriously degrading the reputation of the paper. Jennifer quotes only sources who are hasbara agents -- NGO Monitor has zero credibility. Then again, as the comments prove, neither does Jennifer. Way to go, Fred Hiatt!

Posted by: ConscientiousObjector1 | February 17, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It is one of the Shabak lies to accuse Jabarin of terrorism. Shabak never ever presented any evidence, refused to do so also when asked by the court. The terrorists in this case are first the often Shabak, Shin Bet and Mossad that act in regard to Palestinians and Israeli opponents of the nazionalist policies as outlaw rogues.

Shawan got a series of prestigious international prizes, including that of the Resistance fighters 1940-1945 in Netherlands, but the police state Israel didn't let him go. This led to official frictions between the Dutch and Israeli government.

More and more the situation in the field changes: former Palestinian terrorist or just freedom fighters have become solid, serious members of the international political establishment, while more and more former serious ,solid members of the Israeli establishment have gotten state-sponsored international terrorists, some with fire weapons for targeted murders, some with psycho-terror weapons.

Berlin of the 1930s has got the best apprentices in the new Millennium West Jerusalem.
Congratulations!

Posted by: mirosoran | February 20, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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