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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-11 11:24 PM
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3. Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch, accuses it of anti-Israel bias

James Bone in New York

Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, one of the worlds leading human rights organisations, accused the New York-based group of anti-Israeli bias yesterday.

Mr Bernstein turned on the organisation he created in 1978 in a New York Times opinion piece questioning the groups work in the Middle East.

As the founder of Human Rights Watch, its active chairman for 20 years and now founding chairman emeritus, I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the groups critics, he wrote.

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.
Mr Bernsteins defection comes amid a worldwide row over a UN report by South African judge Richard Goldstone, a former Human Rights Watch board member, accusing Israel of war crimes in the Gaza War.

Moves are under way at the United Nations in New York for the 192-nation General Assembly to ask the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate the alleged abuses, even though only the 15-nation Security Council has the power to refer cases for prosecution.

Human Rights Watch has battled charges of anti-Israeli bias for many years. The Israeli Government said last month that the group had sunk to a new low when it emerged that the its senior military analyst was an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia. Human Rights Watch suspended Marc Garlasco, an American, who said his hobby was inspired by a German grandfather who had been conscripted into Hitlers Army.
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