TO TIE THE HANDS OF ISRAEL
On Tuesday 10/20/2009, Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights watch –HRW, in the years 1978-98 and nowadays the chief executive of the publishing Random House in New York, accused his former organization of being strongly biased against Israel (see – Bernstein Article).
“At Human Rights Watch, we always recognized that open, democratic societies have faults and commit abuses. But we saw that they have the ability to correct them… 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”, Robert Bernstein wrote.
In an interview to the Jewish Daily Forward, on 10/02/2009, Richard Goldston, also a former chairman of Human Rights watch –HRW and the head of the so called Goldston committee, which published the Goldston Report on 09/17/2009, admitted that “if this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven". The Goldston report accused Israel of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during OPERATION CAST LEAD, in 01/2009.
Already on 09/14/2009, some 50 British and Canadian lawyers have signed a public letter protesting the presence of London School of Economics professor Christine Chinkin on the commission. The letter said her participation "necessarily compromises the integrity of this inquiry and its report." Christine Chinkin is well known for her anti Israeli attitude and expressed her voice, in 01/2009, long before being nominated to the Goldstone committee, that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza.
On 07/14/2009 a Human Rights Watch delegation, led by Sarah Leah Whitson, attempted to extract money from potential Saudi donors by bragging about the group's "battles" with the "pro-Israel pressure groups". The visit took place at the time that the former chairman of the Organization, Judge Richard Goldstone, chaired a committee, appointed by the UN Human Right Council, which discussed the “war crimes” committed by Israel in Gaza Strip. Many of the “facts” were gathered by Human Rights Watch and brought in front of the committee without being crossed and verified by any other reliable mean or by the Human Rights Watch itself.
Indeed there is no other explanation then that the Goldston Report was aimed to tie the hands of Israel to cope with any terror campaign against its civilian population. But the report also aimed higher to tie the hands of democracies, not totalitarian regimes, to confront terror, although no other democracy is in the same situation like Israel. There is a serious question if Israel can move forward in handing over territories to the Palestinians, as they did in Gaza Strip in 2005, if there is no realistic way to cope with terror against Israeli civilians originated from those territories.