Using “human rights” to slander Israel

Human Wrongs Rights Watch is at least as bad, if not worse, than the Human Wrongs Rights Council of the UN.  They concentrate on Israel’s alleged misdeeds with a microscope, magnify them and broadcast them worldwide, thereby inciting the masses to anti-Israel protests and hatred, which are then quickly followed by real anti-Semitic violence as we have seen throughout this year on the streets of Europe.

One would think that after the deadly attacks on Jews in France, Copenhagen and elsewhere, as well as the ongoing antisemitic attacks suffered by Jews daily in England, Sweden and even in America, institutions like HRW would be more careful with their accusations.

One would be wrong. HRW’s raison d’être would seem to be “human rights for me (the entire world) but not for thee (Israel and the Jews). Their intention is to slander Israel and blacken its name for all to see.

How else can one explain this?

From the NGO Monitor article linked in the Tweet:

On April 13, 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a 74-page publication under the heading of “Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank.” According to the press statement, which was copied widely in international media platforms, “Settlement Agriculture Harms Palestinian Children” through allegedly “low wages and …dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.”

As with many other HRW accusations and publications on Israel, as documented by NGO Monitor, the claims in this publication are entirely unverifiable and based solely on interviews. HRW provides no evidence that it even attempted to confirm any of the claims, many of which quote children, independently. Furthermore, in this instance, the allegations are inherently unverifiable, since there are no permits, pay slips, paperwork, or other documentation for the supposed child workers. Indeed, according to an Israeli official interviewed in  in response to HRW’s allegations, “It is a horrific lie. There is no justification for employing children, not just morally and legally but financially as well.”

This publication also reflects HRW’s priorities, which are based on ideology and a documented anti-Israel obsession, in contrast to fixed criteria based on the gravity, scale, and scope of the alleged abuses. This is the second full-length report written by HRW in 2015 with Israel as the focus – both on issues related to labor rights. No other country has more than one publication of this length, and it appears that major human rights situations such as Yemen, the Ukraine, ISIS, and Boko Haram have not been addressed in any HRW reports in 2015, despite the extreme level of atrocity and thousands of casualties involved.

It would appear, then, that HRW chose the relatively marginal (also in a comparative framework) and completely unproven allegations of child workers on Israeli farms in the West Bank as a pretext to demonize Israel and target Israel’s broader settlement policy.

Further proving NGO Monitor’s point, UK Media Watch shows that the picture accompanying HRW’s article is “misleading” to say the least.  That is much too polite in my humble opinion.  I would call it simply a slanderous lie:

David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley regional council, denied the allegations, according to The Telegraph, and said “there were no children among the 6,000 Palestinians employed by the [council].”

Both The Telegraph article and the HRW report used the same photo to illustrate the alleged illegal use of child labor by Israeli settlement farms in the Jordan Valley.

The series of photos, which include the photo of the boy used by The Telegraph and HRW, were taken by Reuters’ photographer Mohamad Torokman in 2010, and appear to illustrate work at a Palestinian farm.

Here’s the first photo in the Reuters series (taken on May 24, 2010), the one used by HRW and The Telegraph:

Click on the photo to enlarge it and read the caption which explains that it shows a Palestinian child on a Palestinian farm in Jericho in 2010.

Palestinian children on a PALESTINIAN farm falsely shown to be “Palestinian child labour” on an Israeli settlement


On the other hand, Human Rights Watch conveniently ignores real human rights abuses of Palestinian children as long as Israel cannot be blamed. Thus I am still waiting for some world outrage at Hamas’s army of children:

The Hamas military training camps, under the motto “Vanguards of Liberation,” have attracted some 17,000 Palestinian males aged 15-21. The young recruits were trained how to use various types of weapons, including pistols, rifles and mortars. They were also “educated” about the need to eliminate Israel and “restore Palestinian rights.”

Hamas later held a “graduation ceremony” for the young recruits who are expected to serve in its future “Liberation Army.” And when Hamas talks about “liberation,” it means it wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and replace it with an Islamic state.

Hamas is even boasting that the young Palestinians who have just been brainwashed and trained on weapons will participate in the next war with Israel.

And let us not forget the hundreds of Palestian children who died as they were used by Hamas as cheap or free labour to build the terror tunnels in Gaza.

As for Yarmouk:

Sorry Palestinians – you chose to be killed by the “wrong” enemy. If Israel is not involved even tangentially, then the human wrongs rights industry does not really care.

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