But HRW’s failures go far deeper. This report by Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor highlights the long record of errors and inconsistencies in HRW’s research, including the following examples:
Â• Gaza Beach Incident (June 2006): In widely publicized statements, HRW first blamed live Israeli artillery fire, explicitly rejecting the possibility of unexploded ordnance. HRW officials then accepted the second version, but later reversed course, repeating the false charges leveled at
Â• Second Lebanon War (July-Aug 2006): There are numerous examples of HRW reports based on speculation and false claims. On 29 July, HRW alleged that
Â• Reuters Cameraman (April 2008): HRW condemned
Â• Gaza War (Dec 2008 - Jan 2009): HRW denied Hamas’ use of human shields, ignoring clear evidence. And allegations that the IDF illegally used white phosphorous weapons and drones were based on unverifiable “eyewitness” accounts and speculative weapons analysis.
NGO Monitor’s Executive Director, Prof Gerald Steinberg said, “HRW has been obsessively and falsely accusing Israel for years and it’s no surprise that this was the basis for their fundraising efforts in Saudi Arabia. Time and again, their speculative research has proved to be inaccurate, one sided and based on a politically motivated agenda. That HRW sees fit to raise funds in one of the