[This email was sent to the Los Angeles office of Human Rights Watch.]
To whom it may concern:
Thank you for recently calling attention to war crimes committed by Hamas, the Palestinian terror group responsible for the murder and injury of hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians. Human Rights Watch all too often turns a blind eye to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups while placing a singular, obsessive focus on Israel. Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, said as much in an important, widely read editorial in the New York Times this week:
“Human Rights Watch has lost critical perspective on a conflict in which Israel has been repeatedly attacked by Hamas and Hezbollah, organizations that go after Israeli citizens and use their own people as human shields. … Leaders of Human Rights Watch know that Hamas and Hezbollah chose to wage war from densely populated areas, deliberately transforming neighborhoods into battlefields. … And they know that this militancy continues to deprive Palestinians of any chance for the peaceful and productive life they deserve. Yet Israel, the repeated victim of aggression, faces the brunt of Human Rights Watch’s criticism.”
The call this week for Hamas to investigate war crimes is a first step in reversing the widely-held perception that Human Rights Watch is irrelevant when it comes to the topic of Israel and the Palestinians. I hope future reports by Human Rights Watch will be written in the same spirit as this one.
Los Angeles, CA