Why has Human Rights Watch become an anti-Israel activist group?

Last November, Airbnb announced they would ban Israeli listings in theWest Bank area. Hardcore anti-Israel groups took a victory lap as a result. The credit belongs to Human Rights Watch (HRW), a nongovernmental organization. HRW pressured Airbnb into boycotting Israel and published a report, “Bed And Breakfast On Stolen Land.” To avoid bad press, Airbnb took down their Jewish-owned listings one day before the release of the report.


Labeled a terrorist group by the U.S., European Union, Canada, and Israel, the PFLP was notorious in the 1960s and 1970s for high-profile hijackings and attacks against Israelis. In October 2001, the group assassinated an Israeli minister. In 2014, the PFLP claimed responsibility for a gruesome attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left six dead, including three American rabbis.

Jabarin denies his PFLP connections while he continues to assail Israel through his NGO, which has called for a European boycott on Jewish goods from the West Bank and a French financial boycott of Israel. Jabarin submitted several reports to the International Criminal Court as part of an anti-Israel lawfare campaign, and he was instrumental in the recent push in Ireland to criminalize business transactions with Jewish businesses in the West Bank.

Jabarin is not al-Haq’s only contribution to HRW. A former legal researcher with al-Haq, Anan AbuShanab, is currently HRW’s West Bank researcher. There is also Charles Shamas, a co-founder of al-Haq, who has been an HRW adviser since at least 2002. Shamas also founded the MATTIN Group, which lobbied Europe to exclude Israeli products from free trade agreements.

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Source: Why has Human Rights Watch become an anti-Israel activist group? | The Washington Examiner

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