Well, one always knows money talks, bullshit runs a marathon. So does Human Rights Watch, when it comes to Israel. We need go back no less than a month and a half, when Human Rights Watch decided to raise money in one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, Saudi Arabia.
RIYADH: Human Rights Watch is gaining more recognition and support in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. During their recent visit to the Kingdom, senior members of the organization were given a welcoming dinner in Riyadh hosted by prominent businessman and intellectual Emad bin Jameel Al-Hejailan.
Other prominent members of Saudi society, human rights activists and dignitaries were invited to the dinner held to honor the guests.
In an introductory speech at the dinner, Al-Hejailan said the credo of human rights is rising in the Kingdom. He commended Human Rights Watch (HRW) for its work on Gaza and the Middle East as a whole.
HRW presented a documentary and spoke on the report they compiled on Israel violating human rights and international law during its war on Gaza earlier this year.
However, Israel has struck back:
In the opening shot of a battle Jerusalem has decided to wage with NGOs it deems biased against Israel, the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday slammed a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) fundraising delegation to Saudi Arabia as evidence the organization has lost its "moral compass."
Prime Minister Binyamin...
"A human rights organization raising money in Saudi Arabia is like a women's rights group asking the Taliban for a donation," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev said Monday.
"If you can fundraise in Saudi Arabia, why not move on to Somalia, Libya and North Korea?" he said. "For an organization that claims to offer moral direction, it appears that Human Rights Watch has seriously lost its moral compass."
Of course, HRW's Sarah Leah Whitson tried to claim there was a difference between the people and the government. See, in a democracy where the wealth is in the hands of just more the super elite which are pretty much inextricably linked to the government, she could be believable. But Saudi Arabia is a country where the rich are absolutely in cahoots with the ultra-repressive regime, in which women cannot drive cars, one cannot be anything but a Muslim, or so as much carry a Bible or Torah, where women cannot be outside without a man, where limbs are cut off, where gays are murdered for being gay. Now not all Saudi's are bad, and neither is every elite. But I think it would be prudent to point out how the same machinery which has the money and is giving it to HRW specifically because of their disproportionate hits on Israel as opposed to, Sudan or China or countries far more war torn or repressive, is complicit in Saudi repression and backwardsness. Also, lets not forget that most of the money that goes to global jihad also comes out of Saudi Arabia, and "charities, likely similar ones which give to HRW for their spectacular bias on the ME, which distracts their own people into looking at Israel, instead of focusing on their own countries, as HRW etc. give these countries token criticism.
How can we ever have peace when disingenuous groups like HRW give reason to delegitimize Israel?
now to all of those people who asked "how do we know the Saudi Government has a role?" to them, I answer:
According to an article that appeared in May in the Saudi English-language newspaper The Arab News, a delegation of senior members of HRW were in Saudi Arabia and were commended at a dinner attended by prominent members of Saudi society, human rights activists and dignitaries, for work on Gaza and the Middle East as a whole.
Roth admitted to Goldberg that the dinner included people connected to the government, including "a guy from the national human rights commission," which is a government body, and "someone from the Shura Council."
The Shura Council is Saudi Arabia's state-appointed religious leadership, a council which, as Goldberg pointed out, oversees, on behalf of the monarchy, the imposition in the kingdom of the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic law.
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