The former chairman of Human Rights Watch, Robert L. Bernstein, criticises the organisation’s reporting from the Arab-Israeli conflict, in a recent op-ed for the N.Y Times. Although one may disagree with Bernstein’s views, it is interesting with an open discussion on the neutrality of the leading non-governmental organisations.
Leaders of Human Rights Watch know that Hamas and Hezbollah chose to wage war from densely populated areas, deliberately transforming neighborhoods into battlefields. They know that more and better arms are flowing into both Gaza and Lebanon and are poised to strike again. 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.