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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:22 PM

 

HRW: Iran's Statements Not Incitement To Genocide

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT12/08/2012 20:16Human

Right Watch leader refuses to label calls to erase Israel; compares mullah's remarks to those of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

WASHINGTON – The head of New York-based Human Rights Watch refused to label as genocidal Iranian calls to obliterate the Jewish state and compared Iran’s mullah leadership to the Shas party.

The Wall Street Journal’s David Feith, as assistant editorial features editor with the paper, obtained internal HRW emails and published last week a report, headlined “Dancing around genocide,” about alleged HRW bias against Israel and an internecine conflict within HRW’s top leadership about the group’s head, Kenneth Roth, and his failure to take Iran’s calls to destroy Israel seriously.

The Journal reported that Sid Sheinberg, HRW’s vice chairman, wrote in an email, “Sitting still while Iran claims a ‘justification to kill all Jews and annihilate Israel’ is...a position unworthy of our great organization.”

According to the newspaper, Roth wrote in one email, “Many of [Iran’s] statements are certainly reprehensible, but they are not incitement to genocide. No one has acted on them.”

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http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=295129

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Purveyor Dec 2012 OP
leveymg Dec 2012 #1
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azurnoir Dec 2012 #3
Purveyor Dec 2012 #4
azurnoir Dec 2012 #5
Purveyor Dec 2012 #6
King_David Dec 2012 #7

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:35 PM

1. The statement was made on a blog by one previously unknown analyst in Tehran.

(The incendiary statement appeared on) the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a “‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

The article, (was) written by Alireza Forghani, an analyst and a strategy specialist
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/ayatollah-kill-all-jews-annihilate-israel/#Su2TDOmo4jQTFVMP.99

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:43 PM

2. I'm confused

a nation calls for the destruction of another state and it's considered genocide until someone acts upon said call?

One would think that the the comments would be condemned.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:01 PM

3. ah but the 'money' shot is further down in the article

Roth told the Journal that, although a committee may look into Iran’s anti-Israel rhetoric, he believes the country is not inciting genocide against the Jewish state. Instead, he argued, the push to label Tehran’s calls for Israel’s destruction as genocidal is “part of an effort to beat the war drums against Iran.”

In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Saturday, Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg, the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, wrote, “This is a blatant example of Roth’s indifference to genocidal threats and human rights abuses when these target Israel.”

“Roth, who has controlled Human Rights Watch since 1996, has consistently demonstrated a obsession with attacking the Jewish state, and the people he selected to lead HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division are also infected with this deep bias,” Steinberg wrote.
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Steinberg added that “George Soros, who now provides HRW with most of its budget after many donors withdrew support, shares responsibility for enabling such immoral behavior under the facade of human rights
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Soros is a dog whistle for some he supports J-Street over AIPAC and supported Obama over Romney, not to mention the failed smear campaign to have Soros cast as a Nazi collaborator for events that happened while he was a kid in occupied Hungary from a couple of years back

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:01 PM

4. What? No link to a 'world nuts daily' type website for reference. I'm disappointed in you.

 



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Response to Purveyor (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:16 PM

5. awwww I'm sorry

must be made up stuff

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:21 PM

6. {{{chuckle}}} eom

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:26 PM

7. The Human Rights Watch Internal Battle on Iran

The Human Rights Watch Internal Battle on Iran


Leaked email shows Kenneth Roth comparing mullahs to Shas

By Adam Chandler|December 6, 2012 10:30 AM

''I won’t defend Yosef’s disgusting remarks. Neither will a panoply of Jewish and Israeli organizations that condemned them, nor the Israeli government, which immediately said that Yosef’s words “do not reflect the approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor the position of the government of Israel.” That’s the first distinction here.

The second and more obvious distinction, which makes Roth’s comparison between Yosef and Iran’s leadership all the more troubling, is that Yosef is a fringe, fanatical figure in Israel. While he remains influential in some circles, he is neither a head of state nor an official who sets government policy. And despite his inflammatory prayers, Yosef also opposes a military strike on Iran.

The same can’t be said for Iran and its leaders, whose incitements go unchallenged in Iran and, apparently, in the top offices of Human Rights Watch.''

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/118573/the-human-rights-watch-internal-battle-on-iran

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