An open letter from UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer to Human Rights Watch took HRW chief, Ken Roth, to task for mocking Jews.
The two head dueling organizations.
UN Watch describes itself as “a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the United Nations accountable to its founding principles” and is often critical of the anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.
Human Rights Watch claims the organization “investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world” and has published op-eds that argue boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) actions targeted at Israeli businesses are not anti-Semitic.
According to the Canadian-born lawyer Neuer, Roth sent a tweet using a Yiddish word to mock those Jews in favor of the new peace deal with the United Arab Emirates:
All the kvelling about the Israeli-UAE flight does nothing to change the oppressive, discriminatory “one-state reality” for occupied Palestinians. Only equal rights will do that.
In response Neuer, published a now-viral Facebook post, calling Roth on the carpet for anti-Israel bias:
Dear Ken Roth,
Today you revealed you love peace like the harlot revealed her love for the baby whom she asked King Solomon to cut into two.
You chose to use a Yiddish word—something you never do—purely to mock Jews celebrating the Israel-UAE peace accord.
Otherwise, you never use Jewish words or ideas, or make any positive Jewish references at all.
Your contemptuous actions, comments and attitude toward Jews, Judaism and the Jewish state over decades make one thing clear: you are ashamed of your Jewish identity.
That is why, every single day, you devote your foul, fervid fury to depicting the Jewish state in Nazi-like terms. This year alone, you accused Israel of “war crimes” 10 times more than you did against Iran, Syria, Hamas, Russia, China and Venezuela — put together. Likewise, over an 18-month period in 2017-2018, you devoted more than 70% of your tweets alleging “illegal” acts to the criticism of only one single country: Israel. By contrast, only 1% of your tweets accused Syria, Russia, Iraq, Libya or Yemen of the same.
Even the founder of your organization, my late friend Robert Bernstein, saw how your pathological self-hatred led you down the dark path of defending terrorist groups that seek Israel’s destruction — and Bob denounced you for it in the New York Times.
Human rights is not your real motive, but invoking its precepts grants you the cover of virtue even as you act out your bigotry, aggression and hostility toward a people that, throughout history, has always been the easiest and most career-enhancing to target.
It’s time for you to go — and if not, I call on Human Rights Watch to fire you.