20 December '10
You may have thought that 'Human Rights Watch,' the organization that brought us the arms expert with the fetish for collecting Nazi war memorabilia, was a human rights organization. But you were wrong. 'Human Rights Watch' has now gone into the business of telling the United States how to spend its tax money, specifically when it comes to Israel. They've come a long way - the wrong way - since the Helsinki Watch days, haven't they?
The United States should penalise Israel by withholding from its massive annual aid a sum equal to the amount Israel gives in subsidies to West Bank settlements, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.
In a 166-page report, the group called on the international community to penalise Israel for "discrimination" in the West Bank, comparing the services enjoyed by settlers with those of neighboring Palestinian villages.
"Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads, while nearby Jewish settlers enjoy all of these state-provided benefits," HRW official Carroll Bogert said.
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