Shawan Jabarin was tenminste in de jaren '80 aktief in de Palestijnse terreurgroep c.q. bevrijdingsbeweging PFLP. Volgens Shin Bet is hij nog steeds lid daarvan, en in besloten zittingen wist zij het Israelische Hooggerechtshof daarvan te overtuigen, en wordt hem sinds 2006 verboden de Palestijnse Westoever te verlaten. Ook van Jordanië krijgt hij geen doorgang. Desalniettemin erkennen velen hem als mensenrechtenactivist voor Al Haq, dat verschillende prijzen, waaronder de Nederlandse Geuzenpenning heeft ontvangen. Zelfs Maxime Verhagen betreurde dat Jabarin geen toestemming kreeg deze in Nederland op te halen.
Al Haq is een van vele eenzijdige organisaties die met subsidies uit Europa campagne voert tegen Israel; zoals NGO Monitor eerder berichtte:
Al Haq - Received SEK 3.2 million between 2006 - 2010, as part of Diakonia's IHL program (also funded by NDC - see below). Al Haq is a leader of the "lawfare" movement, initiating lawsuits in Canada and the UK, and preparing "ready-to-be-used case files" for use against Israeli officials in foreign courts. Al Haq lists boycotts among its goals and objectives, and lobbied the EU to annul the upgrade of EU-Israel bilateral relations. General Director Shawan Jabarin has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan on account of his alleged ties to the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group. Co-founder Charles Shamas is a member of the Middle East-North Africa advisory board of Human Rights Watch, and has "advised the PLO/PNA on IHL-related diplomacy," and publically compares Israeli policy to "apartheid" and "genocide."
February 16, 2010
Shawan Jabarin Appointment Infers Illegitimacy of Israeli Supreme Court
JERUSALEM Signaling the continuing decline of the organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has appointed Shawan Jabarin, an alleged senior activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, to its Middle East Advisory Board. This appointment, as first reported in the Daily Beast, is further evidence of the moral collapse and corruption in HRW, says Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, a research institution that tracks NGOs.
"This appointment ends any façade that Human Rights Watch is a moral 'watchdog' organization," says Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "Mr. Jabarin has ties to the PFLP terror group, which specialized in aircraft hijackings and carries out suicide bombings and political assassinations. He also heads an organization, Al Haq, which is among the leaders of delegitimization campaigns targeting Israel. This appointment is a slap in the face from HRW Executive Director Ken Roth and Chairman James Hoge to terror victims, Israelis, Jews, and others who seek to uphold universal human rights."
With this appointment, HRW blatantly disregards decisions by the Israeli Supreme Court and other countries that have affirmed Jabarin's terror links. Jordan also has denied him exit visas because of his alleged ties to the PFLP.
As reported by NGO Monitor, the Israeli Supreme Court in June 2007 referred to Jabarin as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," a human rights worker by day and a terrorist by night. In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld a visa denial because of his terror connections.
"By appointing Jabarin, HRW has contemptuously dismissed the widely respected Israeli Supreme Court" Steinberg adds. "The assault on the courts is a key component of the strategy of demonizing Israel, as developed at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference. HRW played a central role in Durban, and this is another step in the organization's implementation of this strategy."
This appointment is the latest of numerous moral failings, scandals and biases that have exposed HRW as a political advocacy organization. In May 2009, as NGO Monitor exposed, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division director Sarah Leah Whitson went to Saudi Arabia to raise funds, selling the message that HRW counters "pro-Israel pressure groups." Last year, the revelation of HRW "senior military analyst" Marc Garlasco's Nazi memorabilia obsession further damaged the organization's credibility. (Garlasco was fired, but an investigation never occurred.)
"Unfortunately, Jabarin's appointment is the latest and most egregious immoral act for an organization that already lost its moral compass," adds Steinberg. "HRW founder Robert Bernstein has denounced the biases and failures of his own organization, lamenting the organization's failure to hold accountable closed societies and oppressive regimes. The appointment of an individual with ties to terror reinforces Mr. Bernstein's assessment of HRW."
As donations decreased amid the scandals, George Soros rescued HRW with a 10-year, $100 million donation. Mr. Soros also funds Al Haq.
"Perhaps Mr. Soros and his cohorts should reevaluate their contributions, particularly as these groups strengthen ties with individuals linked to terror," Steinberg adds. "This is the antithesis of advancing universal human rights."
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