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NGOs like Human Rights Watch must choose their words carefully

By Aime Williams  

(photo: IDF)

Just before Christmas, Human Rights Watch announced that “Palestinian rockets unlawfully targeted Israeli civilians” in the fighting last November. HRW has a fraught history of reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, collecting accusations of bias from various quarters. A 2006 press release was criticised for attempting to prevent Palestinian civilians from engaging in non-violent resistance. HRW withdrew it three weeks later, denying that it had…

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