Sunday, September 13, 2020

Ken Roth of @HRW falsely accuses Israel of being Islamophobic

Ken Roth, head of Human Rights Watch, tweets about how there isn't enough criticism of China's horrible treatment of Uyghur Muslims. 

But he can't resist throwing in a baseless accusation against Israel.

If you look at the original Foreign Affairs article he links to, he has changed a crucial word:

 And yet the countries and entities that regularly criticize Israel, Myanmar, the United States, and other nations for their actions against Muslims have kept quiet about China’s treatment of the Uighurs. 

It is quite valid to point out the hypocrisy of those who regularly criticize Israel or the US for their supposed treatment of Muslims while remaining silent for Uyghur abuses. But Roth changes "regularly" to "rightfully" - saying that the US and Israel are Islamophobic.

I responded on Twitter:

Claiming that Israel mistreats its Muslim population is nothing short of slander, especially when Israel is more tolerant of Muslims than most Western European countries are by any measure. 

But that is par for the course for the human rights defender who regularly attacks the human rights of Jews to live in their historic homeland.

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