Mouin sent me this regarding my query below about the standards of HRW regarding Syria versus its standards regarding Israel: "I don't have the detailed info on Syria vs Israel publications by HRW, but if you look at the first 10 pages of HRW's ME page, consisting of approximately 100 items and covering the period 25 April - 3 July, 12 have Syria in the title vs 3 for Israel (and one of the latter three is unrelated to its treatment of Palestinians).
I suspect that if you go further back in time you would find that in fact a disproportionately high number of their publications are about Israel and the Palestinians. But that is precisely the problem: HRW was routinely setting the standard for discussion of Israel's human rights record, and it has been a very very low standard. To the best of my knowledge HRW never, for example, got within 100 miles of "command responsibility" for Israeli political leaders, as it now routinely does with Syria (and once also examined in the case of Palestinians). Their factual information is typically quite good (even much more often than not in the case of Israel). But if you compare the analysis and conclusions applied to Syria vs Israel, you might as well be comparing Nazi Germany to New Zealand.
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