What’s Going On At HRW?

Mere Rhetoric generated a lot of buzz with his revelation that Human Rights Watch researcher Marc Garlasco is an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia, having written a 400 page book on the subject, and more.

I'm not going to criticize Garlasco personally — Nazi collectibles aren't illegal. But I can't help but be struck by the incongruity: Garlasco works for a human rights organization with a history of skewed criticisms of Israel. It recently came to light that Garlasco's colleague at HRW, Joe Stork, is a radical Marxist who has his own axe to grind with the Jewish state. What kind of organization is this?

The bad publicity forced HRW to respond with a letter you can see at Elder of Ziyon. The organization wants to preserve its halo effect at all costs.

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[sc:graybox ]Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. Her blog is Framing ...