For all their high-minded rhetoric about free speech and expression, some “human rights” activists and lawyers seem zealously opposed to allowing debate. As a recent conference panel demonstrated, this is particularly true among those who seek to besmirch the Jewish state with substantively empty accusations of “apartheid” and “racism.” However, after efforts by CAMERA and others to counteract this behavior, purveyors of the libel – and their sponsors – now know they will not be left unchallenged.
On October 22nd, the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) – a prominent organization of legal scholars and practitioners – will work to help normalize the antisemitic “apartheid” libel against the Jewish state.
The Washington Post is unwilling to provide readers with the facts about the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Worse still, the paper takes claims by BDS supporters like Omar Shakir and his employer, Human Rights Watch, at face value.
CAMERA prompts correction of a Haaretz article which incorrectly reported that the Jerusalem District Court received no evidence suggesting that Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir had participated in BDS activity, including while serving in his capacity in Israel.
In an editorial with a highly misleading headline ("No entry for Israel's critics"), The Los Angeles Times reported that Israel had turned away a Human Rights Watch researcher. After communication from CAMERA, The Times clarifies: Omar Shakir later received a one-year visa.
The Times recently published an article about Israel's denial of a work visa to HRW's Omar Shakir, and relayed UN criticism of the sentence handed down by an Israeli court to an IDF soldier. But as is often the case with the NYT, readers were not provided with an objective presentation of the facts from a neutral standpoint or given enough info to form an opinion on the issues.