The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Veteran human rights activist targeting oppressive regimes meets Netanyahu

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
June 16, 2012

The Daily Beast recently interviewed human-rights veteran Robert Bernstein on his alliance with co-founder Jared Cohen to help activists resisting oppressive regimes around the world in a new project called Advancing Human Rights. Asked about his personal involvement with AHR on a daily basis, the 89-year-old founder of Human Rights Watch revealed that on a recent trip to the Middle East he had met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Whatever the two discussed during that meeting, it is unlikely that it had anything to do with helping activists resisting Israel’s oppressive occupation. As Bernstein implied in the interview, Tel Aviv won’t have to worry about criticism from Advancing Human Rights:

There is no question that democracies have their faults, and those need to be addressed. What human-rights organizations often fail to understand, recognize, and emphasize is that there are many people working to improve open societies. There is a free press, civil society, NGOs, independent judiciary, and fair elections. Dictatorships like Syria, Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia don’t have a fraction of those rights. We don’t gain credibility by criticizing two human-rights violations in a dictatorship and two human-rights violations in a nearby democracy. Dictatorships must be brought up to the level of democracies. The failure to stress the enormous difference between democracies and dictatorships is a profound betrayal of the principles of human rights. There is no moral equivalence between the two at all.

There is also great confusion about war. Democratic armies, which are often demonized, take great pains to avoid civilian damage. Terrorist organizations like Hamas and al Qaeda, on the other hand, specifically hide among civilians in order to increase the damage. Some in the human-rights community also believe that they should be neutral in war. I don’t see how you can ever be neutral about those that call for genocide, like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran, and democratic states.

Bernstein’s animus towards Israel’s enemies is revealing. Even more revealing, however, is the fact that the executive director of Advancing Human Rights, David Keyes, who accompanied Bernstein in his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister, is a protégé of a Netanyahu appointee. Keyes was coordinator of democracy programs for the Jerusalem-based Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the right-wing Shalem Center, where he worked under the direction of Natan Sharansky, a prominent advocate of democracy promotion in the Middle East and beyond. In 2009, Netanyahu recommended the “Prisoner of Zion” as chairman of the Jewish Agency, the government-created body which works “to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center.”

In light of such a clear Zionist connection, perhaps a more apt name for the new “human rights” group might be Advancing Israeli Interests.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

June 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

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  1. You know what’s really weird about these revolutions (Other than the fact that they look like Soros’s revolutions in the former USSR) it’s that Al Qaeda makes all kinds of statement supporting them. Assuming Al Qaeda is real, why the hell is the USA not helping Assad?

    Here are a few statements by Al Qaeda:

    Gitmo Detainee Fayez Al-Kandari Vows, “I Would Give a Thousand of My Souls to Save Syrians from Assad”

    On June 12, 2012, Al-Qaida’s As-Sahab Media Foundation released a message from Abu Yahya al-Liby in which he addressed the “Muslim brothers in the defiant ash-Sham” on the situation in Syria. He condemned President Assad, who he called a “suppressive Nusayri tyrant.”

    He calls for violent jihad against Assad and talks of the UN’s monitors not helping the people of Syria (Just like CNN’s Danny Abdul Dayem)


    In the newly released documents from Bin Laden computers in his compound, some mention Soros’s revolutions. Bin Laden supports them. You can find them here:


    Al-Nusra Front (a new terrorist organization)

    saur ben zvi

    June 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  2. As Netanyahu implied after 9/11, Al-Qaeda’s words and deeds are more often than not “very good” for Israel.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    June 17, 2012 at 7:00 am

  3. By the way, Al-Qaeda’s As-Sahab Media Foundation is run by Adam Gadahn, the grandson of Carl Pearlman, a board member of the staunchly pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League. Despite having apparently gone over to the enemy, Gadahn’s provocative statements frequently serve the agenda of his grandfather’s ADL.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    June 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

  4. […] doubt his fellow revolutionaries at the Shalem Center would agree. Share this:PrintEmailTwitterFacebookStumbleUponRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to […]

  5. I know all about Pearlman. He’s not the only Jewish convert to Islam to become a terrorist. There’s Joe Cohen, Zachary Chesser, David Scott Jones (maybe Jewish) and Jesse Curtis Morton.

    Morton has a blog (he’s in jail now so I don’t know if he’s updated it).

    Cohen does too and a youtube channel.

    Anyway, I found a documentary done on Syrian TV about the Al Nusra Front. The Syrian forces caught some of them, they confessed to the Damascus bombings. In the documentary you can see footage of the attacks, not like in London or in Oslo. I’ll bet they’ll never show footage of Mohamed Merah either.

    Here’s an article from today from New York Times: C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition (don’t you just love it when the CIA gets involved in revolutions)

    Here’s the interesting part: CIA acknowledges that there are terrorist in Syria.

    “The C.I.A. officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks, in part to help keep weapons out of the hands of fighters allied with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, one senior American official said. The Obama administration has said it is not providing arms to the rebels, but it has also acknowledged that Syria’s neighbors would do so.”

    So let us recap considering that this is reality
    al Qaeda (or whatever other offshoot) claims they want Assad dead. Just like Soros.
    Syria/Assad claim, time and time and again, that the killings are done by terrorists. They find weapons, they bust the Al Nusra Front…
    The CIA admits there are terrorists in Syria.

    Wouldn’t your first question be: Why the hell is nobody helping him?

    On a side note, O’Reilly TV show on Fox has recently discovered that one of Soros’s companies is funding the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    saur ben zvi

    June 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

  6. […] Iran’s electronic curtain by communicating to ordinary Iranians? Sounds like a job for Jared Cohen and friends. Share this:PrintEmailTwitterFacebookStumbleUponRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

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