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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson, speaks at a press conference

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson, speaking at a press conference in Doha June 12, 2012 ..
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    Human Rights Watch has lost all its legitimacy with regard to Israel, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon on Sunday, after a senior HRW official backed a conspiratorial assertion that Israel had made the anti-Semitism crisis within the Labor Party of Great Britain.

    Saturday, Sarah Leah Winston, executive director of HRW's Middle East and North Africa division, added a tweet to her Twitter account from Asa Winstanley, a writer for the Electronic Intifada website, who said: "We are At the beginning of a major new wave of fabricated "Labor anti-Semitism crisis" stories, just like Spring / Summer 2018. Join. & # 39;

    Why is this #Israel interference in domestic British politics acceptable? Is it only a problem when Russia does this? https://t.co/frsAdFXpez

    – Sarah Leah Whitson (@ sarahleah1) 9 February 2019 Above the tweet, Winston wrote: "Why is this # Israel interference in domestic British politics acceptable? Is it only a problem when Russia does this?"

    Nahshon tweeted in response that HRW "lost all legitimacy when it comes to Israel." Obsessive hatred and conspiracy theories that are worthy of the worst anti-Semites. & # 39;

    Nahshon said it was a "long time" since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last worked with the organization.

    Winstanley & # 39; s article about the anti-Israel, Chicago-based Electronic Intifada – with the headline "Israel campaigned against Jeremy Corbyn & # 39; – claimed that the Israeli government is operating an application that encourages its users to call on group leader Jeremy Corbyn for anti-Semitism.

    "This is the final proof of an Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against the main opposition party in the UK," wrote Winstanley.

    The Sunday Times recently unveiled a 2010 event in which Corbyn compared the Israeli government with the Nazis. The application that Winstanley referred to, called Act.IL, asked its users to mention Corbyn's comments.

    The Act.IL website says that the application – a joint venture between the Israeli American Council (IAC) and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) – has been set up with the aim of using social media for the boycott, sanction and divestment movement (BDS). ) to combat and delegitimize the state of Israel.

    According to the Electronic Intifada story, Act.IL is part of a long-term influence operation by Israel and its lobbying groups to defeat Corbyn, an experienced solidarity activist from Palestine, and to name the party he leads institutionally anti-Semitically. Labor, where there is strong support for Palestinian rights among grassroots, in a more pro-Israeli direction. "

    StandWithUS, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization in Los Angeles, tweeted: "Executive Director of @hrw, @ sarahleah1 shares anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about" anti-Semitism crisis "of # UK & # 39; s Labor Party and claims that it's because of & # 39; #Israel interference. "Human Rights Watch – this is what you stand for?!"

    Executive Director of @hrw, @ sarahleah1 shares anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about "wrought anti-Semitism crisis" #UKLabor Party, then claims that it comes through "#Israel interference". Human Rights Watch – this is what you stand for? pic.twitter.com/cbGun6r7mF

    – StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) 9 February 2019

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