Newsweek: American NGOs against Azerbaijan and Israel - Who is sponsoring them?

Newsweek: American NGOs against Azerbaijan and Israel - Who is sponsoring them?
# 28 May 2020 14:00 (UTC +04:00)

American NGOs operate against Azerbaijan and Israel and receive significant financial support in this regard, the article published in Newsweeek magazine, APA reports.

The author of article Paul Miller, President and Executive Director, Haym Salamon Center, speaks of double standards against Israel: "while some human rights groups criticize Israel, they turn a blind eye to crimes committed by other nations."

The article reads that unlike Israel, Armenia is somewhat of a darling in the NGO world: "Sarah Leah Whitson—a former director of Middle East and North Africa division for Human Rights Watch (HRW), and more recently managing director for research and policy with the George Soros-backed Quincy Institute—is a prime example of this double standard. Both of these groups (HRW and Quincy Institute) have been sharp critics of Israeli but then ignore other territorial conflicts, such as the decades-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Whitson apparently has no qualms concerning the construction of illegal settlements in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is occupied by Armenia, as affirmed by several U.N. resolutions as part of Azerbaijan. In 2018, she hosted a fundraiser for the Armenian National Committee, a pro-settler charity that views Karabakh as an "integral part of the Armenian homeland."

The article notes that Whitson is seemingly ignoring her own long-time support for Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh. Such behavior can only be described as cognitive dissonance.

“Such hypocrisy is hardly limited to Whitson,” the author said, stressing that NGOs like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), the Foundation for Defence of Democracies keeps taking similar positions.

“Like its supporters in the NGO world, organizations, charities and even politicians that back the Armenian cause have been caught up in legal controversies and corruption,” he concluded.

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