Obsessed: 93% of Ken Roth's "illegal" accusations targeted Israel last month

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Human Rights Watch chief mocks Jews

Following is an open letter from UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer to Human Rights Watch chief Ken Roth, which went viral on Facebook. Dear Ken Roth

Executive Summary
A new study shows that over an 18-month period Ken Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, devoted more than 70% of his tweets alleging “illegal” acts to the criticism of one single country: Israel. By contrast, Roth devoted only 1% of his tweets to accusing Iraq, Libya, Russia, Syria or Yemen of illegal actions, according to an examination of his tweets over an 18-month period from January 1, 2017 to June 2018.
In addition, a study of Roth’s tweets over the past two months shows that, in November and December 2019,  out of 57 tweets where Roth accused a country of “illegal” actions, 50 of them, or 88 percent, targeted Israel. In November, Roth tweeted one similar accusation each on the U.S., Lebanon, Turkey and Brazil.
In November 2019 alone, out of 42 tweets in which Ken Roth accused a country of “illegal” actions, 39 of them — being 93 percent — targeted Israel. Roth tweeted one similar accusation each on Bolivia, Brazil and Indonesia.
In the same 2-month period, despite widespread and systematic acts of oppression by the world’s worst regimes, in violation of international human rights law including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Roth failed to tweet any such accusation against China, Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, Hamas, Myanmar, Pakistan or Venezuela.


Methodology
The study searched the word “illegal” in Ken Roth’s twitter feed, and from within those results, counted every instance in which Roth accused a country of illegal actions.
The word “illegal” is a powerful term. Lawyer Ken Roth appears to be using this term and accusation deliberately and repeatedly concerning one country only. In other contexts, for example in opposing the use of the word “illegal” to describe immigrants, Roth has confirmed that he considers this term significant. (See here, here and here.)
In one instance, Roth actually managed to employ the “illegal” accusation against Israel twice in a single tweet, even as, in the same year, he failed to use the same term concerning gross and systematic violations of international law by the oppressive regimes of Venezuela, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, the Palestinian Authority, Myanmar, Pakistan or Qatar — to name but a few.


In a rare moment on January 31, 2017, Roth accused another Middle Eastern country of illegal actions: “Iraq demolishes homes of families of alleged ISIS members—illegal collective punishment.” However, he couldn’t complete this tweet without first referencing his favorite obsession, which appears to have been the primary point of the tweet after all, and so the full text actually reads: “Borrowing page from Israel, Iraq demolishes…”


 
DATA ON KEN ROTH TWEETS
2019 in November-December: Who Ken Roth Accused of “Illegal” Actions
December 2019
Ken Roth Tweets accusing Israel of “illegal” actions:

  1. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1211186657212469248
  2. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1210727846978572288
  3. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1209692654331670528
  4. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1209661634609917952
  5. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1209343728424509441
  6. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1209287912841306113
  7. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1208058496765304832
  8. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1204567492112322561
  9. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1204387803590733824
  10. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1203945339738296322
  11. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1201790382478155776

Ken Roth tweets accusing other countries of “illegal” actions:

  1. USA: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1209245819074949126
  2. Lebanon: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1208389141660090375
  3. Turkey: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1204292192694652928
  4. Brazil: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1204119522694828032

 
November 2019
Ken Roth Tweets accusing Israel of “illegal” actions:

  1. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1200794309269831680
  2. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1200105093422624769
  3. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1199919396648554496
  4. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1199439701435994112
  5. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1199373696038772736
  6. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1199272398123601927
  7. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1199257240450031618
  8. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198948077383667712
  9. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198926811738132480
  10. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198686753806340096
  11. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198517574658646016
  12. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198165491933761542
  13. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1198081890428882944
  14. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197975912677085185
  15. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197938018369318913
  16. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197905903951007744
  17. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197865222163304448
  18. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197858174247804929
  19. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197790630199644160
  20. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1197296771640299520
  21. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196857631077535744
  22. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196714332882649089
  23. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196591050401423360
  24. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196442946230538244
  25. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196212254498263044
  26. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1195700273462812672
  27. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1195280134540079104
  28. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1195231453618958336
  29. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1194995639785943040
  30. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1194747640493281282
  31. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1194623012034748416
  32. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1193482902367068166
  33. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1193303779208302592
  34. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1193200269544194048
  35. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1192868576979492865
  36. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1192766733821587456
  37. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1192543461305724930
  38. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1191743089947353089
  39. https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1191717121962790912

Ken Roth tweets accusing other countries of “illegal” actions:

  1. Bolivia: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1196318814599884801
  2. Indonesia: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1192092188924088320
  3. Brazil: https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1191468818872360961

 
In 2017-2018, 74% of Ken Roth’s tweets alleging illegality targeted Israel:
Israel                                                   53         74%
U.S.                                                      5          7%
EU                                                        3           4%
Italy                                                      3           4%
Iraq                                                      1           1%
Libya                                                    1           1%
Thai junta                                             1           1%
South Africa (Jacob Zuma)                  1           1%
Russia (Putin)                                       1           1%
Syria (Assad)                                        1           1%
Yemen (Houthi-Saleh forces)               1           1%
Internet companies                              1           1%
TOTAL                                                 72
 
 2018:  Who Ken Roth Accused of “Illegal” Actions
June 13, 2018             Israel
June 8, 2018               Internet companies
June 7, 2018               Israel
June 6, 2018               Israel
May 29, 2018              Israel
May 24, 2018              Israel
May 24, 2018              Israel
May 23, 2018              Israel
May 23, 2018              U.S. & Israel
May 22, 2018              Israel
May 9, 2018                Israel
May 8, 2018                EU & Italy
April 30, 2018             Israel
April 27, 2018             U.S.
April 25, 2018             Israel
April 3, 2018               Israel
March 15, 2018          U.S.
February 4, 2018        Israel
February 4, 2018        Israel
February 1, 2018        Israel
January 12, 2018        Israel
January 11, 2018        Israel
January 8, 2018          Israel
Breakdown of 2018 accusations:   
Israel                           19
U.S.                              3
EU                                1
Italy                              1
Internet companies      1
TOTAL                         25
 
 
2017:  Who Ken Roth Accused of “Illegal” Actions
December 15, 2017    Israel
December 13, 2017    EU, Libya
December 4, 2017      Israel
December 2, 2017      Israel
November 27, 2017    Israel
November 24, 2017    Italy
November 3, 2017      Israel
October 31, 2017        Israel (“illegal settlements” and “illegally demolishing” in one Tweet)
October 27, 2017        Israel
September 29, 2017   Israel
September 13, 2017   Israel
August 23, 2017          Israel
August 3, 2017            Italy
July 4, 2017                 Jacob Zuma (South Africa)
June 15, 2017              Israel
June 9, 2017                Israel
June 7, 2017                Israel
May 18, 2017              Thai junta
May 11, 2017              Israel
May 9, 2017                Israel
April 25, 2017             Israel
April 20, 2017             Houthi-Saleh forces (Yemen)
April 12, 2017             Putin-Assad (Russia, Syria)
April 1, 2017               Israel
March 23, 2017          Israel
March 20, 2017          Israel
March 8, 2017            Israel
March 7, 2017            Israel
February 23, 2017      Israel
February 18, 2017      EU
February 16, 2017      Israel
February 15, 2017      Israel
February 14, 2017      Israel
February 11, 2017      Israel
February 6, 2017        Israel
February 5, 2017        Israel
February 3, 2017        Israel
February 1, 2017        Israel
January 31, 2017        Iraq, Israel (says Iraq “borrows illegal collective punishment” from Israel)
January 23, 2017        Israel
January 11, 2017        U.S.
January 10, 2017         U.S.
January 10, 2017        Israel
January 8, 2017          Israel
January 6, 2017          Israel
 
Breakdown of 2017 accusations:
Israel                                                   35
U.S.                                                     2
EU                                                       2
Italy                                                     2
Iraq                                                     1
Libya                                                   1
Thai junta                                            1
Jacob Zuma (South Africa)                 1
Putin (Russia)                                      1
Assad (Syria)                                       1
Houthi-Saleh forces (Yemen)              1
TOTAL                                                 47