Kenneth Roth, Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, speaks to the media, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
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Israel will stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff, the NGO said Friday, with the Jewish state accusing the group of being "fundamentally biased" against it.On Feb. 20, Israeli authorities informed it the request had been rejected because HRW is "not a real human rights group", the group said in a statement.Last year HRW published a report, "Occupation Inc", detailing how international and Israeli companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank were contributing to rights abuses."We were shocked they (Israeli authorities) were not able to distinguish between genuine criticism and propaganda," Shakir said.He admitted to having taken part in pro-Palestinian campaigns before joining HRW.But according to Shakir, Israeli authorities told HRW the visa ban was not targeting him alone but would be applied to all foreign members of the organisation.
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