Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine “Country” Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), a multimillion-dollar international non-governmental organization that purportedly conducts research and advocacy on human rights.
With a $76M budget and not fully transparent funding, HRW major donors include the Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Oak Foundation, among others. Despite countless atrocities and human rights violations around the world, HRW’s primary focus is on vilifying the State of the Jewish people, Israel.
HWW played a major role in the creation of the eventually discredited Goldstone report, submitting numerous statements to the commission equating Israel to Hamas and falsely accusing Israel of “willfully” killing civilians.
Omar Shakir Joined HRW in 2016, after being a legal fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization that provides legal assistance and training to activists of the antisemitic BDS movement.
Shakir has a long history of antisemitism. He called for the annihilation of the Jewish state, defended antisemites in court, and whitewashed violence against Jews.
- 2010: During a talk at a UC Irvine event “Apartheid IsReal” Shakir called for the extinction of the State of Israel – “The day comes when the two-state solution collapses, as soon as that happens the State of Israel is finished.”
- 2014: Shakir defended Steven Salaita, a University of Illinois professor who was fired over his countless antisemitic tweets such as “Zionists: transforming ‘antisemitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948.”
- 2018: When a senior Hamas official confirmed that nearly all those killed in Gaza during the violent month-long border riots were terrorists, Shakir shamelessly tweeted “Israel maintains a system of entrenched discrimination against Palestinians, but its bullets don’t discriminate” insinuating the Jewish state needed to treat bloodthirsty terrorists with white gloves.
- 2019: Shakir was deported from Israel over his involvement with the antisemitic, terror-affiliated BDS movement.
Last week, Omar Shakir in his official capacity at the HRW authored a horrific report once again vilifying the Jewish state. The report is filled with outrageous lies and repulsive attempts to hoist America’s racial justice issues onto Israel. Shakir made an effort to make the Jewish man on the left below appear “white” and the Palestinian woman on the right below appear “brown”, masterfully hiding the fact that Israel’s Jewish population is comprised of majority Mezrahi/Sephardic Jews (brown) vs. Ashkenazi (white-passing) Jews.
Shakir also took to Twitter to post about the current riots in Jerusalem. Rather than being honest and exposing the Arab youth gangs terrorizing the city’s Jewish population, Shakir once again vilified the Jews and attempted to bring in irrelevant American social justice issues – this time police brutality – into the picture. He was instantly called out by us for deceivingly posting a photo from the 2015 riots. Despite being exposed for blatantly lying, he has yet to remove the tweet.
Omar Shakir is a dishonest antisemite who works in a dishonest antisemitic organization (HRW). Both share a mission to vilify the Jewish people and their homeland nation at any cost.
Jew haters like Shakir have mastered the art of antisemitism – rather than targeting the Jew as an individual, they target Jews collectively via the Jewish state and vilify Israel; this new form of contemporary antisemitism was discussed in our report “The New Anti-Semites”.
Enforcing the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of antisemitism is the sole tool that will hold antisemites like Omar Shakir accountable for their bigotry towards the Jewish people.