Thanks to Mere Rhetoric for bringing this to light, citizen journalism at its highest! Remember folks, this is the guy who likes to stand in judgement of Israel…while he secretly admires the trinkets of those who put Jews into the ovens by the 6 million. Take it away Mere Rhetoric!H/T Baron BodisseyMarc Garlasco – Is HRW’s Anti-Israel Investigator A Nazi-Obsessed Collector?
There are two Marc Garlascos on the Internet. One is a top human rights investigator who, having joined Human Rights Watch after several years with the Pentagon, has become known for his shrill attacks on Israel. The other is a Marc Garlasco who’s obsessed with the color and pageantry of Nazism, has published a detailed 430 page book on Nazi war paraphernalia, and participates in forums for Nazi souvenir collectors.
Both Marc Garlascos were born on September 4, 1970. Both have Ernst as their middle name. Both live in New York, NY. Both have a maternal grandfather who fought for the Nazis. I’ve put links and screenshots on all this after the jump, and you can click through for full-sized versions. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that both Marc Garlascos are the same person.
Bloggers and activists concerned about Israel have been baffled and frustrated by the first Garlasco almost since he joined HRW. On his public photography site he posts gratuitous Palestinian and Lebanese death porn in between galleries of cute Western-looking kids playing soccer (no link – keeping his kids out of it). He provides a seemingly never-ending stream of interviews to all kinds of outlets, where he spins tales about ostensible Israeli atrocities. The only problem is that many of these tales – per Soccer Dad and IsraPundit and Elder of Ziyon and NGO Monitor and CAMERA and LGF – are biased and inaccurate. That doesn’t stop Garlasco from putting them into the kind of HRW reports that make their way into international anti-Israel condemnations and academic anti-Israel dissertations.
Then there’s the second Marc Garlasco, who I caught wind of from Elder of Ziyon. Elder had just finished tearing apart another one of HRW Garlasco’s anti-Israel reports when he found the Amazon profile of collector Garlasco. This Garlasco’s Amazon book reviews show a nearly obsessive knowledge of Nazi-era Luftwaffe Flak and Army Flak. A little more searching revealed that he’s written a gigantic book on the subject that retails for over $100. He regularly participates in forums about Nazi medals under the handle Flak 88, where he posts galleries of his prizes and admires what others have managed to collect. On those forums he uses the email firstname.lastname@example.org, which points to a family genealogy site he set up in 2002.
If both Garlascos are the same, Human Rights Watch almost certainly knows about his creepy hobby. It took me less than an hour on Google to confirm Elder’s hunch to my satisfaction, and not much longer to lock the whole thing down. There’s even an Amazon widget displaying Garlasco’s book at the bottom of his Huffington Post article, though that may be automatically generated. The book might even be listed on his CV because, after all, none of this is illegal. Just potentially unseemly.
The collector Marc Garlasco certainly doesn’t keep his day job secret from his fellow memorabilia collectors. There are at least two public references to his life as an HRW investigator on the forums. In one thread he posts dozens upon dozens of pictures from his collection at the end of 2007, which he describes as having been a “very lucky” year. A friend responds “Jeez Louise!! I had no idea HRW paid the big bucks!!” In another thread he comments on a badge and gushes “I would kill for that – WOW!” A friend responds “now now, HRW boy, don’t go overboard!”
So we have to assume he’s not leading a double life and that his employers know about his extracurriculars. If so we can also safely assume they’ve investigated the numerous demonstrable errors in his anti-Israel writeups. They presumably concluded that his apologism for antisemitic genocidal Hamas lunatics is unrelated to his obsession with antisemitic genocidal Nazi lunatics. That would be interesting to hear.
If Garlasco has been less than forthright about what he does in his off-time – and if HRW hasn’t taken an hour to Google him and figure it out for themselves – that would be interesting in a different way.
Either way, someone needs to explain why he keeps getting sent to the Middle East to write debunked report after debunked report, lest people suspect that he has an unseemly motive for his consistently anti-Israel errors.
OH—but there’s more. They are in spin mode at the chat forum that deals in this twisted form of memorabilia:Moderator, MK: “Well, we are all allready “Nazis” in the opinion of certain people which are only interested in a black/white or good/bad history. You won’t change such a opion and the best thing is not to care in them. I think a forum like GCA with members of different countries speaking all kind of languages speak a clear language who we are:Collectors interested in history without policy statements.What happended there to Marc is sad and stupid but if you see his real life job than it was only a question of them. With his job for HRW he doesn’t make much friends on some places.So searching the weak side of such a person and launch a counter attack is normal in this business. If he had lost his driving licence in the past because of a beer to much we would know read that he is a possible drunkard. That’s the classic political game of destroying someones integrity …. HRW’s Marc Garlasco: “Thanks guys,I would react but I don’t want to encourage them. Still, I doubt they read my book. But Phil is right, this is more about where I work than anything else.Kind Regards, Marc “