The addition of Nadia Barhoum, a pro-Palestinian campus activist, to HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, increases the political bias reflected in the activities and backgrounds of Sarah Leah Whitson, Joe Stork, and previous staff (Lucy Mair, formerly of Electronic Intifada). This is inconsistent with HRW’s claimed "even-handedness and accuracy. " 

  • Barhoum was an active member in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Berkeley. SJP promotes the Durban agenda of demonization of Israel, using terms such as "apartheid," as well as accusations of "mass atrocities. "
  • In promoting divestment, Barhoum wrote: "Our university should not profit from bloodshed. Our university should not invest in apartheid. "
  • At a Sabeel Conference, she participated in a "guerilla theater action" of a mock IDF checkpoint, claiming to raise awareness that "human rights are violated" by US tax dollars (through financial support of Israel).
  • Barhoum's "Palestina" blog includes references to Israel as "a military state . . . ," Israeli "crimes against humanity," erases all traces of terror, and repeats Palestinian political messages: in Gaza, people "are starving because the israeli military refuses to open up the gazan border…. [sic]"