The B'Tselem human rights group has opened offices in
It added that it wants "to inform the political and public discourse in this country and to ensure that human rights are a centerpiece of the bilateral relationship and all diplomatic efforts."
The group has issued several reports describing terrorists as civilians and blaming
Tamar Sternthal, director of the
One B'Tselem report included as a civilian the Shechem terrorist who murdered six Jews and wounded 35 others when he attacked a Bar Mitzva reception.
It blamed the IDF for the 2007 killing of Mohammed Ali Abu al-Wafa, a boy who CAMERA said even Palestinian Authority (PA) sources admit was killed by the PA in the Hamas-Fatah terrorist militia war.
B'Tselem still accuses
The move to the U.S. follows the opening this year of the J Street lobby, heavily funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, that is openly backing Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama and is trying to counter the pro-Zionist American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby. AIPAC, the largest pro-Israel political lobby, does not endorse political candidates.
The J Street lobby describes itself as "the country’s first and only pro-Israel, pro-peace political action Committee" and has attacked the McCain campaign's "dirty politics."