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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Marc Garlasco's picture album

Earlier today, I reported that Human Rights Watch investigator Marc Garlasco is an obsessive collector of Nazi memorabilia, a rather odd habit for someone whose day job is conducting investigations of Israel.

Mr. Garlasco maintains a public profile at LinkedIn, where he lists himself as "Senior Military Analyst at Human Rights Watch" and "Board Member at Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict."

On LinkedIn, you are allowed to give a personal website and a company website. The company website Marc gives is Human Rights Watch's website. The personal site links to this page. You can search all over the site and you won't find a single link to anything other than family things. But if you go to this page, which is linked on several Nazi memorabilia sites (and which is clearly part of the same website), you will find a 17-page collection (pdf) of all kinds of memorabilia.

The last page includes this picture, which appears to be a touched up picture of Human Rights Watch's chief Israel investigator in full regalia (see the label at the bottom of the picture):

What could go wrong?

UPDATE 11:35 PM

It's been pointed out to me that this picture is actually the cover of Garlasco's book and may or may not actually be his picture.

The point about collecting Nazi memorabilia being an odd hobby for Human Rights Watch's chief Israel investigator still stands.

10 Comments:

At 8:05 PM, Blogger J. Lichty said...

his nom de guerre flak88 shows he is more than a nazi memoriabilia enthusiast.

88 is a shorthand that neonazis use to denote Heil Hitler (yimach shmo). H is the 8th letter in the english alphabet.

As I am sure will be no surprise, Garasco not only loves him some lugers, but also loves him some Fueher.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Danny said...

FYI - the content of his website at www.garlasco.com is evidently so scurrilous that the site has been blocked by my employer for "not complying with the Firm's policies". Should a member of the the top brass at a highly vaunted NGO also maintain a website that does not pass muster with the content-screens of a major American company? Methinks NOT!

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger mojobeta said...

Carl, you say:

The last page includes this picture, which appears to be a touched up picture of Human Rights Watch's chief Israel investigator in full regalia (see the label at the bottom of the picture)

But - the person in the picture looks nothing at all like the picture of Garlasco that appears on his HRW bio page. The reason his name appears at the bottom of the picture would seem to be that that is the front cover of his book.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Like I said, questions, questions and questions.

Please feel free to draw your own conclusions.

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger Geoffrey Carman said...

Omri says, this may not be him, really.
http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275876.html

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger GWBros said...

Israel Matzav, I love your blog. I read it every day. Keep up the good work. How can we send you emails?

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger GWBros said...

Everytime I go to your web page, quicktime opens. I am running a Mac w/ OSX 10.6 and Safari
Thanks, Greg

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Ashi & Naama said...

"J. Lichty said...
his nom de guerre flak88 shows he is more than a nazi memoriabilia enthusiast.

88 is a shorthand that neonazis use to denote Heil Hitler (yimach shmo). H is the 8th letter in the english alphabet..."

it is possible that you are correct, but the main anti aircraft gun of the german army durring WW2 was the 88mm flack cannon (also used in the flat trajectory as an anti-tank gun)

it was a formidable piece of machinery.

since his book is about the flack troops this may explain his "nom de guerre"

...granted, we have no need to be דן לכף זכות

 
At 12:07 AM, OpenID TheFuriousWombat said...

This is total nonsense. It's malicious and defamatory and borderline libelous, to be honest. The mere fact that someone collects a certain kind of military artifact does not make them loyal to what those artifacts represent. Saying Garlasco is a Nazi b/c he owns Nazi medals is like saying someone interested in cave paintings is a neanderthal. It simply makes no sense! Instead of dragging this man's name through the mud, perhaps it would be better to consider his record, his position at a leading Human Rights NGO (which, despite claims to the contrary, is not anti-Israel since they criticize Israeli and Palestinian tactics alike when either cross the line of legality), and the fact that he COLLECTS stuff. That's as far as it goes. People study and write about and read about and are interested in every evil figure and vile empire that ever existed, Nero, Ghengis Khan, Sadam Hussein, Stalin, Hitler. This interest does not equal acceptance or agreement or support in any way and to argue otherwise is totally illogical!

 
At 12:08 AM, OpenID theFuriousWombat said...

This is total nonsense. It’s malicious and defamatory and borderline libelous, to be honest. The mere fact that someone collects a certain kind of military artifact does not make them loyal to what those artifacts represent. Saying Garlasco is a Nazi b/c he owns Nazi medals is like saying someone interested in cave paintings is a neanderthal. It simply makes no sense! Instead of dragging this man’s name through the mud, perhaps it would be better to consider his record, his position at a leading Human Rights NGO (which, despite claims to the contrary, is not anti-Israel since they criticize Israeli and Palestinian tactics alike when either cross the line of legality), and the fact that he COLLECTS stuff. That’s as far as it goes. People study and write about and read about and are interested in every evil figure and vile empire that ever existed, Nero, Ghengis Khan, Sadam Hussein, Stalin, Hitler. This interest does not equal acceptance or agreement or support in any way and to argue otherwise is totally illogical!

 

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