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Joe Stork

Joe Stork is an American political activist and Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs/Middle East Studies from Columbia University.[1]


Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1996, Stork co-founded the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP) in 1971[1] and was chief editor of its flagship publication, the Middle East Report, until 1995.[2][3] Stork served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey.[1] "He presently serves as chair of the Middle East Studies Association's Committee on Academic Freedom and sits on the advisory committees of the American Friends Service Committee, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Iraq Revenue Watch project of the Open Society Institute."[2]

Stork's involvement with MERIP and anti-Israel activism before joining HRW have made him the object of criticism.[4] Maariv reported that Stork was a "radical leftist" in the 1970s. According to Maariv's report, Stork wrote an article praising the Munich massacre and attended an anti-Zionist conference hosted by Saddam Hussein in 1976.[4] Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW, has defended Stork by saying that these events took place thirty years ago, and he later became a staunch critic of Hussein.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Human Rights Watch, Joe Stork
  2. ^ a b Gulf Daily News, 1 March 2004, Turkey RPCV Joe Stork is top American human rights expert
  3. ^ American Expressions of Relief over Iran-Iraq Peace, AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS OF RELIEF OVER IRAN-IRAQ PEACE, St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 22, 1988.
  4. ^ a b c

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