(photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

By Joel Himelfarb - May 6, 2015

Originally appeared here in Newsmax

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces sent 260 doctors, nurses and search-and-rescue personnel to Nepal to aid that nation's earthquake relief efforts.

Most people, regardless of their position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, would probably regard that as a positive development.

But Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, views the Israeli humanitarian help in a darker light.

Steven A. Cook, a senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in Newsweek that Roth used a report about Israeli aid to Nepal to attack the Jewish state's treatment of the Palestinians.

"Easier to address a far-away humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel's making in Gaza!" Roth tweeted.

Cook wrote that he was surprised that Roth "seems so blithely unaware of just how difficult it actually is to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza." Read More