NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch says it suspended its senior military analyst after discovering he collects Nazi memorabilia.
After first defending Marc Garlasco when it was revealed he was an avid collector of such artifacts and has written a book on the subject, Human Rights Watch officials shifted gears Monday and suspended him with pay, The New York Times reported.
Carroll Bogert, the group's associate director, told the Times Garlasco was suspended "pending an investigation. We have questions about whether we have learned everything we need to know."
The human rights group has been critical of Israel, which has pledged to counter what it contends is biased and error-filled reporting about its treatment of Palestinians. A pro-Israel blogger first revealed Garlasco's Nazi artifact activities, pointing out collector Web site postings where he reportedly wrote enthusiastically about Nazi gear.
Ron Dermer, policy director for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, called the revelations about Garlasco "perhaps a new low" in anti-Israel bias exhibited by Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups, the Times said, adding that Garlasco declined to be interviewed.
On Friday he posted an essay in which he reportedly called the Nazis "the worst war criminals of all time."