What is Amnesty ?
Amnesty International UK waited until after Holocaust Remembrance Day to publish its latest report on Israel, which hinges on ignoring that history and Palestinian efforts to repeat it.
Expect the media to be all over the place as Amnesty, for the first time, officially accuses Israel of “apartheid” (joining Human Rights Watch, which made the same obscene leap last year).
Anti-Zionist activists and politicians love to use the word to smear Israel’s citizenship laws and national security policies, to delegitimize the Jewish state by equating it with the old racist regime in South Africa.
Amnesty has only accused one other country of current apartheid policies, by the way: Myanmar, which is regularly genocidal against the Rohingya minority. Not China, Iran or Syria, which also seek to wipe out minority populations.
The report reviews Israel’s history since independence, pointing to a number of examples that supposedly prove the “apartheid state” hoax.
But what a lot of history ignores Amnesty. The Holocaust appears only when discussing Israel’s 1952 offer of citizenship to any Jew who wanted it. He mentions the “expulsion”, without mentioning, for example, that the Jews were expelled from Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt.
Yasser Arafat does not appear. He mentions Hamas 25 times, but does not specify its political and military programs that openly aim at the annihilation of Israel. References to Egypt’s “strict” restrictions at the Rafah border crossing do not explain the “why,” that is, that nation’s desire to prevent terrorist attacks on both sides of that border. He describes the May 2021 indiscriminate unprovoked rocket attacks on Israeli citizens as armed hostilities.”
It simply lacks a real sense that the Palestinian political leadership has long pursued policies based on the denial of Israel’s right to exist. On the other hand, he never treats the Palestinians as if they have control over their own actions.
The long “Recommendations” section calls for sanctions, arms embargoes and other international action against Israel as a whole. But it only asks the Palestinians that their political leaders “document. . . the discriminatory impact of Israel’s apartheid system against the Palestinian population” and stop security coordination with Israel.
Nothing about Hamas abandoning its genocidal rhetoric, let alone its efforts to deliver on it. Or about committing to no more rocket attacks on civilian targets.
It is sad to see a second world renowned human rights group pushing this rubbish, but Amnesty is not offering anything new: just more distortions, double standards and table banging.