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Amnesty International Admits Flawed Reporting on Israeli ‘Abuses’

Even human rights workers admit that field reports are notably unreliable. So why do they continue to treat them as accurate?

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Human Rights reports are not always what they seem

Human Rights reports are not always what they seem
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An Amnesty International field reporter has unwittingly admitted that Palestinians often mislead human rights activists when they report about supposed Israeli “abuses.”

Donatella Rovera,Amnesty’s Senior Crisis Advisor, recently wrote on the Professionals in Human Assistance and Protection website, that

“In Gaza, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and other places I interviewed civilians who described what they thought were artillery or bomb strikes being launched by far away government forces and striking near their homes – whereas in reality the loud bangs and tremors were caused by mortars or rockets being launched by opposition fighters from their positions nearby. For the untrained ear it is virtually impossible to distinguish between incoming and outgoing fire, and all the more so for those who find themselves close to the frontlines.

“Fear can lead victims and witnesses to withhold evidence or give deliberately erroneous accounts of incidents. In Gaza, I received partial or inaccurate information by relatives of civilians accidentally killed in accidental explosions or by rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups towards Israel that had malfunctioned and of civilians killed by Israeli strikes on nearby Palestinian armed groups’ positions. When confronted with other evidence obtained separately, some said they feared reprisals by the armed groups.

Responding to the article, Honest Reporting notes that much of Rovera’s faulty “reportage,” is often cited by anti-Israel groups to vilify not only Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, but in the Land of Israel at all.

“Human rights reports “spread quickly and then become widely believed – including by “unbiased” NGOs – before anyone has a chance to investigate,” said the website.

Avi Tuchmayer

About the Author: Avi is a news writer for The Jewish Press. In the past, he has covered Israel and the Jewish world for Israel National News, Ami magazine and other international media.


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  1. Really? they have been lying? WELL, ya think??

  2. SylvieSchapira548 says:

    I don’t believe that the Arabs lie!!!! Their honesty is their greatest gift to mankind – oh! they haven’t really got another one……

  3. No! I can’t believe that an Arab would lie about Israel.

  4. Nothing new we ALL knew about it

  5. Colin Fuller says:

    Oh no, shock horror, really? DUHHHHHHHHH

  6. JackieRozell says:

    This is not at all surprising news. The sad part is that anyone reading this who is anti-Israel will just say it isn’t true and the reporter is “whitewashing” Israel’s crimes.

  7. Palestinians are liars

  8. JudithRoss says:

    Let see this on the front page of the New York Times, and reported on CNN! Then maybe, I will believe some of what they have said. But the media is already so brainwashed against the truth that they will not be big enough to admit they have been wrong.

  9. MarkusBrajtman says:

    I have said many times.
    1. The reprters are afraid to tell the truth, as their lives may depend on the lies.
    2. How much are these reporters being paid to make Israel look “worse than the nazis?
    This is a commom comment by the Arabs/Palestinians.
    Yet, the Arabs living in Israel are the best off and freest of all the Arab/Paestinians.
    I wonder if this reporter will live very long??
    They use the Nazi Goebbel theory.
    THE BIGGER THE LIE, THE MORE OFTEN TOLD, THE MORE THE WORLD WILL BELIEVE IT”
    But will the wporld now wake up to BDS and all the other lies?
    Have those world support BDS against Israel actually observed, or been to Israel to see the truth?
    Obviously not.
    But who started the BDS campaign? Barghuti, whose father is serving 5 life sentences for multi murder of Israel, including babies, some who have been decapitated in their beds.
    Barghuti was a student at hebrew University, Jerusalem,where the received his first degree.
    And he tells the world the lie that israel is a racist apartheid state.
    He has fantastic financial support from all the Arab oil wealth who hire the best propaganda liars in the world.

  10. MichaelLesher says:

    Readers should take a few moments to review the article cited, which is grossly misrepresented in the JP’s “coverage.” Neither Rovera’s article nor the JP’s propagandist cites a single error in any human rights report about Israel. The only remotely similar error mentioned in the article — one NOT contained in any AI report, and NOT mentioned here — involved a false claim about atrocities supposedly committed by pro-Qaddafi forces in Libya.

    Systematic lying is characteristically the work of Israel’s apologists, “Honest Reporting” and the JP included. This is one more example.

  11. Hager Ab says:

    Secularism is the worst enemy of Hindus

  12. You mean the so-called “Palestinians” LIE??!! Noooooooo! (Yes, the sarcasm was laid on pretty, damn THICK).

  13. You mean the so-called “Palestinians” LIE??!! Noooooooo! (Yes, the sarcasm was laid on pretty, damn THICK).

  14. No! You don’t say. My God! Whoever would have believed it?

  15. Usani Utum says:

    Palestinians are double tongue, their duty is to misled people. Thank God, the truth has finally known

  16. Mashiach must be on his way

  17. No> That is an Islamic trade!!!

  18. Repeat a lie often enough (especially if it is anti-Semitic) and the world will accept it as the truth.

  19. WeBeGolum says:

    “Systematic lying is characteristically the work of Israel’s apologists, “Honest Reporting” and the JP included. This is one more example.”

    Heeey Lesher…anyone making that statement is a clueless fool!!!..
    …” the araaabs never lie? but the Israeli’s always lie….???”

    “…methinks we’ve flushed another anti-Semite out of the closet”!!!

  20. LeilaLevine says:

    Their ignorance is mind-blowing!

  21. AlanKardon says:

    Rose Galston You know where he should be flushed. Problem is it is hard to catch a worm. Works at self employed because no one wants to deal with him.

  22. AlanKardon says:

    Are we going to see this on main stream media? Are we going to see this stated at United Nations? Are we going to see this presented by Barack Hussein, Kerry or any of our “Officials”?

  23. What is new about this information they have been doing this all along.

  24. Silvia Segui says:

    palestians are misleaders? oh, no. ¡puah!

  25. So lies are now called ‘faulty reporting’? Another liberal euphemism?

  26. I AM ANGRY AND FED UP WITH THE WORLD’S ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS!

  27. Haley Chace says:

    But of course they did/do

  28. LynneMarton882 says:

    And Lesher, you are one fool that has been taken in by all the anti-Israel propaganda!!!! Smarten up – oops! You can’t – you already think you know it all!! WOW!!!

  29. LynneMarton882 says:

    Of course not!!! You think they are going to admit they have been wrong??

  30. MarianBaranda says:

    It is about time for Amnesty International to tell the truth about their faulty human rights reports against Israel,that the world might know and understand and make them stand and support the Chosen People of GOD,instead of condemning them.

  31. GaryW.Harper says:

    I pay no attention to Amnesty International. There is physical slavery and sex trafficking all over the Middle East, Africa, and Indochina. This is the biggest human rights issue on the planet, equaled only by the starvation of children in many of the same places. Until A.I., the U.N., and the powers of this world do something about the worldwide enslavement of women and children, massiach will not choose to aid men. The millions in enforced bondage is never even discussed.

    The same goes for violent street gangs. They are never mentioned as the most serious social problem in the West. Instead, politicians focus on the means for the people to defend themselves.

    Hashem helps him who helps himself.

  32. I pay no attention to Amnesty International. There is physical slavery and sex trafficking all over the Middle East, Africa, and Indochina. This is the biggest human rights issue on the planet, equaled only by the starvation of children in many of the same places. Until A.I., the U.N., and the powers of this world do something about the worldwide enslavement of women and children, massiach will not choose to aid men. The millions in enforced bondage is never even discussed.

    The same goes for violent street gangs. They are never mentioned as the most serious social problem in the West. Instead, politicians focus on the means for the people to defend themselves.

    Hashem helps him who helps himself.

  33. fsmbmj969 says:

    too little too late! Amnesty int’l knew exactly what it was doing, and knew damn well that a retraction meant zero!

  34. Anonymous says:

    too little too late! Amnesty int'l knew exactly what it was doing, and knew damn well that a retraction meant zero!

  35. AndyRosen says:

    Gary, whether or not you respect AI, there admission in this article De-legitimizes the BDS movement more so than it already is. Perhaps some supporters of BDS will re-think there position.

  36. Andy Rosen says:

    Gary, whether or not you respect AI, there admission in this article De-legitimizes the BDS movement more so than it already is. Perhaps some supporters of BDS will re-think there position.

  37. NechamahAnneGoldfarb says:

    Surprise, Surprise. I am just so shocked. (WHere is that sarcasm font when I need it?)

  38. Surprise, Surprise. I am just so shocked. (WHere is that sarcasm font when I need it?)

  39. CoreyMulter106 says:

    Michael Lesher – There’s generally no need to call out a moron because the minute he speaks he does the job for you. Your post is the most recent proof of the validity of that statement.

  40. Corey Multer says:

    Michael Lesher – There's generally no need to call out a moron because the minute he speaks he does the job for you. Your post is the most recent proof of the validity of that statement.


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