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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?
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.

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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26 Responses to “Amnesty International Admits Flawed Reporting on Israeli ‘Abuses’”

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

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

  3. Nothing new we ALL knew about it

  4. Colin Fuller says:

    Oh no, shock horror, really? DUHHHHHHHHH

  5. Palestinians are liars

  6. Hager Ab says:

    Secularism is the worst enemy of Hindus

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

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

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

  10. Usani Utum says:

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

  11. Mashiach must be on his way

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

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

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

  15. Silvia Segui says:

    palestians are misleaders? oh, no. ¡puah!

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


  18. Haley Chace says:

    But of course they did/do

  19. 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.

  20. Anonymous says:

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

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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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