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Amnesty International: ‘End Veto’ Protection of Israel ‘at UNSC’

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Amnesty International made public its 414 page 2014-15 Annual Report on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

In its report, AI repeatedly places Israel amongst the most egregious state actors which AI claims are depriving civilians of their lives or of other human rights.

In addition to appearing to call on the world powers to cease providing arms shipments to Israel and other “war criminal” nations, AI also called on the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to relinquish their veto power.

AI LAMPOONS ISRAELI DEFENSES TO ALLEGED WRONGDOINGS

In sections of its massive report devoted exclusively to Israel or to the Middle East and North Africa, AI casts Israel in the worst possible light, while minimizing or failing to mention altogether wrongful acts by its sworn enemies. Another article in the Jewishpress.com will address those sections.

In a gratuitously nasty swipe at Israel – and none similar appear against other nations – the AI report disparages Israeli reports, many of which have been substantiated elsewhere, that its enemies bear responsibility for much of the civilian harm inflicted on Israel’s enemies.

To wit, on page 199 of its Report:

Israeli authorities sought publicly to shift the blame for the large loss of life and wholesale destruction caused by the Israeli offensive in Gaza onto Hamas and Palestinian armed groups on the grounds that they fired rockets and other weapons from within or near civilian residential areas and concealed munitions in civilian buildings.

ALLEGEDLY EGREGIOUS WRONGDOING BY ISRAEL

AI claims that three-quarters of the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza who died during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge were civilians. AI placed equal blame on Israel and Hamas for the start of that conflict and failed to examine how many of the Palestinian Arab “civilians” died either because they were not civilians or because of wrongdoing by Arab terrorists.

Most of the media which paid attention to the Report noticed that AI, which claims to “campaign to end abuses of human rights” around the world, appeared to call for an end to arms shipments to Israel.

The senior director for research at AI, Anna Neistat, is quoted in a press release denouncing the shipment of arms to certain countries, including Israel, Iraq, Russia, South Sudan and Syria, “despite the very high likelihood that these weapons would be used against civilian populations trapped in conflict.”

That paragraph goes on to criticize the ability of non-state actors, such as ISIS, which was able to get its hands on enormous arsenals from weapons shipments to Iraq intended for those fighting the terrorists.

AI concluded that the onus was on the coalition fighting ISIS to prevent arming the terrorists by ceasing its weapons shipments. That paragraph then ends by suggesting that the “irresponsible flow of weapons to human rights abusers must stop now.”

Whether AI was actually calling for an end to weapons supply to Israel is unclear, but certainly Israel’s critics in the U.S. and Congress will use it to attack arms sales to Israel.

AI RECOMMENDS ABOLITION OF UNSC VETO RIGHTS

Worse than simply lumping Israel in with the worst human rights offenders such as Russia, Syria and Sudan, AI did something far more insidious.

An overlooked recommendation made by AI officials is one that would deprive Israel of its only protection in the global forum aligned against Israel, the one tool which the U.S. administration still employs to protect Israel from the tsunami of hatred raised against it by nearly every other member of the United Nations, the UNSC permanent member veto.

It happened when AI chastised the response to human rights abuses by the United Nations Security Council.

The UNSC, according to AI, has failed humanity by avoiding its responsibility to end crises and conflict in “Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Israel and Ukraine,” where, it claims, “horrific crimes are being committed against civilians by states or by armed groups.” AI blames that failure on “vested interests or political expediency.”

Americans Offer to Take 100 Lashes Each for Saudi Blogger

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A bipartisan, multi-religious group of Americans have offered to each take 100 lashes for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Saudi clerics. All those who volunteered are members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Their first choice, of course, is that the sentence be reversed and that flogging no longer be permitted.

Badawi, the 32-year-old father of three, is the founder and editor of the Free Saudi Liberals website. He was arrested in June 2012 and charged with crimes including apostasy and “insulting Islam” through electronic channels. In January 2013, a Saudi court chose not to pursue the apostasy charge, which carries the death penalty.

In May 2014, a Saudi appeals court sentenced Mr. Badawi to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined him $1 million SR ($266,000 USD) for, among other charges, insulting Islam and religious authorities. In July 2013, the court sentenced Badawi to 600 lashes and seven years in prison and his website was shut down. An appeals court overturned that verdict, and the retrial resulted in the harsher sentence.

The current sentence calls for Mr. Badawi to be lashed 50 times a week for 20 consecutive weeks.

USCIRF MEMBERS URGE SAUDIS TO RESPECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Princeton professor Robert P. George explained the decision of the USCRIF group in an email to The Christian Post.

“Together with six colleagues on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I sent a letter to the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. calling on the Saudi government to stop the horrific torture of Raif Badawi — an advocate of religious freedom and freedom of expression in the Saudi Kingdom,” wrote George, who is a vice-chair of the commission.

“If the Saudi government refuses, we each asked to take 100 of Mr. Badawi’s lashes so that we could suffer with him. The seven of us include Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, Christians, Jews, and a Muslim,” he added.

Offering to take Badawi’s lashes along with George are six other members of the USCIRF: Mary Ann Glendon, member of the Board, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; M. Zuhdi Jasser, president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Daniel I. Mark assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Villanova University; Hannah Rosenthal, CEO, Milwaukee Jewish Federation; Eric Schwartz, dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Katrina Lantos Swett, president of Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice.

Prof. Daniel Mark is an Orthodox Jew. Hannah Rosenthal was the U.S. Special Envoy and the head of Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism between 2009 and 2012. Katrina Lantos Swett, the chair of the USCIRF, is the daughter of the late Congressman Tom Lantos, who was a Holocaust survivor. Lantos Swett is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

The letter to the Saudi government included the following statements:

Compassion, a virtue honored in Islam as well as in Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths, is defined as ‘suffering with another.’ We are persons of different faiths, yet we are united in a sense of obligation to condemn and resist injustice and to suffer with its victims, if need be. We therefore make the following request. If your government will not remit the punishment of Raif Badawi, we respectfully ask that you permit each of us to take 100 of the lashes that would be given to him. We would rather share in his victimization than stand by and watch him being cruelly tortured. If your government does not see fit to stop this from happening, we are prepared to present ourselves to receive our share of Mr. Badawi’s unjust punishment.

TWO USCRIF MEMBERS DID NOT PARTICIPATE

Amnesty International Admits Flawed Reporting on Israeli ‘Abuses’

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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.

IDF Kills Wanted Suspected War Criminal

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Israeli soldiers killed a wanted terrorist near Ramallah early Thursday, the same day Amnesty International, reported here,  grilled “trigger-happy” Israel for supposed “war crimes”  by allegedly using “excessive force” in killing 45 Palestinian Authority Arabs last year.

Dear Amnesty: Don’t forget February 27, 2014, in Berzeit, near Ramallah.

The suspect was called a “man” by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency which reported he was “found dead” in a house after a stand-off with Israeli soldiers who allegedly killed him with an artillery shell. Israeli media said he died when a wall collapsed on him as an IDF bulldozer destroyed part of the house to flush out the suspect.

He was identified as Muatazz Washaha, 24, and the IDF said he was wanted for suspected terrorist activity.

Amnesty, please take note how the trigger-happy soldiers committed another “war crime.” Even Ma’an admitted that there was a “stand-off” in the house. The soldiers called for him to surrender, but instead he barricaded himself inside the building.

Soldiers had arrested two others suspects and waited and waited for Washaha to come out of the house, during which time approximately 150 of his peaceful neighbors rioted and threw rocks and whatever else they could get their hands on to throw at soldiers.

Washaha was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been responsible or some of the most monstrous terrorist attacks on Israelis.

The International Criminal Court defines war crimes as including “serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict and in conflicts ‘not of an international character’ listed in the Rome Statute, when they are committed as part of a plan or policy or on a large scale. These prohibited acts include: murder; mutilation, cruel treatment and torture; taking of hostages; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population; intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historical monuments or hospitals; and conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups or using them to participate actively in hostilities.”

Armed with that definition, the Palestinian Authority is responsible for several thousand war crimes; so, please, Amnesty International, who did you say commits war crimes?

 

Amnesty Proves Its Anti-Israel Bias Yet Again

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Today, Amnesty International is releasing a new anti-Israel report.

Before it is even released, we already know how ridiculously biased against Israel it will be – because of the title.

It is called “Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank.”

Let’s look at some numbers.

Last year, according to B’Tselem and the UN, the IDF killed 27 Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank. Compared to 2012, when 8 were killed in 2012, that is a 237% increase. It can be assumed that Amnesty will trumpet that number as evidence of the “trigger-happy” IDF.

What the report won’t calculate is the percentage increase of Israeli deaths at the hand of West Bank Palestinian Arabs during the year. You see, in 2012, there were no Israelis killed by Arabs from the WB, but in 2013 there were five.

That’s not an increase of 237% or 1000% or a million percent. That is an increase of infinity percent.

If Amnesty is going to compare percentages between two years, they should do it for both sides of the equation. But you know they won’t, just like the UN didn’t.

Now, let’s return to the title.

Of the 27 killed, according to B’Tselem, the vast majority were either known terrorists, were involved in throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at soldiers, or were resisting arrest raids. Maybe 5 or 6 were in the wrong place at the wrong time during riots.

That isn’t exactly wonderful, but it is a far cry from “trigger happy.” One killed every two weeks when there are several violent riots every week, and more than 75% of those killed being involved in attacking the soldiers first or being terrorists, is hardly a bad record and far from indicating the IDF being “trigger happy.”

In contrast, in Egypt earlier this year, in a single day, more than 54 protesters were killed. since July there have been nearly 1500 killed by Egyptian security forces. They are not called “trigger happy” by Amnesty.

In the Ukraine, more than 70 protesters were killed last week. Amnesty did not call Kiev’s police “trigger happy.”

Venezuela killed 11 protesters in the past couple of weeks. Nothing about them being called “trigger happy” by Amnesty.

Amnesty has never titled any other of its reports with the phrase “trigger happy.”

All the others countries, while perhaps acting excessively, aren’t as anxious to kill as those bloodthirsty, trigger-happy Zionist Jews, if reading Amnesty’s report titles indicates anything.

We already knew that Amnesty was hopelessly biased. I’ve seen it first hand.

This is just another in the long line of examples, and yet another reason to prove that at least when it comes to Israel, Amnesty is utterly untrustworthy and hateful.

(h/t NGO Monitor)

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Roger Waters to Present Award at Amnesty International Event

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

From Amnesty International:

Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and American singer, human rights and social justice activist Harry Belafonte were today jointly announced as the recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013.

…Roger Waters will make the presentation to Harry Belafonte accompanied by a special guest.

Yes, when Amnesty wanted to choose someone to present its highest honor, they chose someone who demonizes Jews and Israel.

Besides including the symbol of Judaism on an inflatable pig at numerous concerts, Waters recently specified how someone he disagreed with was Jewish, as if that is all that is needed to explain her odious (to him) actions.

Waters also consistently calls for the boycott of the only country in the region to respect basic human rights. For Palestinians. (As I’ve documented numerous times, the human rights record towards Palestinian by Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria are particularly odious.)

This is the person that Amnesty chooses to present a humanitarian award.

Belafonte definitely deserves to receive humanitarian awards. But he should refuse to accept any from Waters. You can tell him that on his Facebook page.

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Human Rts Orgs Nominate Anti-Israel Pro-Terror Woman for HR Prize

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Egyptian Mona Seif has been nominated for what is known as the “Nobel Prize for Human Rights,” the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.  The nominee was chosen by a panel of human rights organizations which include Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights First and the International Service for Human Rights.

Seif was nominated in her capacity as one of the main founders of an Egyptian grassroots organization, “No to Military Trials for Civilians,” which started a national movement bringing together lawyers, activists, the families of victims and other interested parties all of whom oppose what they insist are the inappropriate restrictions of Egyptian military trials for civilians who should not be encumbered with such restrictions.

Seif, along with others who sought to resist the freedom restrictions imposed by Egyptian president Mubarak, used social media to broadcast the oppressive moves of the Egyptian government, and helped mobilize protesters and supporters to join her in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution in January 2010 – February 2011.  In the post-Mubarak Egyptian world Seif has continued monitoring and broadcasting actions of the post-Revolutionary Egyptian government.

But the 27 year old biology graduate student has a darker side.  Although fully able and energized to advocate for Egyptian rights and freedoms, at the same time Seif gleefully tweets about blowing up gas pipelines to Israel.

This dualism is one that we have seen repeated with young Egyptian human and civil rights advocates.  Several times over the past year the West has at first applauded, and sought to laud, young Egyptian women activists whose pursuits came to the attention of the West because of their social media skills.  But each time, a darker side has been revealed, one that, once exposed, brought disgrace not only to the activist.  It also reflected poorly on those whose due diligence failures revealed an over-eagerness to reward non-Western activists.  The problem is that the activism of these particular individuals was animated solely by a desire to benefit those similarly situated, but who were just as willing as their own oppressors to vilify and deny rights to others.

A good example of this propensity was when First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry almost gave the “Secretary of State Woman of Courage Award” to an Egyptian woman, Samira Ibrahim, in early March.  Ibrahim, like Seif, was a Twitter activist in support of Egyptian rights, but Ibrahim also supported terrorism and the murder of Americans and Israelis.

However, just hours before Obama and Kerry were to present Ibrahim with the Award, the decision was cancelled (postponed they said at the time) after a relentless chorus of horror rose up to stop them.  It was social media that almost swept in Ibrahim as an honored activist by American leadership.  However, a wave of disgust towards Ibrahim who had tweeted praise for the murders of Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, extolled the terrorist bombing that killed 5 Israelis and a Bulgarian last summer, and praised Hitler, swept her back out just before the awards ceremony.

Turning back to Seif, a look at her social media accounts before selecting her as a potential recipient of such an important human rights award should have been standard procedure.  After all, she was well known and was brought to the attention of the human rights organizations precisely because of her extensive and sophisticated social media activity.  Perhaps after this fiasco social media searches will become de rigueur for all sophisticated due diligence efforts.

Because Seif’s Twitter account reveals a propensity to express the most vulgar kind of hatred towards Israel, both in terms of how she expresses herself: #F[expletive deleted]Israel is a popular choice, as well as the substance of her messages, which advocate terrorism against the Jewish State and which harshly criticize Human Rights organizations which dare to suggest the terrorist group Hamas should refrain from killing Israeli civilians.

 

Tweets of Mona Seif encouraging blowing up gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel, and using vulgar and violent hashtag.

Tweets of Mona Seif encouraging blowing up gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel, and using vulgar and violent hashtag.

In addition, Seif is sloppy with her facts and fails to remove slanderous falsehoods even after they’ve been definitively exposed.  An example of this is when she sent a picture on Twitter of a man mourning the murder of his small child, which she blamed on Israel.

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