Amnesty International Calls for the Destruction of Israel

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dsharavi

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Feb 23, 2009, 7:31:17 PM2/23/09
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No pardon for Amnesty
Feb 23, 2009 21:19 | Updated Feb 23, 2009 21:46

Yesterday, Amnesty International, the world's premier "human rights"
brand, called for the destruction of Israel. We're overdramatizing?
Were AI to get its way, the UN Security Council would impose a
comprehensive arms embargo on the world's only Jewish state - but not
on any of the 22 member states of the Arab League, or on Iran. Over
time, Israel would find it impossible to defend itself against
conventional or WMD threats stemming from hostile states or
Palestinian and Islamist terror organizations.

The pretext for the embargo call was the IDF's campaign in Gaza to
compel Hamas to end its bombardment of southern Israel and cross-
border aggression. Over the years, Hamas has killed hundreds of
Israelis in terror attacks. Apparently spearheading AI's anti-Israel
crusade is the group's "principal researcher on Israel/Occupied
Palestine," the London-based Donatella Rovera.

Though Israel purchases arms from dozens of sources, AI's boycott call
is really aimed at the Obama administration: "Israel's military
offensive in Gaza was carried out [largely] with weapons, munitions
and military equipment supplied by the USA and paid for with US
taxpayers' money," claimed Malcolm Smart, AI's director for the Middle
East.

Either to simulate evenhandedness, or perhaps because it really is
blinded by moral relativism, AI perfunctorily called for a weapons
embargo against Hamas. It thus appears incapable of distinguishing
between Israel and Hamas, between victim and aggressor - between an
albeit imperfect Western nation which values tolerance, representative
government, rule of law and respect for minority rights, and a
medieval-oriented Islamist movement which mobilizes Palestinian masses
to hate, teaches its young to glorify suicide bombers, and inculcates
a political culture wallowing in self-inflicted victimization.

AMNESTY DOES much good work. Many of its rank-and-file members and
contributors are sincerely motivated by a desire to make the world a
better place. Yet beyond this good-hearted circle stands a
professional cadre backed by agenda-driven money, which, we suspect,
is exploiting Amnesty's good name. This cadre relies on world-class
public relations and advertising firms to leverage AI's human rights
brand for blatantly partisan purposes.

AI has long been under internal pressure to champion an arms embargo
against Israel. Some have intimated that Jews in the organization were
standing in the way. Francis Boyle, a law professor and pro-PLO
activist: "You have… the very powerful role played by the Israel lobby
on Amnesty International USA… Amnesty pretty much kowtows to them…"
Plainly, Boyle's "very powerful" Jews have been sidelined.

AI is not some amorphous, beatific entity; it's comprised of
personalities with all the usual human foibles. Everyone connected to
AI needs to say whether they really oppose Israel's right to self-
defense. Are we to assume that AI's International Secretariat - Irene
Zubaida Khan, Paul Hoffman, Tony Klug, Susan Waltz, Jan Egeland, Menno
Kamminga, Jaap Jacobson, Margaret Bedggood, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Neil
Sammonds, Melvin Coleman - all support an anti-Israel arms embargo?

AI gets money from foundations such as the Sigrid Rausing Trust (which
also funds B'Tselem). Does Sigrid Rausing personally want Israel to
stand defenseless against Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas? Do board members
Josh Mailman, Susan Hitch, Andrew Puddephat and Geoffrey Budlender?

The MacArthur Foundation, better known for its "genius awards," also
funds AI. We have no idea whether its board - Robert E. Denham, Lloyd
Axworthy, John Seely Brown, Jonathan F. Fanton, Jack Fuller, Jamie
Gorelick, Mary Graham, Donald R. Hopkins, Will Miller, Mario J.
Molina, Marjorie M. Scardino and Claude M. Steele - appreciate what
could happen to six million Israeli Jews were AI to get its embargo.
Does the actor Nicolas Cage, another major AI benefactor, stand behind
the embargo call?

A good chunk of AI money comes from its American board - Steve Abrams,
Jeff Bachman, Simon Billenness, Jessica Morris Carvalho, Mayra Gomez,
Rick Halperin, Theresa Harris, Shahram Hashemi, Bill Jones, Frank
Kendall, Carole Nagengast, Christianna Nichols Leahy, Dennis Nurkse,
Phyllis Pautrat, Aniket Shah, Barbara Sproul, Bret Thiele and Diego
Zavala. Which of them will be first to speak out against this immoral
embargo call?

In calling on the US and UN to rob Israel of its ability to defend
itself, Amnesty International is speaking in the name of its leaders
and benefactors. Silence is acquiescence. Or they can dissociate
themselves from one of Amnesty's biggest errors in judgment.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1235410694149&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Deborah


Ariadne

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Feb 23, 2009, 7:38:00 PM2/23/09
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dsharavi wrote

activist: "You haveů the very powerful role played by the Israel lobby
on Amnesty International USAů Amnesty pretty much kowtows to themů"

Deborah

"In advance of the report, Gerald Steinberg, the executive director
of NGO Monitor, said, "This report is clearly part of a campaign
to deprive Israel of the means to defend itself. This is another
example of Amnesty's double standards and anti-Israel bias
exploiting the language of international law."

"Amnesty's reports on Israel are often based on inaccuracies,
half-truths and unverifiable allegations from so-called eyewitnesses,
and reflect a lack of serious credible research capabilities," Steinberg
said.

"In 2002, an Amnesty 'expert' first confirmed the nonexistent Jenin
'massacre,' and in the 2006 conflict with Hizbullah, many of Amnesty's
claims were later shown to be unsubstantiated.

The factual errors are amplified by inaccurate statements using the
rhetoric of international law, using terms such as 'disproportionate'
and 'war crimes,' which they apply far more to Israel than to groups
such as Hamas. This ideologically biased pattern was repeated in
the recent Gaza conflict."

There should be more shortly at
www.ngo-monitor.org

B. Cramer

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Feb 24, 2009, 1:55:28 AM2/24/09
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"dsharavi" <dsha...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>No pardon for Amnesty
>Feb 23, 2009 21:19 | Updated Feb 23, 2009 21:46

>Yesterday, Amnesty International, the world's premier "human rights"
>brand, called for the destruction of Israel.

No they did not, you whining, lying cunt.


B. Cramer

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Feb 24, 2009, 1:56:09 AM2/24/09
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"Ariadne" <ariad...@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> activist: "You have. the very powerful role played by the Israel lobby
> on Amnesty International USA. Amnesty pretty much kowtows to them."

The Endeavor

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Feb 24, 2009, 2:49:40 AM2/24/09
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On Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:56:09 +1000, B. Cramer wrote:

>> Were AI to get its way, the UN Security Council would impose a
>> comprehensive arms embargo on the world's only Jewish state - but not
>> on any of the 22 member states of the Arab League, or on Iran.


It is worse then that the philosophy now with the IAEA is now "hear no
evil, see no evil,speak no evil".

The UN now is increasingly not interested in putting
anything behind its pronouncements against nuclear
proliferation.

--
"The real purpose of holocaust revisionism is to make
National Socialism an acceptable political alternative again."

http://www.nizkor.org/

B. Cramer

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Feb 24, 2009, 4:25:21 AM2/24/09
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"The Endeavor" <The_En...@Noaddress.com> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:56:09 +1000, B. Cramer wrote:
>
>>> Were AI to get its way, the UN Security Council would impose a
>>> comprehensive arms embargo on the world's only Jewish state - but not
>>> on any of the 22 member states of the Arab League, or on Iran.
>
>
> It is worse then that the philosophy now with the IAEA is now "hear no
> evil, see no evil,speak no evil".
>
> The UN now is increasingly not interested in putting
> anything behind its pronouncements against nuclear
> proliferation.

Were they do do so, silly rearender, Ersatz israel would have to give up
their nuclear arsenal.

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