Shame on Amnesty International for its Biased Israel-Bashing Agenda


By Jonathan Hoffman
January 31, 2011
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Amnesty International has put out a Press Notice "urging the Israeli authorities to end their harassment of Palestinian human rights activists" "after a veteran Palestinian campaigner was jailed for nine years earlier today and given an additional one-year suspended sentence. Ameer Makhoul, a longstanding Palestinian activist, was convicted on various counts of having contact with enemies of Israel and espionage after a plea bargain agreement at his trial. He was originally charged with an even more serious offense, "assisting an enemy in war", which could have carried a life sentence, but that was dropped by the prosecution when he agreed to a plea bargain."

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"Ameer Makhoul is well known for his human rights activism on behalf of Palestinians in Israel and those living under Israeli occupation. We fear that this may be the underlying reason for his imprisonment."

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/digest_info.php?id=3112#head

The truth is here: "On October 27, 2010 Haaretz reported that Ameer Makhoul, the director of Israeli-Arab NGO Ittijah, “confess[ed] to charges of spying, contact with a foreign agent and giving information to the enemy.” Makhoul, as head of Ittijah, has a background of anti-Israel activities characterized by demonisation and hate rhetoric. For example, an Ittijah email during the Gaza war claimed, “the IDF is turning Gaza into kind of an extermination camp, in the full sense of the word and with the full historical relativity.”

Amnesty International in London has had a succession of Israel-bashing speakers such as Ben White. I have offered them Ruvi Ziegler - an Israeli lawyer studying in Oxford who is an expert on the security fence - but they have stonewalled.

Shame on Amnesty International for its Israel-bashing biased agenda

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Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 08:08

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There’s more. Read this Globes article

(Hebrew - http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000619117).

Among other items he passed to his handlers, according to his own admission, he identified potential candidates for spying for Hezbollah and forwarded six names. Obviously, contrary to AI’s claim, this is not publicly available information. Additionally, according to his admission, he passed along at least 10 items that he encoded for his handlers. The nature of the information was not stated but even if it were publicly available, it is inconsistent with the claim of an innocent activist passing along knowledge for innocent reasons to another political activist, caught up for political expression.

HT: A friend


jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 08:28

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That's human rights' activism, Jonathan!


Macairt

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 10:40

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The impetus almost certainly came from Ben White, who claimed from the start that the arrest was persecution for mere 'dissent':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/may/11/israe...


Macairt

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 10:42

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Ben White says 'Espionage for Hizbullah' = 'mere dissent'


Macairt

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 10:45

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jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 11:38

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Ben White says 'Espionage for Hizbullah' = 'mere dissent'

Dissent with the existence of the state of Israel! ;)


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 12:25

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Ben White is a disgusting little shit from the sewers.

AI is now a thoroughly antisemitic organisation.
They have contacted me from time to time in recent years for various consultancy services. Each time, I told them to eff off to the nethermost circles of hell with all the other antisemites.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 12:57

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I hope that comment survives - because it is correct


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 13:34

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From the ghastly shit White, courtesy of the antisemitic Guardian:

"Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader's home was raided by Israeli security forces. In front of his family, the wanted man was hauled off to detention ... the target in question this time was Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and head of internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah.
After being snatched last week ..."

This happens in all countries when police arrest suspected criminals. The screeching, hysterical language employed by White is typical of people who simply can't stand it that mere Joos have a country, courts and a police force.


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 13:35

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Here we go again - some vile little antisemite is marking me down for stating facts.


jandrsimonson (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:05

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Yonathan, have you ever been formally diagnosed as a psychopath ?


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:16

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why is AsylumSon's antisemitic abuse tolerated here?


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:29

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Fuck off, Simonson, you give antisemitic cockroaches a bad name.


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:30

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"some vile little antisemite is marking me down for stating facts"

... and now we know it's the antisemitic psychopath Simonson.


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:31

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Why is any abuse tolerated here? It seems that what is sauce for some geese is not sauce for other ganders.


amber

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 22:43

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simonson your posts consist of absolutely no substance.

Why are you here? Seriously? Other than to spread hatred and lies about Jews?


amber

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 22:46

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Amnesty - the organization which held the Russell Tribunal lynch mob which put the Jews in the dock - a "panel" including a desecrator of Jewish cemeteries and the Warsaw Ghetto memorial with pro-Palestinian graffiti.

What a lovely organization.

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