Amnesty to debate tackling antisemitism


Amnesty International will debate whether it should do more to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The charity said a resolution submitted by one of its members calling for the group to “campaign against antisemitism in the UK and lobby the government to tackle the rise in attacks” had been accepted.

The motion is expected to be discussed at the national annual general meeting on April 18 and 19.

A spokesperson for Amnesty said: “We can confirm this resolution has been tabled and will be debated at the AGM.”

Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, from London, put forward the motion. He said: “I recently joined and I believe passionately about human rights.

“I was aware that the organisation has been outwardly pro-Palestine in the past but it hasn’t stood up for the Jewish population and I think it would be good if they did that.

“I’m not Jewish myself but I’ve been appalled by what I’ve seen in the press facing the Jewish community and an organisation like Amnesty should really add their voice to that as they do with other human rights issues.”

Mr Thorpe-Apps said he was looking forward to presenting the motion at the AGM: “I will be calling on Amnesty to back the recent report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism too.

“I’m hopeful they will vote in favour of my motion.”

Pro-Israel campaigners have previously criticised Amnesty’s approach to the Israel and Palestinian conflict.

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