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Amnesty UK Shot Down One Resolution This Year: Tackling Antisemitism

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The only motion that Amnesty International U.K. rejected in its annual human rights meeting on Sunday was one that would have tackled a growing antisemitic trend in Great Britain.

“It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference,” said Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, who tabled the resolution at an international Amnesty conference in March. Thorpe-Apps is a non-Jew, but said he was “appalled” by what he has “seen in the press facing the Jewish community.”

The motion was narrowly defeated by a 468 to 461 on Sunday.

“Amnesty International-UK’s (AIUK) decision on antisemitism highlights the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of what was once a leading human rights group,” NGO Monitor President Gerald Steinberg told the Algemeiner on Monday.

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“At a time of murderous antisemitic attacks in Europe, Amnesty’s moral blindness is a core indictment of the organization,” he said.

“I can’t say that I’m shocked,” Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper said. Cooper said that you would have to be “blind, deaf or dumb in Europe” not to see a growing trend of antisemitism.

Amnesty U.K., meanwhile, put out a statement saying that the resolution was rejected because of its “single focus.”

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