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November 5, 2014 10:40 pm

Amnesty International Official Compares Israel to Islamic State on Twitter

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JNS.org A senior official with Amnesty International U.K., which recently released a report condemning Israel, compared Israel with the Islamic State terror group on Twitter.

Kristyan Benedict, campaign manager for Amnesty International U.K., tweeted on Tuesday, “Israeli regimes response to our Gaza report: Amnesty is ‘a propaganda tool for Hamas & other terror groups.'” Benedict also used the #JSIL hashtag, which stands for “Jewish State of Israel in the Levant,” a play on Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that was first introduced by prominent anti-Israel activists Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek in early October.

Benedict’s tweet was a response to Israel’s criticism of the newly released Amnesty International report on Israel’s conduct during the summer war with Hamas. In the report, Amnesty accused Israel of displaying “callous indifference” in alleged attacks on civilian homes in the densely populated Gaza Strip. Amnesty said Israel’s actions amounted to war crimes.

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But Israel rejected the report’s findings, saying that the Amnesty report “ignores document war crimes perpetrated by Hamas.”

In reaction to Benedict’s tweet, the Israeli Embassy in London questioned Amnesty’s integrity.

“Amnesty’s campaigns manager has unfortunately compromised the integrity of his organization, by choosing to use the #JSIL hashtag, used by the most extreme activists to compare Israel with the ISIS terror group,” the embassy said in a statement.

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