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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.

“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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