Amnesty-UK’s Outrageous Justification for Rejecting Resolution Fighting Antisemitism
Yesterday I posted about how Amnesty International UK members voted at their annual general meeting against a resolution calling on Britain to fight antisemitic attacks.
The Coalition Against Anti-Semitism in Europe tweeted to Amnesty-UK asking for comment. Here was their shameful response:
Here are the resolutions, outside of internal governance topics, that easily passed in the meeting:
- Amnesty International’s stance on Abortion: Pro – Choice
- Addressing impunity in Guatemala
- Violations of the rights of Colombian activists including trade union leader Huber Ballesteros
- The United Kingdom: Rendition and Torture
- Asylum detention in the UK -AIUK will undertake research into the wrongful detention of torture and trafficking victims in British detention
- Sex Work – Decriminalisation
- Garment workers in Asian countries
- Sri Lanka Human Rights
But, hey, you can’t campaign on everything. You can, however, campaign on everything except antisemitism.
This is a neat inversion on the answer that latent antisemites give for choosing to condemn only Israel for things that every nation does – “You’ve got to start somewhere. ” Just like the Jewish state is always the first, last and only one to be condemned by so many, so is Jew-hatred the first, last and only human rights issue that cannot be tackled because of so many other issues worldwide.