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April 22, 2015 1:23 pm

Amnesty-UK’s Outrageous Justification for Rejecting Resolution Fighting Antisemitism

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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:

A tweet from Coalition Against Antisemitism in Europe tweeted Amnesty UK. Photo: Screenshot.

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
2014 resolutions all passed as well, including:
  • Sex Work – Decriminalisation
  • Garment workers in Asian countries
  • Guantanamo
  • Guatemala
  • Sri Lanka Human Rights
Their mission statement says:

Amnesty International mission statement. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

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.

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