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April 24, 2015 12:37 pm

BBC Silent on Amnesty International’s Refusal to Tackle Jew-Hatred

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On April 21, the Jewish Chronicle reported that Amnesty International had rejected a motion to tackle rising anti-Semitism in Britain at its annual conference.

“The motion was tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps in March who said it was defeated at the International AGM on Sunday by 468 votes to 461. Mr Thorpe Apps said: ‘It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference.'”

Amnesty International UK press officer Neil Durkin said: “After a really interesting debate where everyone condemned discrimination against all ethnic and religious groups, our membership decided not to pass this resolution calling for a campaign with a single focus.”

However, Amnesty International has not ruled out ‘single focus’ campaigns in the past, as the BBC has previously reported and the Jewish Chronicle goes on to point out:

In April 2012 the charity published a report into discrimination against Muslims.The report titled Choice and Prejudice Discrimination against Muslims in Europe said: ‘The aim of this report is to focus on discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and to illustrate some of its consequences on Muslims in Europe.’

NGO Monitor likewise notes that:

…AIUK [Amnesty International UK] has initiated “single focus” campaigns frequently in the past, for instance, approving “overwhelmingly” a 2010 resolution on Sinti and Roma Communities, and stating: “Within the last year widespread discrimination and violence against Sinti and Roma communities has intensified in a number of European countries, which Amnesty International has published within respective country reports.”

At the time of writing, we have found no coverage of this story on the BBC News website, despite the fact that Amnesty International is one of the NGOs most frequently uncritically quoted and promoted by the BBC, and that  AIUK has been provided with a BBC platform for fundraising.

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  • There is a vested interest in maintaining conflict. I am not saying it is in anyone’s interest to target the Jewish People, unless you are thick, that is stupid, racist, antisemitic or you hate the Jewish People. But! There is an industry which thrives on attacks on People. Arms manufacturers. Without the weapons to wage war, we might just go back to debating the wrongs of hate filled ant-Jewish rhetoric!

  • Francis Deutsch

    As a member of AI UK since its foundation I too am upset at their attitude to anti-Semitism and am wondering about renewing my membership.

    However, you are very wrong about the BBC, which is so subservient to the current government, that it carries no news of the protests, and indeed concerns about the current governments attacks on privacy, asylum claims, freedom to demonstrate, or the attempts to constrain Judicial Review, Labour Law Tribunals, and civil legal aid appear in the popular bulletins.

    Sadly we can’t contract out of the BBC.

  • Beverley Price

    You can post to the amnesty UK facebook page preferably in existing feeds as a comment

  • Fred

    The BBC in being a Muslim mouthpiece would find it impossible to voice opposition to Anti Semitism . It is following the new NAZI but Muslim path to promote its own version of anti Semitism. To gladden Hitlers memory.

  • montlasky

    BBC not unique in it’s outlook towards the State of Israel and it’s people.

    The Brits have been antiSemites for generations. WHY SHOULD THEY CHANGE NOW?

  • Atilla

    As a person of English descent, I will not shed a tear when the UK is the victim of another terrorist attack from their muslim pets.

    The unfortunate thing will be that some of the victims will come from those who are not supportive of the policies that have brought about the current situation

    • Tony Oliver

      That’s an awful thing to say. I am a UK citizen and I have supported Israel all my life, even voluntering in the early seventies to work on a kibbutz. Are you just an unpleasant nutter or do you think you represent a wide section of Israeli opinion? Why should I continue to stand up to the pro-Palestinian protesters who call for boycotts etc. on the streets of my home town if yours is a widely held view? I’m not Jewish after all. Don’t alienate your friends!

  • Stephen Green

    Amnesty seems to be only for those who are not Jewish, this is not helped by the misinformation and drivel sent out by the lame stream media daily painting Israel always in a negative light. BBC, SKY NEWS etc shame on you. Shabbat Shalom Israel

  • Harriette R. Ellis

    I used to believe in Amnesty International and always gave donations on an annual basis. But NO MORE. The “amnesty” it believes in is much too biased, and I cannot condone the attitude it takes toward Israel. Why, among so many Middle East nations which have bannished or killed every Jew and killed Christians, does it only condemn Jews/Israel? If this isn’t blatant anti-Semitism, I don’t know what is!

  • Lauren Goldman

    I had already stopped supporting Amnesty International some time ago. Now, I know that I will never support them again. They do not want to take a stand against anti-Semitism, but they like our contributions. At least now we know their true attitude toward Jews.

  • steven L

    The elite hates the Jews and is scared of the Muslims and so CORRUPTED.

  • Ephraim

    To these Nazis Jews are not people, so do not deserve to be protected against antisemitism, including violent antisemitism. And it is no surprise that the British Bigoted Corporation does not want to report on it, it would interfere with their agenda. After all, journalism is supposed to be biased, isn’t it?

  • No surprise here. The UK has a long record of overt and covert anti-Semitism; same in the US: see