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December 25, 2015 5:46 am

Comparing Amnesty’s Reports on Russian Strikes in Syria and Israeli Actions in Gaza

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The logo of Amnesty International. Amnesty's recent report about Russia said they found zero evidence of any military targets among the sites hit. But it admitted that Israel did have some military targets, even according to their biased investigation. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The logo of Amnesty International. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

From Amnesty International:

“Some Russian air strikes appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians. Such attacks may amount to war crimes,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

Compare that language with how Philip Luther described Israeli attacks on houses in a nearly parallel report issued last November:

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“Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. “The report exposes a pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee.”

Amnesty uses much more graphic and loaded language to describe Israeli actions.

It gets worse. Amnesty’s report about Russia says that they found zero evidence of any military targets among the sites hit. But it admits that Israel did have some military targets even according to their biased investigation:

In several of the cases documented in the report, possible military targets were identified by Amnesty International. However the devastation to civilian lives and property caused in all cases was clearly disproportionate to the military advantages gained by launching the attacks.

As I have proven repeatedly, Amnesty was wrong about many of the targets, because I was able to document valid military targets in nearly every single case Amnesty mentioned. And Amnesty was wrong about international law (“disproportionate”) in the report on Israel.

But with Russia, where Amnesty cannot find a single military target, Philip Luther’s language is far less critical and more clinical.

The bias is obvious. As usual.

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  • Ron

    The head of British Military Command called the IDF the most moral army in the history of warfare.

    They go out of their way to avoid hitting civilians while HAMAS uses kids as human shields – a war crime – launches missles civilian mosques and schools – a war crime – store their munitions under the floors of UN schools – a war crime – which include besides missiles and mortars – a war crime – that are only fired at civilian centers – A WAR CRIME.

    Did you notice any mention of HAMAS war crimes?

  • Ron

    Every civilian was warned w hours before attacks started that their residents may be hit. compare that with Russia who doesn’t warn civilians. Obama doesn’t even warn civilians in his drone war.

    This is Terrorist supporter, anti-Semitic, Shamnesty Internatinal lying their stinking asses off, as usual, being mouthpieces for HAMAS.

    Israel should bomb Amnesty International out of existence.

  • C. Thompson

    Amnesty, you have tarnished your name and your cause through your political biases. Time to close the holes under your noses. Understand that every comment you make moving into the future will be viewed with suspicion and all will be looking for your motives. It is clear you are nothing more than chess pieces. Stop talking, stop publishing your opinions. They are no longer valid. So please spare us all and stop taking up valuable space with lies and political agendas. Once you were great, you are broken now. Go away, be quiet and see if you can’t repair the internal damage and prejudices you are infected with. Until then, please shut up.

  • Joe Feld

    That which has been is that which will be, and there is nothing new under the Heavens… Esau sonay es Yakov. Generations find new ways to express their hatred. For millennis we were Christkillers, then we were an inferior race, now we are defending ourselves disproportionately instead of dieing.

  • ron

    Screw you Amnesty International. You immoral swine have regressed so much in the past 20 years. There was a time when I thought you were a decent organization, but now you have changed to the evil entity you are today. I curse you filthy bastards and I’m waiting for your demise. May all you self righteous pricks end up as victims of those 7th century throw backs you wish to support.

  • Myron Slater

    Amnesty International should not be trusted or funded by the US in any way. It’s a mouthpiece for the Arab countries.for some reason they hate Israel

  • What else is NEW. It is a known fact that any action by Israel and Jews are disproportionate and all that, comes from the lack of resistance that Jews exercised throughout the Ages. Well now Israel and the Jews do not and will not stand by and do nothing when they are attacked.
    Even know they are showing and exemplary restrain by not overrunning the West Bank and eliminate all the terrorists. But a WARNING keep it up and Israel will!!!

  • Goodie

    With a name like Luther, wouldn’t you expect anti-semitic remarks?

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Well one does not expect anything else from the anti-Israel Amnesty International,does one? I note that Amnesty’s chief propagandist for the Middle East bears the surname “Luther”.How very apt!

  • sylvain siboni

    No surprise. Hatred is blinding. Thank you for the Great Job you are doing!

  • Theodore Sternberg

    If it were the USAF, the wording would be even milder — something like “allied air strikes on ISIS may have nicked some civiluans”.

  • Dr Rob Lee

    Long ago Amnesty was a respected NGO. It is now a financially bloated, agenda driven organization that capitalizes on its donors political biases. Through slick marketing they’ve come to know their audience very well. Obviously Jew-hate is one of the key things they feed on. The people running the show make millions of dollars manufacturing slanted “reports” that keep the money flowing in from it’s 7 million donors as the heads & even firmer heads make mega payouts.
    Like the UN, once they began disproportionately attacking Israel their credibility sank dranaticslly and now they are a pathetic shadow of their formers selves and a huge cash cow for the upper crust elite.

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