Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation.
On February first, Amnesty International (AI) published an anonymously authored report falsely accusing Israel of being an apartheid state. The 280 page document entitled,Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity, is an appalling, even ludicrous, assault on the only democracy in the Middle East. The governments of Canada, the US, the UK and many others, have unequivocally condemned it.
Even some high ranking Israeli Arab activists and lawmakers, rejected it, including Mansour Abbas, head of the United Arab List who represents the party in the Knesset. The title itself is an Antisemitic lie that is so far fetched it does not deserve to be debated.
In fact it is the PA, not Israel, which is the apartheid regime, proclaimed Professor Eugene Kontorovich, an expert in International Law at George Mason University. “It is impossible for Jews to live under PA jurisdiction, and it actively campaigns for the expulsion of all Jews from the West Bank.”
Once a highly respected human rights organization, under the guise of human rights, this report is being used as a vehicle to promote a propaganda war to delegitimize the State of Israel. With this “report,” Amnesty International reveals what it has become – instead of a human rights advocate, contributing to the solution, it has become part of the problem, promoting hatred and bigotry.
Rather than being an indictment of Israel, the document becomes an indictment of AI. It will do nothing to alleviate Palestine suffering. It will only incite hatred and violence.
This should not come as a surprise. Long before their current campaign of smearing Israel, the key figures at AI had reputations as obsessive defamers of Israel.
Agnes Callamard is the Secretary-General of AI. She spread lies about Israel, such as claiming that former PA head, Yassar Arafat, was assassinated by Israel. In 2018, when Hamas directed its people to tear down the border between Israel and Gaza and violently “implement the right of return and to conquer Jerusalem,” Callamard defended them. She also condemned Israel’s right to protect itself from violent attacks.
Philip Luther, research and advocacy director at AI, promotes the right of return of the Palestine refugees to solve the Arab Israel conflict which would eliminate the Jewish state. When asked about AI’s disproportionate focus on Israel, he uses the old Antisemitic trope of Jewish power. “Israel managed to shut down scrutiny using the power of its relationships…..” he claims.
Saleh Hijazi, Deputy Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A long time anti-Israel activist who wants the elimination of Israel. He has posted photos praising notorious Palestinian terrorists’ on his Facebook page.
There have been calls for and a petition to the Government of Canada to withdraw the charitable status of AI which has violated the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism by making baseless allegations of violations against Palestine by Israel. We call on the Government of Canada to publicly and unequivocally denounce the lies and antisemitism in this report.