Orthodox rabbis slam Amnesty Worldwide report on ‘apartheid’ Israel as ‘antisemitic’


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FIRST ON Daily Post: On Tuesday, Amnesty Worldwide launched a report concluding that the state of Israel has “perpetrated the international wrong of apartheid” towards Palestinians. The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), a company that represents greater than 2,000 Orthodox Jewish rabbis, condemned the report as “antisemitic” and a “litany of shameless lies.”

The Amnesty Worldwide report, entitled “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity,” claims that “massive seizures of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions, and the denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians are all components of a system which amounts to apartheid under international law.”


“The Amnesty International report, which we have seen and examined, is openly antisemitic,” CJV Managing Director Rabbi Yaakov Menken mentioned in an announcement first supplied to Every day Submit Digital. “No one should pretend it is about a political dispute when it is rife with hatred against individual Jews.”

Rabbi Yaakov Menken of the Coalition for Jewish Values.

Rabbi Yaakov Menken of the Coalition for Jewish Values.
(Coalition for Jewish Values)

Menken laid out three particular complaints towards the Amnesty Worldwide report, arguing that it makes use of misleading phrases and omits key historic occasions with a view to demonize the Jewish state.

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“The report begins with a reference to ‘Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian residential neighbourhood near the Old City,’” the rabbi famous. “Amnesty fails to note that the neighborhood’s original name is Shimon HaTzaddik, that Jews built the homes there, that the legal, Jewish residents were ethnically cleansed out by the Jordanian Army in 1948, and that the Arab squatters are refusing to pay rent for homes they illegally occupy. No legitimate human rights organization would omit these facts.”

This picture taken on July 30, 2020, from the Mount of the Olives shows a view of an Israeli flag flying in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the background. 

This image taken on July 30, 2020, from the Mount of the Olives reveals a view of an Israeli flag flying in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock within the background. 
(Ahmad Gharabli/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Menken additionally faulted the report for referring to Israel’s 1967 “military occupation” whereas omitting the truth that “Jews were returning to land from which they were ethnically cleansed by the Jordanian and Egyptian armies, and that the Arab armies’ declared intent was not merely to destroy the country but to massacre its Jewish inhabitants.”

“The report similarly omits that Hamas is recognized by the U.S. and the European Union as a terrorist organization, and that it has antisemitic genocide written into its charter,” the rabbi added. “No legitimate human rights organization would omit these facts, either.”

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, Monday, May. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, Might. 10, 2021. (AP Picture/Khalil Hamra)

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Lastly, Menken faulted the report for utilizing the time period the “Palestinian people” in a approach that deliberately excludes Jews.

“As used in the report, even the dozens of references to the ‘Palestinian people’ are antisemitic: they intermix all the diverse backgrounds of those whose families ever resided in British Mandatory Palestine, except Jews,” the rabbi argued. “Such a concocted notion of ‘peoplehood,’ one defined only by the ethnicity it excludes, demonstrates obvious bigotry.”


“This report provides further proof that Amnesty International is not a human rights organization at all, but an antisemitic hate group, and anyone reading this report will be subjected to a litany of shameless lies,” Menken concluded.

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., referred to as for President Biden and worldwide companions to “denounce” Amnesty Worldwide’s report on Tuesday in a tweet.

The Committee for Accuracy in Center East Reporting in America (CAMERA) additionally launched a response to the Amnesty Worldwide report, noting – amongst different issues – that Amnesty Worldwide quoted former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of context to twist his phrases. CAMERA faults the report for nearly totally omitting references to bombings, suicide assaults or stabbings towards Israelis – solely referencing assaults with a view to arrange “criticism of Israel’s efforts to defend its civilians against terrorist attacks.”

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“Amnesty International is denying Jewish national rights by charging that by its very existence a sovereign Jewish state is guilty of apartheid,” CAMERA analysis director Alex Safian informed Every day Submit Digital. “Under the internationally accepted IHRA definition, Amnesty is thus guilty of antisemitism. The massive critical reaction across the Jewish political spectrum is indicative of the community’s collective disgust.”

“The report not only recycles already debunked propaganda but also makes up a whole new array of provably false charges,” Safian argued. “Amnesty International’s lies are so egregious and malicious that one is almost tempted to call the report itself a human rights violation.”

Amnesty Worldwide didn’t reply to Every day Submit’ request for remark by press time.


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