AMNESTY HAS DOU­BLE STAN­DARDS ON IS­RAEL

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s Kate Allen as­serts ( Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 17) that there is “no ev­i­dence” for NGO Mon­i­tor’s claims of her or­gan­i­sa­tion’s dis­pro­por­tion­ate fo­cus on Is­rael. How­ever, the facts speak for them­selves. NGO Mon­i­tor’s re­view of AI’s re­ports and pub­li­ca­tions in 2007 em­ployed both quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive anal­y­sis clearly demon­strat­ing that Amnesty con­demned Is­rael more than Syria, Saudi Ara­bia, Libya, Le­banon and Al­ge­ria. More items were pub­lished by AI in 2007 on Is­rael than on Ha­mas, Hizbol­lah and the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity com­bined. The re­sult is a ma­jor hu­man-rights or­gan­i­sa­tion which fo­cuses its at­tacks on the Mid­dle East’s only gen­uine democ­racy in­stead of some of the re­gion’s most op­pres­sive regimes.

We will con­tinue to ex­pose dou­ble stan­dards in the work of AI and other or­gan­i­sa­tions which are in­con­sis­tent with the core prin­ci­ples of uni­ver­sal hu­man rights. Dan Kosky Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor, NGO Mon­i­tor dan.kosky@ngo-mon­i­tor.org

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