Events around date of publication of this item.
|Sat, 11 Jan 2003|
|start of Israeli occupation forces invade northern Gaza; kill Palestinian civilians, demolish houses and businesses|
|Mon, 30 Dec 2002|
|Israeli border police murder Amran Abu Hamadiya|
|Thu, 28 Nov 2002|
|Attack on exclusive Israeli hotel in Mombasa|
|Fri, 22 Nov 2002|
|Israeli sniper kills UN official Iain Hook|
|Thu, 21 Nov 2002|
|Irish peace volunteer targeted and shot by Israeli sniper in Jenin|
|Sun, 10 Nov 2002|
|Shooting attack at Kibbutz Metzer|
|Tue, 29 Oct 2002|
|Israeli undercover death squad assassinates Palestinian Islamic activist|
|Sun, 27 Oct 2002|
|Palestinian resistance fighter detonates a bomb at the Ariel settlement killing three soldiers|
|Fri, 11 Oct 2002|
|Shaden Abu-Hijleh is assassinated in the courtyard of her home by Israeli death squad|
|Mon, 7 Oct 2002|
|14 Palestinians die in Israeli raid|
Amnesty International & Israel: Say it isn't so!
: Amnesty International & Israel: Say it isn't so!By
: Paul de Rooij Published in
: CounterPunchDate of issue
31 October 2002Topic(s) addressed
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Any organization fighting torture and other human rights abuses deserves our support. A recognized leader in this fight is Amnesty International (AI), helping people escape with their lives or avoid torture for decades. Given AI's track record and its role as a human rights monitor, one must be careful leveling criticism against it. But one can no longer be silent about AI's stance regarding Israel and Palestine.
This article analyzes Amnesty's entire public record and stance during the current intifada (Sep. 2000 thru Sep. 2002). It is an analysis of a meager record of 83 press releases and six reports . It reveals the following shortcomings and questions about its stance.
Human rights organizations have taken on a responsibility to stand up against the injustices perpetrated by state power. In the case of Amnesty International, its public record indicates that its stance is ineffective and dubious when it comes to defending Palestinian human rights. It is not a question of desiring more, but demanding the very minimum.