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Amnesty International: A False Beacon

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Article/book #: 9291
Title: Amnesty International: A False Beacon
By: Paul de Rooij  
Published in: CounterPunch
Date of issue: Wednesday, 13 October 2004
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item:

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  1. Another article on the same topic: AI whitewashing massacres
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Commentary (by a person who is not a member of the UCC Palestine Solidarity Campaign ):

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Abstract:

Anyone concerned with justice for the Palestinian cause or seeking to end the obscene war in Iraq will be disappointed with Amnesty International's stance. It is no use appreciating the bits of its reports that are useful; the problem is that its overall position on key issues is at best contradictory. Many of the well-intentioned and idealistic volunteers working on AI's campaigns may be wasting their efforts given that the AI framework adopts a blinkered understanding of the problems. Donating to AI doesn't translate into effective action for these causes, and given AI's record, the Palestinians certainly cannot expect fair coverage or representation. Will AI ever clearly and categorically condemn Israel for the large number of killings and the havoc and destruction it has caused in Jabalya or Beit Hanoun? Don't count on it.

Each Israeli assault on Palestinian refugee camps, each US bombing of cities in Iraq, and each assassination of yet more Palestinians or Iraqis reveals AI's dubious stance. Today, most AI pronouncements range between moral flatulence and moral fraudulence.









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