Amnesty International UK has shown no shame in launching a propaganda campaign against Israel. This is the branch of the AI organisation that has come under scrutiny for being ‘colonialist and institutionally racist’.
AI UK is relying on the February 2022 Amnesty International (AI) Report, “Israel’s Apartheid Against the Palestinians” to bolster its lies.
NGO Monitor has found:
…the Amnesty publication is fundamentally flawed, using lies, distortions, omissions, and egregious double standards to construct a fraudulent and libelous narrative of Israeli cruelty. A careful examination of the text shows that Amnesty conducted almost no primary research. Rather, it is bloated with cut-and-paste phrases and quotes and conclusions taken from third-party sources – notably other political NGOs that are part of the same libelous campaign against Israel. The footnotes are glaringly thin on primary documents, such as official Israeli government statistics, Palestinian documents, court documents, Knesset transcripts, interviews from leading officials, and much of the data is obsolete (often well over a decade old).
In preparing this report, we examined and critically assessed every line of the Amnesty publication and closely read the sources and citations provided. We uncovered five categories of faults: Errors, Misrepresentations, Omissions, Double Standards, and Dead Citations. This systematic review conclusively shows, contrary to Amnesty’s claims, that Amnesty’s allegations have no substance or merit.
As we examined and critically assessed every line of the Amnesty report and followed up on nearly every source and every endnote, we documented five categories of faults. There is some level of overlap and subjectivity in how each item was classified, but in the end they are all serious flaws that in aggregate shows the report to be mendacious and its authors as incompetent.
Overall, our analysis uncovered 287 total flaws comprised of 102 errors, 97 misrepresentations, 29 omissions, 24 double standards, and 35 dead citations.
The full NGO Monitor report that provides evidence for these claims:
Supporters of the ‘apartheid’ charge like to point out that there is a “consensus” among human rights groups and NGOs that Israel is in fact an apartheid state. However, in reality it is a fabricated thesis held by a tight knit circle of like-minded activists who share information and work together to create a false impression of broad based agreement against Israel.
Legal experts have deconstructed the definitions and claims of apartheid propagated by a group of NGOs. Barrister Joshua Kern of 9 Bedford Row, London and NGO Monitor Legal Advisor Anne Herzberg, have published two companion reports, top-level legal analyzes that expose the premeditated attempts of powerful NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem to delegitimize the Jewish State. They have found that the use of the term ‘apartheid’ against Israel is not legally substantiated. Instead, these groups promote artificial and manufactured definitions designed to extend the ongoing campaigns that seek to delegitimize and demonize Israel.
Their main findings were:
- Apartheid discourse is not merely criticism of or an attempt to improve Israeli policy. Rather, it is used by NGOs and UN officials to construct a narrative that presents Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state as illegitimate.
- The NGO and UN reports present an ahistorical and decontextualized narrative to press the accusation of apartheid. The publications erase: the international community’s endorsement of the creation of a Jewish State, alongside Arab States; Arab military aggression and the ongoing Palestinian rejection of any final settlement to date; Palestinian political divisions and the root causes of fragmentation; and how the ongoing armed conflict has shaped policy in the region.
- NGO and UN publications overwhelmingly adopt a neo-orientalist approach towards Zionism and Judaism. Their claims rest on antisemitic caricatures and stereotypes, which trivialize how Jews have, for thousands of years, defined their peoplehood and their religion.
- Claims that Israel imposes a single, institutionalised apartheid regime “from the river to the sea,” and has deliberately “fragmented” the Palestinians are false. The existing territorial and political division of the Palestinian population results not from Israeli policies of “domination,” but rather from geopolitical factors impacting the history of the conflict, including Arab rejectionism, the 1947 UN Partition Plan, Jordanian and Egyptian control over the West Bank and Gaza respectively, the Oslo Accords (mutually agreed to between Israel and the PLO and witnessed by representatives of the international community), and Palestinian political splits.
- Contrary to NGO and UN rapporteurs’ claims, there is no fundamental incompatibility between Israel’s identity as a Jewish state and the protection of equality for all its citizens.
- Israel’s Law of Return does not provide for “Jewish preferential citizenship,” nor does it make the citizenship of non-Jews in any way inferior. Its provisions are consistent with international norms.
- Any reasonable assessment of Israel’s policies must be viewed through the lens of its security dilemma and the context of armed conflict within which they are implemented. NGO and UN reporting consistently fails to address these issues.
- An intention to secure the right of a people to reside in their ancient homeland, alongside Palestinian communities, cannot be said to entail an intention to establish and maintain a relationship of “domination and oppression.
Please view their reports:
Finally, it should be noted that the apartheid accusation against Israel is highly offensive to those who experienced apartheid in South Africa. Please read the views of two South Africans Klaas Mokgomole and Olga Meshoe Washington.
Klaas Mokgomole is the head coordinator of Africans for Peace and a former BDS activist. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Olga is a board member of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel and Regional Director at Club Z. Olga’s expertise is on African relations with Israel.
None of this data seems to matter to those bent on Israel’s destruction. We hope all fair minded people will take the time to consider the facts.