MEDIA RELEASES

AIJAC calls new Amnesty report “dangerous”, “libellous” and “an intellectual crime against truth, and against genuine international law”

Feb 1, 2022 | AIJAC

(Image: Shutterstock)
(Image: Shutterstock)

(AMENDED – FEB. 2, 2022)

 

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today said a new report from Amnesty International, to be officially released tonight but already widely circulated, accusing Israel of “Apartheid” is “dangerous”, “libellous” and “an intellectual crime against truth, and against genuine international law.”

AIJAC Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein said, “If this new report was not so dangerous it would be laughable. Despite the fact that Israel extends full civil rights to all its citizens, Arab Israelis play leading roles in all aspects of Israeli society, and an Arab party plays a vital role in Israel’s current government, Amnesty insists that ‘Israel has established and maintained… a system of apartheid – wherever it has exercised control over Palestinians’ lives since 1948.’ Moreover, it says this ‘system of apartheid’, is a ‘crime against humanity’. In other words, according to Amnesty, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just about Israeli control over the West Bank since the defensive Six-Day War of 1967, but rather, Israel’s very existence since 1948 has been a ‘crime against humanity’.”

He continued, “This libellous report is itself a crime – an intellectual crime against truth, and genuine international law, both of which it blatantly distorts to reach its predetermined conclusions. The twisted and legally absurd definition of ‘apartheid’ it employs – which basically makes any state with a national ethnic identity, or any lingering problems with discrimination against minorities, ‘apartheid’ – would damn the vast majority of the world’s countries as apartheid states if applied objectively.

“But of course it is not applied objectively – and that is exactly the problem. As a whole series of scandals over recent years have made apparent, Amnesty, like many other well-known NGOs, has been taken over by ideological extremists for whom the supposed great evil of Israel’s very existence is a matter of faith. These extremists see it as their role to damage, demonise and delegitimise Israel as much as possible, and seemingly don’t care about the liberties they take with the truth or law, the damage they do to the integrity and reputation of their own organisations, or the antisemitism they are likely to inflame against Jews around the world with their untruths and extremism,” he continued.

“Today, NGOs which were once great advocates of universal human rights are, through their extremism, not only damaging Israel, and repudiating the Jewish right to self-determination, as well as any prospects for a genuine Israeli-Palestinian two-state peace, but also hopes for a better world based on genuine human rights for all,” Rubenstein concluded.

 

Note: The original version of the above statement, published on Feb. 1, was based on the embargoed version of the Amnesty Report released to the media in the days leading up to the report’s official release on the evening of Feb. 1 Australia time. A copy of the embargoed version was in AIJAC’s possession at the time our statement was written. The official report released on the evening of Feb. 1 contained some changes from the embargoed version, including altering the quote cited in AIJAC’s original media release – a “system of apartheid originated with the creation of Israel in May 1948” – which appeared on p. 29 in the embargoed version of the report.

However, the final version of the report contains some similar claims, such as the one the media release now quotes that “Israel has established and maintained an institutionalized regime of oppression and domination of the Palestinian population for the benefit of Jewish Israelis – a system of apartheid – wherever it has exercised control over Palestinians’ lives since 1948” (p. 33). AIJAC has therefore amended the media release to reflect the changes in the report, but otherwise stands behind its original comments about it.

RELATED ARTICLES


(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes Victorian swastika ban, and introduction of similar NSW legislation

Jun 22, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Image: US Mission/Eric Bridiers/Flickr

AIJAC commends Australia’s statement against the UNHRC’s permanent Commission of Inquiry into Israel

Jun 15, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Cdc1915028e9fbb860ff2ff0dde1227d

AIJAC mourns the passing of Lady Anna Cowen

Jun 14, 2022 | Media Releases
Image: US Mission/Eric Bridiers/Flickr

AIJAC condemns latest UNHRC report as “part of the problem rather than part of the solution”

Jun 8, 2022 | Media Releases
(Source: Facebook)

AIJAC statement on rescission of Melbourne University Student Union motion calling for Israel boycott

May 27, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Screen Shot 2022 05 27 At 3.29.29 Pm

AIJAC welcomes Queensland swastika ban move

May 27, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes Victorian swastika ban, and introduction of similar NSW legislation

Naftali Bennett (R), Yair Lapid (L) and former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (credit:Haim Tzach / GPO)

AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro and Ran Porat interviewed on Israeli political developments on ABC NewsRadio

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett (R); Alternative PM and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (C) and Defence Minister Benny Gantz  (L) (Photo: Noam Moscowitz / Knesset spokesperson)

Some key points to understand about the dissolution of Israel’s Government

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (Image: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

Israel and the UN: How the world’s only Jewish state has been scapegoated

Image: Shutterstock

Unhealthy obsessions return to the annual World Health Organisation assembly – yet there are signs of positive change

(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes Victorian swastika ban, and introduction of similar NSW legislation

Naftali Bennett (R), Yair Lapid (L) and former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (credit:Haim Tzach / GPO)

AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro and Ran Porat interviewed on Israeli political developments on ABC NewsRadio

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett (R); Alternative PM and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (C) and Defence Minister Benny Gantz  (L) (Photo: Noam Moscowitz / Knesset spokesperson)

Some key points to understand about the dissolution of Israel’s Government

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (Image: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

Israel and the UN: How the world’s only Jewish state has been scapegoated

Image: Shutterstock

Unhealthy obsessions return to the annual World Health Organisation assembly – yet there are signs of positive change

SORT BY TOPICS