Amnesty International’s Latest Against Israel: Duke, Lies, and Photo Fake

Last week, Amnesty International published this piece blasting Israeli police’s “discrimination and ruthless excessive force.”

As could be expected, it is an absolute disgrace.

For a start, the terminology they use gives away their bias.

amnestyIsraeli police have committed a catalogue of violations against Palestinians in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, carrying out a discriminatory repressive campaign including sweeping mass arrests, using unlawful force against peaceful protesters, and subjecting detainees to torture and other ill-treatment, during and after the armed hostilities in Israel and Gaza, Amnesty International said today.

Israeli police have also failed to protect Palestinian citizens of Israel from premeditated attacks by groups of armed Jewish supremacists, even when plans were publicized in advance and police knew or should have known of them.

Israeli-Arabs are referred to as “Palestinians in Israel”, even though most do not identify that way at all. At the same time, Amnesty refers to Israeli Jews as “Jewish supremacists.” The idea of “Jewish Supremacism comes from the infamous Far-Right Jew-hater David Duke, who in 2002 wrote the book Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question. Great role model they have there.

As is this guy:

“The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of discrimination and ruthless excessive force by Israeli police against Palestinians in Israel and in occupied East Jerusalem,” said Saleh Higazi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. 

As Elder of Ziyon writes, “His Facebook page, even today, includes tributes to senior Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan (who openly advocates blowing up Jews) and to airplane hijacker Leila Khaled, with admiring pictures of Yasir Arafat, cartoons from antisemite Carlos Latuff  and evil caricatures of Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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And there’s more. The palestinian riots, which were mostly violent – leading to the murder of two Jews and many more injured, with synagogues burned and apartments firebombed – are described as “mostly peaceful.” Remember also, they started after a wave of unprovoked assaults against Jews.

Amnesty International has documented unnecessary and excessive force used by Israeli police to disperse Palestinian protests against forced evictions in East Jerusalem as well as against the Gaza offensive. The protests were mostly peaceful though a minority attacked police property and threw stones. In contrast, Jewish supremacists continue to organize demonstrations freely.

In contrast, the June Flag march of peaceful marchers – in which small number chanted “Death to Arabs” – are described as “thousands of Jewish supremacists.”

On 15 June thousands of Jewish settlers and supremacists marched provocatively through Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem.

This is merely a march to celebrate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and it was re-rerouted to avoid tensions as much as possible, hardly organized “freely” as Amnesty claim.

Perhaps emblematic of the shoddiness of the piece is the photo they used to accompany the report:

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These are not even Israeli police! No Israeli police uniform looks remotely like this.

The photo is credited to to “@Mati Milstein/NurPhoto via Getty Images.” You can see what the Israeli police look like from his actual photos.

Once again, Amnesty have shown themselves to be a travesty.

Update: It seems the photo is authentic after all.

I have never seen such an Israeli police uniform; I guess because I stay away from riots.

My comments about this farce of a report still stand, notwithstanding that the photo is from Israel after all.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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