World Responds to Amnesty International’s Antisemitic Report Singling Out State of Israel

A copy of Amnesty International's "Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians" report is seen at a press conference, in Jerusalem, Israel, Feb. 1, 2022. Photo: AP / Maya Alleruzzo.

February 2, 2022

In each generation, antisemitism manifests itself in new forms to fit the societal norms of the time. The Jewish people have been hated for their religion, then their race, and now their nation-state, as the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once famously stated.

Amnesty International’s report declaring Israel an “apartheid” state perverts history, holds the Jewish state to double standards not applied to any other nation in the world, ignores the crimes of Palestinian terrorist organizations against Israeli civilians, and portrays Israel’s mere existence as the sole obstacle to Middle East peace.

During a difficult week that underscored how Jew-hatred is alive and well on the international stage, the Combat Antisemitism Movement’s coalition partners, other major organizations, media outlets, and leading politicians jumped into action to reject the slanderous Amnesty International report and counter the false anti-Israel narratives driving global discourse.

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations “We call on all parties of good faith to condemn this ideologically-driven polemic, and instead focus on efforts that will bring the parties together — rather than instigate more distrust and divisiveness.” Read here.

AIPAC — “This libelous report weaves a malicious web of lies and distortions with the contemptible objective to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state. Truth matters. Americans must reject this biased report.”

Anti-Defamation League “In a time with rising anti-Jewish hate, the extreme language used in the report is irresponsible and likely will spark antisemitism.” Read here.

CAMERA Associate Director and Research Director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA) Alex Safian exposes the historical inaccuracies and “tricks” of the biased report published by Amnesty International, section by section. Read here.

International Legal Forum (ILF) In a review of the Amnesty report, the ILF provides background information and context for Amnesty International’s demonization Israel under the cover of “international law.” Read here.

NGO Monitor Providing a full and detailed analysis on the flaws and inherently antisemitic bias of Amnesty International’s report, the counter-report produced by the NGO Monitor highlights the organization’s manipulation and distortion of history to villify Israel. Read here.

The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) considers Amnesty International’s latest report released today, “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity,” and call it out for what it is – a fabrication seeking to vilify Jews and undermine the legitimacy of self-determination for the Jewish people. Read here.

European Jewish Association (EJA) The European Jewish Association (EJA) expresses its disgust that Amnesty International has published such an openly deceptive “report.” This leaked report is naked in its anti-Zionism but attempting to wear the emperors clothing of respectability.

Central Council of Jews in Germany We, therefore, calls on the German section of Amnesty International to publicly and unequivocally distance itself from the anti-Semitic report. Anyone who demands “Never again” on social networks on Holocaust Remembrance Day is not allowed to contribute an anti-Semitic report in their name a week later. Read here.

Orthodox Union — “With this report, Amnesty International-UK throws its lot with those who not only hate Israel but the Jewish people.” Read here.

In the Media

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board– The Amnesty report is especially ill-timed in an era when Israel and Arab states are negotiating new deals for commerce and travel since the Abraham Accords. A fair assumption is that Amnesty’s drafters hope to block such progress by inflaming world opinion with the “apartheid” slander. Read More Here

B’nai B’rith International President Seth Riklin and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin of B’nai B’rith International (BBI) condemn the Amnesty International report over its flawed and factually inaccurate labeling of Israel as an “apartheid” state.

Read here.

Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO of B’nai B’rith International — “Amnesty UK’s report is nothing more than another bald-faced attempt to exile, demean, marginalize, and, yes, ultimately eliminate the world’s only sovereign Jewish state. It is addressed to the government of the United Kingdom, but it is clearly meant for international consumption.” Read here.

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) JCPA Senior Research Fellow Dan Diker analyzes the history of Palestinian attempts to popularize calls to destroy the only democratic Jewish-majority state and replace it with a “23rd Muslim-majority Arab state.” Read here.

Coalition for Jewish Values — Managing Director Rabbi Yaakov Menken points out factual inconsistencies in Amnesty International’s report and its explicit exclusion of Jews as a people from the conversation about Israel. Read here.

Jewish National Fund-USA In the wake of Amnesty International’s report defining Israel as an “apartheid” state, JNF-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson encourages the Jewish people to show the world “the beauty of Zionism.” Read here.

World Jewish Congress — President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder denounces Amnesty International’s latest report for emboldening antisemites while doing nothing to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace. Read here.

Social Media Campaigns

Club Z This Twitter thread exposed how Amnesty International’s report rewrites historical facts to push an anti-Israel narrative.

Honest Reporting  This Twitter thread focuses on Amnesty International’s long history of animosity toward Israel and its shameful repackaging of antisemitic rhetoric.

Jewish Federations of North America The Jewish Federations of North American slams the Amnesty International report for its “litany of anti-Israel propaganda,” especially at a time of rising antisemitism worldwide.

StopAntisemitism.org According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, holding Israel to double standards not expected of other nations is antisemitic. StopAntisemitism.org demonstrates Amnesty International’s obsessive focus on Israel in this tweet.

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