Weekend long read

1) Those who missed CAMERA’s webinar concerning the Amnesty International report on Israel can watch it here:

2) A briefing on the same topic is available from BICOM.

“Amnesty International [Amnesty], a once impeachable protector of human rights, has fallen to a new low, with its report labelling Israel as “apartheid” inside both pre-1967 Israel and the West Bank. The report, a twisted, one-sided account of a complex conflict, damages local and regional hopes of building peace and advancing a solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Amnesty’s argument for using the term “apartheid” hinges on alleging that the Jewish State has had an “intention to maintain … a system of oppression and domination” since its founding moment in 1948. Israel’s intentions are not “oppression and domination” but rather securing and preserving the national self-determination and freedom of the Jewish people, and protecting the lives of its citizens, Jewish and Arab, from military and terrorist threats.”

3) At WINEP, Hanin Ghaddar looks at the scheduled election in Lebanon.

“As the Lebanese political scene gears up for the May 15 general election, one question has become paramount: will civil society and opposition groups win enough seats to change the status quo in parliament, or will Hezbollah maintain control over the body? Although internal challenges and the financial crisis will likely preclude the opposition from achieving an overall victory, they might secure as many as ten or more new seats—a tally that could end Hezbollah’s current majority and prevent the militia and its allies from once again holding political sway over the country’s security, judicial, and financial decisions. The new parliament will also select the next president—assuming the election is held on time. Given the high stakes and the growing challenge to its political dominance, Hezbollah has devised strategies for every contingency.”

4) The JNS reports on reactions to a demonstration held in the Gaza Strip last month.

“A relatively small event—a Jan. 22 protest by the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip in support of another Iranian-proxy, the Houthis—revealed a burgeoning problem for Hamas as the march unleashed a torrent of anti-Hamas rhetoric on social media in Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The reaction, analysts tell JNS, is further indication that the terror group is losing sway in these countries.”

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  1. says: Richard Turnbull

    BICOM’s summary is completely correct, except for using “impeachable” when clearly what is meant is “unimpeachable.”
    Again: the fact AI has done such fine work advocating for human rights in the past only makes this latest Amnesty International condemnation of the State of Israel all the more egregiously offensive and absurd.

  2. says: Neil C

    When it come to Am nasty International, in my 68 year lifetime I have never seen one word written by them which does NOT condemn Israel for its very existence, for them it is just another form of antisemitism, displaying their jealousy and hatred of the ingenuity of Jews to create a top ten technologically advanced country whilst those around them regress to the barbaric practises of 1400 years ago.

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