Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amnesty International Snubs Britain's Jews

Michael L.

{Cross-posted at Jews Down Under.}

Writing in the Times of Israel, Stuart Winer tells us:
amnesty internationalAmnesty International rejected a motion to campaign against the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain, saying it battles all discrimination and would not single out individual groups, the British Jewish newspaper The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The resolution called for the group to “campaign against antisemitism in the UK and lobby the government to tackle the rise in attacks.” It was struck down 468 to 461 at the group’s annual general meeting at the beginning of the week, the report said.

“It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference,” said Andrew Thorpe-Apps, who submitted the motion in March after becoming concerned over press reports of rising anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom.
I have been warning for years that the western left is turning against the Jewish people and this is a perfect example of just the type of thing that we have been discussing.

Amnesty International claims that there is no reason for a resolution to fight anti-Semitism in Britain, because they claim to fight all forms of racism in the United Kingdom, as it is.

Mr. Thorpe-apps, who put forth the resolution, had this to say after his friends in Amnesty rejected it:
“I recently joined and I believe passionately about human rights,” he said. “I was aware that the organization has been outwardly pro-Palestine in the past but it hasn’t stood up for the Jewish population and I think it would be good if they did that.”
Yes, we here at Israel Thrives join Thorpe-apps in believing that it would be "good" if Amnesty International stood up for the Jewish people, as well.

As the western-left makes a home of itself for anti-Semitic anti-Zionists it is having a deleterious effect on the relationship of the Jewish people to the Democratic party in the United States and is kick-starting a process of driving Jews out of the progressive movement, as a whole.

In the United States we are seeing a fall-off in support for the Democrats among Jewish Americans.  We can argue about just why that fall-off is taking place, or the permanence of it, but that it is taking place is beyond question.  In 2008, almost 80 percent of American Jews voted for Barack Obama, including me.  In 2012, that number fell a paltry ten points to around 70 percent.  (Yes, I was disappointed.)  But, now, Obama's support among American Jews has dropped to around 50 percent.  Jewish support for Obama, of course, is not the same as Jewish support for either the Democratic party or the progressive movement, but it is a significant indicator.

Meanwhile in Europe some Jews are considering leaving entirely because they do not feel like being kicked around by immigrant Jihadis from Pakistan or North Africa and groups like Amnesty, despite their claims otherwise, are highly particular about the forms of racism that they care about.  They very much care about white racism toward "people of color."  But that is, essentially, where it stops.

I do not envy our brothers and sisters in Europe.  As Muslims throughout the Middle East take their knives toward one another - as well as toward their persecuted Christian neighbors - Europe is seeing desperate efforts by terrorized people to cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats.  People are drowning in an effort to get out of there and there was even a report that a bunch of Muslims on one of these boats tossed a bunch of Christians overboard.

Nick Squires of the Telegraph reports:
A dozen Christian asylum seekers drowned in the Mediterranean after they were thrown overboard by Muslim migrants in a furious row fueled by “religious hatred” on a smuggler boat sailing from Libya to Italy.
And since I am the master of beating the hell out of dead horses, I want - yet again - to remind people how strange it is that virtually no one cares about the fate of Christians under Islamic dominance.

Raymond Ibrahim is one of the very few scholars or activists focusing on the catastrophe that is being played out on a daily basis wherever Islam dominates a population.

In the mean time, Jews need to take care of themselves and that means, among other things, pressuring groups like Amnesty to either acknowledge their indifference to violent Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe - and, thus, their own hypocrisy - or to rectify the situation.


  1. Mike,

    Amnesty's double standards are appalling.

    h/t Mick Hartley:

    In April 2012 the charity published a report into discrimination against Muslims.

    The report titled Choice and Prejudice Discrimination against Muslims in Europe said

    "The aim of this report is to focus on discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and to illustrate some of its consequences on the Muslims of Europe."

    1. The blatant hypocrisy of "human rights" organizations never fails to disgust.

      Y'know, I was at a cocktail party a few weeks ago and a friend of mine - a left-leaning non-Jew and I were talking general politics. Nice fellah. Well educated. Succesful. Witty.

      You should have seen the look on his face when I told him to avoid any organization that has either the word "peace" or "justice" in the name of that organization.

      He was horrified and he should be.

  2. It's not really a double standard. AI has said openly and for years and years that they are antisemites in different clothes. Their hypocrisy is no better or worse than that august and esteemed body, the UN placing Iran and Saudi Arabia in charge of human rights and women's rights.

    None but the morons and fools have paid the least attention to AI or HRW or Oxfam for years. But to be fair, brutally fair Jewish leadership in the UK is nothing short of the worst most supine and craven in the western world. Living proof you can kick an assimilated Jew in the teeth and he'll plead for one more. I'm amazed the Jewish UK leadership wasn't pleading and begging AI to condemn them even more.

    1. I have learned over the last several years, mostly through reading CIFWatch, just how timid and low profile British Jews tend to be generally. How they can put up with the British media's inexcusably nasty treatment of their brothers and sisters in Israel and still hold their heads up is beyond me. Even when the British media is (they would say "are") caught red handed lying they print at best bad faith corrections.
      British courts will twist and turn facts on their heads to acquit anti-Semitic behavior.
      I say, quite disgusting, old bean.