Amnesty International (UK): Israeli government doing this on purpose or being stupid?

Amnesty International’s Kristyan Benedict was visiting Hebron in the West Bank, when he saw an Israeli army patrol approaching as some Palestinians were walking down the street. One of the soldiers turned to a woman in the group and hissed: ‘Sharmuta’, which means bitch in Arabic. The soldier looked at the Palestinian men accompanying her – challenging them to do something about the insult, he had a gun and 10 of his co-soldiers with him. That time they walked away…

This kind of incident is just a microcosm of the Israeli occupation that Amnesty International’s Kristyan Benedict, 36, witnessed earlier this year with his own eyes and caught on film. Benedict is the Crisis Response & Country Priorities Campaigns Manager for Amnesty International UK – a significant amount of his time is as an advocate for the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis caught up in the long running conflict.

Benedict has worked for Amnesty for seven years and as the organisation’s Campaigns Manager for over four years. Despite the difficulties in the job so far, Benedict gives the impression that his experiences have taught him how the two peoples and religions of the Holy Land are intertwined; and that one day the apartheid wall separating the Muslims and Jews can and will fall.

Human Rights- for Everyone?

I meet Kristyan at the Amnesty International UK’s HQ in Shoreditch, East London; we sit in a conference room, the wall covered in racks of Amnesty pamphlets promoting activism around the world. A Lancashire-born man of Indian and Trinidadian descent, Benedict’s face has a couple of day’s stubble and he is wearing a simple top. He gives the impression of someone who frequently works overtime in dedication to the job. And he doesn’t pull any punches on his opinion of the injustice of the treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government.

Benedict said: “Israel is now included in the list of stupid dictatorial regimes who abuse peoples’ basic universal rights – along with Burma, North Korea, Iran and Sudan, its government has the same wanton attitude to human beings. This club is less of an alternative security council but more an ‘insecurity council’. Also, it seems that many in the current coalition are driven by a feeling of ‘ethnic supremacy’.


Benedict disclosed that on his last tour of the region he noticed how much the place was marred by discrimination and tension: “One thing I really felt in the air was the blatant racism; the worst place for this was in Hebron – the racism is really in your face. Everywhere there were Graffiti tags on walls saying things like, ‘Die, sand nigger’. You could compare the attitude to that of the BNP members in the north of England.

Hebron – Cages & Urine

Hebron is in the occupied West Bank and nestled in the Judean Mountains. It’s home to 165,000 Palestinians but around 800 Jewish settlers are concentrated in the old centre and on the outskirts of Hebron, surrounded by a heavy Israeli Security presence.

Benedict recalled: “When on my tour of Hebron to a Palestinian market and walking through the city’s winding alleyways, I noticed there was caging above our heads. I asked my Palestinian guide why those cages were there and what those bags were doing on them. He said: ‘Oh we have to put them there because the settlers living in the houses above us keep throwing down stuff on our heads like bottles, sticks and  bags filled with liquid – sometimes their own urine.”

This kind of expression of hate does not faze Benedict. He is going back to Israel and Palestine by the end of 2010; he will meet a diverse range of Israeli and Palestinian civil society contacts, UN and NGO personnel and ordinary citizens. Together they will conduct meetings, briefings, research, filming and interviews. He broods on how the situation may have become worse; it will be his third trip to the occupied territories. He scoffs at the possibility of the Israeli government allowing him to visit the Gaza Strip. But  he is definite about staying with people in Israel and the West Bank again:

“They don’t want international people or the media to see what is going on in the Gaza Strip. They wouldn’t even let the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, go there. ” he said.

Gaza – Surviving in the Strip

The most populated of the Occupied Areas, approximately 1.4 million people live in Gaza; they share land just 40 kilometres long and 9.5 kilometres wide. The blockade of Gaza has been in place since 2007, with five crossings between Gaza and Israel and one between Gaza and Egypt, now closed or partially closed. The blockade not only restricts movement of people, some needing urgent medical care, but also prohibits exports and restricts the entry of basic goods such as food, fuel and building and educational material.

According to an Amnesty report, more than half the population of Gaza is under 18 years old. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008/09, 1,417 Palestinians were killed, including 300 children, 13 Israelis were also killed during the fighting. The Israeli military operations destroyed 18 schools and damaged 280. In addition, around 700 private enterprises from the industrial, agricultural and business sectors have been damaged or destroyed. The blockade stifles re-growth by limiting imports and virtually banning exports, which makes it difficult to repair or rebuild the infrastructure.

More than 20,000 people were made homeless and continue to live in temporary accommodation, sometimes living in tents or staying with relatives in overcrowded homes. In addition, up to 95 percent of the water supply is contaminated and unfit for human consumption.

Israel claims the tightening of the blockade is a response to the indiscriminate rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel in 2009.  Hamas has since declared a unilateral cessation of rocket fire. But it has been breached on several occasions by Palestinian armed groups.

Benedict says that barriers to adequate living conditions are suffocating the Palestinian economy, destroying the society’s infrastructure and attempting to make the Palestinians a defeated population; and this creation of despair is no recipe for peace.  As we head into 2011 Amnesty will be increasing its campaigning for all the victims of the Gaza conflict,  against the Gaza blockade, against discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and for  justice and accountability.

The main campaign issues of 2010 that Amnesty has already published in booklets* available to the public; are the following: 1) an end to the Gaza blockade,  2) access to decent water supply and 3) for an end to house demolitions.

Homes – Determination and Destruction

Benedict stressed that it is ordinary and innocent civilians who get caught up in the fighting and remembers one man who made a deep impression on him:

“ Living in Anata, the West Bank, Salim is  a friendly man in his mid forties with a mass of curly black hair and a neat moustache. The Israeli army has demolished his house four times and each time he has rebuilt it – that is pure defiance. Salim has five children, from toddlers to aged 11 years; his young family are dependent on aid to survive.”

What happens to Salim is not uncommon; Amnesty conducted a study into the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Israeli authorities condemn many homes as illegal because they do not have the permits that Israel grants; therefore they order demolition crews to bulldoze down the properties.

Under the military law, evicted families in the West Bank are not entitled to be re-housed or compensated, so many families become homeless and reliant on extended families, friends and charities. In 2009 the UN reported 270 structures were demolished in the West Bank in that year alone, displacing 600 Palestinians. Half of the displaced were children. The UN estimates there are currently 4, 800 demolition orders pending against more families.

Injustice – Ignoring International Law

Benedict affirms that Amnesty also raises awareness of human rights violations by Palestinians, but that that the scale of suffering is different on one side compared to the other.  For example, Amnesty has campaigned from day one  on behalf of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is, as far as is known, still held hostage by Palestinian militants. However,  Benedict also points out that there are thousands of Palestinians being held captive as well. He said: “Men, women and young children are being held as political prisoners.” 

When probed about how he defends himself against accusations of being one-sided or anti-Semitic, Benedict replies that Amnesty International’s stance is taken from the pillar of international human rights law. The organisation works with a range of NGOs, including Oxfam, Save the Children, Physicians for Human Rights, Rabbis for Human Rights, B’Tselem and most recently, Combatants for Peace – former fighters on both sides who have relinquished violence and now campaign for peaceful dialogue.

Benedict explained: “Amnesty is not worried about being accused of bias in the face of obvious atrocious human rights violations. We have a passion against all forms of injustice in the world. As for those who loosely throw about the term anti-Semitism as an attempt to gag us, we tell them to take their concerns to the Israeli government. The real delegitimising of Israel is its government’s behaviour when they act outside of the law.” 

Benedict continues:

“I think those in the Israeli government who are fanatical, think that if they can make life miserable enough then the Palestinians will leave. The blockade of Gaza has turned it into an outdoor prison; our PM Cameron even said this.  In each of the ways I’ve explained, Palestinians are being provoked. Benedict then added: “There is even deliberate denial of water as a means of expelling them from the land.”

Water Shortages – the Disparity

In a study by Amnesty called ‘Thirsting for Justice’, statistics show a clear disparity between the Israelis and Palestinians’ access to water. In parts of the West Bank, Israeli settlers use up to 20 times more water per capita than neighbouring Palestinian communities. In the Israeli settlements, which are violating international law, there are swimming pools, well-watered lawns and large irrigated farms.

In contrast, Palestinian villagers struggle to meet their essential domestic water needs. The Israeli army controls water-mains and destroys rain water harvesting cisterns, wells and pipelines that do not have Israeli permits. There has been a deterioration of water and sanitation in the Occupied Territories, which have also been used as a dumping ground for Israel’s sewage.

Benedict said: “The political strategy of Israel needs to be held accountable. The country needs to ask what it is they are doing to create peace and harmony? The only visible policies involve stirring up more resistance. I’d like to know if the government is doing this on purpose or is it stupidity?”

What Next? Who With?

He explained this is why Amnesty works closely with the likes of Combatants for Peace. The movement was formed in 2005 by Palestinians and Israelis, ex-combatants who had taken an active role in the cycle of violence. They decided to drop their arms and work together to create political pressure on both governments to end the occupation.

Benedict has also joined in grassroots activism, helping to plant olive trees and joining Palestinian families for dinner and listening to their stories, as well as hearing Israeli people’s side of the story too. He noted with a smile: “ The new office of Wi’am  (Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre) , is in the shadow of the wall and the Israeli soldiers look at the office from the top of a tower.”

On the Israeli government response, Benedict stated:

“The government is now more right-wing and less tolerant of the human rights narrative we give. But they are aware of a need to step up engagement, if only to get across their side of the story, to say why the security measures are there. In reply to that, we say violating peoples’ human rights in the name of security creates more conflict. Israel has this mentality that they can’t take the risk because the Arabs just want to kill all Jews.

He added:

“It is a very complicated situation, in both Israel and Palestine you get bad people from both sides spoiling chances for peace. Amnesty thinks that chauvinistic nationalism is idiotic and counterproductive.Palestinians who try to create dialogue with Israelis are accused of being traitors or collaborators and are threatened, and there is exactly the same belligerent attitude from the Jewish side. It is an asymmetric issue, but I also agree with the sentiment of Justice Richard Goldstone in his 2009 UN fact finding mission: ‘The treatment of Palestine is meant to punish, humiliate and terrorize’ ”

Benedict insists the majority of the Palestinians he met were decent people struggling to have a respectable life, not the security threat they’re made out to be.

Jahaleen Community

He recalled: “The Jahaleen community, an old nomadic Bedouin tribe, made an impact on me too. They literally live in shacks, a household toilet is a hole in the ground. But despite the poverty they have a great community spirit and they prize education – they are real thinkers. I was there when they were building the Jahaleen School… now the school has a demolition order against it.”

Theories – a Step Forward?

When asked why this conflict carries on, Benedict explained several common theories: “The USA plays both Arab and Israel sides to generate money, power and control. The main reasons are:

• The Arms Trade: The conflict makes loads of money for the ‘weapons trade’. Israel always pushes the buttons to make all the surrounding Arabic states such as Syria, Lebanon feel insecure.  So they then buy weapons off other states and this is a great profit-making industry.

• Religion: You have extreme fundamentalist Zionist Christians who want to see the ‘second coming’ of  Christ, a rapture they believe is chronicled in the bible, for this there must be a big war in this spot – an Armageddon.

• Resources: There is gas off the coast of Gaza, British Gas has secured this concession, yet this gas belongs to the Palestinians. Their fishing zone was 15 miles now it is reduced to three miles.”

I probed more into how Benedict visualises the enormous task of creating peace in the region tangled up in politics, religion and land. For example, should the settlers be removed from their homes in the Occupied Territories and let the Palestinians move in?

Benedict laughs at the simplicity of the idea, thinks, and then states:

“To start, under international law the Israeli settlements are illegal. Israel must abide by the law and start moving from all the illegal settlements and compensate the settlers. Then it will be up to the people what they do with the infrastructure.”

He affirmed: “We at Amnesty International advocate non-violent, direct action. Our organisation does not take a position on whether a one or two-state solution will work -we are concerned with the human rights of the people first and foremost. Amnesty International wants to see Israelis and Palestinians living together in peace, prosperity and security – with their human rights and dignity protected and respected.

“It will be civil society and not the governments that will make the Occupation fall. The Occupation regime is illegal and unsustainable. Apartheid South Africa and the Soviet Union fell and many people thought they never would. We activists have an advantage of living in times when we can organise quicker because of new media and modern communications technology. Other people might disagree with me, but for both Israelis and Palestinians, I know this mission for peace and security is not impossible.” ____________________________________________________________________________________

Groups mentioned in the article:

• Combatants for Peace: http://cfpeace.org/

• Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre (Wiam) : http://www.alaslah.org/

• Amnesty International UK: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Other groups of interest:

• Jewish Voice for Peace:  http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

• Young Jewish and Proud: http://www.youngjewishproud.org/

See their protest at PM Netanyahu’s speech on November 8th 2010

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*Statistical information in the article  from Amnesty International’s booklets:

• Thirsting for Justice , Palestinian Access to Water Restricted ( Oct 2009)

Suffocating: the Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade (Jan 2010)

As Safe as Houses? Israel’s Demolition of Palestinian Homes ( June 2010)

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34 Responses to “Amnesty International (UK): Israeli government doing this on purpose or being stupid?”
  1. Justin says:

    i think what israel is committing against palestinians is open and outright genocide. The irsrael state seems like terrorists to me and the true people behind 9/11 along with american neoconservative cia support and funding. i like how amnesty international brings awareness and perspective into peoples lives but i do not fully agree with the way they make money or push their agenda upon others. amnesty international makes books about horrific atrocities around the world: http://www.amazon.com/I-Live-Here-Mia-Kirshner/dp/0375424784 but then goes to malaysia to print their anti-genocide and atrocities books, bit too hypocritical from my perspective. i can understand that they need to make money in order to continue their services, but profiting off child labor laws in order to educate people about child labor laws and other genocide inducing practices is probably not the best way to go about raising awareness and perspective upon horrific ongoing issues. http://www.helium.com/items/597531-child-labor-from-a-malaysian-perspective malaysia’s government regulates that in no case may children work more than 6 hours per day, more than 6 days per week, or, at night. Although malaysia has made many efforts, such as this Act, to lessen the amount of child labor that occurs within their country, they still have not completely succeeded in enforcing it. Malaysia still finds that there can be no reliable estimate of the number of child workers, and, therefore, the extent of needed regulations is unknown.
    http://www.unicef.org/malaysia/media_4876.html http://humanrights.einnews.com/news/child-labor/malaysia Even if children were not used in the direct making of amnesty international books, i think that a better country could be used to produce books without involving countries that allow children to be used for labor rather than education.

    This is subject is one of the most heart wrenching and hardest things to think about reference or try to change because there is billions of people and billions of currency behind supporting the israeli government committing the genocide against the palestinians with no support or assistance beyond iran or egypt or other countries that the “white” world labels as terrorist or hostile regimes.

    thank you for asking my opinion and i hope you understand where i am coming from when i type this. (i do not type capitalized letters, especially i, because i don’t support in the capitalism capitalization of our lives.)

    • Shimon says:

      Justin: look up genocide. Accusing Israel of genocide merely causes ‘genocide’ to lose its meaning – and undermines humanity’s efforts to stop it. By exaggerating any wrongdoings by Israel to the point of this kind of demonisation you effectively contribute to a deepening of hostilities and an entrenchment of mistrust thereby making any possibility of peace more remote. That’s a high price to pay for venting your spleen.

  2. Mark says:

    What is happening is So awful. Many folks obviously think they are somehow above the truth. I commend you and I feel really bad for Israelis that hold truth dear. They must pay a terrible price.

  3. Kev says:

    Excellent article – Israel have for too long hidden behind historical events to label anyone who criticises their inhuman behavior as anti-semetic, controlling a large amount of the news media in the west. They are turning into that which they claim to be defending themselves against and are an embittered and (as is excellently written in this article) insecure nation, fueled by greed, power and out right intolerance.

    Another example (and again well pointed out) of how profit in the form of the arms trade seems to be valued higher than human life.

    Well done!

    • Shimon says:

      “hidden behind historical events” – so you’re saying that Israelis use the Holocaust as a cover or as an excuse?
      “controlling a large amount of the news media in the west” – been reading up on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, I see.
      And why would any country be insecure if it’s surrounded by countries that want its demise, a large proportion of whose citizens have either survived genocide or who had parents who survived genocide, whose northern neighbour wants to perpetrate another genocide (and is about to get nuclear weapons), whose supposed friends and allies sit on their hands like they did when the Holocaust was underway or give succour to murderers and liars as a way of providing constructive criticism?

  4. Rod says:

    It’s pretty blatant that Israel are trying to force the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. You would think that after everything the Jews went through they wouldn’t act like nazis themselves. USA have long been known to sell their arms to warring countries, (you should check out Bill Hicks, he always talked about this.) Hopefully now Barack Obama is in the religious element will be removed. I’ve always said that religion and money are the 2 biggest evils in the world. My personal view is that the UN needs to step up and help turn the area into 2 separate countries.

    • Shimon says:

      Erm, they’re trying to force the Arabs out of the Gaza Strip how? By leaving the Gaza Strip themselves? How does that work?

  5. Roderick says:

    Hey great article, The thing that I enjoyed was the very personable way you described meeting him and the introduction was really pleasing and inviting you carefully into the piece. Combined with some really great visuals that are both moving and extremely contrasting which I really liked.

    I always get quite upset by injustices and then angry but I am sure that at some point I will be able to do something to help people more…. Even if it’s just standing up for what you believe in when someone is misinformed, as there is so much misinformation on subjects like this floating around. It’s great to read an intelligently written well researched article that comprises lots of valuable information. Bravo

    • Shimon says:

      You’re right, there is a lot of misinformation about on this subject. I also agree that it’s great to read an intelligently written well researched article that comprises lots of valuable information. I can’t wait to find one.

  6. Anna says:

    Great article. Nice one for mentioning the arms trade, I’ve always thought it was a major player in that conflict. Maybe even worth a whole article in its own right.

  7. Maria says:

    Nice feature, professional approach with the statistics and references, very informative , I learned new things about the conflict. I liked the emphasis on that common people don’t want to fight and even ex-soldiers from both sides unite to stand for peace, but that it is the government that abuses international law and plays dirty.

  8. Tommaso Canziani says:

    Very nice one! I really enjoyed reading it for all the facts and figures. I especially found amazing the story of the man rebuilding his house over and over in “pure defiance”. It’s heartfelt but still with a professional approach, very human, nice selection of pictures too!

  9. David says:

    The reason I liked what you wrote was the direct quotes. Too many people today are concerned with producing a smooth comfortable story. Reality is raw and seldom sanded smooth.

    I am not anti anyone, but read the article and realized the courage involved with “writing against stream” as it were.

    When I was a member of AI till now, they seem more interested in earning revenue than raising concern. They seem very conservative now, and have yet to respond to any requests for assistance my case. Oddly I was a member about 20 years ago, and even visited my old chapter to make a plea for help and was confronted by 3 octogenarians who wanted to know why THEY should help my friends. I told them it was what they are supposed to do. I haven’t given up on AI though. I still hope they will listen.

  10. Miriam says:

    Very good piece of journalism, Jameela. It’s an honest account of the day-to-day life in Palestine. And a very good article for people who don’t know what is going on in that part of the world. Thank you as well for raising the profile of a wonderful group like Combatants for Peace.

  11. Peter says:

    Good article Jameela. Perhaps a little too much emphasis on KB rather that the actual situation. His reported language I feel is a little careless if he wants to influence people who might be more moderate in their approach to the problems which are clearly are severe.
    Not sure I agree with him on subject of “why this conflict carries on …”.
    Links to UN/HRC reports on Cast Lead and Attacks on aid flotillas would be useful.
    I’m experimenting with a newspaper [eyes on Palestine] and would like to use your article as a test piece. Will show you next time we meet.

  12. Igor says:

    Really nice article! Love the way you describe whats happening during the interview, small details that take you there, to the moment.

    About amnesty etc, I do not really believe in big “corporations” to help as they become more of a political group worrying about money and position. I believe in the individual effort to solve problems. The people involved, and the people who let others know what’s happening.

    It is not so much about amnesty or the govs, it is about people like you that take the time and effort to let others know what is going on, that really make a difference in the long run. Information and education are the best weapons for peace.

  13. Sohrob says:

    Hi Jameela.
    I like your article very much. It makes several points which are interesting and important. It’s a privilege to know a journalist which is producing such great work.

  14. Suliman says:

    I really appreciate this effort, Jameela.. you deserve a huge applause for such a great report which has been written objectively. Keep climbing to the peak of glory.

  15. Havva says:

    This is a very good article and its also the truth of the situation. Thank you for standing up for truth and justice.

  16. Shimon says:

    Is this journalism? To me it seemed more like an overlong, self-indulgent polemic.

  17. Conor says:

    I think everyone from the outside world knows how horrifically Israel is treating their neighbours. Bullying is too kind a word, although the bully knows not of what damaging effects he is causing. Yet the oppressed feel every ounce of pain inflicted.

    I can compare much of what you write about here to how the British army treated folk in Northern Ireland and along the border in from the 70’s right through to the 90’s. School kids were hassled and asked each and every day to empty their bags on the streets to prove they have no bombs hidden in with their books. Citizens of both the north and south were bullied while crossing the border, threatened and beaten.

    Intimidation, intimidation, intimidation.. it’s always the same. Israel has some powerful allies and holds little regard for neighbourly oppression or international reputation.

  18. Conor says:

    It’s horrific really, and they won’t admit it themselves. My dad was in Israel in 1988, on a charity walk around the Holy Land and said that the Palestinians were lovely people, but the Israeli army were throwing tear gas left right and centre.

    His observation was that one side was much nicer and a warmer people and the Israeli military was very aggressive. My dad’s group were tear-gassed and caught in the crossfire.

  19. Joe says:

    Hey nice article (although incredibily depressing) and congrats on your first troll, nice to see some unconstructive criticism from Shimon there.

    I’m at work so can’t write a proper reply but will as soon as I’ve got a bit of time.

    • Shimon says:

      Thanks Joe. To tell you the truth, I feel really awful that Jameela can’t attract more “trolls” – some honest criticism would help her journalism a hundred times more than the fawning, half-witted nonsense that dominates the comment board.

  20. Sandra says:

    Jameela, thank you for this original reportage with its powerful analysis.

    If a big organisation like Amnesty can report to you such facts and highlight the human rights abuses here, why is it that human rights are still being openly trampled on as recently reported in the news? People should be astounded that this conflict is dealt with or rather bulldozed over like this.

  21. Neville says:

    Good work Jam, I know you worked really hard on this article and it shows. You did a thorough interview and have produced a piece that is educational about the topic.

  22. Fran says:

    Great read, a thought-provoking interview and really informative. I’m going to recommend this to my classmates at uni because we are studying this conflict, thank you.

  23. A says:

    Awesome! I never thought it was possibly to write so much out of context until now! Fantastic! You’re all idiots!

  24. Victoria says:

    Very good feature, it provides a contextual analysis backed up by factual evidence of shocking human rights abuses. I’m glad to see Amnesty taking a stance as in recent years they’ve become more of a big business.

    One criticism I will make is you should have described the Palestinian governmental inadequacies. If there is no unity then it is extremely difficult for the Israeli government to cooperate with the Palestinian authorities.

    Everyone understands Israel’s legitimate concerns for security, protection of its people and country. But in order for progress, supporters must also ask themselves is this treatment of people what they want for their country?

    The past prejudice, oppression, suffering, pain and genocide endured by Jews in diaspora will never be forgotten. But does Israel want to condone the suffering and dehumanisation of Palestinian people in the memory of the inhumanity their people suffered?

    This is a glaring tragic irony and Israel must look in the mirror, it must monitor its responsibilities whilst having the wealth of power, money and weapons acquired over the years. Unquestioning loyalty is detrimental, unethical and dangerous.

    There are courageous Jews and Israelis speaking out against the pressure – free thinkers and compassionate individuals. True Jewish values and honour are above this fear and intimidation. Some how this conflict must be resolved and this won’t happen until the Palestinians are allowed dignity and respect for their human rights and their national & cultural identity. This is common sense and what the article conveys perfectly.

  25. Neil says:

    Great writing, informative and accurate work. You’ll be interested to know that today the Human Rights Watch released a report on the discrimination and lack of basic amenities for Palestinians in the West Bank.

  26. Joe says:

    Thought this was quite an interesting article that might be of interest to anybody who’s read the above

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/02/free-gaza-youth-manifesto-palestinian

  27. Daniel says:

    I think Amnesty international is an anti-Semitic organization that seeks to kill jews. Amnesty international deliberately fails to note to readers that Israel is the only place that Jews are allowed to own property in the middle east and that Israel is also the only country with freedom of religion. Amnesty does not note that in Arabic, Israel=Jew and Jew=Israeli. Amnesty international is trying to push forward the Arab agenda in murdering civilians in Darfur. Amnesty International is a genocidal front group.

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