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June 13, 2012

Where’s the Coverage? Amnesty International Breaks its Own Rules


A recent search of Google News for "Amnesty International" turned up:

About 2,820 results (0.32 seconds)

Since this organization is an element in so much news coverage, Amnesty International certainly warrants some scrutiny. Watchdog organization NGO Monitor examined AI and released a report entitled "Breaking Its Own Rules: Amnesty’s Researcher Bias and Government Funding."

The AI statute clearly expresses "impartiality and independence" as "core values" and states that:

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ... systematically and impartially researches the facts of individual cases and patterns of human rights abuses.

Despite this commitment to "impartiality," NGO Monitor found that:

Amnesty hired anti-Israel activist Deborah Hyams as a researcher in the "Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Palestinian Authority" section.

Hyams has an extensive background in radical anti-Israel activism:

•In 2001, Hyams volunteered as a "human shield" in Beit Jala (near Bethlehem), to deter Israeli military responses to recurrent gunfire and mortars targeting Jewish civilians in Jerusalem.

•Hyams employs demonizing language regarding Israel: In 2008, she was signatory to a letter claiming Israel is "a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land." Hyams also statedin 2002 that "[some] of Israel’s actions, all the way back to 1948, could be called 'ethnic cleansing'."

•In a 2002 Washington Jewish Week article, "Hyams said that while she does not condone suicide bombings, she personally believes they 'are in response to the occupation.'" In another instance she defended violence stating "occupation is violence...and the consequence of this action must result in violence [against Israelis]."

•Hyams has worked for some of the most radical political advocacy NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the Alternative Information Center (AIC), Jews for Justice in Palestine and Israel (JPPI), Rachel Corrie Foundation, and Ma’an Network. Any of these affiliations should have been a red flag for Amnesty.

Was any of this information about Amnesty International bias covered by the elite media? By the popular press? By anybody other than Jewish or Israeli news outlets? You guessed it, NO.

Not only was this demonstrated anti-Israel bias ignored, editors and producers continue to cite AI thousands upon thousands of times as a credible source. Where’s the judgment? Where’s the journalistic integrity? And, when it comes to the persistent anti-Israel partiality exhibited by Amnesty, where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at June 13, 2012 08:43 PM


Time to tell AI that our individual contributions will stop until they offer at least two different views about all that they cover!

Posted by: jack chachkes at June 14, 2012 12:14 PM

She's the same as Richard Falk.
Its good Camera made this info known.
Israel should never let Deborah Hyams set foot in Israel for her Pallywood lies.
She leaves out the fact that 850,000 Jews were forced from the Arab countries and that 5 Arab countries attacked Israel in 48.
The 48 war was the result of the Palestinians together with their Arab allies to perform ethnic cleansing on the Jews and their failure to complete it.
Every single Jew in the parts of the Mandate seized by the Arabs was expelled from their homes. No exceptions. They even dynamited the entire ancient Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem in an attempt to wipe out the history of Jewish residence there. They also made it illegal for a Jew to live in the areas of the former Mandate that they controlled, including the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan.

After the 5 Arab armies attacked Israel in 48,
Haj Amin Al Husseini, the deeply racist Nazi collaborator, stated:
I declare a holy war, my muslim brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!
The Arab League Secretary, General Azzam Pasha declared “a holy war. He said, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.

Posted by: Barry Rosen at June 14, 2012 12:55 PM

Simply ending Israel's seige/blockade of Gaza Strip isn't enough! Israel, the USA, the UN and the International community have to work together to force Israel to end her occupation of West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, evacuate their settlements, give up control of air space and waters in those territories, and to allow an independent, sovereign Palestinian nation-state to emerge in the above-mentioned Occupied Territories alongside Israel, and NOT in place of it the way lots of people want.

Posted by: anonymous at June 15, 2012 02:01 PM

It takes a lot of juice to bend truth and fact to the degree we are witnessing today. But it should be no surprise human institutions intended to replace older religious ethics should continously fail to achieve their intent and become more politically co-opted than ever intended. What would happen to Islamic power if America did succeed in creating fossil fuel alternatives? This is Islams last shot at the brass ring and they know it, they fear the real possibility that if America returned to free market encouragments their hold on the world and consequently how institutions like amnesty Intl view the world would suffer to the same extent the King did when the little boy exclaimed "Why is the King naked?" The fact of the matter is Islamic nations suffer from a problem they refuse to redress with a meaningful reformation, Islam, is the problem and people do not understand it nearly enough.

Posted by: jeb stuart at June 17, 2012 11:29 AM

A aquestion.
I am Jewish (secularly speaking).
I am curious about Anti-Semitism or Jew Hatred.
And I have evolved to the point that I confront Anti Semitism (Jew-Hater) out of curiosity.
THat broaching a question: "At what point in your life did you realize you were a Jew Hater?"
Now here's Amnesty International who thanx to you) I discover is a organization that employs and obviously supports Anti Semites! HONEST PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS (that I know)know that these lies are FALSE! And the Anti Israeli
lies should be exposed and stopped.
Why DO THEY DO IT? AND SUPPORT IT? Are'nt you curious at all as to why they propagate these obvious lies? I would really like to know their answer, Thank you.
Max Makow 732 245 1611
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Posted by: Max Makow at June 17, 2012 11:43 AM

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