Amnesty International Versus the 30 Jewish Congressmen in USA: Is Israel An Apartheid?

Amnesty International’s new research report, Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity shows that Israeli authorities impose a system of domination and oppression against the Palestinian people in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), and against Palestinian refugees. Laws, policies, and institutional practices all work to expel, fragment, and dispossess Palestinians of their land and property, and deprive Palestinians of their human rights. We conclude this treatment amounts to an institutionalized regime of oppression and domination defined as apartheid under international law.


Amnesty’s research, campaigns, advocacy, and statements pertaining to Israel are focused on the actions of the Israeli government — they are not, and never will be, a condemnation of Judaism or the Jewish people. Antisemitism is antithetical to everything Amnesty represents as a human rights organization.


Please read the full report: Full-Report stating Israel Apartheid

Read the executive summary: Executive-Summary

In rare show of unity, all 25 Jewish House Democrats blast Amnesty director’s comments on Israel

03-14-2022-Nadler-Schakowsky-2160x1200Rep. Jerrold Nadler talks to reporters during a news conference while Rep. Jan Schakowsky, center, looks on, in the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 1, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — All 25 Jewish Democrats in the House, a fractious caucus that rarely unanimously agrees on issues of Jewish interest, signed onto a statement slamming recent comments by Amnesty International’s U.S. director, who said he believes polls showing overwhelming U.S. Jewish support for Israel are inaccurate.

“As Jewish Members of the House of Representatives, we represent diverse views on a number of issues relating to Israel. However, we are in full agreement that Mr. [Paul] O’Brien’s patronizing attempt to speak on behalf of the American Jewish community is alarming and deeply offensive,” the statement released on Monday reads.

Last week, in an address first reported by Jewish Insider, Paul O’Brien defended Amnesty’s recent report designating Israel as an “apartheid” state. Someone at the event, at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington D.C., asked him about a 2020 Ruderman Family Foundation poll that showed eight in 10 American Jews identify as “pro-Israel.” The poll is commensurate with findings of multiple polls over the years.

“I believe my gut tells me that what Jewish people in this country want is to know that there’s a sanctuary that is a safe and sustainable place that the Jews, the Jewish people can call home,” he said, a status short of a Jewish state, which O’Brien had said in the same address Amnesty rejected.

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  1. NEW YORK (VINnews) — After Amnesty International recently accused Israel of “apartheid” towards Palestinians, the group is continuing to peddle its outrageous statements regarding Israel. In a talk last Wednesday to the Women’s National Democratic Club, the organization’s US director claimed that most American Jews did not want Israel to be a Jewish state, but rather “a safe Jewish space” based on “core Jewish values,” according to a report by Jewish Insider.

    Paul O’Brien said one of Amnesty’s goals in publishing the report, which was roundly criticized by Israeli and American officials, is to “collectively change the conversation” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “It needs to start first and foremost with the Jewish community,” O’Brien, who is not Jewish, said.

    O’Brien denied the findings of a 2020 survey conducted by the Ruderman Family Foundation which stated that eight in 10 Jewish Americans identify as “pro-Israel,” and two-thirds feel emotionally “attached” or “very attached” to the Jewish state. He said that “I actually don’t believe that to be true. I believe my gut tells me that what Jewish people in this country want is to know that there’s a sanctuary that is a safe and sustainable place that the Jews, the Jewish people can call home.”

    O’Brien added that “I think they can be convinced over time that the key to sustainability is to adhere to what I see as core Jewish values, which are to be principled and fair and just in creating that space.”

    On the question of Israel’s current right to exist, O’Brien first said that Israel “shouldn’t exist as a Jewish state,” but then conceded that “Amnesty takes no political views on any question, including the right of the State of Israel to survive.”

    In Amnesty’s report, the international human rights organization acknowledges that Israel exists. “The organization engages with the reality of the existence of the State of Israel,” said the report. But O’Brien’s comments undercut that assertion and appear to indicate that Amnesty believes the Jewish state does not have a right to exist.

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