Saturday, November 23, 2013

We Need to Talk about Amnesty International

I'm looking at an Amnesty International promotional booklet, Together for Human Rights.

It's a classy production - lots of inspiring photographs, great graphics... and verbal sketches of individual victims of brutality and injustice at the hands of the state.

Now it goes without saying that while I fully support Israeli citizens who refuse to become cogs in Israel's war machine, why, I'm wondering, did AI choose to highlight the case of an Israeli conscientious objector in its booklet when there are:

a) currently* over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 137 administrative detainees, 12 women, and 180 children; and

b) since 1967 over 20% of the total Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been detained by Israel?

[*As of September 1, 2013. Source: Political prisoners in Israel/Palestine,]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't you know why?
"One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail" (Rabbi Yaakov Perrin at the funeral of Baruch Goldstein, the man "holier than all the martyrs of the Holocaust").