by Robin Shepherd
In a deeply disturbing move that marks the end of any pretence at impartiality as well as another new low in British attitudes to
For an event scheduled for October 28 entitled "Discriminatory and unsustainable: Water and politics in
On its website, Amnesty is promoting White's book and describes him as "a writer and freelance journalist specialising in Palestine/Israel."
In fact, White is an anti-Israeli ideologue whose book is riddled with distortions aimed at smearing the Jewish state by association with apartheid
Amnesty has simultaneously put itself in the company of far-Left and militantly anti-Zionist groups such as the charity War on Want which has been the subject of investigations by the
Until recently, the use of the apartheid analogy to demonise and deligitimise
But in the last few months and years it has gradually gained currency in the mainstream through the efforts of NGOs, Muslim groups, the Guardian newspaper and high profile international figures such as former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
The Nazi analogy has also begun to move from the fringes towards the centreground and was widely used to attack
A once respected human rights organisation (of which I was once a member), Amnesty International's credibility has been severely damaged by its anti-Israel stance as many observers, including Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, have remarked.
However, the latest move marks a point of departure since it takes Amnesty out of the ranks of NGOs which are merely characterised by anti-Israeli leanings and places it inside the realm of anti-Israel activism.
Human Rights Watch has moved in a similar direction. It admitted earlier this year that it had used its disputes with pro-Israel groups as a marketing tool for its fund raising efforts in
As I have remarked before, the anti-Israeli agenda is not simply a problem for
It is a depressing and shameful state of affairs. But since so few people (in
Anyone who wants a fuller discussion of such matters should get a copy of my new book, A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with
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