Monday, February 23, 2009


The so-called "human rights group" Amnesty International has called on the United States to stop weapons sales to Israel and on all countries to impose an arms embargo on both Israel and the Palestinians - Amnesty urges arms embargo on Israel.

In its report, Amnesty "focused on the issue of arms sales" however, it would have been more appropriate if Amnesty had focused on obtaining evidence from independent sources and not Palestinian witnesses who might have connections with Hamas or have their own reasons for misrepresenting the truth.

When allegations such as these are made against Israel, I have decided henceforth to apply the Greg Sheridan rule i.e.

I do not believe a single story of Israeli war crimes or atrocities in Gaza. There is no evidence of any such story beyond Palestinian eye-witness accounts and on countless previous occasions these accounts have been fabricated (DUPED)

"...Gerald Steinberg, the executive director of NGO Monitor, said, "This report is clearly part of a campaign to deprive Israel of the means to defend itself. This is another example of Amnesty's double standards and anti-Israel bias exploiting the language of international law."

"Amnesty's reports on Israel are often based on inaccuracies, half-truths and unverifiable allegations from so-called eyewitnesses, and reflect a lack of serious credible research capabilities," Steinberg said.

"In 2002, an Amnesty 'expert' first confirmed the nonexistent Jenin 'massacre,' and in the 2006 conflict with Hizbullah, many of Amnesty's claims were later shown to be unsubstantiated.

The factual errors are amplified by inaccurate statements using the rhetoric of international law, using terms such as 'disproportionate' and 'war crimes,' which they apply far more to Israel than to groups such as Hamas. This ideologically biased pattern was repeated in the recent Gaza conflict."

You can read all about it tomorrow in the usual places but when the stories are later discredited and proven false ...

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