Friday, November 7, 2014

UK: Amnesty top official draws Israel, Islamic state comparison

Amnesty International has been accused of bringing its controversial report into last summer’s Gaza conflict into disrepute after a senior manager linked it with the actions of Islamic State on Twitter.

Kristyan Benedict, the group’s UK campaigns manager, tweeted a link to a story about the Amnesty report on IDF operations during the conflict, next to the hashtag #JSIL? (Jewish State in the Levant) –a commonly-understood play on one of the longer names of the Islamic terror group, which calls itself ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Amnesty's response?  Amnesty is not antisemitic.  Our people are, in a personal capacity.

Amnesty was quick to distance itself from Benedict, saying: ““This tweet was made in a personal capacity by a member of staff. Amnesty International has not used the hashtag #JSIL.”

More: Jewish News

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