Amnesty International USA: “Israel shouldn’t exist as a Jewish state”

March 11, 2022

SWC: Amnesty International should be listed as a hate group

Los Angeles —The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned statements by Paul O’ Brien, executive director of Amnesty International USA for declaring, Israel “shouldn’t exist as a Jewish state.” According to media reports, O’ Brien also said, “the right of the people to self-determination and to be protected is without a doubt something that we believe in, and I personally believe that but ‘we are opposed to the idea — and this, I think, is an existential part of the debate — that Israel should be preserved as a state for the Jewish people.’”

“Amnesty International should be listed as a hate group,“ said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Global Social Action Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “At a time when one sovereign nation is being crushed, its US director wants to eliminate the one Jewish state, a democracy with over 9 million citizens, and a safe haven for endangered Jews. They are dedicated to the same goal as Hamas,” Cooper added.

Amnesty International released a 280-page report last month calling Israel an apartheid state, charging it with crimes against humanity, and questioning the Jewish state's right to exist.

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