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The charge of apartheid goes to the heart of Israel’s character. “It’s basically an attempt to tarnish Israel’s brand,” Prof. Eugene Kontorovich of George Mason University told The Forward. He previously told TheJ.ca that he upholds Jewish sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. (Screencap: JBS YouTube)

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On February first, Amnesty International (AI) published an anonymously authored report falsely accusing Israel of being an apartheid state.  The 280 page document, entitled Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians:  Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity, is an appalling, even ludicrous, assault on the only democracy in the Middle East. The governments of Canada, the US, the UK and many others, have unequivocally condemned it.  

Even some high ranking Israeli Arab activists and lawmakers, rejected it, including Mansour Abbas, head of the United Arab List who represents the party in the Knesset. The title itself is an Antisemitic lie that is so far-fetched it does not deserve to be debated.

In fact, it is the PA, not Israel, which is the apartheid regime, proclaimed Professor Eugene Kontorovich, an expert in International Law at George Mason University. “It is impossible for Jews to live under PA jurisdiction and it actively campaigns for the expulsion of all Jews from the West Bank.” 

Once a highly respected human rights organization, under the guise of human rights, AI is being used as a vehicle to promote a propaganda war to delegitimize the State of Israel . With this “report”, Amnesty International reveals what it has become –  instead of a human rights advocate, contributing to the solution, it has become part of the problem, promoting hatred and bigotry.

Rather than being an indictment of Israel, the document becomes an indictment of AI.  It will do nothing to alleviate Palestine’s suffering. It will only incite hatred and violence.  

This should not come as a surprise. Long before their current campaign of smearing Israel, the key figures at AI had reputations as obsessive defamers of Israel. 

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Agnes Callamard is the Secretary-General of AI.  She spread lies about Israel, such as claiming that Arafat was assassinated by Israel.  In 2018, when Hamas directed its people to tear down the border between Israel and Gaza and violently “implement the right of return and to conquer Jerusalem” – Callamard defended them. She also condemned Israel’s right to protect itself from violent attacks.  

Philip Luther is research and advocacy director at AI.  He promotes the right of return of the Palestine refugees to solve the Arab Israel conflict which would eliminate the Jewish state. When asked about AI’s disproportionate focus on Israel, he uses the old Antisemitic trope of Jewish power. “ Israel managed to shut down scrutiny using the power of its relationships…..” he claims.

Saleh Hijazi, AI’s Deputy Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  A long time anti-Israel activist who wants the elimination of Israel. He has posted photos  praising  notorious Palestinian terrorists’ on his Facebook page.

AI has violated the IHRA by accusing Israel of baseless allegations of violations against Palestinians. We – the Canadian people – call on the Government of Canada to annul the tax -exempt status of the organization, revoke their charitable status and ask allied countries to do the same.

Born in Hamilton, Doris has many years of experience as a multimedia journalist. She has worked in radio, television and print journalism and written on a variety of topics especially the crucial issues in Canadian and Jewish life today. She is also Co Chair of the Canadian Institute of Jewish Research in Toronto.

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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