woensdag 19 maart 2014

Amnesty International over Syrië en Israël (EoZ)


Er worden zeker van tijd tot tijd onschuldige Palestijnen doodgeschoten door Israelische soldaten; dat komt in elk gewapend conflict voor, en vaak veelvuldiger dan daar (in Irak en Afghanistan bijvoorbeeld). Het ‘trigger happy’ rapport over de Westbank van Amnesty was schaamteloos tendentieus in dat opzicht, alleen de titel al…


Helaas zijn de rapporten van Amnesty International over Israel-Palestina vaak ongenuanceerd en eenzijdig, zie bijvoorbeeld ook:

·         Amnesty International over de Gaza blokkade

·         Gaza War: A Review of Amnesty International’s Report on Operation Cast Lead





Comparison of Amnesty coverage of Syria and Israel


Amnesty just released a report about the Palestinian Arabs who have died since last July in the Yarmouk camp in Syria.

A comparison between that report and its most recent report slamming Israel shows in stark terms how biased Amnesty is against Israel.

For Yarmouk, as with Amnesty reports from Egypt and other Arab countries, victims are just statistics. An appendix lists their names here but the report itself gives no detail as to the heartbreaking circumstances of their deaths.

Only when Israel is being blamed are the victims humanized- sometimes three pages dedicated to the circumstances of the death of a single person, plus photos and interviews with their distraught family members.

Here, in black and white, one can see how hard Amnesty works to demonize Israel while letting real crimes against Palestinian Arabs go relatively lightly.

Amnesty reports



Title of report


Squeezing the

life out of Yarmouk

Number of pages in the report



Number of civilians killed according to Amnesty



Time period covered

12 months

8 months

Circumstances of their deaths

Mostly while participating in or near violent acts

Starvation, sniper fire, bombings

Number of extensive personal stories given for victims

At least 18, some three pages long


Number of photos of victims (dead and injured)

At least 14


Number of times it uses the word “impunity”



Number of times it uses the phrase “International law”



Video produced to support report?

Yes, 4 minutes


Placement on Amnesty webpage

Linked from front page, 2 weeks after report issued

On front page the day it was released


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