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Resolutiondefeatedintightvoteatannualconferencecriticismsmount
ByYairRosenberg | April27,20151:58PM

AmnestyInternationalisunderfireafterrejectingaresolutionthatcalledonittocampaignagainstantiSemitisminBritain.The
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motion,whichfailedbyavoteof468461,wastheonlyresolutionrejectedattheorganizationsentireannualconferencethispast
week.
Ourmembershipdecidednottopassthisresolutioncallingforacampaignwithasinglefocus,AmnestyUKpressofficerNeil
DurkintoldtheJewishChronicle.Butitquicklyemergedthattheorganizationhaddevotedanextensivereportexclusivelytoanti
MuslimdiscriminationinBritainasrecentlyas2012,raisingthequestionofwhythesamecouldnotbedoneforJews.
Amnestysmovehasdrawncriticismfromprogressivestoconservatives,includingtheresolutionsoriginator,AndrewThorpeApps,
whosubmittedthemotionoutofconcernoverantiSemiticincidentsintheU.K.,whichhavereachedarecordhigh.ThorpeApps
calledforAmnestytobacktherecommendationsoftheBritishgovernmentsownAllPartyParliamentaryGroupAgainstAnti
Semitism,whichinFebruaryreleasedareportdocumentinganalarmingriseinantiJewishincidents,andoutlinedstepstocombat
them.
ImnotJewishmyself,hetoldtheJewishChronicle,butIvebeenappalledbywhatIveseeninthepressfacingtheJewish
community,andanorganizationlikeAmnestyshouldreallyaddtheirvoicetothatastheydowithotherhumanrightsissues.
ThisisnotthefirsttimeAmnestyhascourtedcontroversywhenitcomestoJews,suggesting,perhaps,anambivalencetowardsthe
issue.LastNovember,AmnestydeclinedtopenalizeatopemployeeUKcampaignsmanagerKristyanBenedictwholikenedIsrael
toISISonTwitter,employingthehashtag#JSIL(JewishStateintheLevant),afavoriteofantiSemiticconspiracytheorists.Atthe
time,Amnestytoldthemediathattheincidentwasbeinginvestigatedinternally,yettherehavebeennoconsequencesofthat
investigationtodate.
Amnestywasfoundedin1961byaJew,PeterBenenson.Asayouth,oneofhisearliesthumanrightscampaignstoutedby
Amnestysownbrancheswascollecting4,000fromfriendsandfamilytobringtwoyoungJewstoBritainfromNaziGermanyin
1939.
Onewonderswhathewouldthinkofhisorganizationsactionstoday.
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