A new report published by the human rights organisation Amnesty International about Israel’s actions in the Occupied West Bank has caused anger amongst the UK’s most senior Jewish establishment.
In its report entitled “Trigger Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank”, Amnesty says:
“Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity….[The report] describes mounting bloodshed and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as a result of the Israeli forces’ use of unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force against Palestinians since January 2011.
“In all cases examined by Amnesty International, Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers did not appear to be posing a direct and immediate threat to life. In some, there is evidence that they were victims of wilful killings, which would amount to war crimes.
“The report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.
“The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers – and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators – suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy.”
A leader column published on the website of the Jewish Chronicle, ridicules Amnesty’s report as allegedly discrediting “only the organisation which has published it” without actually responding to any of Amnesty’s detailed observations about actual human rights abuses by Israeli soldiers.
How regrettable that the UK’s premier Jewish newspaper would seek to try and sully the reputation of a human rights organisation rather than look at the many and systematic abuses Amnesty reports against the occupied Palestinian population and then consider whether it’s support for such a racist and murderous state is helping promote good community relations in the UK between Muslims and Jews.