UK - Amnesty Tries Banning Jewish History

Arno Froese

Amnesty International has long sought to isolate Israel by lobbying governments, international bodies, and civil society to adopt boycotts against the Jewish state.

For Amnesty, biblical sites in particular, alongside other locations of importance and interest in Jerusalem and the West Bank, are inconvenient, legitimizing Israel’s historical narrative as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Regardless of the political future of these areas, there can be no denying their historic Jewish significance. Amnesty, however, is attempting to sever, erase, and even ban these ties.

In diminishing these religious and cultural connections, Amnesty accuses Israel of creating a “settlement tourism industry” to help “sustain and expand” communities beyond the Green Line. Israel’s interest in Jewish archaeology is reduced to artificial manipulation, used “to make the link between the modern State of Israel and its Jewish history explicit,” while “rewriting of history [which] has the effect of minimizing the Palestinian people’s own historic links to the region.”

The timing of this publication is not coincidental. As emphasized in the report’s recommendations, it is clearly calibrated to advance a proposed UN Human Rights Council “blacklist” of companies operating in Israel and the West Bank.

Amnesty tries to contribute to that discriminatory effort in a predictably clumsy and shoddy manner. The new report is based largely on anonymous statements cut and pasted from other ideologically motivated NGOs, but without the addition of new, credible, or meaningful information.

Amnesty’s actions are obscene but not surprising. In May 2018, the organization hosted a conference of the UK branch of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions that explicitly called to “start actively campaigning for one-state,” in other words, the elimination of the Jewish state. Amnesty’s censorship of Jewish history should be seen as a tactic with which it hopes to achieve this strategic aim., 17 February 2019

Arno's commentary

Amnesty International was founded in London in July of 1961. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the goal to expose international human rights violations. The organization claims seven million members, with offices in over 150 countries.

While Amnesty International must be commended for their diligent research and exposure of international human rights abuses, when it comes to Israel, they go one step further: namely, erasing Israel’s historical right to the land named after them by the Creator Himself. Thus, this respectable organization follows in the footsteps of the most severe enemies of the Jewish state. As often mentioned, the hidden anti-Semitic tendency has become more popular lately, developing into anti-Zionism and anti-Jewish identity.

“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 25:31).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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