'Amnesty International biased'
Yaakov Lappin
Published: 20.05.07, 19:50
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31. AmNasty Intl. is powered by Iran's Nuke fuel
john ,   nz   (05.21.07)
32. that is the age of insanity. wrong is right and good is bad
mandi ,   israel   (05.21.07)
33. #26 & #31 - A.I. Funded by Arabs?
Glenn ,   Canada   (05.21.07)
I'm not surprised, but I'd like to have the evidence. Does anyone have background on this?
Steve ,   USA   (05.21.07)
35. condemnation
colin   (05.21.07)
It is amazing to read of the condemnation of this so callled organisation amnesty international.They are so anti Israel,anti-semetic and anti democratic freedom that very few see them as a true working association . They are More biased than the United Nations and have never allocated one offical statement for the good of Israel.Only the arab terrorists are angels in the eyes of amnesty international.
36. Iran's violence against women
Zvi   (05.21.07)
And meanwhile Iran is brutalizing women SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE CLOTHES THAT THEY WEAR. But we're not hearing a lot from Amnesty about that now, are we?
IMPOSSIBLE   (05.21.07)
38. Stupid and wrong article.
AR ,   USA   (05.21.07)
Where the hell did they get the 650 number. The civilian dead alone are 1200.
39. Plus israel actions were in two theaters.
AR ,   USA   (05.21.07)
Palestine and Lebonan. Both are not inside israel. The issues in Sudan are in sudan not in its neigbhoring countries. Israel went to war with another nation of course its gonna get condemned more. Stupid article. American and jewish media are biased. If amnesty is biased its because israel is so rediculous amnesty cant be unbaised.
40. Sham-nasty
Kyle ,   Southpark, CO, USA   (05.21.07)
The only governments they will ever criticize are the U.S. and Israel, because there is zero risk to their pampered little selves and they will get loads of money from the EU and puppetmaster Soros.
RCA ,   USA   (05.21.07)
This is old news. It's older than I can remember. Amnesty has had an unfavorable agenda for decades dispite it's stated mission on human rights. This is only news to those who didn't know how highly un-reliable and non-objective a source it is regarding human rights. Amnesty is in the same category as the New York Times newspaper editorials, that are not worth the paper they are printed on. Like the ACLU, they have all perverted the principles of "Classical Liberalism", socialy, economicaly, and academicaly to such an extent that instead of fostering open-mindedness, toleration and more freedom, they have effectively stymied real progress in these areas and have succeeded in polarizing the masses to a point where few can see the forrest for the trees. They have poisoned the minds of several generations of well-meaning activists and advocates, and continue to do so with their long running mangled reasoning. Amnesty, like these other organizations should be considered far from desireable sources of information, discretion, decency and education, regardless of their many famous and misinformed sponsors. The sooner the world realizes this the better it will be.
42. Is it biased or is it simply because there is more info?
Suzanne   (05.21.07)
Sudan is not really an open country. Human rights organisations inside Sudan are a rarity. Unlike Israel. Nevertheless, Amnesty should make a distinction somehow between countries where it gets loads of information from and countries where it gets hardly any information from. While there is hardly any information on Eritrea that country is 1000000000000000000000000000 worse than any of the human rights abuses in/by Israel.
43. Vidan proves AI bias by lying about hostages
David Teich ,   Rehovot   (05.21.07)
He clearly lies when claiming that taking the soldiers "did not violate international law." The GC clearly states, in "Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War" (, Article 3, it defines "Persons taking no active part in the hostilities" and treatment of said. The persons include "including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause" and subsection (b) clearly outlaws the "Taking of hostages". What Hizbullah did is clearly against int'l law, but because the law was violated in order to kill, capture and mistreat Jews, it is deemed ok by Amnesty Int'l. Disgusting.
44. Pope Catholic!!!!!!!
Danny   (05.21.07)
I assume will be Ynet's next headlone. Last time I checked making an unprovoked attack on a neighbour was against international law. And if Amnesty International wondering around afterwards calmly questioning people cannot differentiate between soldiers and civilians how exactly did they expect the IDF to in the heat of battle? I don't have a problem with Israel being held to a higher standard, I do have a problem with so-called human rights groups simply making up "violations" by Israel and not bothering to verify claims by groups like Hizbollah PROVEN to be liars. As for HRW, I find their empricial work to be of infinitely higher standard than AI who seem to simply do searches on the Internet. However as for the conclusions HRW draw from their data.... that's a different matter altogether. One example does "34 strikes[out of around 7,000]" with "no obvious military target[obvious to who? The pilot?]" really show evidence of "pervasive targeting of civilians"?
45. #38, #39, Love the logic
Danny   (05.21.07)
"If amnesty is biased its because israel is so rediculous amnesty cant be unbaised.", you learn that in Logic 101? So AI can't be biased because we knew Israel was bad before any reports and if we don't get those reports it is because "Jewish media" is biased.... Hmm, I believe there is a name for people who hold these views, anti-something.... So let me see you are perfectly OK with Sudan killing at LEAST 250,000 people but "1,200" wrong, wrong, wrong. The 650 is based on names of Hizbollah dead. Israel published a list of around 400 Hizbollah dead of which Hizbollah has not come with a single error - and neither has anyone else. Hizbollah initially admitted 14 dead, then 70, 150, the 250. As for the 1200 "civilians", this was a Hizbollah figure and as Hizbollah wasn;t exactly known for its honesty - 60 dead in Qana anyone? Two sunk ships anyone? Downed fighter jets anyone? Doctored photos anyone? - I think unless you can produce a list of the names of the dead, proof they were civilians - or least a significant percentage - then you should take that figure with a huge amount of salt
46. Amnesty's Vidan needs a lesson in law
JPS ,   Efrat   (05.21.07)
According to the article "Vidan added Amnesty did not condemn Hizbullah's initial attack in which it took IDF soldiers captive because the abduction "did not violate international law." Vidan should go to law school. The Hizbollah raid was a clear violation of UN Charter Article 51, of which Lebanon is a signatory, and thus a clear violation of international law. Several international jurists also comment on the clear violation of international law by Hizbollah Vidan's false assertions simply weaken Amnesty as a credible organization and calls into question Amnesty's motives as a supposed body fighting for human rights.
47. Trouble in Digesting truth?
Yusuf ,   Delhi, India   (05.21.07)
48. Mnasty, lemme tell you what Human Wrongs is all about
john ,   nz   (05.21.07)
49. Amnesty Jew-Haters IgnoreHORRENDOUS ISLAMIC ABUSE in Nigeria
Linda Rivera ,   New York   (05.21.07) Crackdown on Christians could go nationwide Fears raised that Islamic law will expand under new president May 5, 2007 Christians in Nigeria, who make up about half the population, are expressing fears Islamic law already being enforced in northern states will expand nationwide with the inauguration this month of a new "devout Muslim" president, according to a report from the Voice of the Martyrs... As a result, Christians have lost basic rights such as having a location to meet and meeting there, officials have confirmed. As WND has reported, Muslim rioters in Nigeria in 2006 were incensed over cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark, and more than 130 Christians in the Nigerian cities of Maiduguri and Onitsha were slaughtered. The reports documented six children burned to ashes in front of their father, VOM said. WND also has reported nearly 1,000 homes of Christians and many churches have been destroyed in those regions, and documentation of Islamic law is everywhere. "If you go around villages, you will see people missing one hand or one foot," explained Rev. Obiora Ike. "Do you think that's the result of an illness? That is the result of sharia law." More than 10,000 Christians have been martyred in the region since the Islamic law was imposed in the region in 1999... "There is persecution of converts from Islam to Christianity, destruction of churches, discrimination against Christians and denial of admission of Christian students in public schools, to name a few," he said.
50. Higher standard required for democracy
Raoul Schur ,   Netanya Israel   (05.23.07)
So it is clear that according to Amnesty *rules*, if Israel was not a democracy, she would not be required to abide by humanitarian rules. What crazy logic! In fact Amnesty is saying: Israel, cast off your democracy and you can do what you like. Follow Sudan's example!
51. Not a dime to Amnesty International
Save Darfur through ,   other organizations   (05.24.07)
Too bad because Green Day's version of Working Class Hero is very good and I'd like to help them regarding Darfur but there are plenty of less biased organizations to use as a vehicle to help in Darfur. It saddens me that U2 and Green Day support an organization like Amnesty International which is great in threory and terrible in application. Too bad they don't use their influence to change it.
52. Amnesty International and Israel
Jose Nigrin ,   Guatemala   (05.24.07)
The importance given to Israel, by Amnesty International, in breaking human rights comes from the unique place the jewish people represent to the Judeo Christian Western Nations, as the beam of light and example of the chosen people of the Bible.
53. Amnesty slams Israeli policy in Territories
Chad Alan Goldberg ,   Madison, WI U.S.A.   (05.24.07)
Amnon Vidan, director-general of Amnesty International's Israel branch, states that AI expects democratic states like Israel to abide by a higher standard of respect for human rights than non-democratic regimes like Sudan. This is an outrageous statement. There is not one declaration of human rights for democracies and another declaration for non-democratic regimes. There is a single UN Declaration of Human Rights for everyone, everywhere in the world. To cynically hold non-democratic regimes to a lower standard is to betray the victims who live under those regimes and the principles that AI is supposed to uphold.
54. Amnesty International-Vidan's Response
Steve Korolnek ,   Montreal Canada   (05.25.07)
I would suggest to Mr Vidan that if their group finds it necessary to be more critical of Israel because it is more democratic, they must emphasize and disclaim in all such comments and reports the reason for unbalanced reporting. e.g. PLEASE NOTE : Israel is a free and democratic society while _________is a repressive dictatorship which sponsors and harbors terrorists and promotes hatred of Jews and Israelis in its schools.
55.  Amnesty International would have Israel
Roy Galut ,   Selah Washington USA   (06.04.07)
lay down all thier defences ...releast all terrorist its borders to those that would bring in suciside bombers.....tear down all protective barriars but if one of the coffee shops that Amnesty Intl proponents visits they would call for the head of the government agency in charge of security......
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