An Amnesty International vigil  held in DC in 2014
An Amnesty International vigil held in DC in 2014
Photo: AP
An Amnesty International vigil held in Washington, D.C.

U.S. said mulling declaring human rights groups as anti-Semitic

Quoting unnamed congressional aides, Politico says declaration could come as early as this week and could result in administration withholding funds from the NGOs; move by Pompeo seen as part of future bid for White House

Ynet |
Published: 10.22.20 , 10:54
The Trump administration is considering branding human rights organizations as anti-Semitic, Politico reported early Thursday, quoting unnamed congressional aides.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • The move is being promoted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and could entail withholding government funds from those organizations.
    An Amnesty International vigil  held in DC in 2014An Amnesty International vigil  held in DC in 2014
    An Amnesty International vigil held in Washington, D.C.
    (Photo: AP)
    Among the groups listed in the report are Amnesty International, Oxfam and Human Rights Watch. All have denied the allegations.
    According to Politico, a declaration released from the office of Elan Carr, the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, is expected as early as this week.
    The declaration would link the NGOs to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to encourage embargoes of Israel around the world, ostensibly over its settlement policy in the West Bank.
    The report also says that the State Department is drawing much of its information on the issue from the pro-Israel NGO Monitor, which tracks non-governmental organizations for alleged anti-Israel positions.
    Netanyahu and Pompeo in JerusalemNetanyahu and Pompeo in Jerusalem
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Jerusalem last year
    (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Israel)
    The Politico report says that the declaration will highlight press releases issued and statements made by the organizations on settlement activity and their "perceived support" for a controversial United Nations Human Rights Council database of companies operating in Israeli-controlled territories that was published earlier this year.
    Pompeo condemned the release of the database at the time, saying "its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations."
    אלן קאראלן קאר
    Elan Carr, the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism
    (Photo: GPO)
    Oxfam America's head of global policy, Noah Gottschalk, told Politico that the accusation of anti-Semitism was “false” and “offensive.”
    Human Rights Watch official Eric Goldstein also dismissed the allegations, saying his organization "fight[s] discrimination in all forms, including anti-Semitism.”
    The interim executive of Amnesty International USA, Bob Goodfellow, told Politico that any such claim was “baseless,” and said the group "look[s] forward to addressing the State Department’s attacks in full."
    Last year, Israel expelled Omar Shakir, a Human Rights Watch researcher it accused of supporting the BDS movement. Human Rights Watch and Shakir, a U.S. citizen, denied the allegation.
    Omar ShakirOmar Shakir
    Human Rights Watch activist Omar Shakir was deported by Israel for his alleged support of the BDS movement
    According to the congressional aide who spoke to Politico, Pompeo is promoting the move to gain favor with pro-Israel evangelical voters ahead of a future bid for the White House.
    The State Department declined to comment on the report.
    Talkbacks for this article 0