I have mixed feelings about the left-wing human rights group Amnesty International.
They have offensively left-wing politics on anything
that the frontline western states (US, UK, Israel)
and they are not trustworthy on those issues.
But on other parts of the world they are fairly objective.
They are willing to criticise
and black Africans,
(whereas many on the left won't).
In 2002-03, Amnesty opposed the War on Iraq (to depose the democidal Saddam Hussein).
I don't think it is appropriate
for a human rights organisation to be opposing a war to depose
They should stick to known human rights violations,
rather than getting involved in the political decision as to whether this war or that
against a dictator is a good idea.
Amnesty for Iraq, April 24, 2003,
by Christopher Archangelli.
On Amnesty's poor performance during the short war,
when Iraq's losing strategy consisted almost entirely of war crimes,
yet Amnesty still kept focusing on the Allies.
Simplistic anti-Israel propaganda from Amnesty International.
At the time of the
2008-09 Gaza War.
I'm sorry I saw you talk such nonsense!
She says Israel has committed
"war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza."
Trying to hit Hamas rocket teams is a "crime against humanity"?
Talk about debasing the meaning of language.
The reality of the 2008-2009 Gaza war:
calls for local children to come and help him escape from a building
without being fired on from the air.
Their parents are happy for the children to be used in jihad.
The fighter leaves
using the children as human shields.
Hamas knows how decent the Israelis are.
They use that fact as a weapon of war in order to kill more Jews.
Amnesty are happy to partner with people who hate human rights
and support human rights abusers like the Taliban.
Amnesty sacked the head of their Gender Unit,
Gita Sahgal, in 2010
for complaining about their relationship with Moazzam Begg.
Standing up for jihadis rather than prisoners of conscience
Amnesty, 1 Dec 2011, calls for the arrest of former U.S. President George W. Bush
for waterboarding jihadists.
As if that's a big crime.
Why don't they call for the arrest of U.S. President Barack Obama for killing jihadists without trial?
It seems agenda-driven
to call for Bush's arrest but not Obama's arrest.
Amnesty's campaign for Mohmoud Abu Rideh
(or Mahmud Abu Rideh)
illustrates why I no longer support Amnesty.
At some point, Amnesty switched from defending foreign democrats and human rights campaigners
to defending all prisoners - including
violent people who despise democracy and human rights.
The useful leftie idiots who joined the above campaign
got him freed in 2009.
In 2010, oddly enough, he was
killed fighting with the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Shame on Amnesty for defending jihadis like this
and helping them do their evil work.
Scrutinize Amnesty International
by Gerald Steinberg, May 23, 2007,
"in 2006, Amnesty singled out Israel for condemnation of human rights
to a far greater extent than Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, Egypt,
and other chronic abusers of human rights.
During the year, Amnesty issued 48 publications critical of Israel, compared to 35 for Iran, 2 for Saudi Arabia, and only 7 for Syria."
Head of Finland branch of Amnesty International
calls Israel a "scum state", Aug 2010.
"Asked whether there are other countries aside from Israel that, according to him, meet the definition of a "scum state," Johansson did not specify any, but noted that there are "Russian officials" who meet the criteria."
understand who Neturei Karta are, even if Amnesty don't.
ADL Letter to Fox News Channel.
Elder of Ziyon
contrasts two Amnesty reports in 2014
- on Israel (counter-jihad operations by a restrained liberal democracy)
and Syria (disgusting butcher and dictator
slaughters his own citizens).
John Connolly, 12 Mar 2014, says it seems Amnesty's heart is not in things like the Syria report:
"[The Syria report] is as dry as a Wikipedia summary, reading like something Amnesty only had to do because they were obliged. [The anti-Israel report] 'Trigger-happy', on the other hand, is an emotive call to action, somebody at Amnesty's personal crusade. 'Trigger-happy' was displayed prominently on the front page of their website for two weeks. The other was there for a day."
Amnesty's obsession with Israel:
Breakdown of tweets by official Amnesty Twitter account, July-Aug 2015.
(No, there was no war on. They just hate Israel.)
This tweet of 12 July 2015 shows why you can't trust Amnesty.
The house that the IAF attacked was a major
Hamas command and control centre
with at least six
terrorist fighters present.
But Amnesty thinks we don't need to know that.
by John Podhoretz, on the difference between Guantanamo and a real gulag.
"Maybe the people who work at Amnesty International really do think that
the imprisonment of 600 certain or suspected terrorists is tantamount to
the imprisonment of 25 million slaves.
The case of Amnesty International proves that well-meaning people can make morality their life's work
and still be little more than moral idiots."
The Jawa Report,
on what the Soviet gulags were really like.
"For Amnesty International to stoop to the low of making such a comparison
reveals their ignorance of history
and their political bias against the United States.
Shame on you Amnesty International, I will never take your accusations seriously again."
People who were actually in the gulag
"By any standard, Guantanamo and similar American-run prisons elsewhere do not resemble,
in their conditions of detention or their scale, the concentration camp system
that was at the core of a totalitarian communist system."
describes Amnesty's gulag analogy as
November 21, 2006,
on a case where a jihadi is refusing to have a required heart procedure
done at Guantanamo because he thinks its medical facilities are inadequate.
"The poor terrorist has to get a lawyer to keep those monsters at Guantanamo
from performing life-saving surgery on him.
You see why people keep comparing Guantanamo to Nazi Germany. The parallels are eerie."
Amnesty Ireland runs a
campaign about the quality of healthcare in Ireland,
a rich western country.
Healthcare is already free in Ireland,
and accounts for a massive
27 percent of all state spending.
Amnesty are complaining that its quality should be better
(and taxes should be higher to pay for that).
You may agree or disagree, but this is a massive divergence from Amnesty's original mission
into a general platform of left-leaning ideas that you may or may not support.
I am pro-abortion myself,
provided that the cut off point is early enough
(1st trimester or so).
However, Amnesty's decision in 2007
to take a position on this controversial topic
is perhaps the biggest example of the mission creep that has totally changed the organisation.
quite a divergence from their original mission.
Amnesty are a grab bag of leftist viewpoints, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't.
This is on the
front page of Amnesty Ireland as at Dec 2014.
If you're anti-abortion, don't join Amnesty International.
Video attacking Amnesty from anti-abortion group
I don't agree with Youth Defence.
is not the same as a
25 week old fetus.
However, this does illustrate how Amnesty are not really a charity any more.
They are a controversial political party now,
with controversial positions
that many people disagree with.
Justin Moran is
Communications Co-ordinator at Amnesty Ireland.
John Connolly, 8 Mar 2012,
wrote a post about him
that inspired me to look further into this character,
and what Amnesty's choice of him as its public face
reveals about its prejudices and blind spots
on human rights.
His "Activities and Interests" include
Irish Ship to Gaza, No to English Queen in Ireland, Communist Party of Ireland, Nobody likes a Tory, Is Margaret Thatcher Dead Yet?, Martin McGuinness, Martin McGuinness For President, An Phoblacht,
Robert Fisk on The Independent, Sinn Féin shop,
Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and
He is "friends" with
loads (and I mean loads!)
of people from the human rights abusing group
(who killed nearly 2,000 people in terrorist attacks,
and last killed in 2007).
This is not surprising because he is a former
prominent member of
the human rights abusing group
He was Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin.
He has an anti-Israel past
and is "friends" with
Freda Mullin Hughes.
He is also "friends" with
who works for the terrorist (and human rights abusing) state of Iran
Communications Co-ordinator at Amnesty Ireland,
a prominent member of the human rights abusing group
He was Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin.
The above is from
Dublin Sinn Fein newsletter, 22 June 2007.
(Sinn Fein's terrorist wing
killed in 2007
killed in 2015.)
The above also shows he was an anti-Israel activist.
His facebook shows that he is still a strong supporter of Sinn Fein today.
Amnesty Ireland has no credibility with people like this speaking for it.
Just to confirm it is the same guy:
(Left) Justin Moran
of the human rights abusing group
Sinn Fein in 2007.
(Right) Justin Moran
of Amnesty Ireland today.
His facebook shows that he still supports Sinn Fein today.
Martin McGuinness calls for the death penalty for "informers".
His organisation executed
hundreds of "informers"
without any evidence
or any trial,
and without defence barristers.
Justin Moran of Amnesty supported (and still supports) this organisation.
He openly supports Martin McGuinness on his facebook.
piece on China, July 16, 2009,
claims to be opposed to the death penalty.
He also claims to be in favour of the right to "a fair and open trial".
Where was the fair and open trial of
when your organisation applied the death penalty to him in 2007?
Or the hundreds of others
killed without trial?
Amnesty Ireland has no credibility with people like this speaking for it.
Justin Moran signs a
calling for a boycott of Israel.
The future spokesman for Amnesty International Ireland
calls for the ethnic cleansing of the 550,000 Jews in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
He also wants a boycott of Israel:
"The undersigned also urge all citizens of Ireland to support a boycott of all Israeli goods and services".
No centre-right person could support Amnesty Ireland.
issues a rather self-satisfied
on 8 Dec 2012.
He tosses in a dig at Israel.
So should he be on a list?
Indeed he should.
He should be on my list of
gays who won't stand up for the state where gays are free,
in its fight for survival with states where gays are oppressed and even liquidated.
Being on that list is not something to be proud of.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Yusuf Al-Qaradawi replies.
says about homosexuals:
"The schools of thought disagree about the punishment.
Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom.
Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement."
Colm O'Gorman engages with me in
but never engages with my criticism
of Amnesty's defence of the MB, Islamists and jihadists.
Amnesty weakly argues that MB people may not be involved in MB violence.
I try in Dec 2016 to get Colm O'Gorman to engage with the fact that Ibrahim Halawa's father
said gays should be executed.
He is angry with me.
His anger with
Ibrahim Halawa's father
He is so angry with me that he "likes" this insane tweet
suggesting I am working for the Kremlin!
What the hell is wrong with him?
I have sent him the evidence of
Halawa links to the MB.
In Jan 2017, he makes it clear that he never reads any of it.
Colm O'Gorman is interested in everyone's opinions in Ireland except the Halawas.
Amnesty used to refuse to defend people linked in any way to violence.
Amnesty was a better organisation then.
This is from their
"the movement recorded that it could not give the name of 'Prisoner of Conscience' to anyone associated with violence".
They refused to defend IRA prisoners in the Troubles because they were violent.
They refused to support Mandela
because he was violent.
"Prisoner of conscience"
used to mean something different.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.