It is only right that NGOs should be monitored, and Amnesty International being drawn into the collective fascination with the Dalai Lama and all things Tibetan, while seemingly keeping relatively silent on China’s “other colony”, Xinjiang, might be indicative of a certain …. but wait I have just googled “Amnesty and Xingjiang” and it does seem that Amnesty are very active in pointing to abuses in human rights in Xingjiang too. Yes, it would appear that while we might find something to criticise Amnesty for they at least are not hypocritical when it comes to who they criticise and that they also criticise because they feel that there is something to criticise.
Anyway, Amnesty is now criticising Israel for human rights violations in Gaza and as we all know the Israelis have a wonderful ability to produce “their side of the argument” this happens. Nevertheless, if the government in occupied Jerusalem were to simply deny the accusation, ….. well, that would be a bit like Brother O’Reilly being caught inflangranti and saying, “I didn’t do it”. No, Brother O’Reilly would look for support to the “Society of True Christians against false Accusations”, an organisation set up by peodophiles, pimps and rapist to protect their own and in Israel’s case we have the Jerusalem-based research organization NGO Monitor, which says that Amnesty’s report is “biased and disproportionate”(1), and there was me thinking that the 1,200 Palestinians who were slaughtered was disproportionate! Still, the organisation, whose president is Dore Gold, a one time advisor to Ariel Sharon, is certainly not biased in its criticism of anyone who criticises Israel and organisations such as Christian Aid, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, the Center for Constitutional Rights, “Medecins San Frontieres and “B’Tselem”, have all felt its wrath.(2) Yes, while Amnesty is not exclusive when it comes to criticising human rights abuses, NGO Monitor will criticise anyone who criticises Israel and not to matter that there they were again, caught red handed, using phosphorus ammunition, maiming and murdering, attacking schools, hospitals, private houses and maybe when Brother O’Reilly is caught inflangranti he might be better to try and apportion blame to his victims rather than for him to say, “it wasn’t me”.
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