State Department hammered over reaction to Amnesty’s Israel report

Squabbling with spokesman, journalist says US only accepts criticism of countries it has “significant policy differences” with

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RT: AP reporter Matt Lee hounded State Department spokesman Ned Price for rejecting an Amnesty International report accusing Israel of practicing “apartheid” and “oppression” against the Palestinian people.

Critics have accused the US of trying to “have it both ways,” by supporting Amnesty’s claims of abuse, but only against countries the US has “significant policy differences” with.

Published on Tuesday, Amnesty’s report explicitly describes Israel’s policies toward Palestinians – which involve forced evictions, unlawful killings, and severe restrictions on movement and freedom – as “an institutionalized regime of oppression and domination of the Palestinian population for the benefit of Jewish Israelis–a system of apartheid.”

The US State Department rejected the report, as did more than a dozen Jewish and pro-Israel members of Congress. “I think that it is important, as the world’s only Jewish state, that the Jewish people must not be denied their right to self-determination, and we must ensure there isn’t a double standard being applied,” Price told reporters at a State Department press conference on Tuesday.

However, Lee accused Price of applying a double standard. Pointing out that the State Department’s last human rights report cited Amnesty International’s research on alleged abuse in China, Cuba, Iran, and Syria, Lee asked “Why is it that all criticism of Israel from these groups is almost always rejected by the United States and yet accepted, welcomed, and endorsed when the criticism is of other countries, notably countries with which you have significant policy differences?”

“This is about our vehement disagreement with a certain finding,” Price replied. “We cite outside groups in our own reports… but I don’t think you’re going to find any citation… that says ‘the department agrees… with absolutely everything in this report.’”

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The report has also been dismissed by the UK and by Israel itself. The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Amnesty of stoking “antisemitism,” with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid saying that it “quotes lies spread by terrorist organizations.”

Support for Israel is bipartisan in Washington, but this consistently pro-Israel stance has been criticized, even from other Jewish groups.

Reacting to Lee and Price’s exchange, Jewish Current’s editor Peter Beinart remarked that “the US and American Jewish establishment can’t have it both ways… you can’t savage Amnesty International’s and Human Rights Watch’s work on Israel-Palestine without undermining their work everywhere else.

In Israel, a collection of human rights and pro-Palestinian groups expressed their support for Amnesty’s report. “We wholeheartedly reject the idea that Amnesty International’s report is baseless, singles out Israel, or displays antisemitic animus,” they wrote, calling the Israel government’s charges of antisemitism “spurious.”

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Ned Price started out nicely but turned out to be a jerk!
    Accusing Russia with fabricating false flag video without evidence to substantiated. Just like wihat Trump did to Huawei on security reason WITHOUT any evidence to proof!

  2. I’ll probably pay for geography lessons and a few more sciences for this holy trinity in the White House: baby doll Psaki and her two cockerels. It is impossible to watch their performances without tears of laughter.
    And a huge thank you to our wonderful and long-time friend Matt Lee, who alone resists that marasmatics.

  3. Religions are military psychological operations integrated into government.
    The Romans made a Jewish dude god, to pay a debt and form an alliance. The territories and controls expand and tighten as the average person is forced to pay for it.
    Religions are the largest socialist program in the US. They preach capitalism but would go out of business by the end of the week if their product was analyzed.
    So, the only tactic left, is to attack the first amendment.

    • Whoops, let me amend that.
      You were referring to man-made religion.
      Just don’t let that be your default position.

    • If there is a maker, and I called them a 2 bit fraud, are you suggesting the maker is emotionally driven such that the maker would be very angry at little life forms for expressing themselves ? Are you suggesting the maker wants unquestioning followers ?
      If the maker turns out to be anything what religion suggests, then I’m going to argue that I haven’t spoken to the management yet,.These perceptions of an emotional angry god that demands loyalty and unquestioned belief, sounds like Trump is your maker. perhaps that is why so many religious people support him. He is their god.

  4. The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Amnesty of stoking “antisemitism,”…It’s nauseating how calling out oppression, land theft, and atrocities is “antisemitism”. Why does the US State Department, whether it’s Pompeo, or Blinken, willfully participate in this coverup and deflection, right in our faces? All this talk about our constitutional democracy being in danger because of Trump and his lackeys completely loses me, especially with a democrat administration in office that seemingly loves to virtue signal from the moral high ground about people of color and human rights, while simultaneously remaining in tacit support off these lies.

  5. This is a quote taken from an audio recording of Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu in Fink’s Bar in Jerusalem:

    “America is a golden calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left but the world’s biggest welfare state that we will create and control. Why? Because it is the will of God, and America is big enough to take the hit so we can do it again and again and again. This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves.”

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