Amnesty International reportedly commits 'libel' against Israel as its college chapters champion the left's favorite causes
Amnesty International’s recently published report labeling Israel as an apartheid state has drawn criticism from numerous groups.
In light of this report, Campus Reform investigated five Amnesty chapters on university campuses to see what causes they promote.
Amnesty International recently received criticism from numerous organizations for a 280-page report labeling Israel as an apartheid state.
“Amnesty’s report manipulates and distorts international law, Israeli policy, and events on the ground, as well as denies the Jewish people their right to sovereign equality and self-determination,” NGO Monitor wrote Jan. 31 after receiving the leaked document.
"The report is a denunciation of the very existence of Israel as a refuge for the Jewish people," the editorial board wrote.
Also in response to the Amnesty International report, the Jewish National Fund-USA invited people to explore “the real Israel” through its online resources and programming.
“We must continue to respond to hate by celebrating Israel’s vibrancy and the beauty of Zionism," Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson said in a news release.
In light of this report, Campus Reform looked into Amnesty International chapters on America's college campuses.
Campus Reform found that in many cases, the college chapters frame leftist causes as abuses against what Amnesty International defines as the "human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" in its mission statement.
Unlike these college chapters' programming and social media announcements, neither "reproductive rights" nor "climate" appear in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The results are below.
College of William & Mary
In the fall 2021 semester, the William & Mary Amnesty International chapter organized three subcommittees focusing on climate justice, "reproductive rights," and housing policy and homelessness, according to the group's Instagram account.
“Our committees were actually chosen by our members based on what they wanted their focus to be last semester, as there are unfortunately many human rights violations, and we want to give our full attention to a couple at a time,” Social Media Chair and Co-Coordinator Hannah Mays told Campus Reform.
Mays also said that the group hosted “an informative panel from Reproductive Rights Advocates locally and in DC,” partnered with the campus reproductive rights organization Vox, and promoted a local housing resource campaign called MutualAid on social media last semester.
The abortion and reproductive rights panel hosted in December featured Policy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Galina Varchel, Political Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Han Jones, and the Staff Director for the Center for Reproductive Rights Gail Deady.
Michigan State University
In March 2021, this chapter hosted a discussion on “ecofeminism” for Women’s History Month.
Following the Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict, the group also shared Amnesty International USA’s response in which the national organization argued that the jury's not-guilty verdict revealed that the justice system is purportedly “predicated on white supremacy and anti-Black racism.”
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania chapter supported Amnesty International’s national campaign urging the Biden administration to free “all Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees,” according to The Daily Pennsylvanian student paper.
Regarding campus COVID policy, one member of the group also told the paper in March 2021 that “Penn's decision to introduce indoor dining in campus dining halls is a human rights violation because it is putting dining workers at risk of contracting COVID-19.”
Members also intended to lobby and demonstrate against an in-person fall 2021 semester, the paper reported.
The University of Chicago
This chapter recently promoted the criticized report, “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity" on its Instagram account.
In previous years, the University of Chicago chapter has used its newsletter to address issues like “LGBTQ+ and Reproductive Rights in the US and around the world.”
In June 2020, the chapter also encouraged participation in a “Black Students: Assure your right to grieve” campaign, which asked professors to cancel finals so students can “grieve the loss of black lives to police violence.” Failing to enact universal pass/fail policies was discrimination by the university, the event description claimed.
Amnesty International at Vanderbilt University put on a mask drive for “individuals experiencing homelessness” in September 2020.
In 2019, it promoted Nashville’s Climate Strike, writing that “Climate justice is DEFINITELY a human rights concern” that will “disproportionately impact vulnerable communities such as indigenous populations, racial and ethnic minorities, lower class individuals, and less developed nations.”
Florida State University
At an advertised event in April 2021, the group identified healthcare as a fundamental human right.
The group also hosted a discussion on “White Supremacist Violence at the US Capitol” in January 2021.
Campus Reform reached out to Amnesty International and every university group mentioned; this article will be updated accordingly.
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