Israel slams 'immoral' Amnesty International report

Monday, June 04, 2007 |  by Ryan Jones

Israel on Monday harshly criticized an Amnesty International report on the inconveniences and suffering its anti-terror methods cause to the Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

In a statement released to the press, Israel's Justice Ministry called the Amnesty report, entitled “Enduring Occupation: Palestinians Under Siege on the West Bank,” a one-sided and immoral view of the situation that is “riddled with mistakes and numerous factual and legal inaccuracies.”

The ministry took particular issue with the “scant mention of Palestinian terrorism, which holds non-combatants hostage, using them as human shields and camouflage.” Furthermore, “the report does not relate – in any acceptable manner – to Israel's right of self-defense or to its legitimate security needs, but mentions these needs only casually, without giving them their due consideration.”

While the report does mention Israel's “right to defend itself” by preventing entry to and the movement of certain dangerous people, Amnesty presumes to tell Jerusalem that its current methods of weeding out those threats by setting up roadblocks and building security fence are unacceptable.

The Israeli response concluded by reiterating that “the lack of emphasis on the centrality of Palestinian terrorism and the IDF's responsibility to protect Israeli citizens as a direct result is not reasonable and creates a deliberate distortion.”

The Amnesty report, which was published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Israel's liberation of Judea and Samaria from Jordanian occupation, contains extremely emotive language conveying the hardships under which the Palestinians live, but fails to similarly describe the numerous and brutal Palestinian terrorist attacks on Jewish civilians that have resulted in Israel's harsh security measures.

In an interview with Israel's Ynet news portal, Donatella Rovera, the author of the report, which at one point refers to Israel's security barrier as a “wall of death,” insisted her findings are completely unbiased.

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