Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Amnesty International’s Rose-Tinted View of Gaddafi’s Libya

Now one of Israel’s predictably inveterate critics, Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by barrister Peter Benenson (né Solomon; 1921-2005), the Catholic convert son of two Anglo-Jewish communal figures, Flora and Harold Solomon; Benenson was the name of his maternal grandfather.

On its website Amnesty UK declares:
“We're a movement that produces extraordinary results. Prisoners of conscience are released. Death sentences are commuted. Torturers are brought to justice. Governments are persuaded to change unfair laws and practices.”
Er – not quite, it seems.

Under the heading “Saif Unsound” the current issue of the British magazine Private Eye exposes Amnesty International’s cosying up to the son of Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam (pictured). He, of course, is the ubiquitous spokesperson for the Libyan regime whose largesse to the London School of Economics has claimed the scalp of that institution’s director Sir Howard Davies.

Reports Private Eye:
“In recent years Amnesty has enjoyed friendly relations with Gaddafi Jnr, apparently overlooking the possibility that the chairman of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF) might be an accomplice to his dad’s demented regime.”
It transpires that in June 2010 Amnesty monitors paid a visit to Libya facilitated by Saif, and subsequently reported: “there is no doubt that the climate of fear and repression that prevailed in Libya for more than three decades is subsiding gradually”. The monitors, goes on Private Eye,
‘“credited [GICDF] for “pursuing several cases with the authorities”, bizarrely suggesting that [Saif] and his charity were somehow pure and separate from the authorities.
This is a shaky assertion, since GICDF acts as Libya’s agency for Lockerbie compensation payments. But the levers of power are obvious in Amnesty’s report, whose title – Libya of Tomorrow was inspired by a speech of Saif Gaddafi: Libya today is not Libya of tomorrow. God willing, will be even better.”’
Adds the magazine: ‘Now that Saif is accused of ordering air assaults on fellow citizens and has promised the regime will “keep fighting until the last man standing”, how much longer will Amnesty keep up the pretence?’


  1. Just came upon your blog while looking for Amnesty international's history with Libya.

    It is ironic in a sense what is going on in Libya. I am not a supporter of Gaddafi or any dictator. Arab dictators dealing with Arab Ethnic Tribalism seem doomed to function in an oppressive form of conduct.

    I say it is ironic in that Moslems practiced ethnic cleansing in Serbia sponsored by the Iranians and the Moslem brotherhood. When the US embargo was placed on the Adriatic in the early 90's the Islamist arms shipments were cut off. For Serbia it was then pay back time. Qaddafi supported Serbia against the moslem insurrectionists he even received a Serbian Hero’s medal.

    Saif Qadaffi's claims that Al Qaeda and the Moslem brotherhood are behind the rebels is no exaggeration.
    What is ironic is where Canada and the US are fighting the same Iranian backed forces in Afghanistan they are fighting for them in Libya.

    Most distrubing is that

    Obama was completely quiet when Iranians in peaceful demonstrations were killed and butchered in Iran last summer (and they were) for speaking out against the Iranian theocracy.

    Obama was silent when the Iranian leaders who sponsor the Moslem Brotherhood abducted the Iranian opposition members and imprisoned them incommunicado and without trials just six weeks ago.

    Obama is telling Syrian leader Bashir Assad to acquiesce to rebellious demands in Syria,

    Obams is suggesting similar resppones to rebellions in Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, and even Saudi Arabia.

    All these nations are now watching Obama’s U.N. make War on Libya. And Qaddafi says all the rebellion is by a small group of Al Qaeda and Moslem Brotherhood supporters.

    Every Country where the Moslem Brotherhood is pressing for control Obama has stepped in to give support – even in messy Libya.


  2. David, many thanks for taking the time to comment.
    What you write is very interesting.
    The BBC is downplaying the Muslim Brotherhood, and I fear we will soon discover the true nature of the beast in Egypt.