02.01.22

Daines Blasts Amnesty International’s Report Calling Israel Apartheid State, Demands Retraction from Organization

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter demanding Amnesty International retract its biased and erroneous report which accuses the State of Israel of being an apartheid state.

I write to express my strong disapproval with Amnesty International’s recent biased and erroneous report accusing the State of Israel of being an apartheid state, and I call for its retraction. I am concerned such accusations will only worsen antisemitism, encourage anti-Israel extremists, and harm efforts for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Daines wrote.

“Israel is a strong democracy with robust opposition and minority parties, including an Arab party within Israel’s governing coalition. Israel’s Arab citizens have full rights and the ability to participate within the democratic process and have their voices heard and represented within Israel’s government. This stands in stark contrast to the state of human rights in countries elsewhere in the region and the world and this report serves as a blatant example of double standards being applied to Israel in an effort to delegitimize the government,” the letter continues. 

To read the letter Daines sent to Amnesty International Secretary General Dr. Agnès Callamard, click HERE.    

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