• Press Release

Congress Must Use Power to Advance Human Rights for All in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

February 2, 2022

In response to the members of Congress who expressed concern with our recent report on Israeli authorities’ ongoing human rights abuses against Palestinians, including the finding that the Israeli government is committing apartheid, Amnesty International USA said: 

Amnesty International is committed to researching and documenting human rights abuses wherever they occur. We have issued reports on crimes against humanity committed by authorities in countries around the world, from China to Sudan to Saudi Arabia. In 2017, Amnesty International released conclusive evidence that authorities in Myanmar are committing apartheid against the Rohingya. Our sole mandate is to document and expose human rights violations wherever we find them and to issue recommendations that will remedy and end them.

The U.S. Government is uniquely placed to meaningfully pressure Israeli authorities to repeal discriminatory laws and policies, issue reparations where appropriate, and uphold its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. 

We encourage all members of Congress to use the full power of their office to advance human rights for all by calling for a thorough review of U.S. security aid to Israeli forces to determine whether such aid has been used in the commission of violations; and by conditioning security aid appropriated to Israel on an end to violations of international humanitarian law and improvements in respect for human rights. 

Amnesty’s research, campaigns, advocacy, and statements pertaining to Israel are focused on the actions of the Israeli government – they are not, and never will be, a condemnation of Judaism or the Jewish people. Furthermore, we condemn anyone who would cynically cite our research as justification for committing antisemitic acts of hatred and violence. Amnesty International condemns antisemitism in the strongest possible terms. 

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