Amnesty made the right call when it refused to host Israeli apologists

Palestinian activist Issa Amro (L), from the Youth Against Settlements organisation, and an Israeli settler argue on September 18, 2017 during a demonstration against a recent decision by Israel to boost the powers of the settlers in Hebron, in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Israel has given Jewish settlement enclaves in Hebron the authority to manage their own municipal affairs, in what critics say is an entrenchment of "apartheid". Hebron, in the southern West bank, is home to around 200,000 Palestinians, with about 800 settlers living under Israeli army protection in several heavily fortified compounds in the heart of the city. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER
The decision by Amnesty International UK to cancel an event this week organised by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) is an important development in the fight against Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The event, which was to focus on the ills of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), featured Hillel Neuer, the head of pro-Israel pressure group UN Watch. Acknowledging that the booking should never have been approved in the first place, Amnesty UK pulled the plug on the event after concerns were raised both externally and within the organisation. “We reserve the right to withhold permission for our building to be used by organisations whose work runs directly counter to our own,” an Amnesty UK spokesperson said.
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