In the official statement of Amnesty International on the outbreak of fighting in Israel and the Gaza Strip, Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, blames Israel for the escalation in hostilities.
„Deliberately targeting civilians, carrying out disproportionate attacks, and indiscriminate attacks which kill or injure civilians are war crimes. Israel has a horrific track record of committing war crimes with impunity in previous wars on Gaza,” reads the statement released by Amnesty International.
While the human rights organisation calls on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to refrain from targeting civilians and using indiscriminate weapons, warning that these acts amount to war crimes, it disproportionately blames the hostile situation on Israel, claiming that the root cause of the problem is „Israel’s 16-year-long illegal blockade on Gaza, and all other aspects of Israel’s system of apartheid imposed on all Palestinians”.
The organisation briefly mentions that Palestinians have been taking Israeli civilians and soldiers hostage but fails to mention the brutality of Hamas terrorists, acting as if Israel was also to be blamed for the group’s hostage-taking, citing the crime against humanity of apartheid against Palestinians as a crime under international law, naming it again the root cause of the escalation of hostilities, i.e. the ruthless attack launched by the Hamas terrorist group against Israel on Saturday, October 7, on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 war, when Israel’s Arab neighbours launched a surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
In its statement, Amnesty International also calls on the Israeli government to „refrain from inciting violence and tensions in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, especially around religious sites,” however, it again fails to address the Hamas terrorist organisation.
Amnesty International has long been asserting a narrative in which Israel is an apartheid state and segregates Palestinian people inhumanely. In early 2022, the organisation released an extremely biased report titled „Israel’s Apartheid Against the Palestinians,” which has been condemned by many, including the Vice President of the European Parliament, and stirred a major controversy.