It’s no secret that Amnesty International – which is arguably the world’s most powerful human rights organization – takes a dim view of the world’s only Jewish state. Whenever Israel has to defend itself against rockets and terror attacks, Amnesty will rush to accuse the IDF of using disproportionate force. On the other hand, Amnesty will happily host anti-Israel activists dedicated to promoting the idea that there can be no peace as long as Israel exists as a Jewish state, and it will happily employ people who occasionally illustrate that anti-Zionism is often just a façade for antisemitism. And while Amnesty has rejected a motion to combat anti-Semitism in Britain, the organization is eager to help fight Islamophobia, even if it means co-sponsoring an event that features a former Hezbollah fighter who cheered 9/11, despises gays and has doubts about the Holocaust.
It is therefore hardly a surprise that Amnesty marked Human Rights Day on December 10 by trying to orchestrate a “Twitter storm” promoting the Tamimi clan of Nabi Saleh. As I have shown in an extensive documentation published in last month’s Tower Magazine, the Tamimis have never made a secret of their ambition to ignite a “third intifada” with the weekly protests they have held for years, and they have never pretended that their goal is the peaceful co-existence of a Jewish and a Palestinian state. They have consistently refused “to forswear bloodshed” or condemn terrorism and have openly acknowledged that the most notorious Tamimi clan member — Ahlam Tamimi, the unrepentant mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro massacre who was released in the Shalit deal – remains a “much loved” figure in Nabi Saleh.
Indeed, as I have shown in the Tower Magazine documentation, several of the more prominent Tamimi clan members are Facebook friends with the “Princess of the Free,” a Facebook user who is either Ahlam Tamimi herself or someone who promotes her views – which are perfectly summed up in the Facebook profile images she displays of the terrorist who exploded himself in the crowded pizzeria.
Yet, for the past two years, the Tamimis of Nabi Saleh have enjoyed Amnesty’s unwavering support; and apparently, Amnesty would still like to pretend that the Tamimis are committed to non-violence. While several Amnesty branches joined the “Twitter storm” for Human Rights Day, the most popular tweet was posted by Amnesty’s main account and it directly addressed Israel’s prime minister: “EVERYONE has the right to peaceful protest. @netanyahu ensure NO excessive force use in #NabiSaleh! #HumanRightsDay.”
Yes, the Amnesty-supported Tamimis would love to see Israel’s prime minister being stabbed to death by one of their Palestinian “heroes,” or, as they sometimes say, “lions” – and it should be noted that those who killed Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in front of their children qualified as “lions.”
But these are just a few of several dozen additional examples that show how eagerly the Tamimis welcomed the current wave of terror attacks. They were clearly hoping that this was the beginning of the “third intifada” they had been trying to ignite for so long. Just as they had long encouraged their own children to hurl rocks at IDF vehicles and soldiers, they now cheered teen terrorists and glorified them as heroic “martyrs” if they were killed while stabbing Jews. They shared instructions on how to make a stabbing attack most lethal while also promoting claims that Israel “executed” innocent Palestinians and planted knives on them. And they eagerly shared their boundless Jew-hatred – which is in fact so intense that Manal Tamimi, who runs the Tamimis’ English language Twitter account, was so excited about a degrading depiction of “zionists” that she didn’t even realize that her own caption for the image cast the Palestinians as Nazis.
Perhaps someone eventually told her, because she seems to have deleted this tweet; however, when I first documented her Jew-hatred and her support for terrorism, she was not the slightest bit embarrassed – quite the contrary: she reaffirmed her views on Facebook and tweeted: “thanx 4 posting this, now i know that there r documentation 4 my tweets in case i lost them #Tamimi&Proud.”
Amnesty’s continued support for the Tamimis of Nabi Saleh sends a clear message: no matter how bigoted your views about Jews are, no matter how enthusiastic your support for terrorism against Jews is, no matter that your stated goal is the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state – Amnesty International, the world’s most powerful human rights organization, will support you.