The latest report produced by Amnesty International into the activities of Hamas and its alleged violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people was a further example of the organisation’s double-speak on terror.
It is in sharp contrast to Amnesty’s track record on Northern Ireland, the UK and Republic of Ireland states.
The Amnesty report alleges that Hamas forces waged “a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings” against Palestinians it accused of collaborating with Israel. But some of the victims were supporters of Fatah, Hamas’ political rival”.
Surely people can see the parallels with what occurred in this land; were the actions of terrorist organisations here so very different?
Terrorist organisations here kidnapped, tortured and either shot dead and dumped bodies on our border roads and lanes or in a number of cases they secretly buried people, in-so-doing continuing the terrorising of families who were unable to determine where their loved one(s) had gone nor what had happened to them.
In the report reference is also made to “Palestinians being abducted by Hamas who were subjected to torture, including severe beatings with truncheons, gun butts, hoses and wire or held in stress positions”.
Again this was commonplace in this land where PIRA, UVF and their sister terrorist organisations engaged in such activities classified as so-called forms of ‘punishment beatings’.
The statistics and the mutilated bodies are there to prove it.
Why is it the case that Amnesty International have been so passive on the activities of terrorist organisations who have slaughtered over 3,000 people in these islands and devastated the lives of tens of thousands of others?
Could the following be factors: That Sean MacBride, leader of the IRA in the 30s was a founding member of Amnesty and at one-time Chairman of Amnesty International Executive.
Or that Justin Moran, who was communications co-ordinator of Amnesty Ireland from 2007-13, had immediately previously been a senior Sinn Fein member, being head of policy, political manager and head of the press office of the party?
Prof Kieran McEvoy of the Transitional Justice Institute in the book, Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland, p226, quotes that Amnesty’s condemnation of murders “has oscillated somewhat between vague formulations which obscure the distinctions between civilian and military targets”.
We at Innocent Victims United (IVU) wonder whether Amnesty effectively legitimises the murders of members of the security forces?
That they are in republican speak; ‘legitimate targets?’
People who should know better need to start challenging the organisation upon its partisan approach to the ‘Northern Ireland problem’.
It’s time to end the smoke and mirrors.
• Kenny Donaldson is spokesman for Innocent Victims United