Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton A. Klein released the following statement:
During a speech last week to the Women’s National Democratic Club, the U.S. Director of Amnesty International (AI), Paul O’Brien, confirmed that AI’s goal is not human rights but to destroy the Jewish State. When questioned about Israel’s right to exist, AI Director O’Brien stated that Israel “shouldn’t exist as a Jewish state.” O’Brien thus confirmed the Jew-hating destructive goals that permeate AI’s despicable “report” earlier this year. AI’s notorious report attempted to delegitimize Israel with countless falsehoods, and promoted a “right” to destroy Israel and murder Jews in deadly Intifadas (terror wars against Jews) and via “popular resistance” (another euphemism for terror wars against Jews). See “Soros-Funded Amnesty International’s Despicable, Jew-Hating Report Promotes “Right” to Murder Jews and Destroy Israel,” ZOA, Feb. 3, 2022; and “Amnesty International Wants to End the Jewish State,” by Richard Kemp, Gatestone Institute, Feb. 2, 2022.; and “Amnesty International’s Big Lie About Israel,” by Alex Safian, Jan. 31, 2022.
In his speech, AI Director O’Brien also stated that he does not believe the survey evidence that 80% of American Jews are emotionally attached to the Jewish State. Instead, O’Brien falsely and absurdly and hatefully claimed, contrary to all the evidence, that American Jews do not want Israel to be a Jewish state, but rather “a safe Jewish space” based on “core Jewish values.”
What in the world does AI think is a “core Jewish value”? Not lifting a finger to try to stop Palestinian Arab terrorists from slaughtering our innocent Jewish children and citizens? Sadly, that’s exactly what AI’s report expects from us.
In fact, the “core Jewish value” is to be a free people in our land. Jews have prayed every day for 2,000 years to return to and rebuild Jerusalem and the Jewish nation.
As Theodore Herzl wrote in “The Jewish State” 125 years ago, “The Jews who wish for a State will have it. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes. The world will be freed by our liberty, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there to accomplish for our own welfare, will react powerfully and beneficially for the good of humanity.”
What we really should question is whether a vicious, destructive Jew-hating organization such as Amnesty International should exist.