The “human rights” organization Amnesty International (AI) has initiated disciplinary action against a senior member of staff at its London headquarters after he posted an offensive tweet targeting Jewish members of the British parliament.
In a message posted on Twitter Tuesday, Kristyan Benedict, AI’s UK campaign manager, wrote that, “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar... each orders a round of B52s #Gaza.”
Benedict was alluding to B-52 long-range strategic bombers, which is also the name of a popular cocktail, in his reference to three Jewish members of parliament.
The tweet drew criticism from the micro-blogging site, which lead Benedict to post a second message, saying that “I thought this was light-hearted… some didn’t – so apols to those who booed”.
“Those justifying the killing of civilians need to spare me the sanctimony – you know who you are #Gaza #Israel (and #Syria for that matter),” he further tweeting, responding to criticism.
Amnesty International distanced itself from Benedict’s tweet and said the matter had been referred to its internal, and confidential, processes. “This was a private tweet, sent from a private account. We do not believe that humor is appropriate in the current circumstances, particularly from our own members of staff,” said Amnesty’s campaigns director Tim Hancock.
Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), responded by saying, “I have called upon Mr. Benedict to issue a proper apology and have asked Amnesty International director Kate Allen to take disciplinary action.”
The “human rights” group, which has long been accused of propagating blatantly anti-Israel views and disproportionate criticism of the Jewish state, has led numerous campaigns accusing Israel of “collective punishment” and “war crimes."