NGO Monitor: Amnesty Int'l Patently Unreliable

Amnesty International's data on Gaza is 'faulty and incomplete,' watchdog group says Monday - and relies almost solely on anonymous sources.

Tova Dvorin ,

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Amnesty International's data on Operation Protective Edge in Gaza is "faulty and incomplete," the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor organization noted Monday - and organizations and journalists should not use Amnesty as a source. 

"By Amnesty's own admission, its methodology in Gaza is faulty and incomplete," said Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "The 'evidence' is internally contradictory, and cannot sustain the accusations of 'war crimes' and the recommendations of legal warfare and sanctions against Israel." 

NGO Monitor adds that Amnesty has no direct access to Gaza, and is relying on data fed to them by anonymous sources with questionable credibility. 

In addition, according to Steinberg, "The individuals who determine Amnesty's Israel activities reflect a highly ideological agenda, as demonstrated in our research."

NGO Monitor also notes that Amnesty's string of publications attacking Israel, including a similar report from November, reflects an intensification of activity before the Schabas Commission delivers its report in March 2015. 

"This is the second such document in as many months targeting Israel and stripped of any context, focusing on the Gaza conflict," continued Steinberg. "Amnesty is actively working to construct a false narrative of Israeli guilt in support of Schabas' efforts." 

Previous reports by Amnesty International have drawn sharp criticism from both NGO Monitor and the Israeli Foreign Ministry itself, both of which noted its reports on the Gaza war in November were replete with "double standards" and "terrorist propaganda" and ignored Hamas's war crimes against Israel. 

In the latest report it released on Gaza, the group ignored several studies proving that Hamas's 'civilian casualty count' included hundreds of terrorists and had been ballooned with repeated names, as well as later studies proving 49% of the casualties in Gaza were terrorists, meaning the IDF achieved a 1:1 civilian to combatant ratio almost unprecedented in urban warfare.



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