Agnès Callamard, CEO of Amnesty International
Agnès Callamard, CEO of Amnesty InternationalFlash90

Amnesty International called terrorist Walid Deka, who died in a hospital "an author," without mentioning that he was a terrorist.

Deka, who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering soldier Moshe Tamam and was sentenced to life imprisonment, died of cancer in Assaf Harofeh Hospital.

Moshe Tamam, Hy"d
Moshe Tamam, Hy"dOlami

Following his death, Amnesty International chose to publish the following tweet: "The death in custody of Walid Deka, a 62-year-old Palestinian author, who was the Palestinian prisoner who spent the longest time in an Israeli prison after 38 years of imprisonment, is a cruel reminder of Israel's disregard for the Palestinians’ right to life." A picture of Deka holding his fingers in a 'V' sign accompanied the tweet.

The tweet reached over 4 million viewers, with many reacting with rage and pointing out the fact that Deka was a terrorist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a soldier.

One of the readers responded: "Instead of mourning the death of a sadistic barbarian like Walid Deka, maybe you idiots at Amnesty should work to free the hostages held illegally by Hamas. While scum like Deka received high-quality health care, the hostages have even been denied IRC visits."

Following this, the human rights organization B'Tsalmo appealed to Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich to speed up the process of denying government funding to Amnesty on the grounds that their despicable choice of words to tell their readers about the death of the innocent Palestinian "author" without mentioning his act proves that this is an antisemitic organization for all intents and purposes.

About a month ago we reported on Israel National News - Arutz Sheva that Smotrich announced the establishment of a special team that will work to deny the tax benefit given to the organization, following the organization's conduct and repeated calls for an arms embargo on Israel and the boycotting of companies and businesses in Judea and Samaria.

The Ministry of Finance stated that the matter is being discussed with Amnesty.

Amnesty Israel responded to Arutz Sheva, saying: "Amnesty International Israel, as an independent organization, is not connected to the aforementioned tweet. Our publication strategy is that in every reference to a prisoner, whoever he may be, it must be prominently stated what he was convicted of and give full context to the case."