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Rasha Abdel Latif

Jordanian-born Rasha Abdel Latif is Amnesty International’s newest U.S. Board member. Harsh criticism of the Board’s election of Latif grew after Latif’s antisemitic comments surfaced in which she dignified the murder of Jewish Israeli civilians, praised Palestinian rocket attacks, celebrated the escape of convicted terrorists & murderers, insisted Israel doesn’t exist, and argued Israel will be expelled from the Middle East.

A mere four days before accepting her new Amnesty role, Latif retweeted a post honoring a deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv. Latif’s record of Jew-hatred, support for Palestinian rocket attacks, and the elimination of Israel, litters her social media. Notably, in a 2013 tweet, she wrote: “There is nothing called “Israel” it is Palestine territory”.”

In February 2022, Latif retweeted a cartoon showing the land of Israel flicking away the Star of David with Arabic text that reads: “This land does not fit two identities. It’s either us – or us.”

In 2014, Latif said Jews are “strangers” to the land and often calls Israel an apartheid state and shares false imagery or footage of a wall barrier that is racist toward Palestinians. She fails to mention that the wall Israel erected is a security checkpoint in direct response to ongoing terror attacks perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists. After the wall was built, bombing attacks have dropped considerably.

In September 2021, Latif retweeted a post by former Palestinian Authority spokesperson Nour Odeh. The post celebrated the escape of Palestinian terrorists from a prison in Israel. 

Latif shares support for Palestinian “resistance fighters” and their excessive use of rocket fire against innocent Israeli civilians. In May 2021, she showed support for Hamas’ rocket fire aimed to destroy Israel by falsely claiming the attacks were legal under international law. 

Perpetuating dialogue that entertains the notion of the dissolution or illegitimacy of the State of Israel inflames tensions and undermines efforts to achieve peaceful resolutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It fosters an environment of intolerance, prejudice, and antisemitism, which goes against the principles of equality and human rights, according to Amnesty International’s core values. 

Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor is deemed antisemitic by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Agnés Callamard, a previous ‘Antisemite of the Week’ and Secretary-General of Amnesty International, shamefully morphed Amnesty into a witch-hunt against the world’s sole Jewish nation. Amnesty International’s record of contributing to antisemitism contradicts the organization’s mission of “protecting individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom, and truth are denied.”  

It is extremely dangerous for respected organizations to cloak their antisemitism as humanitarianism. As long as Amnesty International continues to hire antisemites like Rasha Abdel Latif, they will never live up to the nobility of their mission.

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