A while back I blogged about Airbnb boycotting Jewish-owned holiday homes in Judea and Samaria. We were all infuriated at this anti-Jewish bias, but then found ourselves different outlets to organize our holidays. One excellent site is TripAdvisor.
We should therefore be equally outraged at Amnesty International, that self-righteous, hypocritical human rights organization, which has engaged in an anti-Israel campaign, complete with video, urging TripAdvisor amongst other holiday sites to remove its listings of holiday homes in Judea and Samaria, and lambasting them for not complying with this egregious demand.
Kol hakavod to TripAdvisor for not giving in, which would be the easy and fashionable thing to do, and for standing firmly on their apolitical principals. Here is their reasoned response to Amnesty’s demand:
TripAdvisor believes that travelers coming to our site or app should have access to all relevant information available about a destination, including businesses currently open in those locations.
To this end, we aim to provide travelers with an apolitical, accurate and useful picture of all accommodations, restaurants and attractions that are currently open for business around the world.
We understand that this issue is a sensitive matter with cultural and political implications. The listing of a property or business on TripAdvisor does not represent our endorsement of that establishment. We provide the listing as a platform for guests to share their genuine experiences with other travelers. As such, we do not remove listings of properties or businesses that remain active and open for business.
With respect to where a location is listed on a map, TripAdvisor’s practices aim to be consistent with the travel industry and Internet search standards.
Amnesty Shamnesty for its disgusting anti-Israel bias, which overshadows its official calling of working to promote human rights.
They have gone to such an extreme that, as Elder of Ziyon noted, they couldn’t stop themselves from tweeting over and over about their boycott demand:
NGO Monitor published this video countering Amnesty’s boycott campaign, and accusing the organization of antisemitism in its delegitimization of Jewish history in Israel:
And not to over-egg the pudding, but I can’t help a large dose of schadenfreude as the Guardian (!) accuses Amnesty (!) of a toxic working culture:
Amnesty International has a “toxic” working environment, with widespread bullying, public humiliation, discrimination and other abuses of power, a report has found.
A review into workplace culture, commissioned after two staff members killed themselves last year, found a dangerous “us versus them” dynamic, and a severe lack of trust in senior management, which threatened Amnesty’s credibility as a human rights champion.
It added: “As organisational rifts and evidence of nepotism and hypocrisy become public knowledge they will be used by government and other opponents of Amnesty’s work to undercut or dismiss Amnesty’s advocacy around the world, fundamentally jeopardising the organisation’s mission.”
The report, undertaken by the KonTerra Group and led by psychologists, to look into lessons learned following the suicides in 2018, found bullying and public humiliation were routinely used by management.
On a similar theme the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs issued a report this week, “Terrorists in Suits”, investigating the activities of dozens of anti-Israel NGOs. Shockingly, but probably unsurprisingly, they revealed that there are over a hundred links between terror groups and BDS-promoting NGOs:
The Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSA) released its “Terrorists in Suits” report on Sunday, revealing over 100 links shared between the internationally-designated terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) with at least 13 anti-Israel BDS promoting NGOs.
Elaborating on a previous report, the ministry reveals how Hamas and the PFLP are utilizing a network of NGOs promoting boycotts against Israel as an additional tactic in their ultimate goal of dismantling the State of Israel. These organizations have successfully placed over 30 of their members, 20 of which have served time, including for murder, in senior positions within BDS-promoting NGOs.
The report documents how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial, and active ties with terrorist groups.
The Israel-boycott organizations in question were also shown to have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, while gaining access to additional funds through financial, crowdfunding and banking systems.
Over the past year, and following MSA activities to expose NGO terror ties, several European countries have announced the reexamination and decrease in funding granted to organizations which promote boycotts against the State of Israel.
The report also showed how members of terrorist organizations operate under the guise of “boycott activists” to gain access, and meet with, senior Western government officials and exert pressure to release convicted terrorists held in Israeli prisons.
The report’s conclusion should apply to Amnesty International as much as to any other NGO:
Removing the ‘mask’ of the NGOs
The new report aims to decidedly remove the “mask” of NGOs promoting BDS by exposing in an in-depth study the true nature of this scheme, the ministry said.
“Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map,” Erdan said. “Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks. Following the exposure of over 100 links between terrorist groups and leading BDS organizations, I urge all governments and financial institutions to investigate the activities of these BDS organizations, and immediately end all funding and support which they provide to them.”
It can’t happen a moment too soon. These NGOs and the terrorists funding and active within them are a prime mover behind the latest rise in antisemitism worldwide. They must be reorganized if not dismantled forthwith.