Israel should not be preserved as a Jewish state, the Amnesty International US Director Paul O’Brien said on Wednesday, according to US-based outlet The Jewish Insider.
Speaking on Wednesday to a Women’s National Democratic Club audience, O’Brien reportedly said that “the right of the people to self-determination” should be protected, but that the international human rights organization opposes the idea “that Israel should be preserved as a state for in which one race is legally entitled to oppress another”.
"No I don’t believe that Israel should be preserved as a state in which one race is legally entitled to oppress another’ but yes I understand that the Jewish people have a legitimate concern about their existence being threatened and that needs to be part of the conversation" 2/5
— Paul O'Brien (@dpaulobrien) March 12, 2022
The American executive director’s remarks follow a recent AI report that accused Israel of apartheid towards Palestinians.
The authors of the report, heavily criticized by both Israeli and US officials, said that “Israel must dismantle this cruel system and the international community must pressure it to do so.”
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— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) February 4, 2022
Commenting on the document, O’Brien said that its main purpose was to “collectively change the conversation” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his opinion, what is needed is a “safe Jewish space” rather than a “Jewish state.”
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