There is a documented rise of antisemitism in the UK. As such, NGO Monitor has noted instances in which prominent UK charities that claim human rights agendas are instead promoting antisemitism.
- EAPPI is a program under the auspices of the World Council of Churches that sends volunteers to the West Bank to “witness life under occupation.” On their return, EAPPI dispatches these volunteers to promote anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns and antisemitic agendas in their home countries.
- An EAPPI activist included antisemitic remarks during a May 2016 London event. At the event, the activist referred to the “Jewish lobby,” accused Israel of planting knives beside the bodies of Palestinian terrorists, and promoted BDS and other forms of demonization against Israel.
- According to the UK Jewish Board of Deputies, EAPPI “helped to create a climate of hostility towards Israel within the Church of England.” Furthermore, “The EAPPI narrative is based on the experience of volunteers who spend several months living alongside Palestinians in the Territories, but less than a day in Israel, and then return to address audiences who know little or nothing about the reality of everyday life for those on both sides of the conflict.”
- EAPPI presents a one-sided Palestinian narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Members of the organization participate in activities that commemorate the Palestinian “Nakba” (catastrophe) and promote the “right of return.” This is the equivalent to calling for the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
- In response to criticism regarding its politicized advocacy, EAPPI claims to have adjusted their program to include “Israeli voices.” In reality, these “voices” are none other than radical political NGOs that reinforce the EAPPI narrative.
Amnesty UK (AIUK):
- Amnesty UK has a significant anti-Israel and antisemitic record.
- At the AIUK Annual General Meeting on April 19, 2015, 16 out of 17 proposed organizational motions were adopted. The only rejected motion called on AIUK to “campaign against anti-Semitism in the UK,” as well as “lobby the UK Government to tackle the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Britain” and “monitor antisemitism closely.”
- According to the motion, “neither AIUK nor the [Amnesty] International Secretariat have undertaken research or campaigning work specifically on anti-Semitism in the UK.”
- According to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism,
AIUK’s refusal to condemn antisemitism is especially visible due to record high levels in Europe.
- Kristyan Benedict, crisis response manager for AIUK, has a strong anti-Israel obsession, fueled by global conspiracy theories.
- On July 30, 2015, Benedict retweeted the Hamas Twitter account, which had posted an Amnesty publication and added, “As evidence of Israel’s war crimes amass, tangible steps towards accountability are needed.”
- In November 2014 tweet, Benedict compared Israel to the Islamic State, and used the contentious hashtag “#JSIL.”
- In November 2012, Benedict tweeted, “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar… each orders a round of B52s… #Gaza.”