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U.S. might declare some human rights organizations to be anti-Semitic

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Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam are among such organizations
16:48, 23 October 2020

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The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump considers the possibility of the announcement of renowned international non-governmental human rights organizations to be anti-Semitic, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam as Politico reported.

It is supposed that the relevant statement would be released by the U.S. State Department this week. U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo insists on the declaration, according to congressional aide with contacts inside the U.S. State Department. Pompeo decided to make such a step amid the presidential election campaign in which Trump and ex-Vice President Joe Biden fight for voters’ preference.

The State Secretary supposed that the mentioned statement will allow to get the favor of pro-Israel and evangelical voters who make up a key part of Trump’s electoral base.

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It is expected that the declaration will be in the form of the report from the office of U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr. The report will include such organizations as Oxfam, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. He will announce that the U.S. policy is not in the support of such groups, including financial support and urge for other governments to stop their support.

The draft declaration of the U.S. State Department borrows the majority of the information from the non-governmental organization Monitor, a pro-Israel website that traces the activity of the human rights and other organizations and often accuses them of anti-Israel position.

The report will include the supposed support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel (BDS - Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) due to the fact that it builds settlements in the lands where Palestine plans to create the future state.

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This offer is opposed by professional employees of the State Department. The lawyers of the department are among them. They warn that it may threaten the freedom of speech, lead to lawsuits and it might have no proper administrative and legal basis.

It is unknown which measure will influence the activity of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA as they do not receive state funds, as well as Oxfam America; however, its branch offices abroad might get it depending on the circumstances.

As we reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine has the lowest level of anti-Semitism in Europe.

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