lifted from Miff.no (poor google translate)
while most Norwegian newspapers today frolicked over the newly released report from Amnesty International, which once more blasts Israel for anything under the sun.
However, it is only Miff who has spotted a very important little detail unsuspecting Norwegians have been served. The inclusion of the little but poisonous word “cruelties”
While the Amnesty International once more has shown its selective blindness and presented a lopsided “report” – which is a bit rich considering that they ought to be very busy investigating how they could be closely associated to a person like Moazzam Begg, who was arrested this week over terror offenses.
Apart from the cheek of the Amnesty International, it is much more serious that the Norwegian news agency NTB resorts to doctoring the Amnesty report in order to smear Israel (they must have suffered badly from withdrawal pains, there has been pretty much nothing that could be blamed on Israel for several months now) by adding a word that appears nowhere in the AI report: Atrocities.
Amnesty International has this week published the report Trigger Happy Israel ‘s Use of Force Ecessive in the West Bank [ external PDF] .
The report is discussed by news agency NTB , and is reproduced in a number of Norwegian media, including NRK and Vårt Land .
NRK’s article begins with the headline and sub-heading .
” Amnesty accuses Israel of atrocities. Israeli security forces are committing atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank , Amnesty International says. ”
With many different search report MIFF has failed to find any evidence that Amnesty reviewing the conditions they accuse Israel as ” atrocious ” . Amnesty criticizes the IDF for the use of arbitrary and excessive use of violence, but never use any adjective when they repeatedly investigating claims of abuse ( atrocious ) .
The cruelty is NTBs own comment , but they have failed to make this clear . This is a violation of the Code of Ethics section 4.2.
About Amnesty’s report , there is much to add comments. We hope to come back to some of this.
In Norway , the main problem that Israel’s war and justified and unjustified criticism of this , is not compared to how other countries wage war . NTB is responsible for such an extreme over focus on Israel’s war ( eg in relation to Sri Lanka , Egypt and Syria ) , and Norwegian readers are not reminded that Norway makes war just like Israel. It has been shown both in the Balkans and Afghanistan.
Norwegian authorities spend tens of millions of dollars to label Israeli soldiers as war criminals . On the other hand, Norwegian soldiers’ war effort met with deafening silence. During the last ten years Norwegian forces have killed more Afghans than the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers during the first and second intifada put together!
In the latest report , Amnesty claims that Israeli forces have killed “at least 22 Palestinian civilians ” in 2013 , ” four of them were children .” In comparison, over one hundred Syrians killed every day for the past three years . We do not know which adjectives NTB prefers to use about it.
IDF on Amnesty’s report
The Israel Defense Forces has so far published an article where they point out that Amnesty completely ignore the sharp increase in Palestinian violence in recent years . IDF Amnesty also shows a total lack of understanding of the operational challenges faced by the IDF .
” The IDF is operating in Judea and Samaria [ the West Bank ] to stop the violence started by the Palestinians. Whenever possible ,the IDF stops this life- threatening violence, using equipment to disperse riots, including high sirens , water cannons, tear gas and sound grenades . Only when IDF forces have used these methods as far as possible and when life and health are still endangered, it is given permission to use sharp ammunition. “