During Intifada 1 a decade ago Amnesty International pretty much sat on the sidelines as well, it's strong Jewish supporters hesitant to seriously speak up against Israel and then welcoming the false 'Oslo Peace Process' which has now erupted into such a spasm of violence and hatred. But like people sometimes organizations grow, change, and even become 'radicalized'. Unfortunately Amnesty has not really been in the forefront of things...just coming along with the crowd. For instance:
JERUSALEM, April 23 (AFP) - The spokesman for a group of 19 Euro MPs visiting the West Bank said on Tuesday that the Israeli army's assault on the Jenin refugee camp "shows all the signs of a war crime."
Francis Wurtz (GUE), who heads a delegation from nine parliamentary blocs representing 10 European Union (EU) countries, said the situation was "totally intolerable."
He said the group had come to the West Bank to show that a "majority of the European Parliament and of European public opinion harshly criticize the policy of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon."
He said: "I believe that Sharon is a great misfortune for the Palestinian people and the Israeli people. He promised peace and security and he has led to war and insecurity."
Another member of the group, Swedish MEP Per Gahrton described the camp, devastated during a nine-day battle earlier this month, as "ground zero; there is nothing left."
The delegation condemned the "systematic destruction" of the infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian territories, "the humanitarian tragedy" and the gravity of the situation in the region, calling for an peacekeeping force to be deployed there.
They also denounced as "illegal" the arrest last week of Marwan Barghouti, the West Bank chief of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement and a leader of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.
Earlier this month, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for suspension of the EU's association agreement with Israel and calling for a United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping force.
The delegation met Tuesday with a group of Israeli pacifists and with Ahmed Qorei, speaker of the Palestinian parliament.
They said Qorei expressed serious concern about the fate of Arafat, quoting him as saying saying that "if the Israelis touch our president, there will be an earthquake."
He also called on the group to help the Palestinians end the Israeli occupation.