LONDON – Amnesty International is allowing a controversial event deemed as
anti-Israel to take place despite widespread calls to cancel the
Protesters were set to mass outside Amnesty’s headquarters in
London on Monday night following its decision to allow the event “Complicity in
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The event was
organized by London-based magazine Middle East Monitor Online (MEMO)and the
campaign group Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
A spokesman for Amnesty
told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the event will take place since the
event’s organizers responded to their concerns about MEMO and the participation
of Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based al- Quds al-Arabi
In 2007, Atwan declared that he would “dance with delight” in
Trafalgar Square if Iran attacked Israel, and in 2008, he said the terrorist
attack on the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in which eight students were killed, “was
justified” as it was responsible for “hatching Israeli extremists and
“While we did have concerns about the way the event had
originally been organized, these have been resolved,” Amnesty said.