JLC publishes Amnesty International UK event cancellation email

Amnesty International UK have cancelled an event organised by the Jewish Leadership Council. In their email, Amnesty International UK make several inaccurate and misleading statements regarding the JLC. The email was sent after the Jewish Sabbath came in at 4:09pm, which meant that the JLC could only respond to the email after the Sabbath had finished.

Below is a copy of the email from Amnesty that was received by the JLC.

Amnesty claim in their email that the event was “organised by the JLC and UN Watch”.

It was not. The event was organised by the Jewish Leadership Council, an umbrella body for Jewish organisations in Britain in consultation with AIUK. The JLC invited representatives from UN Watch, the UN Association and AIUK to participate. The JLC was the sole organiser of the event. Our promotional materials included the logos of the organisations participating on the panel.

Amnesty: “We do not, therefore, think it appropriate for Amnesty International to host an event by those actively supporting such settlements.”

The JLC has no publically stated position on settlements.

  • The JLC believes in a two-state solution as part of direct peace negotiations.
  • The JLC oppose all blanket boycotts of Israeli goods.
  • The subject of the event was “The UN Human Rights Council and Israel” and not focussed on settlements.

Amnesty: “Colleagues at Amnesty should not have agreed to the event without proper consultation within the organisation. This was an error on our part. Proper consultation has now taken place and, as I say, the decision we’ve taken is that the event won’t be going ahead.”

  • The event was originally agreed in August and on 24 November Amnesty UK decided that they no longer wished to provide a speaker.

 

From: 

Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 5:41 PM

To:

Subject: Cancellation of JLC/UN Watch Event

 

Dear ,

I am very sorry about this, but we have taken the decision to cancel the forthcoming event at Amnesty International UK organised by the JLC and UN Watch.

We very much regret the late notice and the inevitable inconvenience this will cause.

As you may be aware, we are currently campaigning for all governments around the world to ban the import of goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements. We do not, therefore, think it appropriate for Amnesty International to host an event by those actively supporting such settlements.

Colleagues at Amnesty should not have agreed to the event without proper consultation within the organisation. This was an error on our part.

Proper consultation has now taken place and, as I say, the decision we’ve taken is that the event won’t be going ahead.

Once again, allow me to apologise both for the short notice and our failure to get this right in the first place. 

If you would like I am back in the office on Monday and could discuss then

Yours,

 

Director of Supporter Campaigns and Communications

Amnesty International UK