Hamas security forces detained the leader of the offending group on charges of “treason”, and he has not been heard from since.
A (now former) Gaza-based “consultant” with the ‘human rights’ behemoth Amnesty International has suddenly found herself in hot water after she allegedly sold out out fellow Palestinians in Gaza to the terrorist group Hamas.
Self-styled “journalist” Hind Khoudary took to Facebook last week to alert three Hamas officials that a group of her fellow Gazans had had held an online chat with Israelis about the coronavirus crisis.
Soon, Hamas security forces detained the leader of the offending group on charges of “treason”, and he has not been heard from since.
Meanwhile, the staunchly anti-“normalization” Khoudary continues to justify her actions, and Amnesty International refuses to condemn her behavior. Anti-normalization means that groups, such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, do not want positive contacts between Israeli Jews and Palestinians that might foster understanding and peace.
Khaudary’s actions first came to public attention on April 10, when the New York Times reported (emphasis added),
For five years, a small but feisty group of Palestinian peace activists in the blockaded Gaza Strip has been organizing small-scale video chats with Israelis under a bridge-building initiative it calls “Skype With Your Enemy.”On Monday, the group, the Gaza Youth Committee, drew one of its biggest crowds yet — more than 200 participants — this time on Zoom, the newly popular teleconferencing platform.
But other Palestinians in Gaza, who took umbrage at the idea of befriending Israelis, were also listening in. And the resulting public uproar prompted Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, to arrest the youth committee’s leader and several other participants.
The charge: “holding a normalization activity” with Israelis, which a Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman, Iyad Al-Bozom, called a crime, saying it amounted to the “betrayal of our people and their sacrifices.”
The youth committee’s leader, Rami Aman, 38, has not been heard from since he surrendered Thursday morning at Internal Security headquarters in Gaza City, a family member said late Friday afternoon.
…[After the Zoom meeting], he came in for vituperative criticism online, and early Thursday morning, a freelance Gaza journalist, Hind Khoudary, posted angry denunciations on Facebook of Mr. Aman and others on the call, tagging three Hamas officials, including Mr. Al-Bozom, to ensure it got their attention.
An arrest warrant was issued by the Hamas military prosecution, which handles accused collaborators with Israel, would-be suicide bombers and other serious security threats, Mr. Al-Bozom said. He did not identify or say how many other youth committee members had also been detained.”
On the other hand, several Amnesty International branches (archived here) have instead found the time over the last few days to lobby Trip Advisor in an effort to get the company to de-list all attractions and accomodations in “settlements”—i.e. Jewish areas of the West Bank.
Instead, she has complained about online backlash against her generated by the NY Times piece, claiming in another Facebook rant that she only tagged the three high-ranking Hamas officials in her original post to register her dissatisfaction with “normalization” activities (meaning: any Palestinian having any kind of conversation with any Israeli).
Furthermore, Khoudary has justified her recent actions by continuing to decry “normalization” as a “crime”—even calling it “the worst sin” a Palestinian could commit (archived here, here, here and here). Not only that, she has tried to frame her actions as being universally approved of among Palestinians, presuming to speak on behalf of them all in a tweet that reads, “We dont want to talk with people who stole our land” (archived here).
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