Giro d’Italia’s Glitz Won’t ‘Sportswash’ Israel’s Dismal Human Rights Record: Amnesty

Amnesty International said Giro d’Italia cyclists should be prepared to answer ‘field questions’ about the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

A day before the Giro d’Italia 2018 race’s launch on May 4, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said:

She added:

In this vein, in a message under the slogan of Think of Your Palestinian Colleagues in the Firing Line, the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ) -founded in 1907- called upon fellow journalists commissioned to cover the event to raise awareness about the military occupation in Palestine.

NUJ further urged sports journalists to be alert about the relentless attacks against their colleagues in Palestine in a flagrant breach of Israel’s international human rights obligations and UN international humanitarian law.

Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem expressed their outrage on social media at the arrival of UAE and Bahrain teams to participate in the race, using the hashtag of #Withdraw_Your_Bicycles.

A young ‘Mr Basil Hajeer’ tweeted:

While ‘Dr Taha’ wrote:

A spokesperson for the National Work Committee in East Jerusalem told Al Araby Al Jedeed:

Amnesty recently accused Israeli security forces of carrying out a murderous assault on Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip.

The organization renewed its call on governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel following its disproportionate response to mass demonstrations along the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel.

Source: Palestine Chronicle