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Nov 26, 2012 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Isn’t this generally called “hate speech” by the Left? So they’ll fire her, right?

Excerpted from Washington Free Beacon: A senior official with the human rights organization Amnesty International has been reprimanded for making an anti-Semitic joke about several British lawmakers.

Kristyan Benedict, campaigns manager for Amnesty’s United Kingdom affiliate, drew widespread criticism from Jewish leaders and others after making an offensive joke about several British lawmakers who are Jewish.

Benedict has a history of taking controversial stances against the Jewish state and once threatened to “smack” a pro-Israel writer on his “little bald head.”

His most recent comments took aim at Jewish members of Parliament for their support of Israel during its most recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

“Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar….each orders a round of B52s,” Benedict stated in a since-deleted tweet last week as the violence in Gaza raged.

Ellman, Halfon, and Berger are all Jewish members of Britain’s Parliament.

The joke was immediately condemned by Jewish leaders in Britain and led Amnesty to admonish Benedict.

Benedict “should apologise [sic] properly for his antisemitic [sic] joke about 3 Jewish MPs, or Amnesty must act,” Jeremy Newmark, CEO of Britain’s Jewish Leadership Council, tweeted on Tuesday.

Amnesty’s campaigns director Tim Hancock criticized Benedict for making light of the situation in Israel.

“We do not believe that humour is appropriate in the current circumstances, particularly from our own members of staff,” the Jewish Chronicle quoted Hancock as saying.

Hancock confirmed to the Chronicle that an “internal and confidential process” to review Benedict’s behavior is taking place, though he did not elaborate. Amnesty officials in its U.K. branch did not respond to a Free Beacon request for comment.

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