Hadassah Condemns Amnesty International’s Slanderous Anti-Israel Report

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Josh Silberberg

NEW YORK, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO Naomi Adler released the following joint statement condemning Amnesty International’s dangerous and libelous slander accusing Israel of engaging in the reprehensible practice of apartheid.

“Hadassah is appalled by the baseless and misleading lies about Israel being peddled by Amnesty International. Its dangerous and libelous slander accusing Israel of engaging in apartheid is fuel for antisemitic violence and terrorist organizations invested in perpetuating conflict, and further undermines its credibility on a range of important issues concerning human rights globally. 

“Hadassah is immensely proud to be a part of Israel’s vibrant, multi-ethnic, and tolerant society. Israelis and Arabs have worked side-by-side to save lives at our two hospitals in Jerusalem for decades, and it is unsurprising that this report is being summarily dismissed by responsible parties on the ground.

“Nevertheless, efforts to demonize and delegitimize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state must be called out without exception. As Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month, the United States should oppose and refuse to provide financial support to organizations whose sole purpose is to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel.”

To read the January 2022 Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International letter to Secretary Blinken, please click here.


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.