Reading the Washington Post’s coverage of the upheaval in the Arab world one day this week, I did a little “thought experiment.”
Looking at pages A10 and A11, I read the following headlines:
Mob Assaults Women at Rights March in Cairo
Police Fire on Demonstrators in Yemen
My thought experiment, scarcely at Einstein’s level, consisted simply of substituting the scene of each of these stories to Israel and trying to imagine the result.
Mob Assaults Palestinian Women at Rights March in Jerusalem
Police Fire of Palestinian Demonstrators in Israel
Judging by the international outrage last June when nine protesters were killed aboard a Turkish ship trying to break an Israeli blockade of Gaza, the response would have electric. No doubt there would have been an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The U.N.’s Human Rights Council, on which Libya proudly sat as a member until a couple of weeks ago, would have immediately launched an international investigation which would have stretched on for several months, maybe even years, keeping the issue alive. (Syria is now actively lobbying for the Syrian seat just to make sure that the voice of human rights violators is not weakened on the council.)
NGOs around the world would have issued angry statements. Various groups would have called for Israel to be condemned, isolated, boycotted, and disinvested from. Legal bodies in several countries would have issued indictments and the International Criminal Court would have quickly become involved.
There’s nothing new about Israel being held to a double standard by the international community. As columnist David Suissa wrote recently:
Recent events in the Arab world just underline this bias. Just last week, clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo left 13 dead and 140 injured. Army units intervened only after Muslims set fire to homes and businesses. It was a real pogrom.
“The people attacked us and the army was helping them.
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