" Do not be unjust in judging - show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty, but with justice judge your neighbor." Leviticus 19:15

Double Standards

Video European Double Standard admitted - Caroline Glick responds to Danish Ambassador, Jesper Vahr, who said,

"Europe should apply a double standard to Israel when judging its actions compared to other Middle Eastern nations" and "Israel should insist that we discriminate, that we apply double standards, this is because you are one of us," Danish Ambassador
www.jpost.com/Diplomatic-Conference/Danish-ambassador

Vahr made these remarks during a panel discussion on relations between Israel and Europe.

Israelis sometimes ask why Europe applies a different standard to its neighboring countries, such as Syria, Vahr said. "Those are not the standards that you are being judged by. It is not the standards that Israel would want to be judged by," he said.

Israel should want to be held to European standards, not Middle Eastern ones, he said.

"So I think you have the right to insist that we apply double standards and put you to the same standards as all the rest of the countries in the European context."

The Jerusalem Post's diplomatic correspondent, Herb Keinon, who moderated the panel, asked Vahr if his statement couldn't be seen as "patronizing" to the Palestinians.

Vahr responded: "I am not sure it is," particularly given that Israel is the stronger party in the conflict and the Palestinians are the weaker one.

It is "natural," Vahr said, to engage differently with Israel, a country with whom Europe, including Denmark, has an extensive cooperative relationship with in trade and cultural affairs.

Vahr's comments angered Caroline B. Glick, the Post's senior contributing editor, who retorted that they were a "statement of contempt for our intelligence."

"I consider Europe's keen interest in the Middle East, specifically Israel, to be an obsession," she said. "It is an obsession that Jews have seen from Europeans from the time of Jesus."

Glick was particularly struck by Vahr's reference to a common culture between Israel and Europe.

"We have this whole common culture, I mean really? We respect international law. You guys make it up," she said.

In 2001, the United Nations Security Council approved a binding resolution that bars UN member states from funding or supporting terrorist organizations, Glick said.

That resolution, she said, has not stopped Europe from "funnelling billions of euros into rebuilding terrorist-controlled Gaza.

"This is in contravention of binding international law that you signed onto," she charged.

But when it comes to Israel, Europe simply invents international law, Glick said. Europe acts as if it is required by law to sanction Israel for activity over the pre-1967 lines in West Bank settlements and Jerusalem, even though there is no such binding international legislation, she said.

"There is no such binding law. You guys are funding settlements in Western Sahara.

You are funding them directly," she said. "This is not a double standard. This is a singular standard for Israel. This is not about international law. It is about an obsessive, compulsive need to constantly pick at the Jewish state," she said.

After receiving applause from the audience, Glick continued: "No, I do not want to be proud that you are looking at us in a different standard from our neighbors because you are not looking at our neighbors as human beings.

"What you are saying is that they are objects. The only actor in this entire region are the people they are trying to annihilate.

"The only people who are supposed to be judged for our actions, and always poorly, are the people who are doing everything possible - more than Europe, more than the US, more than anyone - in order to protect the lives of the Palestinians," she said

 

Blaming Israel for Palestinian violence is racist: it denies that Arabs are moral agents

The media response to the Jerusalem killings betrays a widespread assumption: that Palestinians are "noble savages" who are not responsible for their actions.
By Alan Johnson www.telegraph.co.uk

There were some odd media reactions to the murder of four Jews at prayer (and the heroic Israeli Druze first responder Zidan Saif who tried to rescue them) by two Palestinians perpetrators in Jerusalem.

The Canadian Broadcast Company tweeted "Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack http://ift.tt/1AaVAdn"

The CNN headline read '4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians dead in Jerusalem' without noting that the two Palestinians were the terrorists. (CNN later apologised. See the memes here.)

The Guardian altered a Reuters dispatch about the massacre in Jerusalem to remove any reference to Palestinians.

In the Left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the writer Amira Hass wrote about "the despair and anger that pushed the Abu Jamals to attack Jews in a synagogue (emphasis added)."

Of course not all reporting was of this character. But still, what explains the exculpatory impulse, also widespread on social media?

Part of the explanation lies in the profound influence that the anti-Zionist ideology (a system of demonising ideas and representations about Israel and the Jews) now exercises in our culture. At the heart of the ideology is a deeply buried, often unconscious, assumption about the dichotomous natures of Israelis and Palestinians that warps our understanding of the conflict. Here it is: Palestinians (and Arabs in general) do not have agency and choice, and so cannot be held accountable and responsible. Israelis do and can; always, and exclusively.

Palestinians are understood as a driven people, dominated by circumstance and emotion, lacking choice, below the age of responsibility, never to be held accountable. Israelis are the opposite; masters of all circumstances, rational and calculating, the root cause of everything, responsible for everything.

It is, palpably, an Orientalist view of the Palestinians as the Other, except this time they are affirmed as noble savages. It's a bit racist, to be honest. For example, the Liberal Democrat David Ward MP tweeted that the Palestinian synagogue terrorists had been "driven to madness" - which not only removes agency from them but also sanity.

This groupthink is the reason that parts of the media are reluctant to challenge the Palestinian national movement when it is guilty of rejectionism, terrorism, authoritarianism, corruption and the promotion of a vile culture of incitement, demonization and antisemitism. After all, those things are just not the "the Israel story", are they? As Matt Seaton, comment editor at the New York Times, tweeted recently, his opinion pages will only cover Palestinian racism when "they have [a] sovereign state to discriminate with."

The world view is being spread by a network of hugely influential public intellectuals. They are shaping much of the debate about the conflict in Britain because their ideas are not remaining in the seminar room but are being 'translated' and popularised by determined activists with status and authority in universities, churches, trade unions, NGOs, political parties and popular culture.

Academic and writer Jacqueline Rose says Israel is "the agent" that is responsible for Palestinian suicide terrorism. She uncritically passes on to her readers a defence of the suicide bomber given by Hamas leader Abdul Aziz al-Ratansi ("If he wants to sacrifice his soul in order to defeat the enemy and for God's sake - well, then he's a martyr").

The Israeli novelist (and Peace Now founder) Amos Oz complains that incitement by extremist Palestinian intellectuals leads some Palestinians to be "suffocated and poisoned by blind hate." The anti-Zionist writer Yitzhak Laor is outraged, denouncing Oz for . . . "incitement" against the Palestinians.

Shlomo Sand - whose books are found in Waterstones stores across the UK - expresses his disgust at Jewish Israeli intellectuals who opposed Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War. Now, Saddam was firing scud missiles at Israeli civilians at the time, so how did he justify his stance? Palestinians felt "joy" at an ""Arab" show of force", he wrote, and that should have been decisive.

Ilan Pappe's recent book The Idea of Israel (Summary: it was a very Bad Idea and should now be Corrected) offers an apologia for the pro-Nazi war-time Palestinian leader Al-Husseini. So keen was Al-Husseini on Adolf that he formed a Muslim SS Unit, but Pappe reduces all this to "an episode" in the "complex" life of a nationalist; a "foolish flirtation" that should only be of interest to the reader because it has been exploited by Zionists to "demonise" the Palestinians. Pappe argues that Al-Husseini was - here it comes! - "forced" into the alliance with Hitler.

The idea that good/innocent/authentic Palestinians are in a Manichean struggle against bad/guilty/inauthentic Israelis is part of a mind-set - a "theory" of sorts - that became dominant on much of the Left after the 1960s. Let's call it reactionary anti-imperialism. It divides the world, and everything in it, into two opposed "camps": Imperialism versus Anti-Imperialism. Anyone shooting at Imperialism (the USA, the UK, Israel, "the West", "the Global North", or just "the Man") is now part of the progressive anti-imperialist "resistance" to imperialism. Once in thrall to this 'theory', parts of the left redefined themselves as (not very) critical supporters of, or at least apologists for, the reactionary forces doing the shooting, including radical Islamists.

Here is the Socialist Workers Party theoretician John Molyneux instructing the members in the finer points of reactionary anti-imperialism:

"To put the matter as starkly as possible: from the standpoint of Marxism and international socialism an illiterate conservative superstitious Muslim Palestinian peasant who supports Hamas is more progressive than an educated liberal atheist Israeli who supports Zionism (even critically)."

And here is Judith Butler - a professor at Berkeley and one of the most influential academics on the planet - drawing the political conclusions:

"[Hamas and Hezbollah are] social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left."
(See 16:24 in this video.)

What we learnt (again) this week was that the anti-Zionist ideology, the ludicrously simplistic assumptions it makes about Palestinians and Israelis, and the demonising/exculpatory framework through which it distorts our understanding of the conflict, is now bleeding from the cloisters of academia into those wider structures of feeling and patterns of response that shape our public square.

A prediction: we ain't seen nothing yet.

 

Israel is criticised for demolishing the homes of suicide terrorrists.

As if a Palestinian house is more important than a Jewish life!

Israeli house demolitions effectively decrease terrorist attacks, according to a new study.
contrary to the widely held belief that punitive house demolitions do not dissuade would-be terrorists.

The study, “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Politics, found that Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian terrorists causes “an immediate, significant decrease in the number of suicide attacks.” Co-authored by researchers at Northwestern University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In November, Israel resumed its controversial policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists when it razed the family home of Abdelrahman Al-Shaludi, who plowed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop in October killing a young woman and a three-month-old baby. Police shot him dead at the scene. Since that time, Israel has destroyed the family homes of several other Palestinian terrorists.

 

Updated 01/03/16

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