Palestine and Double Standards
The world is outraged by Israeli self-defense but only ‘concerned’ when Muslims kill Muslims.
by Bret Stephens, WSJ, Aug. 4, 2014 (summary by dailyalert.org)
Over the weekend there was saturation coverage of an Israeli strike near a UN-run school that killed 10 people, three of them members of Islamic Jihad. The State Department pronounced itself “appalled.” At the same time, more than 1,500 Pakistani civilians have been reported killed and more than a half-million residents were displaced since the government’s offensive began in mid June. If there was a similar outcry with respect to the conduct of Pakistan’s army, I must have missed it.
In Iraq, some 1,600 people were killed in the month of July. In Syria, more than 1,800 people have been killed in just the last 10 days. In Libya, roughly 200 people were killed last month in artillery and rocket clashes between rival militias. In Nigeria, nearly 3,000 people have been killed so far this year, and another 500,000 have been made refugees.
People often point out how peculiar it is that the Jewish state seems to arouse a level of condemnation that never seems to apply equally elsewhere. But perhaps the real racism is the indifference to Muslim suffering around the world when the person dropping the bomb or pulling the trigger is another Muslim.