May 25, 2004

Shooting The Messenger

It's apparently OK to monitor the human rights of Palestinians as long as only Israelis are being cited for abuses. The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) has seen its funding slashed by the European governments that have supported it in the past now that it has taken note of the fact that most of the violence affecting the Palestinian people is perpetrated by Arafat's men or by factional fighting among Arab gangs struggling for power. This article in The Scotsman reports these findings from the PHRMG's latest report...

Palestinian cities are in a state of near anarchy, with people on the payroll of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority (PA) blamed for 90 per cent of gangland violence.

It highlights numerous incidents of torture of prisoners and refers to the killing of civilians in gunbattles between Palestinian factions.

It is another blow for Mr Arafat’s organisation, which was recently accused of misusing £134 million of European Union funds. Mr Arafat was accused of signing cheques to people linked with terrorist activity.

The organisation behind the latest report, the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), has won few friends for its work documenting human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Although it has been strongly critical of Israeli treatment of Palestinians, its criticism of the PA has seen its funding by European governments slashed.

Yes, that criticism of Israel was voiced in this report as well. Israel shares responsibility for the violence because its...

"...failure to reach a substantive and acceptable peace agreement has led Palestinians to vent their feelings of futility against Palestinians."

You see, its Israel's fault that Arab gangs of thugs are killing each other with guns and bombs purchased with foreign aid dollars from Western nations that are meant to benefit the Palestinian people. Those obstinate Israelis are so obsessed with building barriers to keep suicide bombers out of Israel, and finding and destroying tunnels that are being used to smuggle in missiles to be used to kill Israelis, that they have somehow "failed to reach a substantive and acceptable peace agreement."

The Europeans governments that are now defunding the PHRMG because the realities being reported cause them political embarrassment, show how shallow their concern for Palestinian human rights really is.

If I seem to be dwelling on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a lot lately, it's more by happenstance than by design. The frightening rise in anti-Semitism worldwide is of course fueling much of the increased attention, including mine, to the conflict. The ridiculous double-standard to which Israel is held regarding pre-emptive self-defense from terrorism, and the willfull denial, especially by Europeans, of Palestinian responsibility for the condition of their people, makes the Jew-hating Arabs seem somehow principled by comparison. At least they wear their anti-Semitism on their sleeve. We know that they will not be satisfied untill every Jew is dead. They tell us every day, in word and deed.

The Europeans couch their support for a movement that is sworn to genocide in terms of a concern for the human rights of Palestinians. Their willfull blindness to Arab abuses of Palestinians reveals their hypocrisy and yes, their anti-Semitism.

What result short of abject surrender and Israeli national suicide would satisfy them, I wonder? Israel's annihilation by Arabs would, I suppose, cause a few people to forget that it was Europe's treatment of Jews that necessitated the State of Israel in the first place. But I suppose it's bad manners to bring up that nasty episode.

Posted by dan at May 25, 2004 2:05 PM