A couple of interesting items caught my eye in the last few days, and their juxtaposition highlights in the clearest of ways the utter un-self-awareness of the West in their behaviour towards Israel; their total obliviousness to their screaming hypocrisy:
GAZA CITY — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it is temporarily closing its Gaza office after protesters repeatedly tried to storm it.
Spokeswoman Suhair Zakkout said the office will operate remotely until “local authorities in Gaza provide assurances that our premises, work and staff are respected.” Gaza is ruled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seized power there in 2007.
Dozens of Gazans have protested daily at the office in recent weeks in solidarity with a Palestinian hunger striker detained by Israel, demanding that the Red Cross help bring about his release. They tried to enter the building forcefully on Sunday, smashing garage windows and causing other damage.
Mohammed al-Qiq, a 33-year-old journalist, has been on a hunger strike for 75 days.
Israel’s Shin Bet security service says al-Qiq is involved in militant activities linked to Hamas.
Much as I dislike the Red Cross for their anti-Israel stance, I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for them at the violence directed at them for something that Israel has (or hasn’t) done. Then again, I can’t help the schadenfreude…. they have been supremely unhelpful when it comes to helping Israel achieve recognition within their organization, so let them now suffer the consequences.
Still in Gaza but a different NGO this time, our unfavourite NGO: UNRWA’s chief Chris Gunness has been caught out in a very obvious, easily avoidable lie. Israellycool was the catcher-out:
I just thought he was a bit more subtle with his lies than he has just shown (hat tip: Judge Dan).
You do that, Chris. You do that.
Really, Gunness’ lie was bizarre when it was his own agency that admitted – eventually – that Hamas stored weapons in their schools. Has anyone besides Israellycool called him out on his fantastical lie?
Once a hater always a hater – and a liar – it seems.
And then we have our favourite hypocrites, the British. Britain is very concerned about the punishment meted out to Palestinian stone-throwers who were minors (but not exactly small children) when they committed their murderous crime which ended in the death of 4 year old Adele Biton. From the first link above (ToI):
British officials recently expressed “concern” over the decision by an Israeli court to sentence five Palestinians youths to 15 years in prison for throwing stones at Israelis in an attack that led to the death of a toddler.
On January 28, the youths, known collectively as the Hares boys after the West Bank village they come from, were convicted for a March 2013 rock-hurling incident near Ariel that injured several Israelis, including Adele Bitton, who died of pneumonia last year at the age of 4.In November, an official from the UK’s Tel Aviv embassy met with the IDF’s Chief Prosecutor for the West Bank, Lt. Col. Maurice Hirsch, to “raise our concerns over this case in addition to our broader concerns about Israel’s child detention policy,” British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood stated in a written response to a lawmaker’s question about the case.
“We were informed by the Chief Military Prosecutor that the Hares boys agreed to a plea bargain resulting in their imprisonment for 15 years. We continue to monitor developments in the case of the Hares boys and raise the issue with the Israeli authorities,” Ellwood added.
“As part of these meetings we regularly raise issues which are of interest and concern to the British public. The Hares boys case has received significant public, parliamentary, and media attention in the UK — in our regular dialogue with Israeli officials we’ve highlighted the attention that this case has attracted.”
On March 14, 2013, the five youths — Muhammad Suleiman, Tamer Souf, Ammar Souf, Ali Shamlawi and Muhammad Kleib — threw rocks at and hit several Israeli vehicles on a road near Kifl Haris, according to the IDF. One of the cars they struck belonged to Adva Bitton, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Yakir, who was driving with her three daughters. She lost control of the car and hit a truck, wounding all passengers. Adele Bitton was paralyzed from injuries suffered in the attack and crash and died in 2015 after spending two years in and out of hospitals.
The youths, who were 16 and 17 years old at the time of the event, admitted their involvement in the attack, though they later argued they confessed under duress.
Besides the 15-year prison term, the families of the youths had to pay a monetary fine.
Over the months, the case of the so-called Hares boys became somewhat of a cause celebre for pro-Palestinian activists, who argued that there is no evidence on whose basis they could be convicted and accused Israel of systematically mistreating minors.
Rather than being a victim of terrorism, activists argued, Bitton died because of a “settler car accident.”
The imperialist colonialism in the attitude of the British screams to high heavens. What on earth is it their business what sentence Israel hands down to criminals and terrorists?? It is not as if any of the people involved, neither criminials nor victism, are British citizens, so why are they still poking their noses in as if we are still subect to the British Mandate?
The British would do much better to express their concern and take a lot closer interest in children a lot closer to home – British Jewish children in fact, whose schools have lately been the target of bomb threats:
At least eight Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats on Monday, the Community Security Trust reported.
The threats are the latest in a series of similar such warnings that have been issued against schools across the UK and further afield.
The bomb threats were made in the form of a recorded message, with a voice threatening that the school in question will be bombed, while Arabic or Islamic music was heard in the background.
The press bureau of the Metropolitan Police Service covering London said that six schools, including non-Jewish schools, had received bomb threats on Monday in the capital, but that all schools had been checked by the police and no evidence of any bombs or explosives had been found.
The police are not seeing these threats as credible, an official in the press bureau said.
Right. It’s surely unthinkable that Jewish schools should be targeted by Muslims. Much easier to make sure that Palestinian murderers are treated well by Israel and not sentenced too harshly!
Last week, the CST reported that 2015 had seen the third-highest number of anti-Semitic hate incidents ever in one year in the UK, totaling 924 attacks including abusive behavior, verbal abuse, anti-Semitic graffiti, some minor physical attacks and four serious violent assaults.
I fully expect Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett to express high concern at the British neglect of Britain’s Jewish schools, and the Jewish community in general. Our government should be summoning the British Ambassador immediately for a dressing down on their interference in our own domestic policies while ignoring their own Jewish community.
This over-zealous concern for the fate of Palestinian child-murderers does not extend to their child-victims, as we saw earlier this week (via Honest Reporting):
• Soldiers at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate subdued a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to stab them this morning. Also this morning, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl armed with a knife was arrested at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur, which is near Jerusalem. Yesterday, an 11-year-old Israeli boy was stabbed in Ramla yesterday.
Tweet of the day from Margie in Tel Aviv:
To paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm:
All children are equal, but some children are more equal than others.
(And you can be sure those children are not Jews).