Hama residents duck to avoid bullets from Syrian army 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
NEW YORK – Condemnation of Syria in the wake of the crackdown on anti-government
movement in Hama that started last weekend has been vocal and near
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Israel has been one of the few exceptions.
has remained mute on the subject, perhaps because it has been preoccupied by
protests at home over the cost of housing. More likely, however, because it does
not want to be seen as supporting the movement that Syrian President Bashar
Assad has accused of being orchestrated by Israel, in a bid to delegitimize
Jewish-American organizations, however, have no such qualms and have
been more outspoken in their condemnation of Israel’s northeastern
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League on
Wednesday all issued statements criticizing Damascus.
“The people in
Syria have been looking to the West and saying ‘your silence is killing us,’”
said Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of
Hoenlein said the protracted talks at the United Nation’s
Security Council over how to respond to violence in Syria, compared with the
relative ease with which condemnations of Israel are passed through the General
Assembly, exposed the hypocrisy of some UN members.
“They attack Israel,
but when it came to Syria, where the violations are so blatant, they did not and
it highlighted the double standard or quadruple standard found in the United
Nations,” he said.
The message that human rights violations were
unacceptable should be extended to Iran, which “provides weapons and manpower to
suppress the popular expressions [in Syria],” Hoenlein said.
Jewish Committee said the resolution was not enough and that more measures
including targeting of individuals in the Syrian government and the country’s
energy sector should be passed.
“As the UN Security Council met over the
past three days, the Assad regime has significantly increased its violent
repression of the Syrian people,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said. “The
extent of the carnage wrought by Assad in Hama, Homs, Daraa and other cities
over the past four months demands stronger international condemnation and
Russia, China and others were “complicit in obstructing global
efforts to support the courageous Syrian protesters and to convince Assad to
stop the ruthless campaign of violence against his own people. The Syrian people
deserve more empathy and firmer action by the UN. Regrettably, several of the
Security Council members have chosen to ignore their anguish,” the AJC
The Anti-Defamation League also said the resolution approved by the
Security Council was insufficient and urged the council pass sanctions against
the government in Damascus.
“While it is appropriate for the Security
Council to be dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria, the council’s
presidential statement condemning the Assad regime’s human rights violations and
ruthless use of force against Syrian civilians is a wholly inadequate response,”
ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said. “In light of the regime’s brutality
in recent months, particularly its current actions in the town of Hama, we urge
the council to adopt a resolution that will make it unambiguously clear to
President Assad that unless he reverses course, the international community will
impose immediate consequences on his repressive regime.”