Human-rights ‘metrics’ that clash with reality

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February 13, 2012 20:07

When Israel and India are on a par with Iran and Saudi Arabia, something is badly wrong.




Human Rights March in Tel Aviv

Human Rights March in Tel Aviv 311. (photo credit: Moshe Rafaeli)

Writing in Friday’s Jerusalem Post, Israel Kasnett provided figures that concretize the world’s double standard regarding Israel: A London protest against Israel’s 2009 war in Gaza, for instance, drew “tens of thousands” of people (The Guardian’s figure), compared to a mere 150 for one against the ongoing slaughter in Syria, which has so far claimed at least five times as many victims.

Nor need you be “right-wing” to notice this discrepancy: Two Haaretz columnists, both dyed-in-the-wool left-wingers, offered similar observations last week. Bradley Burston focused on the UN Human Rights Council, which rushed to appoint a committee to investigate the Gaza war but hasn’t even considered doing the same for Syria; Carlos Strenger addressed the issue more broadly in a column titled “Israel, Syria, and the double standards of the Free World.”

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