(photo credit: Reuters)
So-called human rights activists the world over have for years been duped by
Palestinians into believing that they are fighting an evil Israeli
The recent Welcome to Israel 2012 campaign launched worldwide to
encourage anti-Israel activists to fly to Israel is but one of many attempts,
such as the infamous Mavi Marmara incident, to challenge Israel’s
The organizers of the campaign said that they had no plans
to stage demonstrations.
One volunteer coordinator said that the planned
activities included laying the foundations for a school, mural painting, helping
Palestinian villagers plant trees, and attending cultural and artistic
Arriving activists supposedly were asked not to lie about the
reason for their visit.
Clearly, some activists did lie as they managed
to get through checkpoints set up specifically to prevent them from reaching
The Public Diplomacy Ministry rightly printed flyers
saying: “Dear activist, we appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of
your humanitarian concerns. We know there were many other worthy choices.You
could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own
people, which has claimed thousands of lives.
“You could have chosen to
protest the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent and support of
terrorism throughout the world.
You could have chosen to protest Hamas
rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing
rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.
“But instead you chose
to protest against Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, where women are
equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can
operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not
live in fear.”
The point is clear. You cannot be human rights activists
if Israel is the country of your choosing. The current conflict is not a blanket
human rights issue.
THESE SO-CALLED activists have yet to demonstrate
concern for real human rights abuses taking place daily around the
What about the 150 Afghan schoolgirls who were poisoned by
conservative radicals opposed to female education, after drinking contaminated
water at a high school in the country’s north? What about Mohammed Nabil Taha,
an 11-year-old Palestinian boy who died last year at the entrance to a Lebanese
hospital after doctors refused to help him because his family could not afford
to pay for medical treatment? What about the hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians who live in squalid refugee camps in Lebanon and who are the
victims of an apartheid system that denies them access to work, education and
medical care? And Lebanon is not the only Arab country guilty of this flagrant
violation of human rights.
Last week, Jordan decided to revoke the
Jordanian citizenship of Palestinian Authority and PLO officials at the same
time that a new electoral law in Jordan seeks to limit Palestinian
representation in parliament. All this is meant to complete the divorce from
Palestinians that Jordan’s King Hussein began in 1988.
And over 1,000
Palestinians have been stranded along the border between Syria and Jordan for
the past few weeks as they attempt to escape from the mass murder currently
taking place in Syria. But Jordanian authorities refuse to allow them
Where are the human rights activists? Where is the “concerned”
Israeli Left? ALL CITIZENS of Israel – regardless of their race, religion or sex
– enjoy equal human rights and protection under the law.
provocateurs ignore this fact and effectively ignore Israel’s right to
self-defense, make unsubstantiated claims regarding its intent and challenge
Israel’s democratic values and rule of law.
The Left blindly fights for
the rights of activists purportedly fighting for human rights.
say, let these activists into the country. Then the world will cheer Israel for
being so open to expression.
As was proven just a few
days ago, anti- Israel provocateurs did not come here to peacefully stand on the
roadside holding placards. They came instead to disrupt the daily lives of
citizens and create difficulties for IDF patrols.
It does not matter what
Israel does right. The world will always find something
That in itself is not problematic, as all democracies have their
issues. Rather, the obsessive focus on Israel while the countries surrounding it
commit real human rights violations against Palestinians living within their
borders only solidifies the argument that these so-called activists care very
little about Palestinians. Were this the case, they would be found on Jordan’s
border with Syria insisting on equal rights for the Palestinians stuck
They would be hollering in Lebanon against government mistreatment
of the Palestinian population there.
But the activists are not there.
They are here. In the only democracy in the Middle East. In the only country
that offers the same level of medical care to the suicide bomber and his
They are protesting against a country that offers shelter to gay
Palestinians escaping their brutal culture. Women seeking Israeli shelter from
threats of “honor killings” is common as well.
And the Israeli Left has
not said much about the brutalization of Palestinians elsewhere.
focus on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank comes as a result of their
problem with Israel – not their love for Palestinians.
Therefore, it must
be concluded, these concerned individuals are really only interested in
furthering their anti-Israel campaign because they hate Israel – not because
they love Palestinians.
In reality, both groups are wasting their time.
Foreign and Israeli activists supposedly concerned with human rights violations
should focus on the countries where such violations actually take place on a
Israel needs to continue the development of a policy on how
to deal with anti-Israel activists. The preemptive moves Israel took last week
to prevent the arrival of many activists proved successful and this is certainly
a good first step in Israel’s struggle against foreign provocateurs.