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.”