Assad on Instagram 370.
(photo credit: Instagram)
It is questionable whether or not the US and other countries, and the
international community will ultimately punish Syria for the indiscriminate and
criminal use of chemical weapons against its own civilian
Whatever they decide to do, one striking fact nevertheless
stands out. Over a thousand innocent civilians were cruelly murdered in Syria,
in one fell swoop over a week ago. Thousands more were seriously wounded.
Thousands of families have been destroyed and doomed, to the end of their days,
to pain, suffering and misery, by one criminal decision so glibly and easily
taken, to use chemical weaponry – in this case gas – against
Thousands more civilians have been systematically and
indiscriminately killed over the past two years in the unending hostilities
between the Syrian regime and its opposition from within.
And faced with
all this one may ask where are the United Nations Security Council and General
Assembly? Where is the European Union? Where is the UN Human Rights Council?
Where are they all, together with the myriad of NGO’s that are so quick and
eager to jump to condemn any and every action by Israel to defend itself against
Palestinian terror, and any and every plan or decision regarding Israel’s
Where are the EU sanctions and labeling policies that
the EU’s Catherine Ashton and her European colleagues so enthusiastically and
consistently impose on Israel and its products and institutions in the
territories? Where are the UN General Assembly Emergency and Regular Session
resolutions that are so easily and automatically adopted year in, year out, to
condemn Israel for any and everything? Where is the UN Human Rights Council, its
Special Rapporteur and Fact Finding Missions, that are so eager to lynch Israel
at every opportunity? Where are the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists
and supporters whose fixation at harming Israel and threatening performers who
want to appear in Israel, blinds them to all situations of utter and genuine
cruelty and lawlessness in the world? Where are those hypocritical lawyers,
jurists, academics and labor union people who so readily pounce on Israel with
boycotts, sanctions and accusations of violation of international law, but who
seem to turn a blind eye to genuine, blatant and glaring violations of
international law that have no connection to Israel? Whether action will be
taken against Syria or not, it is evident that the thousands of dead Syrian
bodies mean little to the UN, the EU, the BDS people and the rest.
have their double-standard. It’s evidently much easier and simpler to come out
and bash Israel for little or no cause, than it is to react to the brutal
chemical murder and ruination of the families of thousands of
One wonders why?
The writer is the former Legal Adviser to
Israel’s foreign ministry and ambassador of Israel to Canada, is the director of
the Institute for contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public