Human Rights Violations: The Hypocrisy of Israel

Nader Durgham

Staff Writer

 

Countries seem to apply double standards when their public image is at stake. When it comes to Israel, this standard is taken to a whole new level.

In a recent short tweet thread, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was “shocked and outraged” upon seeing pictures of children suffering from the chemical attacks in Syria. Arab-Israeli reporter Lucy Aharish angrily criticized the situation.

“Where are you, Arabs? Where are you, Muslims? Where are you, traitors?” she said.

These statements are nothing but pointless attempts in trying to save Israel’s apparently dying image. By seeing several nations turning against Assad in Syria, Israel saw it as an opportunity to hide its own atrocities by joining the popular thought once again.

Netanyahu is the last person allowed to feel “sorry” for those Syrian civilians. He went as far as claiming that there is no excuse for the deliberate attack on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed weapons. He even called on the international community to react in one of his tweets. It is extremely rare to see this much hypocrisy in just a few words.

Let’s rewind a bit to the 2014 Gaza War, in which the Israeli Army used white phosphorus to attack a United Nations school in Gaza. This kind of weapon is forbidden under international law, yet Israel keeps on deliberately using it under the excuse of “self-defense” by killing countless women and children in Gaza.

Rewind a bit more and we also have the Israeli “Defense” Forces’ use of cluster bombs on Lebanese children during and even after the 2006 war.

It is clear that Israel does not have a good history in respecting human rights. However, the International Community have not been doing so well in stopping it either. Israel feels like it has right to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants without anything or anyone stopping it. Whenever it faces resistance, it panics and labels others as terrorists or international organizations as “biased” and, of course, hides behind the overused term of “anti-semitism.”

The use of chemical weapons is not being defended, but Israel is the last state allowed to criticize it when it has conducted massacres such as Sabra and Chatila and has been terrorizing Palestinians ever since its creation.

Coming back to reporter Lucy Aharish, she deliberately called Arabs traitors. Now the Arab position is questionable and not exactly the most effective, but those words coming from her are not innocent either.

She identifies as an Arab, but then again she works for an Israeli news outlet and helps spread Israeli propaganda. The bigger question would be where her big and strong speeches disappear when Palestinians, supposedly her own people, are being tortured by Israelis, the ones she’s working for on a daily basis. She seems to be the traitor herself.

Israel has recently been designated as the world’s first human rights violator by the United Nations Human Rights Council and called an ‘apartheid-state’ by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

It is time for Israel to be held accountable for its atrocious actions before it pretends to have any humanity in its policies.

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