Human rights movement has been subverted just like all of the other international organizations and movements that at one time, had their beginnings based on true western values and sense of justice. Now, it’s all blue smoke and mirrors as the international Left chips away at the last vestiges of Western civilization.
NOTE: Yet again, an excellent piece by Lori.
Thoolen was kind enough to spend a good deal of time explaining why twitter remarks such as the ones sent out by Seif simply could not be the basis for disqualifying a nominee whose bravery on behalf of Egyptian rights qualified her to be nominated.
He made two points.
One, tweets constitute a different level of expression than, say, university talks or published articles, because they are more spontaneous, and therefore should be subject to a lower level of scrutiny.
Second, and this illuminates the darker problem, Thoolen matter of factly, and repeatedly, justified some of Seif’s rhetoric with the chilling words: “the right of resistance under occupation is very much a subject of international dispute.”
On Tuesday, October 8, the 2013 Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender Award was presented in Geneva, Switzerland to someone other than an Egyptian woman who repeatedly vilified and glorified violence against Israel.
Yes, things are so bad it is newsworthy when a promoter of human rights abuses against the Jewish state was not voted by the leading global human rights organizations as the top human rights defender in 2013.
But although Egyptian social media activist Mona Seif was not chosen as this year’s award recipient, it is barely less astounding that she was chosen as a nominee, and then again as one of the three finalists for what is known as the “Nobel Prize for Human Rights” in spite of her very public advocacy of terrorist and wanton destruction against the Jewish State.
Friday morning and then again on Monday, the day before the award was presented, The Jewish Press spoke with the (non-voting) chair of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Award jury, Hans Thoolen, in an effort to understand how Mona Seif could be considered a credible nominee.
The Jewish Press first covered this story back in May when we learned that Seif had been nominated for the award because of her social media activism in countering the Mubarak regime’s repressive actions and in mobilizing protesters and supporters of the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square during the winter of 2010 – 11.