Emanuele Ottolenghi posts an excellent article on the “deafening silence” from some of the most pro-Palestinian –and very vocal– organizations concerning the recent murder sprees in both Gaza and Lebanon.
When in comes to Arabs murdering Arabs, these groups grow amazingly silent in the face of such open atrocities. Come on, Hamas machine guns a thousand peace protesters murdering two, and the pro-Palestinian advocacy crowd remains mute. Lets face it, only when it involves Israel do these fake peace activists get riled. More here. *L* KGS
To quote the Tundra Tabloids good friend TINSC; ” Arabs can murder other Arabs all day long with impunity, a Jew just has to look cross eyed at an Arab and all hell breaks loose.”
The West is host to many organizations—the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the International Solidarity Movement, and countless others—dedicated to supporting the Palestinian cause. Given mounting casualties among Palestinian civilians under fire in Lebanon and Gaza this week, one would expect these organizations to voice their shock, outrage, or simple concern at these events. Take the plight of Palestinians in the northern Lebanese camp of Nahr el Bared: according to recent news reports, more than 130 people have died during the past three weeks of fighting there. The escalating violence in Gaza has claimed the lives of more than 70.
Surprisingly, none of these groups—always dutifully prompt to denounce Palestinian deaths at Israeli hands—has much to say about Palestinian deaths at the hands of Lebanese soldiers, or of fellow Palestinians. From France’s Campagne Civile Internationale pour la Protection des Palestiniens, from the Alternative News Center, from the new Free Gaza organization: not a word. This is puzzling, given the particularly brutal nature of the violence. Hamas gunmen threw a Fatah official from the 15th floor of an apartment building; Fatah later avenged his death by throwing a Hamas man off the 12th floor of another building.
Fatah gunmen taken prisoner were shot in the head, execution-style, in the streets. (To its credit, Human Rights Watch quickly condemned these actions as war crimes, even in the face of this silence.)
At least these organizations have an implicit rationale for their selectiveness in pointing out human-rights violations—their mission, more or less explicitly, is to aid the Palestinians in their struggle against the state of Israel.
Note: Solomonia has more on other silent organizations here.