The Radical Left: Where Activists Won’t Be Harmed, Where They Are Not Needed

Before I say anything, please let me be clear about one thing – diverdity of opinions and ideas is a wonderful thing, every society must aspire to. The following post is not about “silencing voices” – it’s about a phenomena. Earlier this week I posted about an Israeli officer who was dismissed after caught on camera hitting an activist. The phenomena of European activists, from the far left (and then a little further) of of the political view map, is the one I’d like to address here.

Why? Because it’s a growing phenomena. Because Israel is facing these activists on a daily basis. Because I truly try to understand (and fails) why someone would choose to focus all his energy on this specific conflict, when I see the world we’re living in, not to mention my neighborhood.

And before you jump of rage, let me make another thing very clear – Israel is a democracy and I, as well as these activists, enjoy this fact very much. I do not wish to be compared to a dicatorship. I am merely pointing out, that the world is a dangerous place everywhere, yet one place in particular (Israel) recieves undivided attention, numerous resources and so on, leaving many many many people around the world, nearly completely ignored! People who actually need the attention, the resources and so on.

Now, I’m not going to try and guess what these activists motives are – whether it’s anti-semetic, boredom, the need for advanture, or even if they truly care about human rights but simply afriad for their own.

I am merely going to point out the duplicity of them focusing only on Israel (and only is the keyword).

Just off the top of my head, the issues around the world getting almost completely ignored, are:

  • Famine and Hunger in North Korea, where only recently people were sentenced to hard labor in camps for no crying enough for the death of their leader.
  • Over a billion Chiense people who live under rules which among other things control the number of children they’re allowed to have, and enjoy no free choice whatsoever (not to mention that when the Olympics or Expo comes to China, they are simply moved or hidden without any regard to their human rights). China is the number one country in executions around the world.
  • The runner-up – Iran’s dicatotrship has become even more brutal since the failed 2009 uprising. Evidences (some extremely graphic and horrifying) about sentences of whip lashes, tortures and rapes in prisons of citizens, and forcing compliance to an extreme religious law (which includes deploying officers on the streets to scold women showing “too much” skin). As I’ve said, Iran has the second most executions per year around the World.
  • Muritania which hosts 600,000’s slaves.
  • Pakistan where for instance a woman by the name of Asia Bibi awaits execution for blasphemy because she’s Christian.
  • Russia’s leadership just won the elections by an obvious fake vote (99.97% of Chechnya county voted?!). St. Petersburd is working on a law that would make the act of coming out of the closet a criminal offense!
  • How about the unfree people of the Muslim and Arab world? The ones whose limbs are amputated in Saudi Arabia for misdemeanors? Or the women not allowed to drive? The protestors who were killed in Bahrain? And the other millions of people who are not allowed to vote, protest, marry, speak their minds and are been incarcerated daily for things these activists take for granted?
  • To that end – what about the people of Gaza? Who are living under an extreme Islamic law, whose rulers took power over their lives by force and bloodshed? Who force them to live in war? Where they are executed, imprisoned, denied the ability to protest or speek out against Hamas, or any other of the extreme fanatic terror groups controling their lives and stashing weapons and rockets under their pillows?
  • What about Cuba, Venezuela, Tibet, Sudan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, The Kurdish Issue, Guinea, Mianmr, Uganda, Somlia and so on and so on and so on!
  • What about the atrocities committed by their own countries? Guantanamo Bay, the continuing tortures of Afgan people for intelligence, The Iraq war (while troops were still displayed), the attacks by NATO and US army in Pakistan, Yemen and so on?

The Palestinians have a much better status than any one of these people who actually need the activists of the world to speak and act for them, but only a small portions does!

The Palestinian people have their own leadership, with international recognition (except for Hamas in Gaza, which won a violent coup).

The Palestinian people have a seat in the UN since 1974.

The Palestinian people have their own UN agency to deal with their so-called refugees (while every other refugee is treated by one agency for all).

The Palestinian people have diplomatic delegacies in many countries around the world, including all of Europe and North America.

The Palestinian people write op-eds in Western newspapers (Like Mahmoud Abbas’, PA President, article in The New York Times last May).

The Palestinian people have engaged in numerous negotiations with Israel (and have declined all offers made to them to this day), and in fact their lack of will to end the conflict (their leadership benefits from worldwide) has even won them a UNESCO seat.

The Palestinian people have many (many!) Israeli NGOs defending them, protesting for them, filing complaints in their names (Betslem, Shalom Achshav, Yesh Din and many many more!). These organizations recieve funding from many European countries.

Even private Palestinian people recieve legal and monetary help from European countries and the aforementioned NGOs when private people of Israel sue them in Israeli court, in dispute over the ownership of their homes.

The overwhelming majority of UN decisions and condemnations are in favor of the Palestinian people, while completely ignoring the people of China, Cuba, North Korea (one condemnations in almost a decade!), Russia, Uganda, Venezuela, Tibet, Somalia, Yemen and ho so many more.

Moreover, the Palestinian people are “fighting”rockets are fired at Israeli citizens daily. Stones are thrown at moving cars daily (last September they caused a man to crash his car, killing both him and his 1 year old son). Demonstrations are taking place every week (and though it’s saddening when it happens, only a short small few of these end in casualties, and their majority are certainly handled in less violence than US police when they evicted the “Occupy Wall-Street” movement). Palestinian leaders are interviewed in Israeli media, invited to take part in Israeli panels, and so on.

Why?! Please explain to me why the Palestinian people recieve an overwhelming majority of the worlds’ activists (most of them only operating in this conflict and not in any other non-domestic conflict), while so many others get ignored? Live in famine and disease. Die untreated for AIDS, TB, malaria and more. Fear that their words would end them in torture, in prison, on death row. WHY?!


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