The Palestinian Human Rights Nightmare

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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The notion that Israel is victimizing the Palestinians is one of the cardinal—perhaps the cardinal—paradigms of international politics since the 1967 Six-Day War. Not only the left, both in Israel and abroad, subscribes to it, but also a large part of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, and just about all of official Europe. It goes without saying that the paradigm is regnant in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

It is hard, then, to get anyone interested in Palestinians victimizing Palestinians—suggesting that the seeming preoccupation with Israeli-ruled territories has something to do with the great value many people find in the Jew-as-victimizer prototype. Similarly, once the United States—supposedly the oppressor—had left Southeast Asia in the early 1970s, it was hard to get any but a few of the opponents of that presence interested in the ensuing horrendous victimization of Vietnamese and Cambodians by other Vietnamese and Cambodians.

Last week, though, an Israeli outfit called the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) tried to buck the trend. It presented to the European Parliament a report on “The Status of Human Rights on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” The reports notes that “a surprising silence prevails regarding the violation of human rights by the Palestinian government authorities in the Territories,” and that, even though these are by now widely documented, “the EU continues to push for full and immediate statehood for the [Palestinian Authority].”

And while the JIJ focuses mainly on Europe, it could, naturally, also have said similar things regarding the Obama administration’s preoccupation with getting statehood for the Palestinians—fast; which seems to have waned only recently in an election year.

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  • UCSPanther

    Surprise, surprise.

    So how is "liberation" working out for them now?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      The Clerics are smiling….

  • Shalom Freedman

    The Palestinian Arabs capacity to torture and murder other Palestinian Arabs is no sudden discovery. It goes back to Mandate times and had extreme manifestations during the First Intifada.
    The human rights hypocrites ignore or downplays this because general applause and supporting funds come from bashing Israel.

  • Rifleman

    The PA would fit right in on the UN human rights council, these days.

  • aspacia

    This will be buried by our media.

  • Schlomotion

    The "Jerusalem Institute of Justice" paper on Palestinian oppression of Palestinians is going to be as credible and riveting as The Himmler Paper on Jewish on Jewish Crime in the Warsaw Ghetto.

    • stern

      In other words, Shmo knows the truth. The Joos made them do it.

    • stern

      And this comes from someone who believes that the Turkish interpretation of the Mavi Marmara "incident" is gospel truth.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Now, let me make an attempt to grasp the logic inherent in your statement …

      Himmler wrote a paper on Jewish on Jewish crime in the Warsaw Ghetto. So … and once again, to make sure that I understand you … the method of stopping Jewish-on-Jewish crime is to kill the Jews? Is that what you're saying?

      • Schlomotion

        Certainly not. I am clearly saying that a commission originating in the country that forces semitic peoples into a ghetto is not the best authority on their well-being and intrapersonal civic relations.

        • Stephen_Brady

          Isn't your equating of Nazi Germany and Israel a blatant attempt to state that Israel will do the same to the "Palestinians" as Germany did to the Jews?

          • Schlomotion

            Not at all. I am simply comparing two very similar things. I do not presume to state that Israel WILL do the same thing. I am cautiously optimistic that they will not, because too many people are watching.

          • stern

            ah, so that's the only reason. People are watching. But behind closed doors, those darn Joos will do whatever they can get away with?

            Shmomotion is Herman Cantoinette is an anti-Semitic pig who thinks Jewish kids should be killed.

        • intrcptr2

          Oh, those nasty Jews, forcing Hamas to win an election, after the IDF uprooted every last Israeli, and then stage a coup against its own government.

          How dare those Zionists make the palis in Gaza vote for their won leaders.

          The problem with your analogy ahs nothing to do with Himmler and everything to do with the abject lack of Jew-on-Jew violence in the Warsaw ghetto. The palis are pre-civilized; any effort by the UN, or others, to craft a state from that mess will fail. Of course there is the curious fact that in 1948 it was fellow Arabs who forced the refugees into camps, not the Israelis.

          • Nick Shaw

            And keep them in the camps to this day, Int!

  • EVABeliever

    shlop is a typical hater: he only believes what he wants to believe as long as it fits his biased world view. Maggots like schlop (schlomotion) deserve to live in the squalor they remain willfully ignorant of.

  • DogsHateRomney

    .
    THE MYTH OF A "PALESTINIAN" PEOPLE……..
    http://www.masada2000.org/palestine-myth.html

  • DogsHateRomney

    Take a close look at this PRESENT DAY MAP of the Middle East.

    Do you see that 22 Arab and/or Muslim [Iran is not considered Arab] nations completely engulf Israel?

    http://masada2000.org/historical.html

    • Snorbak

      & lets not forget that those 22 nations incorporate 144 million square miles, filled with people that desire to exterminate the Jew's as a race, motivated by an all consuming, irrational & complete hatred of Israel & her people.
      Israels position is certainly one to be envied!

      • DogsHateRomney

        Indeed. Moreover, the term "Palestinian" itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, (read "The Aaronsohn Saga" by Shmuel Katz) ~ ~ and they ahve been slowly deconstructed and re-defined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. SO Marx/Hagelian,

        • Snorbak

          There is also this;

          “There is no such thing as Palestine in history — absolutely not!”
          Professor Philip Hitti, 1946. (Arab historian)

          “We’re not Palestinians, if anybody is a Palestinian the Jews are Palestinians” Ahmed Shukairy, 1956. (Co founder of the PLO)

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What would be the facts of a two state setup for citizen abuse and murder in Palestinian (Arab) state and
    and Israeli State? There has been to many hanging and burning killings in Palestinian controled land
    to suggest to the contrary it does not exist. In Israel I have never seen any evidence of a citizen being
    tortured, hung or cruely abused by the authorities. There is however that which approaches mental
    abuse and that is the Israeli Government making continual concessions only to reap more violence
    and everyone must say "whats up with that"………make us crazy?…………………….William

    • WilliamJamesWard

      To clarify, time for the Israeli Government to take the gloves off and end the debacle of
      the Palestinian hoax generating world wide propaganda at Israel's expense…………William

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt we'll hear any of this from people like muchiboy and Nakba1948. They're so obsessed with their beloved Palestinians that they don't see the human rights violations that happen in the Palestinian territories.

  • Hank Rearden

    Typical article by a Jew. Insensitive; un-multicultural. Jews may not like to be hung on a hook with their hands behind their back, but how do you know that Arabs don't like it? Every culture has its own mores. The idea that everybody wants the rule of law is a typical Jew idea. What's wrong with rule by a strong man who keeps malcontents in line? Jews keep whining about human rights and everybody is tired of hearing it!

    • Nick Shaw

      "The idea that everybody wants the rule of law is a typical Jew idea."
      Don't live in the US, do you, Helen?
      Do you ever tire of being a dork?

    • Snorbak

      Your comment, "Typical artical by a Jew" is a typical comment from a Jew Hater & is in itself insensitive.
      I admire you double standards. (Sarcasm intended)
      "What's wrong with rule by a strong man who keeps malcontents in line?"; isn't that what Israel is doing with regard to the "Palestinian" Arabs living within its borders?
      You make reference to multiculturalism as if its a positive, its the very thing that is tearing western societies apart & is all too often confused with multiracialism.

    • Ghostwriter

      Have you no shame,Hank? That is one of the most disgusting things I've ever read on this site. Why don't you crawl back under your rock where you belong?

  • Nick Shaw

    Huh! To think I always thought the Arabs were given their own state! Jordan, I think it was called.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Multiculturalism——hummmmmm———-The effects of the Tower of Babel have not been rescinded
    last I checked……….leftists will only build a Towering Inferno………………………….William