Time to Demand Human Rights in the Middle East

For all the flaming liberals who scream about equal rights, discrimination and the like, where are these people when it comes to women’s rights in the Middle East?

An industry comprised of many elite liberals, concerned with “humanitarian issues,” is the industry in which I make my living in Public Relations.  And lo and behold, amidst deafening silence, the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) last week hosted “The 4th Public Relations Forum” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Major US PR firms, including Ketchum, Hill & Knowlton, and Burson-Marsteller, have offices in the region and surely benefit from the PR growth in the region.  But why don’t they look at where they are making their living?

Recently in Saudi Arabia, seven men were executed by the government – after torture and without lawyers or the right to appeal at their trial. The nation of Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t recognize the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Saudi courts allow beheading, stoning, and the US State Department says “discrimination against women is a significant problem” in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian women are required to have a male guardian and need their guardian’s permission for marriage and divorce; travel, if under 45; education; employment; opening a bank account; and they can’t drive or vote. If Muslims convert to another religion, the penalty is execution.

Fit place for Public Relations liberals to hold conferences, huh?

Yet, review yesterday’s New York Times and witness no less than three op-eds attacking Israel.  In Israel, the recently named beauty queen, Yityish Aynaw, is a black African woman.  She’s a 21-year-old Ethiopian-born Israeli who came to the country alone at the age of 12 and works as a salesperson.  She will be having dinner with US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres next week, and as she said, she was “very excited” about meeting him, as he had a “notable influence on her life.” Ms. Aynaw cited Martin Luther King Jr. as one of her heroes and is living in a land of opportunity – for all: women, blacks and others.

Meanwhile, Gaza had their marathon cancelled by the United Nations because women were not allowed to participate.  As the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said, “This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate.” Of course, Jews would have been lynched had they tried to participate.  Meanwhile, in the recent marathon in Jerusalem, Israel saw Jews, Arabs, Europeans, men and women participating and having a grand old time.

In Israel, on occasion the handful of mostly American Jews of “Women of The Wall” receive extensive media coverage for their fight to be allowed to pray at all areas of the Western Wall in coed prayer with full regalia.  Despite the fact that it is in contravention of Israeli law, they do so often – and the holiest site for Jews in the world to pray is open to everyone and anyone 24/7.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the Middle East, women are viewed as a men’s property – and that is barely focused upon.  Who remembers last year’s protests by hundreds of women in Egypt in which 13 people were killed and Egyptian soldiers beat and stripped women protesters? The newly liberated Middle East ignores the fact that the (post-Qaddafi) Libyan National Transitional Council chief pledged to uphold Islamic law and ease polygamy rules.  In nearly the entire Middle East, Islamic law is the law, and women are inferior to men.

Liberals should pay more attention to the rest of the Middle East and stop worrying about Israel.  Instead of attacking Israel stupidly, focus on the terrorists and terrorizers of all those who don’t subscribe to their exact way of life.

By the way, don’t forget three years ago all those urgently needed humanitarian flotillas for the poor people of Gaza? Where are all those bleeding-hearts now when tens of thousands have been slaughtered in Syria? Still no flotilla to Syria?

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The obsession with Israel/Jews is the glue which binds the reds and the greens. Therefore, it is impossible to break, if its main construct isn't destroyed. In fact, hiding the core of human rights abuses, against an entire mass of people, is mandatory, otherwise they risk exposing the crux of the abuse: Sharia Law, the underpinning of Islam.

    In fact, creating the bugaboo "Islamophobia", is part of the above, as it extends the silence deep into the west, and the reds/greens are eyeing its submission. Therefore, if any headway is to be made, a spotlight must be shined herein, and this is just for starters – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a

    As well as learning from the above expert, Professor Paul Eidelberg, as to what must urgently take place -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/calling-for-an-islamic-reformation-via-strong-american-leadership-cold-war-messaging-why-excellence-morals-matter-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Ken Kelso

      Adina your right on the money

  • http://twitter.com/religion_state @religion_state

    re: “Women of The Wall” receive extensive media coverage for their fight to be allowed to pray at all areas of the Western Wall in coed prayer with full regalia. Despite the fact that it is in contravention of Israeli law, they do so often – and the holiest site for Jews in the world to pray is open to everyone and anyone 24/7.

    Please note Women of the Wall's mission statement:

    "As Women of the Wall, our central mission is to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall."

    They do not seek to pray at "all areas" of the Kotel — only the Women's section.
    They do not seek to pray "in coed prayer" — only in all-women's prayer.

    Since you were incorrect in the above statements, in becomes somewhat ambiguous what is in fact "in contravention of Israeli law".

    re: "they pray … often" — to be exact: 11 times a year on Rosh Hodesh; their request is to pray a total of 11 hours per year.

    Joel Katz http://religionandstateinisrael.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/religion_state

  • Loyal Achates

    Human rights? Like 'one man, one vote' or 'end state discrimination on religious or ethnic grounds'?

    Sounds fine, except that Israel can't abide such things.

    • LibertarianToo

      You are simply wrong on the facts. Not only 'one man, one vote" but 'one person, one vote' not to mention Arab members of the Knesset.

    • Western Candian

      LA, or perhaps LALALALALALALALALALA would be more accurate, have you never missed a chance to make a complete fool out of yourself?? Probably not, you are so GOOD at it!

    • ziontruth

      Multiculturalism has been the undoing of the nation-state. Having seen how it has fared in Western Europe, it's only natural that Israeli Jews are less than sanguine about removing the barriers of protection preventing them from becoming, through demographic overpowerment, persecuted in their own land. Israel is the state of the Jews; anyone not pleased with that idea is free to leave.

      And it's none of your business.

  • Lisa

    I'm not well educated but I can easily see that liberals will never be offended by the culture of anyone except conservative whites, Jews and Christians. The Muslim can come here and murder their daughters and there is silence from the feminists and liberals. Islam can outlaw homosexuality but they will not be called anti-gay. The agenda is not about human rights, it's about making whites, especially men, feel guilty and exacting punishment. When and if they happen to acknowledge that a particular people have a problem for example urban gun violence, then it is blamed squarely on the shoulders of white society.
    Therefore, don't wait for there to be any complaints of Sharia law ,they can not do it.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why don't these so-called "human rights" people care about the human rights of Israelis? They're just as important.

  • Yoshi11

    The author writes: "The nation of Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t recognize the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Actually, ALL of the 56 Moslem-majority countries plus the Palestinian Authority subscribe to the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam which is incompatible with the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Cairo Declaration is the Moslem world's answer to the Universal Declaration because the Universal declaration enshrines equality before the law, gender equality and freedom of conscience and religion — all of which violates sharia law. The Cairo Declaration specifically says that all human rights must be derived from and conform to Sharia law.

  • Terrance Thor

    Not only are American liberals silent on the question of human rights in Arab countries, they actively seek to fund any group or government or entity which wants to crush even the smallest voice of true democratic reform. The Obama administration, beloved by liberals, has overthrown democratic movements all over the world just as it imposes harsh, authoritarian, unconstitutional laws here at home. We have handed Iraq over to Iran, gotten rid of Gadaffi who wanted to fund and revitalize African-owned businesses and employ sub-Saharan Africans; Gadaffi was no threat to the US or the West – yet we threw him out and funded his murderers who then murdered our people. We are funding Al Qaida in Syria, and of course they will pay us back Libyan style.