Weekly Update: Perpetrators and victims

editor - 6 May 2021

On 27th April Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its report entitled “A Threshold Crossed – Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”. It is 213-page litany of accusations and complaints. It portrays the Jewish State of Israel as an inherently apartheid state whose sole purpose is to persecute the Palestinians. According to HRW, Israel is guilty of crimes against humanity – apartheid and persecution. All Israeli laws showing preference to Jews must be abolished. Israel’s leaders should be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court, and Israel should be subject to international condemnation, isolation and sanctions.

What clearly most offends the writers of this report is that Israel dares to be a Jewish State – a homeland for the Jewish people. How dare the Jews claim a homeland of their own? How dare the Jews be a Jewish people?

The report comes as no surprise. For decades, since the 1970’s the claim that “Zionism = Racism” has remained etched in the minds of many who refuse to accept the existence of the Jewish people. The Palestinian leadership has made an art form of rejectionism. Endless missed opportunities. It’s always Israel’s fault.

Just like many of its predecessors, that have relegated to the dustbin of history, this report is full of black-and-white generalizations, one-sided assertions, and a broad smattering of blatant falsifications. It reflects more the growing modern trend that divides history conveniently into “victims” and “perpetrators”, claims all suffering must be the fault of the other, and demands justice.

There is not one word even suggesting the slightest possibility that the Palestinians themselves, or their brothers and sisters in the Arab world, share responsibility for their dire situation. Nothing about the Holocaust, the Grand Mufti’s alliance with Hitler, the 1948 attack on Israel by the Arab states, the subsequent attempts to exterminate the Jewish State, the intifada’s or Arafat’s rejection of Barak’s offer in 2000. To mention just a few.

Tragically, the report not only misrepresents who the Jewish people are and what the Jewish State is all about, it also ignores the many examples of Jewish/Arab cooperation in Israel, the Arab Israeli’s who work hard to make Israel a success, and those Palestinians who do not blame Israel for their sufferings.

Human Rights Watch has missed the opportunity to use human rights to make a real difference. It is doing both the Palestinian people and the human rights movement a great disservice, thereby undermining any credibility it may have had.

As Psalm 126 reminds us (below), the restoration of the fortunes of the Jewish people brings great joy and blessing – to both the Jews and all who live in the land. Imagine what blessings will flow when Israel’s detractors decide to accept the Jewish people, instead of cursing them! (The recent Abraham Accords between Israel and a number of Arab/Islamic states give a taste of what that acceptance looks like, and the many blessings that flow from it).

The Editorial team

Israel & Christians Today

Read the HRW report: click here..

HRW obsessively singl
es out Jews and Israel

NGO Monitor analysis: HRW’s text is part of a renewed NGO push over the past 18-months, attaching the term “apartheid” to discourse on Israel. Capitalizing on their breakthrough in the International Criminal Court (ICC), the NGO network seeks to reinforce political narratives, in contrast to credible factual presentation and legal analysis. In a broader context, this report is another move in the decades-long series of obsessive attacks against Israel and its legitimacy as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The organization has again demonstrated the accuracy of founder Robert Bernstein’s condemnation, in the New York Times, of HRW for “issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.”
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Germany rejects HRW report on ‘apartheid Israel’

Germany has expressed its rejection of a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) describing Israeli practices toward Palestinians as amounting to “the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert that the international human rights watchdog’s assumption that “Israel is committing the international law crime of apartheid is explicitly not endorsed by the federal government,” Anadolu Agency reported. “We don’t think that is a correct assessment,” Seibert added.
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Human Rights Watch continues to betray its founding principles

Joshua Block in JPost: “To get a sense of HRW’s disturbing anti-Israel bias, consider this: over the past five years, the NGO has authored seven special reports on Israel. In comparison, the organization published none condemning North Korea, one of the worst criminal regimes in the world; and only three reports addressed the human rights violations of the repressive, theocratic regime in Iran.”
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Scripture for the week: Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.