For decades, anti-Zionist “activists” have never missed an opportunity to speak out against Israel. Every incident involving the Jewish State – large or small, real or imagined – is greeted by a cacophony of content reinforcing a false and bizarre narrative that the only liberal democracy in the Middle East is somehow a serial abuser of human rights. Many of these “activists” overtly support Hamas and Hezbollah, terror organizations which exist for the (openly stated) purpose of destroying Israel and expelling its native Jewish population. These same people, who have the audacity to claim the moral high ground, have sat in silence as the Taliban recaptures Afghanistan and prepares to enslave 19 million women and girls.
The truth, of course, is that Israel is not only a champion for the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community. It is in fact the only country in the region that can make such a claim. There are precisely zero legal restrictions on female participation in any aspect of life, culture, or society. Women are better represented in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, than in the legislature of almost any other democracy in the world. Tel Aviv is consistently ranked among the world’s most LGBTQ+ friendly cities and hosts the largest Pride Parade in Asia.
In Afghanistan under Taliban rule, things could not have been more different. Women were literally beaten in the streets if they were caught in public without a Burqa. They could not leave their homes without being escorted by a male relative. Mothers were stoned to death for teaching their daughters how to read. You can only imagine the punishments for homosexuality.
Now think how broken your moral compass would have to be to spend all your time griping about Israel and those perfidious Jews while remaining silent as the Taliban returns to power in Afghanistan.
We are witnessing the rebirth of a medieval slave state roughly the size of Texas (with a population 50% larger) and most of “rose emoji Twitter” would rather talk about anything else. Specifically, they would rather talk about Israel. This country is not perfect – no country is. But it’s a bastion of liberalism and tolerance in a sea of repression and bigotry. Women, gay, and trans people certainly have a better life here than they would anywhere else in the region.
Rather than ask why the anti-Israel crowd is silent on the Taliban, perhaps we should be asking a better, more fundamental question – why are they so obsessed with us?