Sari Ellen

New entry in the hypocrisy olympics

 New Entry in the Hypocrisy Olympics

Welcome to the newest entry in the Hypocrisy Olympics, during which we confirm yet again that some deaths are accorded more outrage than others.

Currently, in Syria’s Yarmouk Refugee camp, Palestinians are being beheaded by Islamic State militants. But here in the United States, the deaths of those particular Palestinians aren’t getting much attention. Blaming Hamas, Islamic State or other like-minded groups for their viciousness is simply not in fashion. Apparently, it’s only fashionable to rant and rave about Palestinian suffering when you can twist this into propaganda against a designated scapegoat…. Israel.

The Hypocrisy Olympics is nothing new. The only news is that I’m still idealistic enough to be shocked.

Occasionally, my idealism gets encouraged. Though it took them almost a year, Amnesty International finally concluded that Hamas’s own weaponry caused “the deadliest incident” for Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge, in which thirteen Palestinian civilians died, eleven of them children. These were deaths caused by Hamas’s own rockets fired on Gaza.  Sometimes other observers, such as Human Rights Watch, will admit that Palestinians are treated brutally by forces that couldn’t be further from Israel. Personally, I think everyone who cares about the Mideast should have been livid in July 2014 when twenty Gazans demonstrating remarkable courage protested Hamas’s warmongering… and Hamas ruthlessly executed each and every one.

Right now, in the United States, there’s a movement against the fashion that leads to some American deaths being accorded more outrage than others. This movement’s slogan is “Black Lives Matter”. The movement arose because the deaths of darker-skinned Americans were routinely accorded less outrage in the United States, throughout her history, overall, than the deaths of those with less melanin in their skin.

Jewish lives matter. Israeli lives matter. I support Israel in defending herself and her right to exist.

Every life matters. Call me unfashionable, but I’m not okay with a situation in which people respond to any murder anywhere with the worldwide equivalent of a yawn.

About the Author
Sari Ellen's writing appears in the New York Times, Beloit Fiction Journal, Blue Lake Review, So It Goes, Satirist, Daily Freier, Ilanot Review, Huffpo Canada and in other webzines and journals. The first chapter of her (not yet published) novel is in the November 2020 "Woven Tale Press."