The mockery of selectivity in “human rights”

With the independent state of Ukraine invaded, its civilian and military infrastructure taken over by neighbouring Russia’s armed forces, and its elected parliament seeing vital parts of its sovereign territory raped and brazenly stolen by Russia, one can easily forgive the recent harsh statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. She said on Monday 24 March:

The entire spectrum of … social, cultural, civil and political rights” has been violated.

Except, of course, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was not addressing the trampled human rights of the Ukrainians, who have just seen a sizable portion of their country stolen by a grotesquely expansionist bully of a neighbour.

No, Navi Pillay was, with macabre timing, instead addressing Israel and its treatment of the “peace-loving” Palestinian Arabs – the racist PA entity headed by Mahmud Abbas that assures the world community that no Jews will be allowed to live in his future Palestinian Arab state. In Israel, meanwhile, just over 20 per cent of the population consists of Arabs, both Muslim and Christian… It is a divergence between reality and fiction that somehow seems to escape the highly-paid UN human rights top-dog Navi Pillay

And why is this issue of inherent Arab-against-Jew racism relevant right now?

Well, because of the following:

Imagine if a country refused entry to a journalist because he or she is black.

Or simply because he or she is a Muslim.

Just imagine the public outcry, the energy and resources that quite rightly would be devoted to dealing robustly with this example of overt racism.

To the best of my knowledge, no such racist exclusion has taken place although I am of course willing to stand corrected if anyone knows better.

What has happened, however – just yesterday, the same day that the UN’s top human-rights czar pronounced with utmost seriousness on human rights issues regarding Israel – is that the Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a UN member state and a key US ally, has denied entry to a US journalist because he is Jewish. Not even Israeli, just Jewish.

Has the US responded by freezing diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia to show its displeasure? No.

Has the US responded by upholding US law, which enshrines religious freedom within the law and guarantees legal action against any who are in breach of this fundamental human right? No.

Has the UN – the one organisation above all others that claims to represent the inalienable equal rights of all human beings including their freedom of worship and religious affiliation – voiced its displeasure and taken steps to sanction the Saudi regime? No.

Has the EU demanded that the Saudis rescind this disgracefully racist stance? No.

Deafening silence. It’s only a Jew being discriminated against by an Islamic regime, after all. Par for the course.

Hypocrisy at the US, the UN and the EU doing better than ever before.
Disgusting beyond belief.

So to return to the backdrop against which just about everything seems to be set today – the invasion of sovereign Ukraine. Hats off to that otherwise hateful man Vladimir Putin. He understands the West – in particular its weaknesses – and acts entirely, solely, in accordance with what best suits his own country’s interests, everyone else be damned.

Time perhaps for Bibi Netanyahu to take a leaf out of the Russian dictator’s book. Because no matter how fair the Jewish state plays, no matter how many “goodwill gestures” it makes, Israel is going to be trashed by the West.

And on the subject of the goodwill gestures that the West is so keen for Israel to make (without any demands for reciprocity by the dual Palestinian Arab regimes of either Ramallah or Gaza City), isn’t it amazing that the ONLY kind of goodwill gesture the Palestinian Arabs and their Western backers are interested in is the freeing of convicted Islamist mass-murderers guilty of the indiscriminate killing of civilian Jews, some as young as six months old?

So come on Bibi, learn from the best: do what you need to safeguard the Jewish state’s interests – you’re going to be blamed no matter what by the same world institutions that resoundingly refuse to deal with blatant racism directed against individual Jews and the Jewish state.

To whit, the US, the UN and the EU.

Shameful organisations all.


About the Author
Served as deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. Written three political thrillers about Sweden-Israel-Gaza in The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From the Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel, Sweden and Iran. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".