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[W]e Israelis must also be taught the discourse of rights. The better we understand that the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security, and the more we ourselves adopt the discourse of rights, the easier we will find it to present our viewpoint to the world.
The above quote is drawn from a thoughtful op-ed by Gilad Heiman about Israel and human rights in Ha’aretz. The author makes a number of compelling points about the fact that Israel will almost certainly continue to lose the public relations war with the Palestinians as long as its leaders fail to credibly speak to the world in the language of human rights.
Of course, the quote also raises an important question: is it generally the case that “the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security” or is it the case with regard only to certain countries? In other words, is the world willing to accept the undermining of human rights from the United States or China or Russia, but not from Israel? And, by accept, what exactly do we mean? Does acceptance here simply signal the international community’s recognition of its own inability to do anything about objectionable behavior or is it, instead, more actively tolerating such behavior from certain states and not others?
Full op-ed here.
I highly recommend kohenari for those following human rights issues. I find his posts most informative and insightful. That being said, I take exception to his question is it generally the case that “the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security?
Please see: If Americans Knew Investigations; Part 1
I’ve posted this (above video) before knowing full well it’s not what tumblrs tend to like. It’s 30 minutes. The production values are lacking. It’ll likely elicit the opposite of LOL. It’s gut-wrenching. It’s heart-wrenching. But in all honesty, I feel like I’d be doing a disservice to humanity if I didn’t share it. Honestly, if I have to keep posting it til I lose every one of my followers, I will. Quite frankly, I don’t know how one can keep searching for lolcats, cartoons, and pithy quotes but simply ignore when fellow human beings are being treated in this manner. As a grown man I feel tears well up when thinking about what some are subjected to.
Also see this report by 2 combat soldiers of the IDF on the war in Gaza.
Sir, I still highly respect you despite our differences on this matter but to frame this as a question of what should or should not be allowed in the name of security frankly I feel is doing a disservice to your readers. imho
In other words, the UN granted Israel legitimate title to its previous conquests if it would give up its later conquests. This has set a disastrous precedent that aggression can lead to irreversible facts. Encouraged by this, Israel began its settlement project with the express intention of “creating facts” that would make withdrawal impossible and force international recognition of Israeli claims to the land.
It worked; in April 2004 the United States offered Israel a written guarantee that any peace agreement would have to recognize and accept the settlements as part of Israel. The rest of the “international community” as they always do, quietly followed the American line.