One of the ideological pillars of the pro-(Iraq) war left that the anti-war left had stopped caring about global human rights. If we cared so much for Britons dying across the world, why didn’t we pay more attention to the innocent brown people being killed by Saddam Hussain? Were their lives not important?
But Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza has brought that facade crashing down. It has deeply exposed the glaring point that human rights go out of the window when they’re cheerleading for a particular cause. I refer here of course to Harry’s Place, which has championed the Israeli cause since Christmas with an enthusiasm only matched by Guido Fawkes’ insistence that people send pizza to the IDF (presumably so they can be spurred on to kill more Palestinians).
Let’s start going through the record shall we. Over the last few weeks we’ve heard about:
- the impact of an 18 month blockade on Gaza
- two UN schools being bombed
- usage of chemical weapons (white phosphorous) in Gaza
- accusations the IDF blocked ambulances getting to wounded people
- a death toll exceededing 1,300 people, nearly a third of them children
- a humanitarian disaster in the area thanks to the continuing blockade and largescale destruction of its infrastructure
- evidence of children being shot by the IDF while running away.
And where was the coverage of all this on Harry’s Place? Oh there was one post by Gene actually defending the rocket attacks on schools. I can’t even recall a post mentioning the final death toll or the destruction in Gaza.
Their approach wasn’t to argue for peace, but to defend the continual bombardment by constantly trying to paint those who opposed it as Islamist defenders. There was the constant bashing of the “anti-Israel Left”, which is defined as anyone who raises their voice at an Israeli military operation, regardless of how many people killed I presume. That must include foreign secretary David Miliband too.
There was a pathetic riposte yesterday, with something by Neil D on how he had valiantly said he would “never stop criticising Israeli policies that I take to be wrong-headed, short-sighted or immoral”…. though presumably the attack on Gaza and the death of 1,300 people, to no real end, was perfectly moral.
All this in the name of human rights, anti-racism and anti-bigotry.
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