Name a nation in history with a better human rights record than Israel when faced with similar threats

This post goes out to Israel’s critics.

Take the Dershowitz challenge.

Name one country in history with a better human rights than Israel when faced with comparable military and strategic threats.

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  1. Take the cba challenge:

    Name one country in history with a better human rights record than Israel period.

  2. The Moriori.

    The Moriori had a tradition of resolving disputes peacefully. They decided in a council meeting not to fight back but to offer peace, friendship, and a division of resources… Over the course of the next few days, [the Maori] killed hundred of Moriori, cooked and ate many of the bodies, and enslaved all the others, killing most of them too over the next few years as it suited them to their whim… “We took possession … in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people. Not one escaped. Some ran away from us, and those we killed, and others we killed — but what of that? It was in accordance with our custom.” — Guns, Germs, and Steel, page 53.

    With the exception of the cannibalism, the parallel to Israel vis-a-vis Arab “custom” (a matter of choice in this enlightened age) is striking.

    The harder question will be to find a country with a better record of human rights during a war for survival that survived.

  3. Good question – certainly not the UK which is busy allowing itself to be used as an Islamic cesspit – why bother with human rights if you can have the Koran – here is the latest news from the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets and the East London Mosque:

    “Muslim brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?”

    reportedly stated by Sheikh Saad al-Bereik


    • It’s interesting that an accusation of plagiarism by antisemitic antizionist Norman Finkelstein somehow makes Dershowitz “a known plagiarist” in Daniel’s mind. In fact a Harvard investigation found no plagiarism. The issue is complex– Dershowitz quoted sources cited in a third book. In no instance did he claim the words were his own.

      Finkelstein was forced by his own publisher, the University of California press, to withdraw the accusation of plagiarism from his book, as they found it to have no foundation. Finkelstein is also infamous for his virulently antisemitic antizionism, describing Israel as “a satanic state.” Linking Jews to Satan is perhaps the oldest antisemitic trope.

      If you watch the film “Defamation”, whose director is clearly trying to downplay the existence of antisemitism, Finkelstein gets caught saying “Heil Hitler” as a joke, and screaming that Ehud Barak is worse than Hitler.

      Dershowitz is an articulate and informed defender of Israel. No wonder Israel’s opponents resort to ad hominem attacks when confronted with his arguments.