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Yarmouk exposes callous double standards of ugly Israel bashers


Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked Online, wrote the following at Jewish News Online:

If there were an award for double standards, for getting crazily angry about some people’s behaviour while turning a blind eye to other people’s behaviour, anti-Israel activists would win it every year.

These are people who take to the streets to march and holler whenever an Israeli warplane leaves its hangar, yet who say next to nothing about the militarism of France, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and too many other states to mention.

They bang on endlessly about Israel being an apartheid state, yet through BDS they have created a system of cultural apartheid. In their eyes, culture created by us, or by China, or by Zimbabwe, is fine, but culture produced by them, those nasty Israelis, must be hounded out of theatres and galleries lest it infect us all with its contagious Zionism.

These are activists who cry “Censorship!” when a conference of theirs is pulled, as happened at Southampton University recently. Yet they spend the rest of their time agitating for the No Platforming of Israeli representatives on campus and for the shutting down of pro-Israel university societies. “Free speech! (For nice people like me, not for rotters like you)” — that’s their fantastically hypocritical motto.

And now we can see that their double standards extend even to the people they claim to care for: the Palestinians.

Even here, even on the question of Palestinian suffering, anti-Israel activists only care some of the time. If you’re a Palestinian whose life is made harder by Israeli forces, they’ll share pictures of you, march in the streets for you, write tear-drenched tweets about you. But if you’re a Palestinian under threat from a non-Israeli force, forget about it. You’re on your own.

This has become clear in recent days, following reports that the Islamic State’s deathly grip now reaches into the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria.

Yarmouk has suffered terribly since the start of the Syrian Civil War. It has been the scene of deadly fighting between the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to Assad. Thousands have fled: it is thought the camp’s population has fallen from 100,000 to just 20,000 since 2012. Now, making this bad situation hellishly worse, the Islamic State reportedly controls 90% of the camp and is thought to have massacred citizens.

Where is the Twitter outrage? The talk of holding public protests? The angry articles by Palestinian solidarity activists? The discussions about sending aid to Yarmouk, as those preening politicians, authors and others did in relation to Gaza in 2010?

Read the rest of the op-ed here.

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  1. @Brendan O’Neill –

    “Where is the Twitter outrage?” you ask. “The talk of holding public protests? The angry articles by Palestinian solidarity activists? The discussions about sending aid to Yarmouk, as those preening politicians, authors and others did in relation to Gaza in 2010?”

    If – for a start – you’d googled “twitter yamouk” you would have found plenty of outrage, including calls for aid and protests. Then what you might have done was check out some of the organisations and events mentioned and take it from there …

    These are – just a few – examples I found:

    http://www.citizenside.com/en/videos/politics/2015-03-10/109548/video-london-protest-condemns-three-months-of.html

    [Video] London: Protest condemns three months of no aid at Yarmouk refugee camp (10 March 2015)

    http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2015/4/7/european-palestinians-protest-against-yarmouk-tragedy#sthash.B8daD9Tt.dpuf

    On Saturday 4 April, Palestinian and pro-Palestinian activists from around the world appealed to the international media to break their silence.They said: “Today we, the children of Palestine and supporters of its cause in every part of the world, stand together in support of the cause of Yarmouk and its people who right now are fighting to be rescued and for their camp to be cleared of IS terrorists.”

    A Palestinian solidarity organisation … called Association of Palestinians in Italy (API) appealed to Italian politicians on Sunday 5 April for: “A concrete and immediate step to protect civilians in Yarmouk.” ….[and] also called for sit-ins in Genoa, Milan and Rome to show solidarity with the besieged camp … also organising events along with other European humanitarian organizations, to raise funds for an aid convoy to that will leave in the coming days to take medicine to refugees in Yarmouk.

    http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/157444/hamas-organizes-solidarity-protest-with-yarmouk-camp

    Hundreds of Palestinians on Sunday [April 5] participated in a protest in solidarity with the residents of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.The demonstrators who …staged the protest at an invitation from Palestinian faction Hamas … called for rescuing the residents of the camp, most of which has been overtaken by ISIL…Mohamed Abu Askar, a senior Hamas member …called on the Palestinian leadership, Arab states and the international community to act to save the camp.

    http://www.maannews.com/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?id=662566

    In the West Bank … dozens of students protested at the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization and called for immediate and urgent intervention to save the Palestinian refugees in Syria. Protesters also accused the PLO of negligence in dealing with the crisis facing Palestinians in Syria.

    http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/nonviolence/9492-dublin-protest-in-solidarity-with-palestinians-in-yarmouk-refugee-camp

    A protest in solidarity with Palestinians being attacked in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, which has been overrun by ISIS fighters will be held at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 at 5.30pm tomorrow Thursday 9th April. A statement from the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign concerning events in the camp said:

    “The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign condemns in the strongest possible terms the barbaric and coldblooded takeover of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syrian capital Damascus by extremist Islamist militants….”

    http://www.palestinecampaign.org/psc-updates-psc-calls-for-action-on-yarmouk/

    The assault on Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria continues amidst outcry from activists and aid agencies around the world.
    The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has been unable to deliver aid, leaving the camp with no food, no water and little medicine. Chris Gunness of UNRWA described the situation in the camp as “beyond inhumane
    …Our government has an urgent responsibility to act to end the suffering of the people of Yarmouk by insisting that all parties allow the entry of much needed aid, and by upholding human rights and international law.

    As for angry articles, I suggest you try the Guardian for a pretty fair sample – many featuring pictures and accounts of suffering highly reminiscent of ones which appeared during Gaza’s bombardment.

    Here are (again just a few) from 2014 and currently running:

    Inside the hellhole of Yarmouk, the refugee camp that shames the …
    Feb 9 2014

    Queue for food in Syria’s Yarmouk camp shows desperation of …
    Feb 26 2014

    A shocking image of Syria’s brutal war – a war that will continue …
    Feb 28 2014

    Syria’s starving civilians struggle to survive in bombarded cities …
    April 19 2014

    Scale of suffering at Syrian refugee camp is revealed by photo of …
    April 26 2014

    How Yarmouk refugee camp became the worst place in Syria …
    March 5 2015

    Yarmouk refugee camp in ruins amid fighting between Isis and …
    April 7 2015

    Syria, Assad and what the west must do now | Letters | World news …
    April 9 2015

    ‘Yarmouk is being annihilated’: Palestinians in Syria are left to their fate
    April 10 2015

    • Try harder Miranda. Compare the quantity of the relevant twits (including the outrage connected to the civilian victims of the the Arab bombing campaign in Yemen) with the number of twits and articles during and after the Protective Edge campaign.
      I suggest you try the Guardian for a pretty fair sample
      The number of Guardian articles about Yarmouk and the general massares of Muslims by other Muslims is less than 10% of their hate campaign against Israel.
      Hundreds of Palestinians on Sunday [April 5] participated in a protest in solidarity with the residents of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. Hundreds? Compare this number with the number of demonstrators against Israel…
      As we all know already – for the Guardian – no Jews – no news.
      But this is the best for you Miranda:Abbas rejects Israeli offer to allow refugees from Syria to enter West Bank and Gaza. He just doesn’t give a shit…

      • @peterthehungarian –
        .
        “Compare the quantity of the relevant twits (including the outrage connected to the civilian victims of the the Arab bombing campaign in Yemen) with the number of twits and articles during and after the Protective Edge campaign.”

        That’s something which would probably take months of research. But if you’ve personally done any number-crunching on it – or know of any – please let me know. (Seriously – I’d be interested.)

        “The number of Guardian articles about Yarmouk and the general massares of Muslims by other Muslims is less than 10% of their hate campaign against Israel”

        Is it really? Have you actually measured this – or is it just a blinkered stab in the dark?

        “But this is the best …:Abbas rejects Israeli offer to allow refugees from Syria to enter West Bank and Gaza. He just doesn’t give a shit…”

        Er… which is why Palestinians were PROTESTING about his stance.

    • Miranda,

      and how many people read the publications that you listed up there? Palestinecampaign.org ? Really ? Worldbulletin.net , never

      heard of it. Maannews.com really ? How much traffic do you think your listed websites get ? Are they representative of anything ?

      You do not understand what this blog post is about.

    • Wow, that many, really?
      Like all antisemites you miss any sense of scales, as consequence of ignoring or even being afraid of emprical methods, but carried away by the flood of moral tides of the day.

  2. Seriously, Miranda, DOST PROTEST TOO MUCH.

    Where are the Facebook threads with photos of dead babies taken in Indonesia blamed on Syria/ISIS/et al?

    Where the fuck are those threads?

    Where are the reports 20 minutes after a bombing implicating Syria/ISIS/et al?

    I don’t see the protests. I STILL SEE BDS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND HATE MONGER TWATS LIKE YOU DEFENDING THE FREE SPEECH ASPECTS.

    I was willing to give you some benefit of doubt over the past 3 weeks, but sorry Toots, that period is done and done.

    You and the rest of the rampant pro-Palestinian posters are imbalanced and obtuse assholes. THAT is why your precious Palestinians are still at war. I mean, CRAZY, ZIONIST ASSHOLES SUCH AS MYSELF HAVE ONLY OFFERED 3 STATES SINCE 2000.

    3 Fucking States! To which we have received 19,000 missiles!

    ARE YOU THIS FUCKING DENSE? WHERE ARE THE FACEBOOK DEAD BABY THREADS FROM YARMOUK?

    Answer the fucking question or shut the fuck up.

    • @koufaxmitzvah –

      “WHERE ARE THE FACEBOOK DEAD BABY THREADS FROM YARMOUK?
      “Answer the fucking question or shut the fuck up.”

      It took me about five seconds to find this one:

      https://www.facebook.com/yarmouk.newss/photos

      I have no idea how many times those images have been “shared” on Facebook, but since I’ve seen some of them (notably the dead babies picture) elsewhere, I only know for sure that it’s not a one-off. What efforts – if any – did YOU make to find out before launching your tirade?

      • “What efforts – if any – did YOU make to find out before launching your tirade?”

        1. I don’t base my morals by the dead baby threads found on Facebook ala the outrage over Operation Protection Edge, which as you know, is the basis of this entire thread.

        2. I read your drek which takes a lot of energy and focus just to not spit coffee through my nose since you’re so blatantly unaware of what is being discussed.

        Fucking ingrate.

        • @koufaxmitzvah –

          “…outrage over Operation Protection Edge… is the basis of this entire thread.”

          No, it isn’t. The supposed LACK of outrage over Yamouk – the “blind eye” being turned on Syria by pro-Palestinian “hypocrites” is what O’Neill is writing about. Maybe if you’d followed the link Adam usefully provides – Read the rest of the op-ed here. – your view of it might be a bit less myopic.

    • @peterthehungarian

      “No Jews – no news.”

      You’re certainly right about that, Peter. On this site at least, huge swathes of news and angry comment about terrible world events escape your notice ENTIRELY – literally “doesn’t exist” as news – unless it impacts or reflects on Jews.

      Even all the sudden “outrage” you’re collectively expressing about the plight of Syrian and Yemeni war victims fits that relevance-to-Jews bill to a T.

      Your “interest” in protests and refugee aid doesn’t at any point include mention of a wish to JOIN demonstrations, or help raise funds, or launch petitions. It’s exclusively framed as, “Look how horrible they are, those Muslims/Arabs/Pro-Pals, compared to us Jews/Israelis/Zionists…”

      • On this site at least, huge swathes of news and angry comment about terrible world events escape your notice ENTIRELY – literally “doesn’t exist” as news – unless it impacts or reflects on Jews.
        Even a racist bigot like yourself can’t be so dumb to confuse a media watch blog with a news reporting paper. But maybe I’m mistaken and antisemites are even more stupid than the average bigots.

        • @peterthehungarian –

          “Even a racist bigot like yourself can’t be so dumb to confuse a media watch blog with a news reporting paper…”

          Gosh, Peter, please accept my humble apologies. You’ve finally persuaded me that you can tell the difference perfectly well … That you KNOW newspapers publish loads of political and war stories which have nothing at all to do with Jews … unlike single-issue “watch” blogs … and that the only reason you repeat tosh like “No Jews – no news” on this particular site is because it rhymes and makes a kinda catchy slogan.

          Promise I’ll try my best to bear that in mind next time I see you parroting it.

  3. One thing I realized long age is that very few people who are strongly hostile to Israel actually care about the “Palestinians”. That’s why I rarely use the term “pro-palestinian”.