According to Human Rights Watch, Palestinians Have a Right to Murder Jews, but Israel Has No Right to Defend Itself

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a prominent international organization with an obsessive focus on slandering the Jewish state, released a report—over 200 pages long—claiming that Israel has “crossed a threshold” into imposing “apartheid” on Palestinians. Moreover, the report accuses Israeli authorities of violating various international laws. Avi Bell observes:

The length of the report is an important part of HRW’s strategy of marketing its propaganda as “research.” The report dissembles, distorts, and distracts in order to create the illusion of “evidence,” and the 867 footnotes look sufficiently intimidating to prevent casual readers from understanding they have encountered a lengthy insult rather than a serious analysis. . . . Since it’s impossible to tackle all of HRW’s distortions in one article, I’m going to focus on only one: its treatment of Palestinian terrorism.

The phrase “Palestinian terrorism” appears nowhere in Human Rights Watch’s report. . . . The only times the terms “terrorism” and “terrorist” appear . . . is within quotations (from Israeli figures) or in the names or citations of newspaper articles or organizations mentioned in footnotes. . . . The report doesn’t suffice with whitewashing Palestinian terrorism and related crimes, [however]. HRW actually distorts international law to the point where it becomes a basis for a Palestinian legal right to join in terrorist organizations and participate in their activities.

Delving into the report’s details, Bell finds that it makes false (and easily disproven) claims about Israeli law, and unjustifiable assertions about international law. But a deeper, moral problem stands behind such mere falsehoods:

Essentially, HRW asserts that it is a crime under international law for Israel to punish Palestinians for their “activism” in al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. So for Human Rights Watch, Palestinians have a basic legal right to conspire to murder Jews in terrorist acts, and it is a crime for Israel to defend Jews from the murderers. Human Rights Watch’s claims have no justification in international law, [and] represent nothing less than the exaltation of murderous bigotry against Jews. No person should accept such a perverted version of “human rights.”

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Human Rights Watch, Palestinian terror

The New Iran Deal Will Reward Terrorism, Help Russia, and Get Nothing in Return

After many months of negotiations, Washington and Tehran—thanks to Russian mediation—appear close to renewing the 2015 agreement concerning the Iranian nuclear program. Richard Goldberg comments:

Under a new deal, Iran would receive $275 billion of sanctions relief in the first year and $1 trillion by 2030. [Moreover], Tehran would face no changes in the old deal’s sunset clauses—that is, expiration dates on key restrictions—and would be allowed to keep its newly deployed arsenal of advanced uranium centrifuges in storage, guaranteeing the regime the ability to cross the nuclear threshold at any time of its choosing. . . . And worst of all, Iran would win all these concessions while actively plotting to assassinate former U.S. officials like John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and [his] adviser Brian Hook, and trying to kidnap and kill the Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad on U.S. soil.

Moscow, meanwhile, would receive billions of dollars to construct additional nuclear power plants in Iran, and potentially more for storage of nuclear material. . . . Following a visit by the Russian president Vladimir Putin to Tehran last month, Iran reportedly started transferring armed drones for Russian use against Ukraine. On Tuesday, Putin launched an Iranian satellite into orbit reportedly on the condition that Moscow can task it to support Russian operations in Ukraine.

With American and European sanctions on Russia escalating, particularly with respect to Russian energy sales, Putin may finally see net value in the U.S. lifting of sanctions on Iran’s financial and commercial sectors. While the return of Iranian crude to the global market could lead to a modest reduction in oil prices, thereby reducing Putin’s revenue, Russia may be able to head off U.S. secondary sanctions by routing key transactions through Tehran. After all, what would the Biden administration do if Iran allowed Russia to use its major banks and companies to bypass Western sanctions?

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More about: Iran nuclear deal, Russia, U.S. Foreign policy