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

April 28 2021

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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Will Costco Go to Israel?

Social-media users have mocked this week new Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich for a poorly translated letter. But far more interesting than the finance minister’s use of Google Translate (or some such technology) is what the letter reveals about the Jewish state. In it, Smotrich asks none other than Costco to consider opening stores in Israel.

Why?

Israel, reports Sharon Wrobel, has one of the highest costs of living of any country in the 38-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This

has been generally attributed to a lack of competition among local importers and manufacturers. The top three local supermarket chains account for over half of the food retail market, limiting competition and putting upward pressure on prices. Meanwhile, import tariffs, value-added tax costs and kosher restrictions have been keeping out international retail chains.

Is the move likely to happen?

“We do see a recent trend of international retailers entering the Israeli market as some barriers to food imports from abroad have been eased,” Chen Herzog, chief economist at BDO Israel accounting firm, told The Times of Israel. “The purchasing power and technology used by big global retailers for logistics and in the area of online sales where Israel has been lagging behind could lead to a potential shift in the market and more competitive prices.”

Still, the same economist noted that in Israel “the cost of real estate and other costs such as the VAT on fruit and vegetables means that big retailers such as Costco may not be able to offer the same competitive prices than in other places.”

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