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

April 28, 2021 | Avi Bell
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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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