Does Anyone Care When Arabs Kill Palestinians?

Western media make much of crimes allegedly committed by Israel against Palestinians. Yet when Arab regimes torture or kill Palestinians, or when armies and militias in war-torn Syria slaughter them by the hundreds, the response is largely silence—including on the part of the Palestinian Authority. Khaled Abu Toameh writes:

[A]ccording to a report published this week by the Working Group for Palestinians in Syria, 2,596 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in that country in 2011. But this is a news item that has hardly found its way into mainstream media in the West. Even Arab media outlets have almost entirely ignored the report. . . .

The reason for this apathy, of course, is clear. The Palestinians in Syria were killed by Arabs and not as a result of the conflict with Israel. Journalists covering the Middle East do not believe that this is an important story because of the absence of any Israeli role in the killings. . . .

That Palestinians are being killed by Arabs does not seem to bother even the Palestinian Authority, whose leaders are busy these days threatening to file “war crimes” charges against Israel with the International Criminal Court. As far as the Palestinian Authority is concerned—and the media, the EU, the UN, and human-rights groups—the only “war crimes” are being committed by Israelis.

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More about: Human Rights, Media, Palestinian refugees, Palestinians, Syrian civil war

The Diplomatic Goals of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to the U.S.

Yesterday, the Israeli prime minister arrived in the U.S., and he plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but it remains uncertain whether he will meet with President Biden. Nonetheless, Amit Yagur urges Benjamin Netanyahu to use the trip for ordinary as well as public diplomacy—“assuming,” Yagur writes, “there is someone to talk to in the politically turbulent U.S.” He argues that the first priority should be discussing how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But there are other issues to tackle as well:

From the American perspective, as long as Hamas is not the official ruler in the Gaza Strip, any solution agreed upon is good. For Israel, however, it is quite clear that if Hamas remains a legitimate power factor, even if it does not head the leadership in Gaza, sooner or later, Gaza will reach the Hizballah model in Lebanon. To clarify, this means that Hamas is the actual ruler of the Strip, and sooner or later, we will see a [return] of its military capabilities as well as its actual control over the population. . . .

The UN aid organization UNRWA . . . served as a platform for Hamas terrorist elements to establish, disguise, and use UN infrastructure for terrorism. This is beside the fact that UNRWA essentially perpetuates the conflict rather than helps resolve it. How do we remove the UN and UNRWA from the “day after” equation? Can the American aid organization USAID step into UNRWA’s shoes, and what assistance can the U.S. provide to Israel in re-freezing donor-country contributions to UNRWA?

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza War 2023, U.S.-Israel relationship