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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Human rights groups blasted for ignoring Shalit

Today is the 23rd birthday of kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit. Shalit has spent more than three years in captivity, being held by the Hamas terror organization.

On June 22, 2009, Dr. Elena Bonner, the 86-year old widow of former Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, spoke to the Oslo Freedom Forum. In her speech, she blasted the 'human rights' groups who have ignored Shalit's fate for the last three years (Hat Tip: Jeff Jacoby via Twitter).
And another question that has been a thorn for me for a long time. It's a question for my human rights colleagues. Why doesn't the fate of the Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit trouble you in the same way as does the fate of the Guantanamo prisoners?

You fought for and won the opportunity for the International Committee of the Red Cross, journalists and lawyers to visit Guantanamo. You know prison conditions, the prisoners' everyday routine, their food. You have met with prisoners subjected to torture. The result of your efforts has been a ban on torture and a law to close this prison. President Obama signed it in the first days of his coming to the White House. And although he, just like president Bush before him, does not know what to do with the Guantanamo prisoners, there is hope that the new administration will think up something.

But during the two years Schalit has been held by terrorists, the world human rights community has done nothing for his release. Why? He is a wounded soldier, and fully falls under the protection of the Geneva Conventions. The conventions say clearly that hostage-taking is prohibited, that representatives of the Red Cross must be allowed to see prisoners of war, especially wounded prisoners, and there is much else written in the Geneva Conventions about Schalit's rights. The fact that representatives of the Quartet conduct negotiations with the people who are holding Schalit in an unknown location, in unknown conditions, vividly demonstrates their scorn of international rights documents and their total legal nihilism. Do human rights activists also fail to recall the fundamental international rights documents?

And yet I still think (and some will find this naive) that the first tiny, but real step toward peace must become the release of Schalit. Release, and not his exchange for 1,000 or 1,500 prisoners who are in Israeli prisons serving court sentences for real crimes.

Returning to my question of why human rights activists are silent, I can find no answer except that Schalit is an Israeli soldier, Schalit is a Jew. So again, it is conscious or unconscious anti-Semitism. Again, it is fascism.
Read the whole thing (the rest is unconnected to Shalit, but much of it is connected to Israel).


At 7:38 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

Actually, the speech was made earlier than that - I have a link to russian original posted on russian site Grani.ru, dated May 19, 2009.

Just a small correction.javascript:void(0)

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

to blame is the Kadima mob, which 1) didnĀ“t take the Shalit abduction serious enough and 2) continuing allowing terrorists to receive visitors. Livni & Olmert highly ignorant on Israel security.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Jews don't have human rights. That should be clear already. Which is why the human rights commmunity could care less about Gilad Shalit's fate.


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