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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Prank caller on Israel

Do you answer every prank caller who calls your house? Or do you slam down your phone in disgust? Personally, I hang up the phone (as I just did to someone before I started writing this post).

In today's Washington Post, Kathleen Peratis acts as a prank caller on the State of Israel. Peratis, an attorney and board member of the discredited (at least when it comes to anything having to do with Israel) Human Rights Watch organization, says that Israel's and its supporters' ignoring Human Rights Watch's accusations against it because of the organization's proven and obvious bias against the Jewish state just isn't good enough.

No one expected the Anti-Defamation League and others to applaud the Human Rights Watch report, but one is entitled to expect something more serious by way of a response. "You're biased" is not a rebuttal.
Sorry, but no. Human Rights Watch's record when it comes to Israel is so poor and so biased, that it has no right to expect anything other than "you're biased" in response. And for that purpose, it doesn't matter whether Ken Roth's father was Simon Wiesenthal, Elie Wiesel, Jesus Christ or David Duke (none of whom I am comparing to each other - Peratis attempts to answer accusations that the organization is biased by pointing to Roth's father having fled Nazi Germany).

Take Human Rights Watch's acceptance of everything Hezbullah claimed about Qana. Take its distortions regarding the explosion on the Gaza Beach in June that the 'Palestinians' caused themselves. And those are only two of the most recent examples.

Human Rights Watch has forfeited the right to have any of its accusations regarding Israel taken seriously. There is no reason that Israeli government resources - or even those of pro-Israel organizations - should be wasted on attempting to answer its trumped up charges.

When a prank caller - or a 'telemarketer' - calls your house, you don't waste time on them. You hang up the phone. Human Rights Watch is nothing but a prank caller or a 'telemarketer' when it comes to Israel. It doesn't deserve any better treatment.


At 11:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I feel that your strong position in this post is undermined by the impudent and belligerent logo you post on your page. I'm at a loss as to how a Torah-observant Jew could endorse a policy of such impious disregard of human life.

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Nic said...

Your post does not carry any useful information, it irritates more than it communicates, it distorts the facts, it spreads a false sense of superiority, and it refuses to answer the questions sincerely and truthfully. Very much like a telemarketer call.

At 1:04 AM, Blogger naftali said...

your post is right on:our moral compass is the Torah.If only the ignorant Whig knew that the only regard for "civilians" the Torah "allows" us when waging war is to leave a route open to them to flee.And if they don't.....

See Rambam:Laws on Kings and Their Wars

At 1:15 AM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

conscience whig: impudent and belligerent logo

<scratch /&rt; Huh???

nic: irritates more than it communicates

Er... no, Carl does a fine job pointing out HRW's pathetic record. I am sure he could have gone into more detail.

For both of you, I might humbly point out that when you start going personally negative "I am at a loss as to how" and "spreads a false sense of superiority" that you have undermined your own arguments.

HRW is biased. Most folks know and accept it. If you don't like it, please, feel free to join HRW and help guide them to a neutral stance.

But don't shoot the messenger.

At 6:09 AM, Blogger Ira Ross said...

My comment is this. I read Peratis' article. I never heard of her before. I don't agree with her in any way, shape or form.

In my opinion, the whole idea she's discussing begs the real question.

In a war, inevitably civilians are going to get hurt. That's all there is to it. No way around it.

There's no question in my mind that Hz hid under the skirts of women and children, but even if not, they started a damn war. Was Israel supposed to ask Hezbollah to provide red shirts for Hz and blue shirts for civilians?

The implication in all this is that Israel intentionally and purposely sought civilians to bomb and as some wag said on this page impiously disregarded human life.
What utter kerfuffel and nonsense.

The Israelis flew seven-thousand-fold missions and could have killed 10 times the number of civilians that ultimately - and sadly - lost their lives.


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