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Sunday, December 10, 2006

International 'Human Rights' Day

December 10 is International 'Human Rights' Day and the fact that I have put the term 'Human Rights' in scare quotes ought to speak volumes about the state of 'human rights' around the world. In today's Jerusalem Post, Gerald Steinberg takes apart some of the prominent NGO's on the 'human rights' scene, including Amnesty International, which just yesterday called for 'monitors' in the 'Palestinian' territories to document 'human rights' violations:'
Today, December 10, marks International Human Rights Day, and the presence in Israel of Irene Khan, head of Amnesty International, highlights the demise of once-lofty goals. Amnesty International is a superpower with an annual budget of almost $200 million, used to promote radical political agendas and photo-ops for its leaders.

As a result, little remains of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in the shadow of the Holocaust. Officials of Amnesty and other non-governmental organizations focus their attacks on democracies attempting to defend against terror, with far fewer resources to oppose totalitarian and genocidal regimes such as Sudan and Iran.

The silence of Khan and other officials regarding the human rights of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Palestinians and by Hizbullah, and the human rights of Ron Arad, is damning. Amnesty and HRW (founded as Helsinki Watch) gained their legitimacy by campaigning on behalf of political prisoners, including Natan (then Anatoly) Sharansky. Genuine human rights groups would be leading the campaigns to win the freedom of Israeli prisoners held by terrorists.

THE HYPOCRISY and political bias of these NGOs, in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Council, is particularly blatant in the case of Israel. Amnesty, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Christian Aid (UK), and pro-Palestinian partners actively implement the 2001 Durban agenda using the rhetoric of human rights to demonize Israel. Adopting the version of history starting with "Israeli occupation," these groups advance an ideology that presents Arabs as victims and Israelis as aggressors.
Read the whole thing.


At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Some time ago a friend who converted to Judaism with his entire family told me of an interesting exchange between two of his children just before their conversion: they were going out and when the 3 year old boy said "I'll put my kippa on because I'm a Jew", his 6 year old syster said "we are not Jewish yet, we are human".
Our sages say the even though prophecy stopped a long time ago, there is still a link through the simple minded and the children.
We are not human, we are Jews. It's a different category of being. No goyishe "Human Rights" concept will ever apply to us because on a subconscious level they know it too.


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