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April 17, 2015 4:51 pm

For Palestinian Group, a Double Standard of ‘Justice’

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The Jafra Palestinian Youth Center at the Yarmouk Camp in Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jihadist fighters from ISIS are terrorizing Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp outside of Damascus. Snipers are shooting people as they attempt to flee the fighting between ISIS and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s air force has indiscriminately dropped unguided and inaccurate, but lethal, “barrel bombs” onto residential neighborhoods in the camp. The UN has not been able to get food or medical supplies into the camp.

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding and outrage is building. But one group, purportedly dedicated to promoting the welfare of the Palestinian people, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), has largely ignored the crisis. Its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account offer hardly a word of condemnation for the violence inflicted on the helpless inhabitants of Yarmouk.

The reason for this is quite obvious: Israel is not involved, and as a result, the suffering is not worth SJP’s attention.

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No less guilty than SJP is the UN Human Rights Council. In the words of Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch: “ISIS has taken over the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria and is beginning to behead Palestinians. But the UN Human Rights Council won’t adopt a single resolution, convene a single emergency session, or create a single commission of inquiry. Why? Because Israel can’t be blamed.”

SJP has not always ignored the situation in Yarmouk. Last January, while Bashar al-Assad’s forces were butchering thousands of Syrians as part of that country’s ongoing civil war, SJP at Cornell published a statement about conditions there among Palestinians. However, when they declare that “To make the Palestinians of Yarmouk a pawn in anyone’s game in unacceptable,” they hypocritically do just that by blaming Israel for Yarmouk’s existence and by laying the blame for Yarmouk’s problems at Israel’s feet. What is ostensibly a plea for justice is really nothing more than a hit piece against the one democracy in the Middle East.

SJP and other groups were all-too-eager to protest Israel’s rightful use of force against Palestinian terrorists during and after last summer’s war, but the fact that there has been silence on the part of those who claim to care for ALL Palestinians, and not just those in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, is too big to ignore.

I’ve yet to see a statement similar to last year’s, or a demonstration or other event voicing concern about the terrible crimes currently being perpetrated in Yarmouk by ISIS. However, since SJP can’t find a way to blame Israel, the Palestinians of Yarmouk who are enduring these crimes suddenly have no advocate. SJP, the UNHRC, and other groups who are supposedly interested in justice are silent, and their silence is deafening. It shows that their pro-Palestinian agenda is opportunistic, a vehicle for promoting their anti-Israel sentiment. They are not voicing concern for the lives of Palestinians caught in ISIS’ cross-hairs.

Well, this Jewish, Zionist Israel-supporter is.

If one did not know better, one would assume that SJP is less concerned with Palestinian “justice” than with demonizing Israel. Of course, to anyone paying attention, this truth is all too clear. When SJP holds demonstrations supporting the Palestinians in Yarmouk, as well as demonstrating against Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, who are true enemies of the Palestinians, I may be able to see them as something other than hypocrites.

By Ben Einsidler, a CAMERA Campus Coordinator. This piece was originally published in the CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) on Campus Blog In Focus.”

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  • K Tshabalala

    Something else we have not seen during these massacres is the headlines (from news organizations) about the number of civilians killed compared to those from fighting forces, journalists are not in te middle of this disaster to show us the effects of disproportionate use of force.

  • Eve Laing

    I AGREE COMPLETELY WITH WHAT BN EINSIDLER WRITES HERE. IT IS HOWEVER PREACHING TO THE COMMITTED, AGAIN AND AGAIN. WHAT THE ISLAMIC WORLD HAS BEEN DOING FOR DECADES, HAS COMMUNICATED THEIR HATEFUL PROPAGANDA SO SUCCESSFULLY THAT ONCE AGAIN, ANTI SEMITISM IS BECOMING DANGEROUS AROUND THE WORLD. THE PALESTINIANS ALWAYS SHOW HOW THEY HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY THE JEWS. THEIR INVENTED MISERY BRINGS THEM THE WORLD’S SYMPATHIES ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR FUNDINGS…

    SO WHAT MAJOR THING HAVE WE DONE TO COMBAT THIS? WE ARE KNOWN FOR OUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE, USE WORDS, PICTURES DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET A MESSAGE ACROSS. WHY HAVE WE FAILED SO COMPLETELY TO CAPTURE MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS? WE MAKE GREAT MOVIES. WHY DON’T WE USE OUR GIFTS TO GET OUR IDEAS TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WE CAN PLAN AND MAKE A SERIES OF BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED DOCUMENTARIES, MOVIES, CLEVER SHORTS AND JUST DO WHAT IT TAKES TO CAPTURE THE WORLD’S ATTENTION TO WHAT THE REAL STORIES ARE. BASE THE IDEAS ON JOAN PETERS WONDERFULLY EXPLICIT BOOK “FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL” THAT REALLY GOES INTO THE CREATION OF THE ISRAEL STATE AND THE REACTIONS OF THE PALESTINIANS. AND THEY ARE STILL REACTING WHICH HAS BEEN CAUSING ANOTHER EMIGRATION OF JEWS FROM EUROPE. EXPOSE THE LIES AND DISINFORMATION THAT THE PALESTINIANS PUT OUT TO THE WORLD SO WELL, THAT IF A POTTED PLANT FALLS OFF A WINDOW LEDGE IN INDONESIA, IT WILL BE BLAMED ON THE JEWS.

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