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The Racism Associated With Palestinian ‘Human-Rights’ Organizations

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JNS.org – Most of the foreign-funded “human rights” organizations that operate in Israel do not actually care about human rights. In fact, recent events have shown that they do not seem to care about human beings, either. Instead, they are what most Israelis have always suspected them of being — namely, political actors who have organized themselves cleverly in benign-sounding “rights” organizations in order to better pursue their nefarious agendas of destroying the state of Israel through “Lawfare.”

The Jerusalem District Court determined in the summer of 2017 that the Palestinian Authority (PA) was responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of dozens of suspected Arab “collaborators” within Israel — several of them with Israeli citizenship — between 1995 and 2002. The court proceedings unveiled grueling testimonies of Arabs who had been subjected to the most heinous torture in the cellars of detention centers run by the Palestinian Authority.

The PA naturally denied all the allegations, but the presiding judge ruled that the accumulation of evidence made it clear that the PA was guilty of severe torture, as well as murder. This torture included the so-called shabah position, widely used in PA prisons, in which the victim is hung from the ceiling for several hours and beaten all over his body.

According to the verdict, the torture also included electric shocks, the pouring of boiling plastic on the body, the tearing out nails and breaking of teeth, sterilization, sleep deprivation, food and drink deprivation, sexual assault and the rape of family members. The PA also reportedly asked doctors to worsen the conditions of the prisoners, such as injecting urine into the prisoners’ blood veins.

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The verdict concluded that the PA was responsible for the torture, and therefore, liable for damages to the victims whose lives were ruined. However, in order to realize this compensation, the victims needed to provide medical evaluations of their conditions by medical experts, which is a very costly procedure.

According to a report by Israel Hayom, attorneys Barak Kedem and Aryeh Arbus turned to 15 human-rights organizations to obtain their assistance in paying for the costly evaluations. “These are broken people in their bodies and souls, who … cannot afford to pay professional opinions, which cost thousands of shekels for every opinion,” the attorneys wrote in their plea to the 15 organizations.

Among these organizations were Adalah, Amnesty International, B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund, Rabbis for Human Rights, Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights and the Committee for the Prevention of Torture. Only the last two offered assistance, whereas the rest either ignored the plea or responded negatively.

Adalah said that the organization “only helps the Palestinians who are suing the State of Israel.” Amnesty International said that its organization “does not have the professional tools to address the needs” of the victims, whereas Yesh Din expressed “feelings of anger and pain,” but explained that it could not help because it represents “victims of violations when they are harmed by Israeli authorities or Israeli citizens.”

Let us properly digest this information: “Human rights” organizations that the European Union, Western European governments and other foreign bodies lavishly fund — ostensibly in order to fight for the human rights of Arabs — callously disregard the heinous violations of those very human rights when the violations are perpetrated by the PA.

By so openly showing that they discard human beings as worthless of assistance when they are not the “victims” of Jews, these human-rights organizations have finally proven that Arab lives mean nothing to them — unless they can exploit them to further the political agendas that their European and other sponsors are funding them to pursue.

It is rare to see such cynical instrumentalization of human lives, especially coming from organizations whose very raison d’être is supposed to be about caring for those lives. Treating human beings as means to an end constitutes a particularly foul kind of racism.

Notably, there has been no outrage on the part of these organizations’ funders, just as there has been no outrage over the actual heinous torture by the PA. There have been no threats by European and other governments to halt all aid to the PA in the face of the “shocking” revelations that it engages in torture on an almost unimaginable scale. The EU and its member states, clearly, could not possibly care less.

This is the exact same mechanism that is at work in the international media’s deliberate refusal to report on PA human-rights violations in general. Reports about torture of detainees in PA prisons do not attract the interest of the overwhelming number of journalists who cover the Israeli-Arab conflict, and hence the mainstream media never writes about it.

Foreign governments do not care one wit about the human-rights violations that occur in the PA because it has never been about Arab lives — which are destroyed every day all over the Arab world as the rest of the world community barely blinks. It was — and is — always about one thing: destroying the Jewish state.

This article originally appeared in Mida and was provided exclusively to JNS.

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