Denying Israel atrocities

Denying Israel atrocities

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks on the bank of the Geneva Lake before a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Talks, in Montreux, Switzerland, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott) - See more at: http://dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Editorial/2015/Mar-03/289351-denying-israel-atrocities.ashx#sthash.QEoAZWy1.dpuf

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks on the bank of the Geneva Lake before a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Talks, in Montreux, Switzerland, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott) – See more at: http://dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Editorial/2015/Mar-03/289351-denying-israel-atrocities.ashx#sthash.QEoAZWy1.dpuf

John Kerry offered the usual type of spirited defense of Israeli behavior Monday, when he addressed the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

The U.S. secretary of state accused the council of being obsessed with Israel’s human rights record, neglecting to mention how Washington itself is obsessed with the same topic. For decades it has used Security Council vetoes and strong-arming to protect Tel Aviv from any legal repercussions, or even verbal condemnation.

Kerry is upset that the council has a permanent agenda item devoted to Israel. If there were any justice, there would be an entire U.N. organization dedicated to this; the violations that come to light are in fact the tip of the iceberg, as most people in the world know.

American officials continue to avoid facing the truth, namely that some countries institutionalize injustice through their laws. South Africa was the example of this in the previous century, while Israel is the case in point during this one.

As for the timing of Kerry’s protective comments, perhaps the top U.S. diplomat was offering an extra dose of support for Israel at a time when its government is anxious about progress on a nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

In the end, the U.S. can get away with going all out to defend Israeli misbehavior and institutionalized human rights violations. Whatever Washington does, people and governments in this part of the world have yet to demonstrate their determination to do anything – beyond verbal condemnation – to let the U.S. know that its support for Israeli apartheid is unacceptable.

– See more at: http://dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Editorial/2015/Mar-03/289351-denying-israel-atrocities.ashx#sthash.QEoAZWy1.dpuf

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