Thursday, December 30, 2004

Hating Jews More Than Loving Their Children

Two stories on the Albawaba, an site that is one of the Middle East's largest content providers, features two articles that truly suggest that certain people in this world hate Israel more than they love their own people.

One, very sadly, is about the refusal of Sri Lanka, recently hit by the Tsunami Earthquake, to accept an Israeli rescue team. The other is an antisemitic article questioning why a Jewish doctor was allowed to treat Yasir Arafat.

Just to put things in perspective, one of the founders of Albawaba is Brian Whitaker, the chief Middle East correspondent for the Guardian in England.


At 10:15 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

I don't know why UK allows such low quality of journalism for its mainstream newspapers. It's bound to lead to trouble.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Arabi said...

Many articles were written about Sri Lanka rejecting the aid. Check the BBC.
Do we know why the arabs hate jews?
Have you been to israel?
Did anybody tell you about 4 million people taken out of their homes?
I am a palestinian and althought I feel like a victim, still I dont hate Jews. Some Arabs learned to differentiate between jews and zionists.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Sri Lankans, however, are not Palestinians. They have no reason to reject Israeli aid. When it comes to disaster such as the tsunami, the welfare of one's people should come first.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

What about all the Jews evicted out of the Middle Eastern countries?

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Arabi said...

why were they evicted and to where? to israel? was not that what israel was established for?

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Michael Brenner said...

The problem here is that this is one of those things that make Muslim governments look very bad (not to mention hypocritical and petty, since they have no problem accepting anything from Israel as long as it doesn't have Israeli government imprimateur). Here we have an earthquake that killed an untold number of people. Israel, a country which is very well versed in disaster relief, and has had experience helping in Turkey, and (again unofficially) in Iran, offers to send a team of 150. They are refused.

Actually, the story surprised me somewhat, because I had always had the impression that these things were not such a big deal in South Asia, where Islam is relatively moderate, though I had heard it was getting more militant there recently. It's a not a knock against Muslims; only a knock against this kind of petty politics practiced by Muslim governments. This is truly an instance where it is going to hurt people.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

The policy of evicting minority groups makes a government look very intolerant. I don't think that's the kind of impression Arabs want to make for themselves. If that's what they prefer to do, they shouldn't be surprised that Israel reacted the way it did. After all, it has to protect its own demographic Jewish majority. They'd have no other place to go in the Middle East.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Michael Brenner said...

"why were they evicted and to where? to israel? was not that what israel was established for?"

They weren't evicted to anywhere, but most of them came to Israel.

Israel was not established so that other countries could kick out their Jews. It was established because Jews had been getting kicked out for about millenia, and the Zionists figured it would probably continue and that Jews, unlike in the past, should have an option that would allow them to determine their own destiny.

By your logic, the new state of Palestine will justify the expulsion of Palestinians from all countries in the world onc it is created.


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