Human rights activists make a lot of noise when it harms Israel — and are deafeningly silent when it comes to so many other countries.
While hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered in Syria, and entire neighborhoods flattened, there are neither flotillas, nor any "martyrs for peace." In fact, the BBC has reported that “Syrian government forces have killed dozens of civilians in air raids in the northern city of Aleppo.”
In neighboring Lebanon this week there was a suicide bombing in Hermel, and another one near an Al-Manar TV office in Beirut in inter-Arab violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Why don’t we see foreign peace “activists” involved in Syria and Lebanon as one so often does in Israel?
In the Ukraine recently, video emerged of a bloodied activist who has been beaten black and blue after his kidnapping. While White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "We are deeply concerned by increasing reports of protesters disappearing and being beaten and tortured, as well as by attacks on journalists,” I am yet to see any foreign “flotillas” for peace as we see so often when it comes to condemnations of Israel.
As Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed into law Friday a bill that would grant amnesty to scores of political prisoners now detained, the opposition didn’t back it. The Ukraine is a vitally important country for American and Western interests in the region — yet, foreign agitators are quiet.
While countless activists clamor incessantly about the danger of Israeli “settlements” and complain about the need for a boycott of Israel, they ignore other countries in the world who are committing despicable crimes. In Israel, at every drop of a needle one can see liberals harassing the Israeli army, sending out press releases on some asinine issue, or just creating havoc. It’s an unfair double standard.
Imagine if any of the issues in Lebanon, Syria, or Ukraine were taking place in Israel how many headlines we would see? When it comes to Israel these “brave souls” employ a double standard where they throw rocks at law enforcement authorities, literally and figuratively, and demand “justice.” They don’t dare venture to Syria or Lebanon where they know that a dangerous fate awaits them.
Why aren’t activists who so often harass Israel battling in the streets now in Syria, Lebanon, or the Ukraine? The silence is deafening on so many issues when it comes to human rights activists — except when it comes to condemning Israel, which remains the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
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