by Ronald S Lauder
Israel-bashing is growing in popularity in many areas. At international sporting events, Israeli athletes are sometimes avoided, sometimes prevented from taking part by immigration officials, and sometimes not even invited. British, Canadian and South African trade unions have been calling for boycotts of Israeli goods. Universities and trade unions campaign for a boycott of Israeli scholars and businesses, and for international sanctions.
The founder of Human Rights Watch, Robert Bernstein, recently exposed this hypocrisy when he criticised his own organisation for treating
The height of cynicism is the attempt by many Islamic countries to delegitimise
The UN, it seems, reserves most of its ire for the most liberal, free and progressive country in the
In an interview with this newspaper last week, UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay from
In 2006, then UN secretary general Kofi Annan criticised the human rights council for "disproportionate focus on violations by
On most UN bodies, an inbuilt majority of non-democratic countries gives the Israel-bashers a free rein. Sometimes they are even backed by democratic countries. It was sad to see that
Israel-bashing enjoys widespread support in western media, as well as in universities, NGOs, trade unions and international organisations. Yet these critics often turn a blind eye to the realities in the
It is ignored that the Iranian regime, which crushed protests this summer and has not been censured for this in the human rights council, has for years not only ideologically opposed
These people fail to condemn the Palestinian leadership for not having managed, despite billions of dollars in aid, to build in the autonomous territories structures that can guarantee the economic well-being of the Palestinians and
Whether such double standards can simply be put down to populism, or to prejudice against Jews or the state of
Who would have thought that it could ever come to that?
Ronald S Lauder is president of the World Jewish Congress, which represents Jewish communities in 92 countries
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