Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ameer Makhoul: Human Rights Activist and Hisballah Spy

In May 2010 Amnesty International blasted Israel for arresting one of their own, a human rights activist; they trumpeted the action as cruel Israeli harassment of a honorable man. This morning he was sentenced to nine years in jail for spying for Hisballah.

Either Amnesty retracts its statements, or we'll be left with the conviction the organization supports Hisballah in its war against Israeli citizens.


Barry Meislin said...

There does seem to be an, um, pattern, here.

For quite a while, actually.

(Well, at least they're consistent....)

NormanF said...

Ya'acov... the sentence was too light.

The traitor should have been executed for the deed!

I know, I know... Amnesty International would condemn Israel for executing traitors. I think nine years is not sending a message to those who wish to be in the service of the enemy.

Barry Meislin said...

...or we'll be left with the conviction the organization supports Hisballah in its war against Israeli citizens.

Meanwhile, one might ask whom the US supports...

(Answer: you don't wanna know.)

Sérgio said...

Surely they´ll say Israeli justice is biased, blah-blah-blah. These people have no respect for truth and no self-criticism whatsoever, as they think of themselves as the unerring paragons of the oppressed.

Barry Meislin said...

But it's vital to repeat the mantra.

It doesn't matter if it's true or not true.

It doesn't matter if they believe it or they don't believe it.

The truth is irrelevant in their societies and for their goals.

(This is how they define "pragmatism".)

Somehow, Attaturk was able to attenuate that, at least partially. And Turkey flourished---relatively---as a result.

Erdogan, of course, answers to a higher truth.

(And to his own ambition....)

Bialik said...

Just got my AI magazine here in England. Two pieces about Israel and a front page photograph. Couldn't find anything on Egypt or Tunisia but I didn't do a forensic search. If AI was really concentrating on the people of the world suffering human rights abuses they would have anticipated the North African revolution(s), wouldn't they?

Silke said...

surely he only spied for Hisbollah because he saw no other way to promote human rights in Israel

everybody knows that to get Israelis to mend their ways activism within the law does not bring any results.

or some such stuff - I could go into it further but then I'd have to remember the stuff I was told by temps (students) in the early 70s.