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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stabbings in Sweden and Israel: Is There a Double Standard?

During the past month, Israel has experienced a rash of stabbings against its citizens by Palestinians, most of whom were shot dead by cops or soldiers. What has ensued from that is a wave of international indignation against Israel for the Palestinians who were killed. At best, Western politicians, diplomats, and media have treated the issue with a moral equivalency calling for calm on both sides. University campuses across the US have seen the Palestine lobby hold protests in support of the intifada (It is not yet officially declared an intifada) decrying the killings of the Palestinians.

Let's switch to Sweden. Last week, a man entered a school and attacked four people with a sword, killing two before the police arrived and shot him dead. It appears the man was acting out of racist motives, but no matter. I am not mourning his death, and I don't know who is, either in Sweden, the US or anywhere else.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/police-man-attacks-school-southern-sweden-34644939

But do you see the double standard here? What the man in Sweden did was despicable and evil. He deserved to die. Similarly, what these Palestinians did, whether by attacking innocent Jews with knives or ramming them with cars, was evil as well. They deserved to be killed just as much as the guy in Sweden.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

What has ensued from that is a wave of international indignation against Israel for the Palestinians who were killed.

What wave of international indignation? The only place I've read that is Fousesquawk.