Ben-Dror Yemini was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1954. He studied Humanities and History in Tel Aviv University, and later on he studies Law. After his university studies, he was appointed advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became the spokesman of the Ministry. In 1984, he began his career as a journalist and essayist. He worked as a lawyer and was a partner in a law firm. He has worked for the daily newspaper Maariv, and in Spring 2014 began writing for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth. The author of "The Industry of Lies."
Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:39 pm World is silent, except when it comes to Israel - By Ben-Dror Yemini
World is silent, except when it comes to Israel
Millions are being killed around the world, but nearly all protests, articles and rallies are against Israel; this manipulative and poisonous protest paves the way for the world’s silence in light of the massacres and crimes that are really taking place.
By Ben-Dror Yemini
October 31, 2016
The massacre in Mosul and its surroundings has already begun. Everyone is killing and massacring everyone. Not just ISIS. The world is watching. The world knows. And the world is keeping quiet. Only several weeks ago, it happened in Aleppo in Syria. The big hospital was ruined. The world knows, watches and keeps silent.
The world’s greatest power has decided not to intervene. A few observers. Some air support. Nothing more. This was legitimized by US President Barack Obama. He had promised to intervene if Syria were to use chemical weapons. There was a short-term illusion regarding an agreement. The use of chemical weapons continues. The massacre has only expanded.
Every mass slaughter requires every human being, definitely a Jew, to think about the world’s silence in the 1940s. There is a double lesson from the Holocaust, both national and human. The national lesson has been learned. Israel can defend itself. The human, universal lesson has never been learned.
It didn’t start today. Since World War II, 86 million people have been killed, and mainly slaughtered. According to a study of the American Public Health Association, the figure is 190 million. Five million in Congo. And the world kept quiet. A million during the Russian invasion and control of Afghanistan. And the world kept quiet. Three million in Bangladesh’s war of independence. And the world kept quiet. About half a million in Algeria’s war of independence. And the world kept quiet. Millions of children, refugees and hungry people in Nigeria and Somalia, because of jihad, and the world kept quiet. Most of these wars included similar—and even more serious—massacres than the one taking place in Syria. And the world kept quiet.
Just to put things in proportions, 80,000 to 120,000 people have been killed in all of Israel’s wars against Arab countries, and about 12,000 were killed as part of Israel’s control over the Palestinians. A majority of the people killed in the world are innocent. An absolute majority of those killed in Israel’s wars against the Palestinians are either fighters or terrorists.
But let’s not say that the world in general, and the free world in particular, does not have a conscience. On the contrary: a protest is going on. A protest against Israel. Almost exclusively against Israel. Millions are being killed in the world. But the protests, the articles, the rallies are mainly against Israel. Most of the resolutions of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, in its previous and current round, are against Israel.
While Israel’s contribution to world violence is insignificant, most of the world’s protest is against Israel. Masses filled up the squares of London, San Francisco, Paris and Amsterdam in protest of Israel’s “massacre” of the Palestinians, a massacre that never happened. There have been nearly zero protests against the rest of the massacres in the world.
When it’s not about Israel, the world is not only silent, it is also hypocritical. Over the last weekend, protestors disrupted an event on a campus in London in which an Israeli was slated to perform. The protestors came from the countries which carry out the greatest massacres, and were joined by young members of the British Left and the Labour Party, who are afflicted with the anti-Semitism disease. And in another event, the House of Lords hosted a conference in which Jews were blamed for the Holocaust.
It must be said, loud and clear: the manipulative and poisonous protest against Israel paves the way for the free world’s silence in light of the massacres and crimes against humanity that are really taking place. There is no global protest against massacres. There is a groundless and exaggerated protest against Israel. There are no human morals here. There is hypocrisy and political fraud.
One can understand why international bodies are keeping quiet in light of real crimes in the world, while incessantly condemning Israel. These bodies have a dark majority. The problem is that those who are supposed to deal with human rights are joining this dark majority. And when representatives from Israel participate in international forums and talk about Israel’s crimes in front of representatives of the countries responsible for crimes against humanity, and when they address left-wing organizations in the world that are staying silent in light of the real crimes and are only condemning Israel, they are aiding to this enormous fraud. This is not concern for human rights; this is a moral crime.