Why people act in a certain way is difficult to determine. Many times, the actors don't know their true reasons themselves and may need psychanalysis to have it understood. Sometimes, people act exceedingly well in order to become famous, and we call it "sublimation" of their more base motives. It is better not to worry about motivation but to consider whether the charges are true or not. In a court proceeding, truth come to light when the two sides are represented by biased lawyers, who get paid for the job. This seems morally worse than just wantying to become famous. CAMERA is a discredited organization not because they are one-sided, but because they use lies and distortions to promote their case. What you are doing, Mr. Burston, is using "diversion" as a strategy of defense. Being more specific about the Berkeley students, their disclaimer that they do not wish to take sides in the political dispute is laudable. If you wonder why they don't also attack Hamas for human rights violations, a simple reason could be that they fear they would then be attacked for not criticizing China or Saudi Arabia with worse records on human rights. One has to make a choice on what to pursue, and if one decides to pursue human rights by democratic regimes, this is fair enough. There are many other organizations, many of them biased, who could pursue other topics, such as human rights under dictatorships.
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