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    • Ruba
    • 11.03.06 | 14:34 (IST)

    First of all, B'Tselem's mandate is for the Occupied Territories, not Israel, which may explain why they don't "balance" their reports on abuses in the Territories with those in Israel. Second, when a Palestinian (say the word with me now ...) kills Israeli civilians, it is apparent, not only to Israelis but also the entire civilized world, that there has been a violation of human rights. For this reason, you won't find B'Tselem patiently explaining how these actions violate this or that aspect of International or Human Rights Law. It's obvious; an explanation and condemnation is surely enough. Do you really believe they should have to explain to Israelis how a suicide bomber violates human rights? What you want B'Tselem to do is to over-contextualize Israel's violations of human rights in order to achieve some mythical "balance." This is what the media does, not human rights groups.

    from the article: Patriotism sans borders
    First published 00:00 10.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 10.03.06
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