This is not the first time I have pointed to one of Carol Hunt’s pieces as mandatory reading, and likely won’t be the last.
She seems to have a habit for hitting it out of the park.
From another of her pieces brought to my attention today:
Irish critics routinely demonise Israel. They question its right to exist. And they hold it to a standard not required of its neighbours. But, as they keep insisting, they are definitely not anti-Semitic, how dare anyone suggest it? Criticising the motives of people who routinely single out the state of Israel for demonisation is not tolerated in Ireland.
Suggestions that there may be other enemies of the Palestinian peoples who deserve censure are met with indignation and derision. Well-orchestrated campaigns ensure that anti-Israeli bias is kept in the headlines.
The double standards of those who seek to demonise democratic Israel yet are strangely silent on the atrocities committed by its neighbours would seem (to outsiders anyway) to support the accusation that many Irish “human rights campaigners” are indeed motivated by anti-Semitism.
But to even suggest that there’s something strange about the way in which so-called “pro-Palestinians” routinely and defiantly ignore the injustices inflicted on these people by countries other than Israel, is to risk personal abuse and censure – at best.
That a leading Irish political commentator can describe Israel, the democratic home of Jewish people, where Christians, Muslims and atheists
– be they male, straight, gay or female – enjoy far more civil rights than they do in neighbouring countries, as “a cancer” on national TV and be applauded by many, is more than worrying.
Being gay is punishable by death in Gaza. No one is protesting that, are they? But of course, that doesn’t mean we’re anti-Semitic does it? Just anti the Jews that live in Israel.
Read the entire thing. (hat tip: Jeremy)