International Red Cross’ Latest Double Standard on Israel
The Red Cross has rebuked Israel – because an MK boarded a bus headed towards an Israeli jail and shouted insults at the relatives of terrorists.
The Red Cross said on Monday Israel has a duty to guarantee the safety and dignity of Palestinian families visiting prisoners, after a right-wing lawmaker was filmed shouting abuse aboard a bus taking relatives to a family visit in an Israeli jail.
The legislator, Oren Hazan, boarded the bus at the Gaza border with video crews in tow. He said on Twitter he told the relatives that the prisoners were “terrorists who belong in the ground”. In a video clip on social media, he shouted at one prisoner’s mother that her son was an “insect” and a “dog”.
“An insect?,” she yelled back. “My son is the best of men. A dog is whoever calls him a dog.”
Hazan has a record of staging publicity stunts, including crashing a welcoming ceremony for visiting U.S. President Donald Trump. He once agreed to stage a fistfight at the border with a member of Jordan’s parliament, only to cancel it on the orders of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The families on the bus were on their way to Nafha prison in southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in a convoy escorted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In a statement, the ICRC said it “takes very seriously what happened today”.
“Families have the right to visit their loved ones in a dignified manner,” Suhair Zakkout, Gaza spokeswoman for the ICRC, said in the statement. “It is the responsibility of the competent authorities to ensure that the visits take place safely and without interference.”
Meanwhile, not so much as a sneeze from the ICRC regarding the recent incident where a Red Crescent ambulance was clearly seen transporting demonstrators to a violent riot targeting IDF forces – or the other recent incident in which palestinian rioters were using an ambulance as a shield.
Because these are not nearly as serious as insulting terrorists, apparently.