On the streets of Cairo with Israel Today

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 |  Shlomo Mordechai

CAIRO – This was a different kind of intifada (uprising). Having covered the First and Second Palestinian Intifadas (1987-1993; 2000- 2004) first-hand, for me the contrast was stark.

The Palestinian uprisings were full of hate, based entirely on the negation and demise of Israel and deeply Islamic: They chanted Allah hu akbar (Allah is greater), as they stoned, attacked, murdered and blew up Israelis. Simply put, without Israel, there is no Palestinian identity.

The myth that has emerged from this is that the Palestinian problem is the source of all the ills in the Middle East; resolve it and the peace-loving Arab peoples will live happily ever after.

The Egyptian Revolution shattered this myth and exposed the striking double standard of the international community and selectivity of the so-called “human rights”” groups. They were so busy lambasting Israel that they never bothered to check the human rights abuses in Egypt: the brutality of the police, the use of torture, cronyism, and the theft of billions of dollars by the Mubarak family while the average Egyptian lives on $2 a day.

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