Palestinians slam hypocrisy of human rights groups

Friday, August 12, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Palestinian Arabs demonstrating a recent wave of arrests on Thursday accused international human rights groups of only caring about their well-being when the culprit is Israel.

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Hebron following the recent round-up of hundreds of Palestinian activists - most of them Hamas members - by the regime of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma'an reported that many of the signs held by the protestors read: "Human Rights Organizations - what are you doing to achieve rights?"

Several people in the crowd accused human rights groups of ignoring human rights violations by the Palestinian Authority, even as they go out of their way to investigate and condemn every alleged violation by Israel.

This has been a persistent phenomenon with both human rights groups and the mainstream international press. Both spend an exaggerated amount of time and effort scrutinizing Israel, but more or less give the Palestinians a free pass, leading to the conclusion that their motivation is not truly freedom or truth, but rather a political agenda against the Jewish state.

Ironically, average Palestinians are the ones most adversely affected by the cynical behavior of the groups and organizations claiming to be fighting on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs.

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