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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Liberal Double-Standard Toward Israel

David Feith notes at The Wall Street Journal that Human Rights Watch (a George Soros funded organization) can't decide whether Iran's threats to annihilate Israel is a threat of genocide or not, although it is heavily leaning toward it not. The executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth's reasoning?
Asked in 2010 about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that Israel "must be wiped off the map," Mr. Roth suggested that the Iranian president has been misunderstood. "There was a real question as to whether he actually said that," Mr. Roth told The New Republic, because the Persian language lacks an idiom for wiping off the map. Then again, Mr. Ahmadinejad's own English-language website translated his words that way, and the main alternative translation—"eliminated from the pages of history"—is no more benign. Nor is Mr. Ahmadinejad an outlier in the regime. Iran's top military officer declared earlier this year that "the Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel."

Mr. Roth's main claim is legalistic: Iran's rhetoric doesn't qualify as "incitement"—which is illegal under the United Nations Genocide Convention of 1948—but amounts merely to "advocacy," which is legal.
As Feith notes, however, it is not mere "advocacy" when Iran has taken steps toward that goal.

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