INTO THE FRAY: B’TSELEM AT THE UN – HAS ISRAEL BECOME SO “OPEN-MINDED” THAT ITS COLLECTIVE BRAINS HAVE FALLEN OUT

For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column

B’TSELEM AT THE UN – HAS ISRAEL BECOME SO “OPEN-MINDED” THAT ITS COLLECTIVE BRAINS HAVE FALLEN OUT?

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B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER: https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/20/btselem-when-being-open-minded-becomes-mindless/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2016/10/fray-btselem-un-israel-become-open-minded-collective-brains-fallen.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19650
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: http://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-btselem-at-the-un-has-israel-become-so-open-minded-that-its-collective-brains-have-fallen-out/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2016/10/20/fray-btselem-un-israel-become-open-minded-collective-brains-fallen/
ISRAPUNDIT: http://tinyurl.com/z6e4872
JEWISH PRESS: http://tinyurl.com/j9h2r5c
JEWSDOWNUNDER: http://jewsdownunder.com/2016/10/21/fray-btselem-un/

An excerpt:

“Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad – Ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides.

Q: What is the difference between the State of Israel and a lunatic asylum?
A: In a lunatic asylum, at least the management is supposed to be sane. – A popular joke

I admit that until this week I was living in a state of blissful ignorance. But this week the bubble burst—and I was left struggling to wrap my mind around the staggering, outrageous, infuriating truth…

…Never in my most feverish dreams (or rather, nightmares) did I imagine that volunteering to work for an organization of the ilk of B’tselm would –indeed, could—ever be considered an appropriate alternative to military service in the IDF…

…But this week, my naiveté was abruptly shattered…In the hullabaloo following the scandalous (the less charitable might say “seditious”) appearance last Friday of  B’tselem’s director, Hagai El-Ad, before the UN Security Council, in which he harangued IDF efforts to ensure security in Judea-Samaria and urged the international community to take punitive action against his own county, I learned the distressing truth: Volunteering to serve in the ranks of B’teselm is considered “National Service”, a government sanctioned alternative for military service.

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome
Best wishes,
MS

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