Candidly Speaking from Jerusalem
26 September '10
Traditionally, abolition of the death penalty was always a primary objective of liberal establishments throughout the world. But clearly, there are notable exceptions. For example, when Hamas activists throw Palestinian Authority leaders off the rooftops and the PA reciprocate, that is hardly newsworthy.
Likewise when our Palestinian “peace partner” reaffirms its long-standing policy of killing any citizen who commits the cardinal crime of selling land to a Jew, there is no global backlash, no BBC reports and no New York Times or Guardian editorials condemning such behavior.
Of course, in today’s bizarre political climate some liberals might argue that executing someone for having sold land to a Jew would not be classified as a breach of international law or a war crime. Some would probably suggest say that if an Arab stoops to the depths of selling land to a Jew, he surely deserves to be executed. In addition, many insist that such matters are internal affairs for Palestinians to resolve without external interference. However, should any Arab-Israeli encounter discrimination in terms of a property purchase, it invariably results in an international outcry.
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