Andrew Mitrovica is a well known journalist with an excellent track record on human rights. He periodically appears in the Star and a few other papers. this time he was writing on a good online source ipolitics.ca about the selective compassion of national leaders when it comes to the battered children of Gaza. Virtually no national leader has the guts to attack the criminality of Israel and its ongoing battering of the Palestinian people.
Below the firing line, of course, is a major discussion among Jews, many abandoning any support for the failed version of Zionism at play there. Former “liberal Zionists” have come to the conclusion after the last massacres in Gaza that any more blank support for Israel is out of step with traditional Jewish humanist values.
Where was the ‘compassionate’ media cavalry when a Palestinian physician was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help?
Where were Mulcair and Trudeau when the international news services were swamped with images of dead or mutilated Palestinian children during theIsraeli invasion of Gaza last year? Like Alexander, they were hiding behind their PR people, who issued circumspect press releases about those “heartbreaking” images and limply urged the Canadian government to do more to stop the bloodshed. How nice.
Not once, to my knowledge, did Mulcair or Trudeau step in front of a microphone during that 50-day war — which claimed the lives 521 Palestinian kids and grievously injured another 3,000 — to make impassioned pleas as
fathers or grandfathers for “compassion.” (I gather, Mr. Trudeau, that you can indeed find compassion in the middle of an election campaign.)
But perhaps the biggest hypocrites of these past few days have been some of this country’s major news organizations — the ones which saw fit to publish pictures of Alan’s lifeless body and demand action, but which sat on their hands when others were urging action for the children of Gaza.
Where were they when Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish — a Palestinian humanitarian, physician and father who lost three daughters and a niece to an Israeli tank shell in 2009 — was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help? Where was the “compassionate” media cavalry then?
Some were silent about the initiative, known as Heal 100 kids. Some dismissed it as political ploy. Worse, some even cynically implied that it was simply cover to allow terrorists to sneak into the country.