Sunday, September 29, 2013

What’s Fine for Spain Is Unacceptable for Israel

Evelyn Gordon

Recent news reports from Spain beautifully illustrate why nobody should take the European Union’s pretensions to moral superiority seriously–and especially not when it comes to Israel. Spain is now committing virtually every “abuse” the EU sanctimoniously accuses Israel of, without a peep of protest from its European peers.
Spanish checkpoints–which blatantly violate the EU’s open-border rules–Israeli checkpoints are perfectly legal under international law…..Spain’s checkpoints, in contrast, are officially there to stop cigarette smuggling, though Gibraltar claims they are pure retaliation for its efforts to curb Spanish overfishing in its waters. By any standard, stopping suicide bombers is a stronger justification.
Yet the same European officials who vociferously condemn Israel’s checkpoints have nothing to say about the Spanish ones…….Then there are the hundreds of thousands of Catalonians who formed a 250-mile human chain this month to demand independence from Spain……By any standard, Israel has more justification for caution about Palestinian statehood than Spain does about Catalonian statehood. Yet the European officials who repeatedly demand Israel’s immediate withdrawal from the West Bank haven’t said a word to support Catalonia. Apparently, Catalonians have no right to self-determination.
Then there are the Basques, whose oft-proclaimed desire for independence can’t be tested in a vote….In short, Europe denounces Israeli actions as unacceptable even as it deems the exact same actions by Spain unexceptionable. There’s a name for such double standards, and it isn’t “human rights.” It’s known as hypocrisy......To Read More....

No comments: