POLITICO broke news last night of a February 17 letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, signed by Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy and ten other Leftist House members, inquiring about “specific allegations of gross violations of human rights” by both Israeli and Egyptian security forces.
You can read the full letter here.
The letter deals with the so-called “Leahy Law,” which prohibits U.S. military aid from flowing to foreign military units that serially abuse human rights. The signees accuse the Israel Defense Forces (“IDF”) and Israeli police of potentially committing “extrajudicial killings” in one paragraph, and then, right in the next paragraph, describe the Egyptian military’s infamous August 2013 massacre in Rab’aa Square and other “forced disappearance[s]” that followed the military’s forcible overthrow of Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government. U.S. law requires ending foreign aid to countries that undergo military coups, which has proven to be an ongoing thorny legal and ethical issue since the July 2013 overthrow—notwithstanding that post-martial law Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ultimately proven himself to be a generally Western-oriented Islam reformer and anti-jihad warrior.
The August 2013 Rab’aa Square massacre, orchestrated by el-Sisi’s military forces against Morsi’s supporters, resulted in roughly 1,400 people dead (the Muslim Brotherhood claims a number closer to 2,600) and 16,000 others detained. Outside of the catastrophically bloodletting Syrian civil war, the Rab’aa Square massacre represents one of the Middle East’s worst humanitarian disasters of the past decade.
The Leahy letter makes no attempt at all to meaningfully distinguish this brutal massacre from the four alleged “extrajudicial killings” committed by the IDF—an exceedingly moral military unity that symbolically, and oftentimes quite literally, embodies post-Holocaust Jewry’s solemn embrace of the term, “Never Again.” To take one noteworthy example of this egregiously embedded false moral equivalence, one of the four alleged “extrajudicial killing” IDF victims, Saad Al-Atrash, was posthumously described by The Jerusalem Post as “a young Palestinian man who attacked [IDF soldiers] with a knife near a pedestrian checkpoint down the street from the Cave of the Patriarchs” in Hebron. Regarding Hadeel Hashlamoun, also named in the Leahy letter, here is an unusually semi-sober and not exceedingly anti-Israel account from The New York Times:
The episode unfolded at an Israeli checkpoint known as 56, which divides Israeli- and Palestinian-controlled sections of [Hebron]. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the woman, Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18, was ordered to stop when the checkpoint’s metal detector went off as she went through, but did not do so.
She then pulled out a knife, and soldiers fired at her legs and feet in an attempt to stop her from advancing, said the spokeswoman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under military rules. But Ms. Hashlamoun continued to head toward them, and the soldiers shot her in the abdomen, the spokeswoman said.
The IDF, a military unit placed under the glaring microscopic lens of the purportedly enlightened “international community” like none other—and that which must deal daily with countless life-and-death terrorist threats against Israel’s civilian populace—is thus haphazardly and nonchalantly equated in the Leahy letter with the brutal 2013 massacre by the post-coup d’état Egyptian military of pro-Morsi/Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers. That el-Sisi eventually emerged as an anti-jihad Western security ally is of no import to this absolutely absurd embedded analogy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the Leahy letter was predictable in its moral clarity:
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) March 30, 2016
If you ever wanted a clear-cut example of Leftist moral equivalence regarding America’s sole democratic ally in the Middle East and the oftentimes human rights-suppressing actions of its surrounding Arab countries, then look no further than this.