If you ask many on the Left about the biggest problem in the Middle East, they’ll say Israel. Some of them, especially the non-Labor Left, are involved in boycotts of the Jewish state, horrifically reminiscent of the Nazi boycotts of Jewish commerce in the 1930s in Germany.
In Australia, that has manifested itself in a bizarre, pathetic and sinister “boycott” of a chocolate shop chain, which originated in Israel but has actually has more outlets here and seems principally frequented by young international students who seem bewildered and utterly unimpressed by the whining of be-scarved local private-school brats, Hamas-niks and anti-Semites raging against the chocolate machine.
And yet we read story after story of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, which is just one example of many, so vile that they are truly stomach-churning.
In this most recent outrage, a celebrity Saudi preacher, who regular appears on television:
■ Committed these atrocities because he doubted his daughter’s virginity;
■ Was sentenced to a few months in jail before being able to pay “blood money” to get out of it;
■ Benefited from a legal system where fathers and husbands are not treated like murderers if they kill their daughters or wives.
Where is the boycott of Saudi Arabia?
Where is the outrage from the Left? From academia? From feminist groups?
Their silence is deafening…
There are very dark forces involved, in our view, in the boycott of Israel. The silence about Saudi Arabia of these groups who profess concern about human rights but only target that complaint against the Jewish state’s government proves their perfidy beyond doubt.