Palestinians have a double standard and no one cares

Palestinians receive humane treatment in Israeli prisons but do not offer the same humanity to Israelis in Palestinian prisons.

Bassam Tawil is a Muslim Arab writing for Gatestone. He reports on the generous treatment afforded Palestinian dissidents held by Israel, compared to the inhumane treatment of Jewish soldiers held by Palestinians. Quote.

While Hamas has been violating international laws by denying visits or any communication with the Israelis it holds captive, Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons continue to enjoy basic rights, including meeting with an attorney, receiving medical treatment, religious rights, basic living conditions (such as hot water, showers and sanitation), proper ventilation and electric infrastructure.

The families of the Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli prisons know where their sons are. They also know that their sons receive proper medical treatment and while away their days reading, exercising and watching TV. But the Israelis held by Hamas can only dream of seeing daylight as they languish in captivity.” End of quote.

Israel has had enough and now wants to introduce a law to prevent family visits to terrorists held in Israeli prisons.  Quote.

Because Israel is an advanced democracy committed to human rights conventions to which the terrorist organizations are not committed, an intolerable situation results.

The terrorist organizations, as a strategy, kidnap and hold Israeli citizens without regard for their conditions and without allowing them visits, which seriously harms the morale and the national strength of the State of Israel,” the bill’s explanatory notes say.

In response, Hamas denounced Israel’s proposed law as “racist,” and said in a statement that it was a “flagrant violation of all laws and humanitarian conventions.” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem claimed that the bill was “part of Israel’s policy to impose restrictions on the prisoners.” End of quote.

According to Hamas, Israel must abide by humanitarian conventions but, of course, they do not have to.  It is an indication of the lack of humanity from Palestinians, who use their own civilians as human shields, that they care even less for Israeli soldiers.  Quote.

Suddenly, Hamas is concerned about “international law and humanitarian conventions”? Not quite. There is a catch. Hamas is only concerned about them when Palestinian terrorists are involved. As for the rights of Israelis held by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group apparently still believes they are not entitled to any rights.” End of quote.

Hamas’s attitude to human rights doesn’t apply to Jews because they don’t believe Jews have rights.  ‘Kill the Jew’ is their catch cry.  Hamas refused to supply details on the fate of four Israeli soldiers, two who were killed in the 2014 war and two supposedly kidnapped by Hamas.  Quote.

Hamas leaders are now saying that Israel must first pay a price for any information about the fate of the four Israelis. The price Hamas is demanding: the release of scores of Palestinian terrorists who were rearrested after they were freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

In the deal, Israel released 1027 Palestinian terrorists in return for Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists near the border with the Gaza Strip on June 25, 2006. Some of the released terrorists were later rearrested by Israel for their renewed role in terrorist activities.

Schalit, during the 1,935 days he spent in Hamas captivity, was denied visits by ICRC representatives, and his family was not permitted to visit him or know if he was alive or dead.” End of quote.

Israel places such a high value on their own that they gave up over a thousand Palestinian terrorists to retrieve just one soldier.  Quote.

Hamas is now doing the same thing with the four Israelis it is holding. Hamas refuses to provide any details about their well-being or fate. Attempts by Egypt, Germany, Norway and other international parties to persuade Hamas to soften its position on the issue of the Israeli captives have thus far been unsuccessful.

While Hamas has been violating international laws by denying visits or any communication with the Israelis it holds captive, Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons continue to enjoy basic rights, including meeting with an attorney, receiving medical treatment, religious rights, basic living conditions (such as hot water, showers and sanitation), proper ventilation and electric infrastructure. They also receive regular visits from the ICRC, and education, as well.

In addition to these basic rights, the terrorists are entitled to receive newspapers, send and receive letters and read and keep their own books. Prisoners are even allowed to buy goods from the prison canteen. They also receive family visitations, television-watching hours and even electrical appliances, such as kettles and mosquito killers.

It might be worthwhile to take a moment to compare conditions in Israeli prisons and those run by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The 149-page report said that “the systematic practice of torture by Palestinian authorities may amount to a crime against humanity prosecutable at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Thus, the HRW report confirms what the Gatestone Institute has been reporting for years: that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have been cracking down on dissent and illegally incarcerating and torturing Palestinians.End of quote.

The reason Hamas gets away with it is because absolutely no one holds them to account and few countries even care.

To date, New Zealand has sided with Palestinians supporters who have hijacked the United Nations.  This makes us part of the problem.


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