Sunday, 14 December 2014
The frequent boycott campaigns against Israel can be better understood in light of the false centrality given to the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Human rights NGOs frequently make biased statements because they are fully aware they stand to receive greater media attention when talking about this conflict than about others.
This is very convenient for the Arab and Muslim leadership. It draws attention away from the many atrocities and high criminality occurring daily in parts of their world. This has been going on for decades. In the 1980s, nearly 1.5 million people died in the Iran- Iraq war. For decades, large numbers of Christians have been forced to flee, having been chased out or murdered. In Syria, there are by now around 200,000 dead and nine million refugees. The cruelty of the Islamic State movement seems to exceed that of what the world has so far seen in the Islamic world. Yet there are also reports that certain Shi’ite tribes, fighting on the side of the Iraqi government and its American supporters, commit similar crimes.
There is also a multitude of problems concerning Muslims in Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria, Mali and many other countries. The Global Terror Index for 2013 shows that four movements account for 63 percent of all terrorist attacks against civilians. These four organizations are all Muslim movements. The West has been confronted with problems emanating from the Muslim world in various ways. The largest terrorist acts ever committed in the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain have all been caused by Muslims. The nuclear threat from Iran has led to Western sanctions. It is evident that the ongoing problems in and threats emanating from the Muslim world are the main geopolitical issues. Yet many Westerners have fallen for the Arab propaganda of the false centrality of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.