You know who you are. You’re the person who screams and shouts against injustice when it’s fashionable. You take a stand against those you know won’t hurt you. You somehow manage to miss the obvious, stay quiet through the worst atrocities, and pick on the people you don’t like, not the people who actually do something wrong.
I admit I will never be completely objective. I am a Jew and a Zionist. I am also an American born of Dutch parents. This means that I will always hope to find the positive when assessing the behaviors of anyone Jewish, Israeli, American and Dutch. I also have a particular fondness for Canadians and I feel a strong connection to the British. I actually like a lot of people. What I don’t like are manipulators, thieves, imperialists, and most of all murderers. I admit there are many grey areas in the first 3 categories and therefore some of it could be left open for interpretation, but a murderer is a murderer and I therefore won’t ever defend one. What is important here is that this is the category in which you specialize. You don’t look at the facts and determine who really is a murderer, you use your personal biases to change the terminology and manipulate the narrative.
Case in point, “the militant” or “freedom fighter”. You somehow establish a moral equivalency between the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian terrorist. You try to make the case that the fight is equally justified on both sides, when in reality Israel’s fight is not against an established army of a credible nation, it it is a war against terror. You may or may not work for the United Nations. If you do, and I’ll be fair and not make any assumptions, you may be in favor of investigating Israel for war crimes or you may not. If you are, do you realize that your hypocrisy is contributing to the destruction of the planet? Your agenda is one that attacks the one democracy in the Middle East and ignores the wrongdoings of those committing acts of murder. You speak of human rights yet you give a pass to those most guilty of human rights violations. It makes no sense to the unbiased person, but makes all the sense in the world to those with a certain very dangerous and cynical agenda.
Then there’s the hypocritical Liberal. I personally hold some viewpoints that would only be described as liberal and subsequently am not blanketing all Liberals in this letter by any means. The one’s I am referring to are those who claim to fight for tolerance and understanding and then turn around and attack and defend the wrong people. Case in point, the academic that puts all their focus on boycotting Israel because they claim Israel has apartheid views and is persecuting the Palestinians, but says nothing about those nations openly and aggressively persecuting certain groups within their citizenry.
It’s always easy to distinguish between the sincere defender of the innocent and those who are tainted by personal bias. The most objective statement a genuine person would have said about the war in Gaza if all they cared about was human life and not the political aspects and causes would have been, “I wish they would stop fighting so innocent people no longer get killed.” I’ve never criticized one person who said they wanted peace for both Jews and Palestinians. There truly is nothing wrong or hypocritical in wanting that. What is wrong is to claim you want this and put the blame on Israel. You make excuses for the bad behavior of terrorists causing the conflict and concern yourself more with their rights than you do for the rights of not only the Israelis fighting it, but the Palestinian people being used as pawns by their very people. Your behavior is not unlike the activist that focuses more on the treatment of a criminal in jail than on the rights of the victims they hurt. You may define it as Liberal, but to me it is at best the epitome of misplaced Liberalism, and at worse devious hypocrisy.
If you are someone who claims to be a fighter for women’s issues and gay rights why are you not fighting against those governments or terrorist organizations that abuse both women and gays? Why are you more focused on Israel building houses in areas most of you can’t even find on the map? And if you care so much about dead babies, why do I never hear your loud voice when it comes to Jewish or Christian babies?
You may also be that wealthy celebrity that speaks out against capitalism and inequality in western society while living off of the success you achieved from the very structure you so vehemently criticize. Personally I’d rather you just shut up and give a huge donation to people who need help. Otherwise all you’re doing is attempting to make yourself look like someone who cares.
Hypocrisy isn’t a Conservative or Liberal thing, it’s not a Republican or Liberal thing, and it certainly isn’t only an American thing. It’s a self-serving cowards thing, and it’s becoming rampant.
I could go on and on because we live in a world overflowing with hypocrisy, but you get my point and most importantly, you know who you are. You may pretend to care about right and wrong but in the end you just want to make an impression or push an agenda, and you are causing irreparable damage.
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