This morning, we heard the terrible news that many Palestinian civilians had been killed by Syrian troops in mortar attacks on their refugee camp. It is not news that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is a monster who will kill whomever need requires (and in any number required) to maintain his power. But this latest escalation is certainly deplorable, and further evidence of how ugly things are getting in Syria.
Israel, we can be grateful, would not mindlessly shell a residential area. On the contrary, Israel’s activities in the cities and refugee camps in the West Bank have always been pin-point in their precision, usually involving insertion of special forces units to a specific place in search of specific people, or of missile attacks on specific targets. When innocent civilians are killed, it is never due to Israel targeting them – it is due to human error or collateral damage.
Nonetheless, the relative silence about these deaths is deafening. Most probably, those who would usually be loudly condemning the deaths of civilians in a Palestinian refugee camp are waiting to learn the facts of this particular instance. That seems wise and reasonable. There is no such waiting period, however, when Israel is responsible. Condemnation always comes first, followed by the facts. The condemnation damages Israel’s reputation and, by the time the facts emerge, no one is paying attention to demand retraction of those who have slandered the Jewish state.
We hope and pray that Syria’s blood-soaked dictator, Bashar Assad, will soon be brought to justice for this latest crime and for those that preceded it. But we also hope that the world will see and note the horrible double-standard employed by Israel’s detractors and enemies.