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Israel: A double standard on terrorism

“Many Europeans will accept terrorism against Israelis or even Americans; very few will applaud terrorism against fellow Europeans,” said Barry Rubin in The Jerusalem Post.

Barry RubinThe Jerusalem Post

The horrible irony of the terrorist attack in Norway is that many of the victims were essentially apologists for terrorists, said Barry Rubin. Please don’t mistake me: “This is in no way a justification of that horrendous terrorist attack.” It is, rather, a reminder that all terrorism must be condemned equally.

Norway’s left-wing party, which runs the youth camp that the Norwegian gunman targeted, lobbies for an end to the blockade against the terrorist Hamas regime in Gaza, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction. It has also lobbied for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, without requiring all Palestinian parties to renounce terrorism. Now this coddling of terrorists, this embrace of terrorism as a legitimate tactic to achieve political goals, has rebounded onto Norway. “If terrorist murders by Hamas and Islamists did not stop well-intentioned future leaders of Norway from considering them heroic underdogs,” it’s no wonder that “an evil local man could think his act of terrorism would gain sympathy and change Europe’s politics.”

But Anders Behring Breivik simply didn’t understand the double standard at work in Norwegian minds. “Many Europeans will accept terrorism against Israelis or even Americans; very few will applaud terrorism against fellow Europeans.”

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