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Israel: Criticized for sending help to Haiti

International coverage of the Israeli aid effort has served as an unpleasant reminder of &ldquo;just how entrenched some of the world&rsquo;s hatred for the Jewish state really is,&rdquo; said Oliver Worth in <em>The Jerusale

Oliver WorthThe Jerusalem Post

I guess we shouldn’t be shocked that Israel is suspected of base motives for helping Haiti, said Oliver Worth. Still, international coverage of the Israeli aid effort has served as an unpleasant reminder of “just how entrenched some of the world’s hatred for the Jewish state really is.”

In many quarters, Israel’s attempts to save lives has been labeled as “nothing but a PR exercise,” as if we couldn’t possibly have humanitarian motives. In Great Britain, for instance, Israel has been accused of “double standards,” because we are sending hundreds of doctors and nurses to Haiti, but not to Gaza. The fact that the Gazans are trying to kill us, while the Haitians are not, goes unmentioned. “There is simply no comparison between the response shown to a people at the mercy of horrific natural events and a people who have effectively been at war with Israel since its birth.”

The real double standard is that Israel is lambasted for giving aid, while the Arab countries that gave “mere pennies or nothing at all” aren’t criticized at all. “When Israel provides more per capita than any other nation in the world and is met with scorn, and the world’s worst and wealthiest human-rights abusers give nothing and are met with silence—well, something isn’t right.”

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