[Opinion] Hope is nice, but demonization of Israel is unlikely to change
President Reuven Rivlin tried to provide some optimism amidst the gloom and doom of the corona epidemic. Noting the cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, he tweeted: “I just spoke to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Our ability to work together in times of crisis is also a testament to our ability to work together in the future for the good of us all.” This peaceful scenario is worthy of the Jewish prophets – particularly Isaiah and Micah.
Unfortunately, the reality now, as it was then, is quite different. In contrast to the optimism, the Palestinians and their allies are currently moving at full speed to continue their campaign of demonization targeted at Israel.
Most notably, Palestinians, in coordination with an army of NGOs, are pressing the effort in the International Criminal Court to take the false “war crime” accusations to the next stage – a pseudo-investigation of Israel.
Over the past week, a number of these groups have submitted briefs (many of which go beyond absurd in stretching the truth in history and facts) to prop-up Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s weak attempt to justify this travesty. The NGO list includes Al Haq, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), which work very closely with the PA in this campaign and are funded by European governments.