December 10 marks the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…Nongovernmental organizations often claim that they are upholding the declaration and its universal values. Indeed, they are considered by many to be trustworthy and impartial organizations that aid in the protection of human rights and in holding governments accountable. International, Israeli, and Palestinian NGOs are no exception to this perception.
The so-called human rights NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict instead routinely condemn Israeli security measures, including the killing of Palestinian assailants perpetrating attacks against Israeli civilians. Yet they remain silent when deliberate terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians take place.
So, today, on Human Rights Day, I ask the following question: if the lives of all people are created equal, why do so many NGOs clearly view some lives as more valuable than others?