Double Standard

Double Standard

Double Standard

 

 

 

By Ana Paulina Lipster

 

 

Bad Habit at Breakfast

One morning, while breakfasting, I checked my WhatsApp messages—an unhealthy habit, I admit—and a particular video caught my attention.

It occurred about four months into the Iron Swords war—the Israeli’s reaction to the terrorist group Hamas’s invasion and onslaught against Israel.

The short film prompted me to think and wonder about private citizens and entire communities’ indifference and disregard for the hideous, savage carnage of the inhabitants in the kibbutzim and towns bordering the Gaza Strip.

The world’s apathy amidst all that calamity astonished me.

International groups and organisations remained passive and silent, despite the random murdering, raping, decapitating, dismembering, and taking of hostages of thousands of men, women and children on a calm, sunny Sabbath morning.

Responsible officials of global welfare did nothing, despite the barbaric assault against hundreds of youngsters dancing and having fun at the Nova party, reverencing nature and celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Simchat Torah, the Holiday marking the completion and restarting the reading of the Torah.

 

ENLIGHTENING VIDEO

Upon starting the video, a classroom appeared on the screen. The teacher, in a brusque and rude manner, expelled Guilherme, a young black man—the only black student present. He yelled at him, “Get out of my class and never come back! Out!”

Without glancing at anyone or defending himself, Guilherme collected his books and left.

The remaining students were stunned. They stiffened, petrified, and solidified like blobs of human concrete. Their mouths dropped open, and they gaped at each other in disbelief.

Despite the unusual incident, no one complained, protested or criticised. Everyone clammed up.

Cooly and unconcerned, the professor broke the congealed silence and initiated his lesson of the day by asking, “Why do we have laws? What are they for?”

After a few awkward seconds, a young man sitting at the back of the room answered.

“To ensure order in our society?”

“So people would abide by them?” With the tip of a pencil between her lips, a young woman dared.

“So the bad people would pay for their actions?” Attempted another young woman.

“No! No! No!” the instructor bellowed, feigning annoyance. “Does anyone here know the correct answer to this question?”

A bespectacled girl asked, blushing, “So justice would prevail?”

“Correct,” the teacher responded placidly, in a calmer voice. “And now tell me, what does justice mean for you?”

Some pupils offered various answers.

“To guarantee human rights?”

“To differentiate right from wrong and reward the good ones?”

The professor replied, “Not bad. It could be any of those definitions. But,”—he paused and gazed at the students—“Would you say I did the right thing by expelling Guilherme from the classroom?”

Once more, a thick silence reigned in the room.

No one moved a finger. No one breathed. No one dared to say anything.

The instructor insisted, “Don’t be shy. Be sincere and determined. Did it seem fair and lawful to you to expel Guilherme out of the room?”

This time, they all shouted in unison. “No!”

“Would you say I committed an act of injustice?” Prodded the teacher.

“Yes!” claimed all of them.

“So why didn’t anyone say or do anything about it? Why do laws and rules exist if citizens don’t take any action to ensure their compliance? When witnessing injustice, each of you must complain. Do not remain silent. Never again.”

Then, the teacher called back Guilherme, who had stood and waited behind the closed door all this time, to return to the classroom. The professor thanked the student for his help. Guilherme smiled and acknowledged with a modest, mocking salute.

The teacher fixed his gaze on the students. Turning his head from side to side, he finalised the subject: “When we don’t defend our rights, we lose our dignity. Under no circumstances can our dignity be negotiated. It doesn’t matter who I am. I can be a professor, a dean or a judge. Don’t ever be silent in the face of injustice.”

Since the video’s author and initiator is unknown to me, I am unable to give the due credit.

 

THE UN SPECIAL SESSION

A UN Security Council meeting, announced by Japan (the acting ‎president of the Security Council), convened, it appears, as a “bypass” against the UN Secretary-General, who ‎would doubtfully call this meeting himself or declare Hamas a terrorist organisation or ‎demand the immediate release of all the abductees.‎

Five months after the October 7 massacre, the UN Security Council met for an extraordinary session on the subject.

Ms Pramila Patten, the UN Specialised Representative who visited Israel’s southern communities in January 2024, authored a document describing Hamas’s sexual crimes.

Ms Patten opened the discussions, saying, ‎“Try to put yourself in the shoes of 19 ‎women who are still among the abductees. What will we ‎say to them?”‎

Israeli Foreign Minister Mr Israel Katz, representing the State of Israel, said at the beginning of his remarks, “For too long, the ‎UN has been silent on the actions of Hamas. During the last five months, the UN has met 41 ‎times and has never condemned the brutal crimes of Hamas.”‎

Ms Hila Knister Bar David, in an article in The Jerusalem Post on March 13, 2024, wrote, “‎After 20 meetings on the war in Gaza, the UN Security Council met for the first time to discuss ‎the crimes of sexual violence committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7 and the ongoing ‎abuse of Israeli captives in Gaza.”

Ms Bar David continued her protest by claiming that “The United Nations Security Council is determined to ‎condemn Israel for every attack in which civilians were killed. It served as a shelter for Hamas ‎terrorists. Still, it did not say a word in the face of evidence and proof of the most shocking acts ‎imaginable: rape, murder, acts of sodomy, and sexual violence against Israeli women, girls, and ‎men.” ‎

Finally, at the end of the discussions, according to YNETNEWS.COM, the UN found “reasonable grounds to believesexual violence, including gang rape, took place when Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.”

The Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it welcomed the “definitive recognition that Hamas committed sexual crimes”.

Alas, after five long, grief-stricken months of torture, those men, women and children are still prisoners—still being tortured—in the Gaza Strip.

 

WORLD’S INDIFFERENCE

 

As a woman, a Jew and an Israeli, I identify with the moral and ethical standards shown in the abovementioned video.

I am not a stranger to the absurd and conniving silence of the knowledgeable, enlightened and sophisticated people of this planet who did not and still do not lift a finger or even say a word against terrorists and their accomplices.

I am appalled by the hypocritical disregard of those appointed officials who turned a blind eye to the suffering of innocent human beings, to the rising and spreading of antisemitic acts around the world, and, thus, to contribute to a society that tolerates injustice.

I agree and quote that teacher from the video: Israel has the right to defend itself against injustice, terrorism and antisemitism.

 

ME TOO – UNLESS YOU ARE JEW!

Ana-Paulina-Lipster

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Ana Paulina Lipster

Author Ana Paulina Lipster was born in Brazil, her mother tongue Portuguese. She fell in love with the English language—love at first word—in junior high, in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro state. Ana Paulina attended The British Culture School for seven years, majoring in Extra-Mural studies, from which she received the Certificate of Proficiency from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

After immigrating to Israel, Ana Paulina continued to improve her studies of the English language and literature, as well as embellishing her vocabulary, enhancing the use of the language, and learning the craft through many and various Creative Writing workshops.

Ana Paulina has written numerous short stories, published in Tolerance, Autumn, Winter—An End and a Promise, Spring—The Unexpected, and Summer—When Doors Open anthologies. Her book, a crime novel entitled BRANDED, will be out soon.

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