Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Crossing off the Red Cross
And so it seems that Muslim delegates will block the Israeli attempt to join the international aid organization, the Red Cross. Their reasoning? "Israel is an apartheid state." Or something. But shouldn't Israel get the benefit of having what is supposed to be a neutral humanitarian aid organization inside their country? Of course not! The Red Cross was going to be a Red Crystal - not even a Star of David. That is how much Israel was willing to bend its principles to join the red Cross. And they still were not admitted. Next time there is a big disaster, I will not be donating to the Red Cross, which did a piss poor job in New Orleans after Katrina, anyway, and corruption concerns were raised. There is an argument to be made that Israel is better off without any affiliation to the Red Cross. Meanwhile, speaking of aid agencies, the shrapnel removed from the bodies of victims from the Gaza attack a few weeks ago was evidently removed needlessly. But this wouldn't have anything to do with covering up the evidence of Palestinians having caused the attacks, oh no. Not related in the *least.* (sarcasm added) So, let's get this straight...the Red Crescent is allowed to be affiliated with the Red Cross, even though it has transported suicide bombers and weapons in ambulence trucks in the past...and the "Red Crystal" is not allowed in Israel. The Palestinians blame Israel for Gaza beach bombings...then cover up the evidence of Israeli wrongdoing. Meanwhile, my law school classmate writes a post on her blog titled "Israel, Israel, Israel, Kill, Kill, Kill - that's all I ever read online." Replies on that post include calls for the death to all Jews. Has the world gone mad? Have I been transported to pre-Nazi Germany? Because that is what this all is increasingly starting to feel like.