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As a member of the Australian (first and foremost Australian) Jewish community, I agree with most of John Lyons’ complaints.

What Mr. Lyon does not understand is the heightened sensitivity of some supporters of Israel, caused to a largeThe magnitude of the disproportionate attention given to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compared to dozens of other injustices around the world.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was established in 2006. Since then, half of its nearly 100 condemnatory resolutions have been directed against Israel – more than all other countries combined. In addition, the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have also decided to target Israel for criticism far beyond all other countries.

In addition, almost all incidents involving Israel make headlines around the world, while other, often more deadly, incidents are relegated to the rest of the news.

Philippine extrajudicial killings over the past four years have been at an annual rate more than ten times the death rate in Israel / Gaza / West Bank. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a single resolution in 2019 calling for action against these killings in the Philippines.

Perhaps the reason for the disproportionate media coverage of Israel’s behavior is that Israeli democracy allows for media coverage that can be critical, controversial, and uncensored?

This contrasts sharply with the lack of press freedoms in the many repressive regimes that control the UN.

Does anyone remember that in 2014 several Italian and American journalists reported being threatened and then expelled from Gaza for pointing out that the terrorist organization Hamas was using civilian sites to attack Israel? Can anyone quote a UN resolution condemning Russia for its invasion of Crimea?

Could Mr. Lyons conceive that some supporters of Israel might overreact to the disproportionate anti-Israel coverage? Can he understand that some of these people, especially those who suffered from the extreme anti-Semitism of the Holocaust, may be extremely sensitive to criticism of the only Jewish state in the world?

Alain slade


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