Palestinian lives matter . . . ? | New York Post
So for all you Israel haters out there, suck on this!!
By Post Editorial Board
Employees of the Palestinian interior ministry take part in a protest expressing solidarity with Palestinian’s in Syria’s Yarmouk camp. Photo: APA IMAGES/SIPA
Thousands of Palestinians face a humanitarian crisis that one official calls “beyond inhumane,” including rapes, beheadings and mass starvation.
Yet for once this suffering has brought no mass public outcry — no angry rallies in the streets or on college campuses, no calls for economic sanctions.
Not even a Twitter hashtag campaign.
Why? Because Israel has nothing to do with this nightmare.
Not until Monday did the UN Security Council convene to discuss the ongoing tragedy at Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, just a few miles from President Bashar al-Assad’s palace.
Set up decades ago, Yarmouk is now home to 18,000 Palestinians. They’ve been besieged throughout the long Syrian civil war — but now they’ve become virtual prisoners since ISIS entered the camp last week.
In that brief time, reports say, more than 1,000 have been killed.
Those who remain are shut off without water and medical supplies, forced to live on a “bare survival” 400 calories a day.
One UN relief official calls the situation “beyond inhumane” and “completely catastrophic.”
But the Security Council — which routinely convenes in a matter of hours to harangue Israel over what it perceives as the slightest infraction — has done little more than receive a video briefing.
The situation in Yarmouk, according to a spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency, is “a test of the entire international system.”
If so, it’s a test the world community is failing — thanks to its own hypocrisy.
That’s especially true of the left, and the officials, celebrities and political activists who are so quick to condemn Israel but can’t be bothered to even peep over the crisis in Yarmouk.
So much for the rallying cry — heard at deafening volume during last summer’s war in Gaza — that “Palestinian lives matter.”
They do — but only, apparently, when Israel can be blamed.