By, Jonathan Korn, Editor
The government of Iraq has issued a statement lambasting Israel as a “Racist, apartheid state” in which there is “One rule for Jews, and one for everyone else.” Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the country’s Prime Minister, told Oy Vey magazine that “The Zionist state treats its Arab citizens with contempt. As opposed to the Iraqi government, which has always treated its Jews with the utmost love and affection.”
The intervention, however, raised questions regarding Iraq’s status as a bastion of liberal and tolerant multiculturalism. Responses to the government statement on Twitter pointed out that Iraq had forced its Jews to flee the country as far back as the 1950’s, and that the few Iraqi Jews left in the country continue to live in a state of constant fear of persecution.
Zack Feingold, whose family fled Iraq in the face of anti-Jewish persecution 60 years ago, told Oy Vey that “It all just seems a little bit hypocritical really”.
One respondent also mused that Iraq, which was described by the Economist’s Democracy Index as an “Authoritarian regime”, was not really in a position to comment on Israel’s respect for minority rights.
Other criticisms of Israel have come from similarly unsurprising sources. The United Nations Human Rights Council, which includes Pakistan and Bahrain, those well-known defenders of basic freedoms, passed its 9,378thanti-Israel resolution this week.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that “Sure, we tend to ignore human rights abuses everywhere else in the world, including from our own members, and choose to focus on Israel the whole time, but it’s not like we’re prejudiced or anything!”
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