Friday 28 April 2017

Carol Hunt: Lessons of history are not taught

Anti-Israeli sentiment seems to be the default setting for many people who should know better, says Carol Hunt

Last Thursday we all had a good laugh at the assertion that the Islamic Republic of Iran "is concerned about human rights violations in Ireland", particularly "xenophobia and discrimination against Muslims".

Well really, we may not be perfect but we don't stone adulterers, execute rape victims and repeatedly announce that we aim for "the defeat of [Muslim] ideology and the dissolution of [Iran]" as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has often said of Judaism and Israel.

We can afford to be a little smug -- and rightly so, can't we? Yet our reaction to the double standards inherent in the statement from Iran pointed up one of our own double-standards, albeit not one that many people will admit to.

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