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Hamas and Human Rights

Richard Landes notes a story that would be difficult to imagine happening anywhere else: Hamas is simultaneously condemning Israel for hospital shortages, yet preventing Egypt from delivering medical aid or evacuating the wounded. Landes has coined a word to describe the phenomenon:

I have written repeatedly here about demopaths, people who invoke human rights and other civic values in order to protect themselves, even as they aim at destroying the human rights of others. … Among the many practitioners of demopathy — a thriving industry in the early 21st century — are the Palestinians, who have made an identity out of being “human rights” victims, even as they try and destroy the human rights of Jews. Indeed, their commitment to accusing Israelis of violating their human rights has driven them to victimize themselves in order to attack Israel for their suffering.

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