Israel’s Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel…will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”
This week while Israeli’s celebrated Gay Pride week, a Court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a 23-year-old unmarried woman to a one-year prison term and 100 lashes for committing adultery and trying to abort the resultant fetus. “The District Court in Jeddah pronounced the verdict on Saturday after the girl confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse with a man who had offered her a ride. The man, the girl confessed, took her to a rest house, east of Jeddah, where he and four of friends assaulted her all night long.” She sought an abortion eight weeks after being impregnated by one of her assailants. The lashings will be withheld until after the birth.
Down South, Venezuelan authorities sought the arrest of the owner of the only independent media company left in that now despotic country. Apparently, he had too many Toyotas on his property, or so the warrant alleges.
In case you missed it, Turkish President Abdullah Gul equated Israel’s defensive flotilla interception with an al-Qaeda operation in an interview published in Friday’s press.
Not to be outdone, Fidel Castro weighed in and claimed that the swastika represents Israel’s new banner as the Jewish State would “not hesitate” to send the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza to “crematoriums”.
Obviously taking their cue from the former Cuban dictator, Dutch bikers this past week shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ and gestured obscenely during the speech of Holland’s chief rabbi during Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the former children’s concentration camp in Vucht.
And though the Daily Telegraph reported this week that Iran is using the Gulf port of Dubai to smuggle banned sophisticated electronic and computer equipment for use in its uranium enrichment program, the Pew Research Center reported that more than 30 percent of the news links on the blogosphere were related to the May 31 flotilla raid.
Embracing his 15 minutes of fame, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan led twenty-one countries attending a regional summit attended by Russia, Iran and Syria in condemning Israel’s efforts to keep weapons out the hands of the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hamas. Israel cast the lone vote against.
Israel meanwhile continues to maintain open and equal access to all sights holy to Islam, Christianity and Judaism, an impermissible status until after the 1967 Six-Day War. Twenty one women hold seats in the Knesset as do seven Arab-Israelis. One Arab-Israeli serves as a Justice on Israel’s Supreme Court. Rapists are prosecuted, not the victim, the media enjoys unabridged freedom, and Israeli institutions confront genocide as only a nation with Israel’s history can.