A Betrayal of This Man's Name

by MELANIE PHILLIPS October 21, 2010
Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO which makes often totally specious accusations of atrocities against Israeli soldiers. It demonises Israel for daring to defend its citizens against murderous attack, presenting such military defence as offences against ‘human rights’. It is thus itself an accessory to the potential denial of the human rights of Israelis to live free from attack. Yet Breaking the Silence is one of the three nominees short-listed for this year’s Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament's human rights award named after the great Soviet dissident and the winner of which will be named tomorrow.
As the Wall Street Journal rightly says, Andrei Sakharov must be spinning in his grave:
The problem is not so much the organization’s work, which makes sweeping accusations against Israeli soldiers. The real insult is that an award meant to honor those who fight ‘intolerance, fanaticism and oppression’ is being considered for activists operating in one of the world's most vibrant democracies. By putting Israel in the same category with oppressive countries such as Ethiopia and Cuba, from which the other two short-listed nominees come, Europe’s law makers have again discredited themselves while trying to delegitimize Israel.
This grotesque nomination is yet another example of the Orwellian way in which the western world simply inverts right and wrong, truth and lies, justice and injustice over the issue of Israel. It also displays, through this mad inversion of reality -- in which a group that undermines human rights is lauded for defending them -- a chilling totalitarian mindset on the part of the European Parliament, which is so redolent of the way in which Soviet communism turned reason on its head. The WSJ observes:
Last year, Sakharov's widow, Yelena Bonner, spoke at the Oslo Forum about her late husband's affection for Israel. ‘All wars that Israel has waged have been just, forced upon it by the irresponsibility of Arab leaders,’ she quoted him as saying. Mrs. Bonner expressed her ‘alarm because of the antisemitism and anti-Israeli sentiment growing throughout Europe.’
Yelena Bonner should now, in the name of her heroic husband, denounce this nomination as a mockery of the Sakharov award, and a betrayal of everything for which he stood.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Melanie Phillips is the author of the powerful and frightening "Londonistan" which can be purchased here and she blogs at The Spectator.

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