Last week in the news, widely reported across the United States and Europe by all major news sources, the Israeli Defence Minister, Shaul Mofaz was quoted as saying in an interview he gave on Israeli Army Radio that, “Hamas’s candidate for Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismael Haniya, was a potential target for an Israeli killing”. Mr. Mofaz’s threat was calmly and factually presented by the American and British media as if it were perfectly natural and acceptable for Israel to threaten criminal violence and murder against the leader of another country. To make matters worse, if that is possible, exactly the same outrageous comments were repeated in an interview with the Jerusalem Post newspaper a few days later by the acting Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.I don’t think I can even imagine the degree of uncontrolled fury, outrage, and ensuing protests such a story would have generated in the American and British media if instead it had been the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismael Haniya, who had publicly identified Ehud Olmert, the acting Israeli Prime Minister, as a potential target to be killed by Palestinian forces? I can assure you it would not have been presented as if it were a perfectly natural and acceptable suggestion.
I say to you my dear Muslim brothers and sisters; such blatant and inconceivably biased hypocrisy indicates a degree of illogical inequity so ludicrous that we must take it as an extremely potent indicator of the degree of hatred and contempt to which Muslims and Islam are increasingly held by the governments and media of the Western world. It would indeed be foolish for us to ignore signs as forcefully significant as these. Just as the unfairness of these reactions to proposed illegal killings have brought and continue to bring great hardship to the Palestinian people, judgments made on the basis of such unfair comparisons regarding many issues in the future will negatively touch the lives of every Muslim in the world unless we do something to successfully overcome such ignorance.