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Dr. Catherine Chatterley


By Dr. Catherine Chatterley, November 25, 2015


Reprinted from The Huffington Post
November 25, 2015 


A double standard is a rule or standard of behaviour applied unfairly to two or more people, placing someone at a disadvantage. 

Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by terrorists in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not. 

All week, I have been watching people change their Facebook photos to the Tricolour (the blue, white and red flag of France) in a wonderful gesture of solidarité with the French people. Then, others started observing that no one was changing their photos to the blue and white of the Israeli flag, or posting anything about the almost daily stabbing or car-ramming terror attacks on Israeli civilians. When the odd article was posted, it was from some strange, unknown site or from an Israeli newspaper. 


The leaders of the world were making public statements in support of the French government and its people, condemning the killings of innocent civilians in Paris and offering assistance. None of them, however, condemned the ongoing killings of innocent Israelis or responded to Prime Minister Netanyahu's attempt to connect the present terror campaign in Israel to the one in Europe. 

Apparently, jihadist terror is terror when perpetrated on European soil, but it is not terror when perpetrated on Israelis in the Middle East. How could this be the case? It's easy to understand, actually, but no less disturbing. 

In contrast to the historical record, Jews are believed by some to have "stolen the land" from the Arabs to establish the Jewish State. Depending on one's ideological perspective, either the entire State of Israel is occupied land (a growing consensus in some circles) or the land outside the 1967 borders is occupied territory. 

Whatever violence is perpetrated, then, upon Israeli Jews is simply part of a legitimate Arab resistance movement to regain their land. France, on

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