Why doesn't the left criticize Saudi Arabia for doing what it attacks Israel for?

Andrew Bolt, of the Herald-Sun newspaper of Australia, raises a question that should be posed to leftist critics of Israel.

Saudi Arabia fights Islamist extremists in a neighbouring country and kills civilians. No international fuss at all, and the media Left barely notice:

At least 18 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes on a missile depot in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a.

According to Yemeni medics on Monday, 300 have been wounded and scores of nearby houses and vehicles were destroyed in the attack hitting the Faj Attan district in the mountainous outskirts of the capital, where the missile depot is located…

According to reports, at least 2,680 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in the attacks.

Israel fights Islamist extremists in a neighbouring country and kills many fewer civilians. Massive international fuss, and the media Left savages Israel:

WHY is the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] barracking for Hamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza and is firing rockets at Israel?...Then there’s the ABC’s claims that Israel is recklessly killing civilians in Gaza.

Here’s 7.30’s Sarah Ferguson interviewing an Israeli government spokesman: “You say you don’t target civilians ... Do you take enough care to avoid those casualties, because it appears the answer is no?”

In fact, Israel drops leaflets in targeted areas warning civilians to get out. At times it also gives a knock at the door — a rocket that just makes a loud noise as a warning before the real missiles come.

But Hamas hides its missiles among civilians it conscripts as a human shield — and as propaganda props if they die.

A good operational definition of anti-Semitism is the criticizing of Jews for activities that are accepted when done by non-Jews.

If the shoe fits...

Hat tip: John McMahon

Andrew Bolt, of the Herald-Sun newspaper of Australia, raises a question that should be posed to leftist critics of Israel.

Saudi Arabia fights Islamist extremists in a neighbouring country and kills civilians. No international fuss at all, and the media Left barely notice:

At least 18 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes on a missile depot in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a.

According to Yemeni medics on Monday, 300 have been wounded and scores of nearby houses and vehicles were destroyed in the attack hitting the Faj Attan district in the mountainous outskirts of the capital, where the missile depot is located…

According to reports, at least 2,680 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in the attacks.

Israel fights Islamist extremists in a neighbouring country and kills many fewer civilians. Massive international fuss, and the media Left savages Israel:

WHY is the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] barracking for Hamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza and is firing rockets at Israel?...Then there’s the ABC’s claims that Israel is recklessly killing civilians in Gaza.

Here’s 7.30’s Sarah Ferguson interviewing an Israeli government spokesman: “You say you don’t target civilians ... Do you take enough care to avoid those casualties, because it appears the answer is no?”

In fact, Israel drops leaflets in targeted areas warning civilians to get out. At times it also gives a knock at the door — a rocket that just makes a loud noise as a warning before the real missiles come.

But Hamas hides its missiles among civilians it conscripts as a human shield — and as propaganda props if they die.

A good operational definition of anti-Semitism is the criticizing of Jews for activities that are accepted when done by non-Jews.

If the shoe fits...

Hat tip: John McMahon