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Israel saves whales, but kills Palestinians with impunity

Forgive me for failing to see the virtue in jumping to the rescue of world whalery while continuing to kill Palestinians with impunity.
The tide hasn't ebbed at the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis, but Israel has already made a splash in keeping whales safe.

Israel cast ballots against the three Japanese-initiated measures voted on so far at the meeting, which began Friday and will continue until Tuesday, helping to defeat all of them in tight votes.

One of the defeated measures would have permitted a commercial moratorium exemption allowing countries to hunt 150 Minke and 150 Byrde whales in their own territorial waters. . .

"The main thing about the IWC is it's extremely polarized and every vote counts," said Merav Datan, Greenpeace International's political adviser for the Mediterranean and Middle East.
That makes for very effective PR. You think I'm being cynical? I don't think so.
Esther Efrat, the head of the treaty division at the Foreign Ministry, is representing Israel at the meeting. Since Israel joined the IWC only two weeks ago at the invitation of the US, Efrat had to cram to learn all the necessary information before leaving.
Spectacular timing. Always poised to take advantage of a good opportunity.
"We consulted the United States, Japan and Australia to find their agendas," said an official in the treaty department. "The secretary of the IWC was also very helpful with information."

The IWC, an international organization dedicated to managing whaling and protecting the world's largest mammals, has banned whaling for all but scientific purposes since 1986. Japan and Iceland have used this provision to continue killing whales, selling the meat after conducting scientific tests.
Let me get this straight. Corporations can torture and kill whales to study them for commercial exploitation (most likley Big Agri and Big Pharma), but others can't hunt whale in their OWN territory in order to EAT? Sounds inequitable. So, what's new?
Japan has brought in small Pacific island countries to the IWC to help sway the majority to its favor.

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Israel has joined other anti-whaling countries in voting against any changes to the IWC's restrictions on whaling.

"We have laws protecting wildlife and since whales are part of wildlife, this influences how we vote," said the treaty department official.
We also have laws protecting people. But, apparently THAT does not phase you.


At Tuesday, June 20, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

I beg to differ. In my opinion, Israel is using waaaaaay too much restraint. I feel sick at the way they let their citizens get bombed upon repeatedly, without taking enough decisive action to stop the monsters who bomb them. Then, they reward the monsters by giving away land. Just disgusting.


At Tuesday, June 20, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Instead of adequately fighting the Kassam rockets, Israel shuts down a town in Israel.


Yeah, real "killing with impugnity."

At Tuesday, June 20, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

Miss R,
If you think Israel is using too much restraint, than how more violent do you want them to be and what exactly do you want them to do to the innocent Palestinian children???

At Thursday, June 22, 2006, Anonymous Avram said...

I agree with Miss R. Restraint is for the weak. See where it got us in 1945.

Israel is way too restrained. Israel only kills 2-3 Palestinians for each Israeli they kill. Clearly this is not enough to dissuade them. Israel needs to kill as many Arabs as necessary to stop their violence - even if it means women and children. The life of a Jew is worth more than the lives of all the Palestinians put together. They are all just animals anyway.


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