Tomorrow, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. Israel is consistently and unfairly criticized for its record on human rights, most often by countries with their own egregious human rights violations. Join fellow Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters by honoring International Human Rights Day and celebrating Israel's example as a beacon for human rights in the Middle East and around the world. Video links and quotations about human rights and Israel can be found below. Hadassah encourages its members to share this information with family and friends, and to use these talking points for bulletins, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video statement for International Human Rights Day. Click here to view the video.
"International Human Right's Day is a day on which the State of Israel stands proud, proud of its record as a vibrant, pluralistic democracy—a democracy that has maintained its values, despite security challenges faced by no other nation on earth."
- "Protests in town squares are a way of life not a sign of revolution."
- "In the Middle East women are stoned and gays are hanged and minorities are persecuted. Israel has a woman who is a chief justice, we have gay pride parades and we have over one million Arab citizens who are free."
- "In a land plagued over the centuries by religious wars, Israel has rigorously safeguarded the holy sites of the great faiths and we has protected the freedom of worship for all."
Professor Alan Dershowitz also released a video about Israel and human rights. Click here to view the video.
- "In the 1940s we said never again and the tragedy is what we've seen all over the world has been again and again and again—in Darfur and Cambodia and Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia."
- "The human rights agenda has been hijacked by whose who perpetuate human wrongs and the real victims have not been Israel . . . [they] have been the 6 million people who have been killed since we said never again in preventable genocides."
Sudanese activist Simon Deng spoke out at an anti-Durban III event this fall, describing the genocide in his native Sudan and praising Israel's commitment to pluralism and human rights. Click here to view the video.
- "Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism, the answer is absolutely not. Israel is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow."
- "In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt, Israel is heaven."