University of Manitoba professor Haskel Greenfield is expressing outrage about an exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights that highlights, among others, the story of Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters and a niece when an Israeli missile hit his home during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.
In Greenfield’s words, the interactive exhibit that includes Abuelaish is “a disgusting, one-sided portrayal of a complex situation. It completely ignored the fact that Hamas used yards and roofs of residences, schools and hospitals to launch their missiles. The Palestinian family portrayed was a tragic example of collateral damage in a war started by their Hamas government.”
Greenfield, a world-renowned archeologist and acting head of U of M’s Judaic studies program, added that the individual explaining the exhibit to visitors showed “a total lack of knowledge of the incident and the larger context.”
He said it’s “very clear to me that the exhibit is not about human rights at all. It is an opportunity for Israel bashing and subtle anti-Semitism. The exhibit only focuses on what the Israelis have done to Palestinians – and, in particular to one Palestinian family – without any context as to why it happened.”...Someone I know has maintained a friendly e-mail relationship with Dr. Abuelaish. Recently, however, she became disheartened when he made it clear to her that his anti-Israel sentiments were inflexible. But, really, that should have come as no surprise:
In a Globe and Mail article in the summer of 2014, Abuelaish accused Israel of waging war against women and children, and practising genocide. “Battles should be directed against the occupation, which is the threat and enemy to all of us as Palestinians and Israelis,” he wrote.It is a particularly bitter irony that this edifice, which, as per Izzy Asper's vision, was initially supposed to be a Holocaust museum, has morphed into yet another vehicle for purveying Palestinian victimhood at Israel's expense. But given the anti-Israel turn that the "human rights" racket has taken in our day, this revolting development was entirely predictable.