The right-wing Zionist Israelis and their supporters, particularly among neoconservatives, are always keen to use the ‘moral equivalence’ argument to justify what is otherwise plain hypocrisy as they try to excuse their own criminal activity.
For example, there is this from well known Australian extreme right-wing Zionist Geoff Pahoff who says, “To find moral equivalence between the acts of murderers and defence forces doing their jobs is morally depraved.”
Pahoff, of course, is referring to the Palestinians as ‘murderers’ and the Israeli Defence Forces who, he says, are merely ‘doing their jobs’. The self-righteous assumption is that the IDF are morally right. Pahoff ignores entirely, however, that it is the Israeli IDF that are killing innocent Palestinian women, children and other civilians and murdering, via targeted killings, Palestinian fighters. He also ignores the fact that the vast majority of the peoples of the world regard this as morally wrong.
The reality is that, it is not a matter of ‘moral equivalence’ at all but more a matter of self-righteous hypocrisy. This is the same Geoff Pahoff who said about the death of the blind wheel-chair bound spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, was murdered by Israeli terrorists:
“I celebrated wildly when that filthy bag of pus, ‘the old blind wheel-chair bound spiritual leader’ finally kissed what was left of his miserable fanny and did the world the enormous favour, albeit somewhat forced, of departing from it for all eternity. Thereby correcting a major anomaly in the order of things by being born in the first place. Or not drowned slowly at the first opportunity. The slimy ignorant lying slice of toxic shit.”
And he has the temerity to mention “moral depravity”. So much for the argument over ‘moral equivalence’. It shouldn’t be confused with hypocrisy.
This in Ha’aretz and my argument countering the inference can also be considered as ‘moral equivalence’: “Hamas has sent hundreds of militants to train in Iran and Syria in the past two years…” For the Israelis that’s a bad immoral thing for their enemies to do. However, Israeli pilots and IDF commanders being trained in the US is fine. It’s not ‘moral equivalence’; its hypocrisy.