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Why is the Muslim World More Enraged at 200 Arab Deaths in Gaza Than at 200,000 Arab Deaths in Syria?

By on 7.22.14 | 11:44PM

A longtime reader sent me a Toronto Star article by Tarek Fatah titled "Muslim Double Standards Abound". Here's a sample:

As I write, Muslims around the world have taken to the streets and social media to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, that has resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinians.

Undoubtedly the death of 200 Arabs, many of them civilian women and children, is tragic and worthy of condemnation.

However, just next door to Israel almost 200,000 Arabs have been killed by fellow Arabs in Syria, but that tragedy has triggered no public demonstrations of anger in Islamic capitals, let alone in Toronto.

I should mention that I knew Tarek in the mid to late 1990's when I was active with the NDP. We served together on the party's resolution committee. Both of us would eventually leave the NDP. 

You can read the whole thing here.

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