Hall of Fame: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Why it's wrong to blame Israel for every grievance in the Middle East


"As Gaddafi systematically massacres his people and the country descends into civil war, as armies slaughter civilians in Yemen and Bahrain, now Syria, I ask why good people have focused only on Palestine/Israel for more than half a century and not attended to the brutality and oppression endemic in the Islamic states.

"Why the double standards? We have an obligation to judge all governments and rulers by the same universal values, to listen to Zionists who complain of unfair treatment and open our minds as we enter a new era in the Middle East."

    Last updated: 10:34am, May 4 2011