I would prefer if the above mentioned relief effort wasn't lauded as much as it is lauded. Help is at its best when it's given willingly, quietly and without fanfares. But it's only my opinion.
However, when I see an article headlined Israel's double standards over Haiti with a lede saying "The Israeli relief effort in Haiti is laudable, but it underlines the state's indifference to those suffering on its own doorstep", I don't even have to ask myself who might have written it in the Guardian. Sure, it's Seth Freedman.
To start with, he has done a laudable job of lauding Israel. I have learned, for instance, that "140 countries have received aid from Israel's state-run Mashav humanitarian relief division, including Turkey, India and El Salvador after earthquakes brought devastation to their shores". Nice, ain't it...
Well, back to the lede and a lot of words in the article itself that, to make the long story short, concentrate on one single question: why is it that when them damn Israelis are so helpful to all kinds, are they so cruel and insensitive to Gasa suffering?
I fully intended to make this post short* so read this carefully, Seth:
That's the long and the short of it.
(*) But not before I mention my awe and ignorance when meeting this totally impenetrable (for me) statement: "Likewise, when Zionist movements such as Bnei Akiva trumpet the achievements of Israel's relief teams as representative of the entire Jewish people, they inadvertently tar all Jews with the same brush when Israel's frequent violations of international law are brought to light". Bleh...