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Double standards on Venezuela…What of China and Israel?

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 12:20 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The double standards of the Organization of American States (OAS) and United States (US) as regards democracy were well exposed by Gordon Robinson in the Sunday press, putting the Andrew Holness administration’s treatment of Venezuela further in bad light. If Nicolas Maduro’s election was possibly illegitimate, what of a host of other recent examples?

But given the concern expressed about the plight of the Venezuelan people at the hands of a purportedly ‘oppressive and illegitimate government’, what, therefore, of the administration’s response to China’s persecution of its Muslim peoples, and the treatment of the Palestinians, especially in Gaza, by the zionist Netanyahu government in Israel? Jamaica is currently hugging up both of these countries, as well as the US, with its maltreatment of 800,000 government workers and all the people they are supposed to serve.

In China, up to a million Muslims have so far been forced into specially-built ‘re-education’ camps, aka prisons. Ethnic/religious cleansing on this scale (or even at all) should surely be something for our Government to oppose on principle, regardless of economic cost. China is beginning to sound like Nazi Germany, and even the US is taking note. As for Gaza, no matter what the errors of the elected Hamas government, the blockade by Israel is murderously inhumane. A baby died last week because an exit permit could not be procured from the Israelis.

Mr Holness, Mrs Kamina Johnson Smith, I am waiting to hear from you on these two matters.

PAUL WARD

Campaign for Social & Economic Justice (CSEJ)

Kingston 7

pgward72@gmail.com