What if Israel was the executioner?

I HOPE the whole world will be outraged by the burning alive of the captured Jordanian hostage pilot, Lieutenant Moaz Kasaesbeh.

Such barbarity reveals the true nature of ISIS and its contempt for human life.

It will be interesting to see the world reaction to Jordan's retaliation by hanging Sajida al-Rishawi, the failed Iraqi suicide bomber whose release had been demanded by the Islamic State in exchange for him.

At least Jordan cannot be accused of gender discrimination since she was hanged together with a male fellow al-Qaeda operative, also previously sentenced to death for murder in pursuing its objectives.

However, I doubt the response will be very critical, as would have been the case had Israel executed one of the many convicted Palestinian mass murderers currently held in its prisons.

If it were to do so, no doubt the pro-Palestinian bloc at the UN would already have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to condemn its action as a "crime against humanity".

Double standards?

Martin Stern,
Hanover Gardens,

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