Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said in a March 23, 2022 interview on TRT Arabic TV (Turkey) that the international community’s response to the Ukraine crisis exposes its double standards and hypocrisy. He explained that while the international community expresses concern over Ukraine, it has ignored the helplessness, suffering, and deaths of the Palestinian people. Al-Maliki elaborated that this is an indication that the international community does not care about the Third World, and he accused it also of hypocrisy in protecting Israel from having to be accountable.
Riyad Al-Maliki: "For many years, we have been saying that the international community applies double standards when it comes to Palestine. We have been referring to Israel as an aggressor and an occupying state, but many Western countries that wanted to protect Israel from criticism would reject this assertion. They would provide Israel some kind of protection from accountability.
"Now in light of what has been taking place in Ukraine, those double standards were exposed to a greater extent. The measures for which we have been criticized are being employed by the very same countries that used to criticize us.
"What we had been prevented from doing for 70 years, and what we had been criticized for doing, was done by the same countries within seven days [from the start of the Ukrainian war].
"So these double standards and these exceptional measures are clear. One country is allowed to be excluded from the rule of international law, because it is protected by the international community, while the [international] law and vision must be enforced against all the others. We do not accept this concept. This does not mean that we are interfering in what is happening in Ukraine, or that we state our position regarding what is happening there.
"Rather, this is criticism of the international community, which has been employing double standards, when it awarded one crisis all that attention and all those reactions, while ignoring other, decades-long crises, in which many innocent civilians, women and children, were killed, cities were completely destroyed, tall buildings were brought down, and there were many martyrs as a result, schools, hospitals, and infrastructure were destroyed, and we did not have the ability to defend ourselves, and had to wait for the help of the international community.
"The international community has failed in its responsibilities. It has ignored the suffering of the Palestinian people. Therefore, the Ukraine crisis has exposed these double standards, and revealed the hypocrisy of the international community, regarding the situation in other areas of the so-called third world."