Here is my response to the accusation that Israel's human rights record does not measure up to other Western countries.
It does if one compares apples to apples rather than apples to oranges. Israel has been fighting a war of survival ever since it's existence. It is an open secret that the ultimate objective of all the Palestinian Arab factions is the end of the Jewish state and it's replacement by an Arab majority. Which means another Arab/Muslim state, the 25th one, in the Middle East.
So when was the last time that Western democracies were involved in a war of survival? In WW2 of course. And how did they fight their ruthless enemies? They fought fire with fire and rightly so. Remember the fire bombing of Dresden? Remember the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima Nagasaki? Remember the internment of enemy aliens (some of whom had American, British, Australian and Canadian citizenship) into camps? Remember the censorship during the war? Remember how they dealt with traitors after the war? Google Lord Haw Haw and Tokyo Jane. If one measures Israel against those standards, Israel can hold it's head high.
And not just those standards. Even if one looks at civilian casualties described as collateral damage in drone attacks, Israel has nothing to be ashamed of. Except of course according to biased so called "progressives" who have a distinct and deliberate agenda to belittle, disparage and demonise Israel at every turn. I have my own thoughts about those bastards but I won't voice them, I will say this though. They are our sworn enemies. I don't wish them anything good in their miserable lives.