Harry's Place is comparing the situation in Israel with that of Sri Lanka, and wondering why the former gets so, so much more attention than the latter. The parallels do strike me (and they did before I read this post), but I will freely admit that my knowledge of the conflict there is limited (though not non-existent).
So I am curious. What do people think accounts for the difference in the relative attention?
Potential candidates, which of course may mix and match (feel free to add others):
1) Israel is more closely associated with the United States and the West, making it an easier target.
2) The Sri Lankan conflict is seen as "intra-mural", that is, between two "native" groups (Tamil and Sinhalese), whereas in Israel/Palestine one side (the Jews) are seen as foreign interlopers.
3) Anti-Semitism: People prefer to yell about Jews more than other groups.
But again -- I concede my knowledge is limited, and I am quite open to hearing why others think the disparity exists.