Europe´s hate for Israel / Op-ed: Many Europeans believe Israel is illegitimate, must be removed from Middle East (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Giulio Meotti Published: 04.16.12, 18:19)
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After the massacre of Jews in Toulouse, many people cried when seeing
Miriam Monsonego’s little body wrapped in a white shroud. But most
Europeans looked the other way, and the United Nations, EU and the
chattering classes all washed their hands of the Jewish blood.
Europe has already forsaken the Jews. The same process can be seen in
respect to Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize laureate who published an
anti-Israel poem in European newspapers.
According to the polls, 70-80% of Germans support Grass. A Facebook
page called “Support Günter Grass” already has thousands of “Likes.”
A special Financial Times’ survey sheds more light on Grass’
popularity. Given the question “The statements by Grass are…”, only
the 8% answered “dangerous” and “anti-Semitic.” Some 57%
said “correct” while 27% said “worth discussing/arguable.”
The total figure of respondents who see Grass’ incitement against
Israel as correct or arguable is 84%.
A similar survey about Toulouse would find the Muslim perpetrator as
the real victim and the victims as the real murderers (“Jews,
Zionists, murderers of Palestinian children, they got what they
It was a relief that many brave writers denounced Grass’ horrible
blood libel, including Daniel Goldhagen, Leon de Winter and Marcel
Reich-Ranicki. But the dominant feeling regarding Grass is oen of
Western media focused their hypocrisy on Israel’s decision to ban the
writer. The Daily Telegraph ran an opinion comparing Benjamin
Netanyahu to Joseph Goebbels’ burning of books, while a Los Angeles
Times editorial declared that Israeli officials are like Iran’s
mullahs. Salman Rushdie tweeted in favor of Grass.
Longing for ‘good old days’
German public opinion loved the poem, because Grass fanned the flames
of their Jew-hatred in a very comfortable way. Who’s better than
the “conscience of Germany,” the former Heinrich Himmler volunteer,
the most famous anti-fascist to indict the post-Holocaust Jews?
In a 2001 Der Spiegel interview, Grass declared: “Israel doesn’t just
need to clear out of the occupied areas. The appropriation of
Palestinian territory and its Israeli settlements are also a criminal
activity. That not only needs to be stopped - it also needs to be
reversed. Otherwise there will be no peace.”
According to Grass, Israel must leave not only Hebron and Beit El; it
must disengage from Haifa, Tel Aviv and Nazareth as well. How many
famous columnists had declared, before the Fogel massacre, that the
Palestinians had the right to attack Itamar-like towns?
Grass simply wrote what most Westerners believe. The polls must be
translated, ultimately, into one overriding conclusion: Israel is
illegitimate, it´s the purveyor of all ills, it’s the instigator of
every type of disorder, and it therefore must be disengaged from the
Middle East as soon as possible.
This is not only a German phenomenon. During the second Intifada, a
majority of Europeans said that Israel is “the greatest threat to
world peace,” according to a European Commission survey.
To sum up, there is a German caption, “Schoene Zeiten,” taken from
the photo album of Kurt Franz, Treblinka’s last commandant. It means,
idiomatically, “the good old days.” Let’s be very honest and say: the
Western conscience is longing for these “old good days.”
Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book
A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel´s Victims of Terrorism
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/16/12)
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