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April 10, 2012 4:20 pm

European Jews Call for Catherine Ashton Resignation

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The European Jewish Union has called for British politician Catherine Ashton to resign, following her comparison of the tragedy in Toulouse to the situation in Gaza.

The European Jewish Union and the European Jewish Parliament have asked British Prime Minister David Cameron to fire High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.

The petition by the Jewish organizations also calls on Ashton to “apologize or resign following her inappropriate comments on the horrific events that took place recently in Toulouse.” Ashton had compared the Toulouse murders, in which one adult and three Jewish children were shot, and the situation in the Gaza strip. “So far, this Petition has been signed by thousands throughout Europe, and increasing daily,” the letter said according to the Israel National News.

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  • Miri

    While it is clear that Mrs Ashton was trying to be empathetic to the children in Gaza, the linking of undisputed evil actions that happened in Toulouse to victims who were non-combatant in a non-combat zone, to the counter-terrorist operations in a place that the Gaza-residents have made into a combat zone voluntarily, and endanger their children voluntarily by provoking Israel, is inappropriate. Rather than encouraging kids to run for cover when there is combat, she has ignored the immorality of using children as human shields, by putting them directly in the firing line, in the cynical attempts of their parents and elders to discourage defense of civilians in Israel during counter-terrorist operations. The immoral use of children as human armor, so to speak, is unimaginable in most societies. The cynicism of the world in blaming the defenders for deaths of children used in such a manner, is likewise immoral.
    I don’t think an undiscriminating person like Mrs Ashton should be a spokesperson for any responsible authority.

    • MH8169

      One of my friends’ son fought in the Gaza war and gave his Dad first hand information about the immorality of Hamas and its minions in using children as “armor.” If a child was killed, these ignorant SOBs could say the Israelis kill children. Ms. Ashton’s comments were stupid and ignorant. A person who resides in a prominent position as hers, should be replaced. Freedom of speech has certain protocols of appropriateness and she failed on all counts.

  • No, she should not be fired.

    Whenever terrible acts of evil take place like what happened in Toulouse many people displace their anger onto the wrong people. I believe Catherine Ashton cares about the wellbeing of all people in the Middle East and her comments should be seen in this light.

    • Edward H

      I’m afraid I have to agree with you on the firing bit. For those who value freedom of speech people must be allowed to express themselves. However, a public official must be held to her words and in this case the words that she spoke were ignorant and inflammatory. The Jewish community has every right to call for an apology but lobbying for termination is a bit premature.