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December 12, 2012 9:40 pm

Denmark, Finland, Portugal and Ireland Opposed Condemnation of Hamas Pledge to Destroy Israel

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Times of Israel – Four European Union member states reportedly opposed an official condemnation of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s incitement-filled speech last weekend, leading to harsh responses from Israeli leaders that Europe was being one-sided.

According to an Israel Radio report Wednesday, Denmark, Finland, Portugal and Ireland pressured European foreign ministers to condemn Israel solely for its E1 settlement construction plan at a meeting of the body’s foreign council Monday.

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  • DJ

    I can’t speak for Denmark, Portugal or Finland but having been born in Ireland and grown up there, I can address the Irish situation. I do not consider that anti-Semitism is foundational to my country. How else could we have a Jewish man heading the Justice Ministry (Alan Shatter – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Shatter)? It’s important not to let our feelings cause us to make inaccurate assertions and thus alienate the very people who need to be won over to the Zionist cause.
    I’m in my mid 50s and I feel that anti-Semitism simply did not appear much here on the radar until the last 20 years or so. The increase in the number of left wing politicians and the increasing number of very vocal Moslem immigrants has brought about a very visible rise in anti-Israel sentiment. The media is now controlled by people who are very biased against Israel. Reporting of the recent Gaza conflict was distressingly biased.
    I would like to see the embassy in Dublin take an active role in in challenging the biased reports. Normally our media presents both sides of issues – speakers for opposite positions are live on the air and they debate the issue. When it comes to Israel, only a pro-Arab voice is allowed to speak with no opportunity to answer the often scurrilous allegations (“the current escalation can be attributed to the on-going attacks by Israel” and “Israel…has disproportionately and indiscriminately targeted children” Drivetime radio programme 16th November 2012). I copied my complaint re this programme to the embassy but received no reply.
    I would like to see the local embassy promoting a positive image for Israel and also trade between our countries. It’s amazing how the Irish government avoids offense when there is trade to be make – e.g. the recent visit of Chinese vice president (occupation of Tibet not raised!! – http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0218/china.html).
    Perhaps the embassy is doing these already without much success? If so good, if not there is a important job to be done. Israel should not just accept the media bias but have its embassies call the media to account on each case (they will be busy!). This battle is just as import as the physical one and is worth the investment.
    I for one am not willing to take the current anti-Israel sentiment lying down. Take heart, pro-Israel people are beginning to speak up in Ireland.

  • No shock. In 2012 antisemitism is foundational to each of these countries..As DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR said in March 1968: ” If you are an antiZionist then you are an antisemite”.

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