Commemorating Dead Jews While Hating the Living
”The battle for the equal value of all people and against antisemitism and racism is a part of foreign policy. Sweden and the EU have a major duty to stand up for the values of the freedom and equal rights of all people upon which our societies are based when we formulate and conduct our foreign policy. Sweden is also working to strengthen a culture of dialogue and promote democratic developments so as to undermine the conditions that foster extremism,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
That would be the same Wallstrom who excuses and justifies terrorism against Israelis and who recently called for an investigation to determine if Israel had been committing “extrajudicial killings” during the recent terror onslaught from the Palestinian Authority. As many Israelis pointed out on social media following her remarks, it hardly gets more hypocritical than this.
However, Wallstrom’s remarks really are quite representative of Europe, which wallows in commemorations of dead Jews; however, when it comes to the living — not so much. This can be especially prevalent among those who pride themselves on having saved Jews during World War II, such as Danes. In one exchange, which took place on a Danish journalist’s Facebook page, the response of several of his Danish readers to his latest status updates about murdered Israelis in Judea and Samaria was that these “settlers” were “war criminals” and “thieves” and consequently had no right of self-defense. Implicitly, no right to live either. Although extreme, you would be surprised (or perhaps not so surprised) at just how many Europeans hold such views.
While commemorating dead Jews from the Shoah, Europe welcomes one of the most active regimes when it comes to Holocaust denial. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is being welcomed in Paris and in Rome. In the latter city, the government decided to humiliate itself completely by covering up nude statues in the center of Rome, so that Rouhani’s Muslim sensitivities would not be offended by the works of Michelangelo and Bernini. The move was widely ridiculed across the political spectrum in Italy. Meanwhile, no Italian seemed bothered by Iran’s proclamation of its annual mock-the-Holocaust-because- we-deny-it-ever-took-place contest, in which the cartoonist who most viciously mocks the Nazi genocide is awarded $50,000.
While commemorating dead Jews from the Shoah, Europe is busier than ever conspiring against the living Jews in Israel.
Europe’s funding of PA terror is legendary. “We demand that they [donor countries] monitor the use of the money and make sure it is not used to fund terrorism or incitement. It is time for the world to stop incitement and terrorism by truly supervising its donations [to the Palestinians],” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Sunday in a meeting with foreign dignitaries in Jerusalem. She also told them that the stipends paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists’ families amounts to some $75 million a year — about 20% of the donations funneled to the PA from Western nations and bodies. Hotovely said she believed these benefits may now even exceed 20% of donor funds. Hotovely told the meeting that per capita, the Palestinian Authority receives far more foreign aid than any other country in the world — roughly $800 million a year on average. Palestinians receive assistance to the tune of $170 per person, while Syrians, for example, receive an average of $106 per person.
The labeling of products from Judea and Samaria is another measure that Europe has lined up against Israel. A third one is the European Union’s funding of illegal building by the Palestinian Authority in Area C. As late as last Wednesday, the European Union reached an agreement with the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government, in which the EU agreed to provide 9.5 million euros ($10 million) in grants towards “social infrastructure projects” in Area C. In plain English, this means more illegal building.
Celebrating dead Jews while inciting against the living, however, is not just a European pastime. “The Holocaust was a colossal crime. … This year, we focus on ‘the Holocaust and Human Dignity.’ We link Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations, as expressed in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we do, we are reminded of our shared obligation to assure everyone the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law. Today, with a rising tide of antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of discrimination, we must do even more to defend these rights for people everywhere,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Ban uttered there words the day after justifying and condoning terrorism against Jews in Israel in a speech to the UN Security Council. “As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation.” The UN chief called Israeli settlement activities “an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. … They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”
It would be nice if the world would spare us its pompous and tasteless eulogies about our dead ancestors and stop inciting our murder in the present.
Judith Bergman is a writer and political analyst living in Israel.
This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.