The EU has come up with a brilliant idea to wrap up the spat with Israel over the Swedish “organ harvesting” blood libel recently published in its tabloid Aftonbladet. At the next foreign ministers’ meeting, apparently, a declaration will be issued condemning anti-Semitism.
Clearly, before one can comments on the initiative, one must see the text of the statement. But if we may offer a modest word of advice to the EU: Perhaps the best way to demonstrate commitment and put the controversy to rest is not just to condemn, in the usual lofty and generic terms, a prejudice that everyone in Europe loathes in the abstract. How about putting some meat to the bone by condemning Hamas for its Holocaust denial and reaffirming the EU’s firm opposition to any dialogue with the terrorist organization?
The diplomatic gathering also comes hard on the heels of Hamas’s rejection of a proposal to teach Gaza schoolchildren about the Holocaust — an obvious ploy to inculcate the youth with “a lie invented by the Zionists.”