Shimon Samuels

EU Rep: ‘Terrorist Attacks Against Israelis should Not be Surprising’

An Open Letter from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to Madam Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

On behalf of our 400,000 members, we are aghast at the outrageous statements of your Representative, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.

As a German national, he has apparently forgotten his history and responsibility to the Jewish people, by such statements as, “terrorist attacks against Israelis should not be surprising given the depth of Palestinian suffering from the 74 years of conflict with Israel.”

Madam, the 74 years of conflict were begun by the Arabs, in the face of the Zionist leadership who, in 1948, offered peace and citizenship to those who stayed within the Israeli borders.

As an EU Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Von Burgsdorff has broken the protocol of diplomacy. With this language, he deserves the title of “EU Representative to Hamas.” His audience was a group of diplomats at the site of the former Atarot airfield, in Israel.

Another of his jewels was: “when you are a Palestinian child living next to the separation wall, what do you think this child would grow up with?”

No mention of the children in Israel, and especially those running on a daily basis to shelter from the rockets launched by Hamas.

Likewise, he claimed that thousands of Palestinians had been killed since 2008, without mentioning Hamas criminals and ammunition, hidden in schools and their children used as human shields.

Moreover, it is the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, both vying for incitement to the worst antisemitic hate…adding to the horrific joy of parents at their dead children’s rank of ‘Shaheed Martyrs’

Of course, none of these realities have touched the EU Representative

Madam President, von Burgsdorff is a threat to the EU. He must be fired forthwith!”

Most respectfully,
Dr.Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre

About the Author
Shimon Samuels is Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has served as Deputy Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, European Director of ADL, and Israel Director of AJC. He was born in UK and studied in UK, Israel, U.S. and Japan.