Will straight up Jew-hating hit Abbas in the pocket ? Not from the EU it won’t.

Well, this is awkward.

The European Institutions are trying — quite creatively as it happens given the difficult structures of their budget rules- to find ways of pulling the ‘illiberal democracies’ of certain Eastern European Member States into line by threatening reductions in their budget. The logic goes a little like this: Want to tinker with your judiciary, or stymie the national debate by curtailing the media in your country? Go ahead, but we will cut your structural funding and leave you with a massive budget black hole for all those infrastructure projects that we pay for, and that so endear you to your electorate.

In other words, the EU is sending out a simple message: our money is conditional. You respect the rules or you pay the price. So what’s awkward about that? Seems perfectly fair and reasonable right?

“The Holocaust wasn’t caused by Anti-Semitism, but by the “social behaviour” of the Jews, including “money-lending, [charging] interest, and financial matters.”

Read that again. It’s disgusting isn’t it?

If Mein Kampf had a part two, you could imagine those words being in there as justification for the ‘final solution’. And if you were funding an organisation, charity or paid a subscription to a newspaper that uttered those words (without the latter being ironic or satirical but presented as fact), you would most likely stop the direct debit, or cancel the subscription wouldn’t you?

Mahmoud Abbas said that quote this week at a general meeting of his Palestinian Authority. But he didn’t stop there.

Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of the ancient Israelites, and that European Jews therefore had “no historical ties” to the Land of Israel.

Oh, and Israel was conceived as a European project and European leaders such as the United Kingdom’s Lord Arthur Balfour restricted Jewish immigration to their countries while simultaneously promoting Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel.

The New York Times, as any reader will know, is not known as a cheerleader for Israel, but their editorial board have heard enough. Calling it a ‘new low’ for Abbas they hoped it would be his ‘last words as Palestinian Leader’. And they don’t even give him a cent of their revenue.

But what about those paying him some 290 Million Euro in EU taxpayers’ cash a year? The biggest contributors to the Palestinian Authority worldwide? That gives more than all the Arab States combined? And yep, that same set of EU Institutions that is currently trying to condition their own funds to their own Members?

Not a word and not a cent less. Mr Abbas, who spews words lifted straight out of the Nazi archive – and his acolytes who applaud him for doing so – will continue to get paid in full.

It is awkward right? You would be embarrassed, wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you, Mrs Mogherini…

About the Author
Alex Benjamin is the director of EIPA, a multi-disciplined pro-Israel advocacy Group based in Brussels, with offices in Paris and Berlin. He is also the Director of Public Affairs for EJA: European Jewish Association, a Brussels based NGO which represents and acts on behalf of Jewish communities across the EU and wider European continent, at the heart of the European Institutions and at bilateral level with Member States.
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