EU Commissioner Karel de Gucht made what he later called “my personal point of view”:
“There is indeed a belief – it’s difficult to describe it otherwise – among most Jews that they are right. And a belief is something that’s difficult to counter with rational arguments. And it’s not so much whether these are religious Jews or not. Lay Jews also share the same belief that they are right. So it is not easy to have, even with moderate Jews, a rational discussion about what is actually happening in the Middle East.”
Simple, obvious antisemitism. He then proceeded with the historical slander of Jewish power:
“Do not underestimate the Jewish lobby on Capitol Hill. That is the best organised lobby, you shouldn’t underestimate the grip it has on American politics – no matter whether it’s Republicans or Democrats.”
de Gucht then apologised like this:
“I gave an interview … I gave my personal point of view,” he said. “I regret that the comments that I made have been interpreted in a sense that I did not intend.
“I did not mean in any possible way to cause offence or stigmatise the Jewish community. I want to make clear that antisemitism has no place in today’s world.”
Here we have a man whose personal views – views which he will in future reserve for cosy EU dinners and private speaking engagements – are incompatible with being against antisemitism.
The EU says ““Our position on anti-Semitism is very clear…blah blah” and then does nothing.
Another lurch of insecurity for Jews in Europe.
Dave Rich comments on the Community Security Trust blog.
It will be nice to be able to proudly announce that my political party doesn’t tolerate anything like this. But at the current time I can’t say that.