Friday, August 17, 2007

Poles apart

Three Polish Members of the European Parliament have announced that they will not be taking part in an upcoming UN conference, to be held at EU facilities later this month, aimed exclusively at criticizing Israel and its policies. The name of the agency organizing the conference says it all: the "Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People." Needless to say, there is no parallel UN committee on the inalienable right of the Israeli people to defend their state from external aggression.

Here is the forthright and courageous assessment of MEP Bronislaw Geremek: "I will not take part in this conference. I saw the materials prepared by the organizers... although there is no official statement that Israel must be pushed down to the sea there, the choice of subjects and the attitude towards the problems shows that it will be a biased, conflict generating conference. Actually we can call it anti-Israeli."

Since Poland's accession to the EU in 2004, the Poles have proven very reluctant to go along with the mildly coercive attempts of that body to force a liberal consensus of opinion on its members -- hardly surprising when you consider that they live in what is still an overwhelmingly religious country, and one with many painful memories of ideological bullying by its neighbours. The stance of the Polish MEPs against the EU's uncritically worshipful attitude towards the Palestinians is especially gratifying when one remembers the dark history of anti- Semitic violence in Poland. Na zdrowie!

1 comment:

Rajeev said...

Yep. Unfortunately Europe is dominated by the socialist left who, among other things, group capitalists, jews and americans in the same category (kind of the same category that they once held Satan). Well, I'm quite happy to be in that category and wear it as a badge of honor.