Op-Ed: Europe's Jews: The Irish War On Israel
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.
In the Irish city of Limerick, in 1904, the priest John Creagh promoted a boycott of the Jews.
“It is madness”, the Christian leader declared, “for a people to allow an evil to grow in their midst that will cause them ruin”. Orders were given to the Jews’ customers not to buy their goods and to repay their loans. If the Jews walked in the streets they were beaten, confronting crowds shouting “Death to the Jews!” and “Hunt them out”.
A century later, a committee in Ireland’s Oireachtas, the country’s legislature, called for a national ban on imported products from "Israeli settlements considered internationally as illegal".
The Irish government will also try to take the lead in the European Union in establishing such a ban and will champion an EU-wide ban during Ireland’s EU presidency next year.
For a long time, the more than 100 businesses located in Barkan area, in Samaria, didn’t want to advertise the fact that the were located 17 kilometers over the Green Line.
When Arab-American groups threatened to boycott Burger King because the U.S. fast-food chain opened a franchise in Maaleh Adumim near Jerusalem, the Miami-based company withdrew. Ireland knows this and it's now trying to destroy economic life in Judea and Samaria.
Ireland, the last state in the European Union to have full diplomatic relations with Israel, is one the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe.
Last November, an anti-Israel display was held on Dublin's main pedestrian street, presenting IDF soldiers as Nazis.
According to the Israeli Embassy in Dublin, not a single Israeli dance or theater company, musician or filmmaker has been invited to Ireland for a decade.
The Irish government also recently decided to upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the country. Ireland is the first European Union member to announce such a move, which was initiated by the foreign minister.
In 2010, town councilmen in Carrickmacross voted to rip out a page of a town's visitors' book because Israel's Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, signed it.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions voted to support a boycott of Israeli goods and services.
Today no senior political figure in the Republic of Ireland would come out on Israel's side. The only Jewish deputy in the Parliament,, Alan Shatter, and the Israeli ambassador, were both compared to the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels by Sinn Fein MK Aengus O Snodaigh.
Leading Irish figures have also tried to indict the Jewish State in the international arena.
Former foreign minister Sean McBride served as the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the murders of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila.
Another well-known case concerned Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former UN high commissioner for human rights, who catalyzed anti-Semitic hatred at the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism in Durban.
An Irish vessel, named after Rachel Corrie, was among those intercepted by the Israel Navy and its anti-Semitic crew were hailed as national heroes. Mairead Maguire, an Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, was on board.
During the Second Intifada, Irish “peace” activists waged activities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. They hindered IDF activities, they served as human shields, they located themselves near roadblocks, they provided terrorist operatives with logistic and moral support.
The Irish hatred for Israel is of a special type. It's pure and it's not motivated by external factors.
It’s a fact that the Irish Revolutionary Army supported the Palestinian cause and received weapons from the PLO.
Yet the Jewish community is small and the number of anti-Semitic incidents is limited, there is no violence in the streets like in Malmo, and the Islamic community is small. Ireland is the proof that the anti-Semitic hatred simply has no rationale.
A new report titled "Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland" and compiled by Father Micheál Mac Gréil, a Jesuit priest and sociologist, revealed that 22 per cent would stop Jews taking up Irish citizenship, 40 per cent of Irish people said they would not want a Jew in their family and only 48 per cent would accept an Israeli.
In the negotiations over the fate of Northern Ireland, there was one “solution” neither side would have ever suggested: the destruction of towns, villages and homes.
The Irish hatred for Israel is denationalized and secularized, internationalist, universalist and third-worldist. It's embodied by Gerry Adams, who has led the Irish Republican movement for four decades. He donned a kaffiyeh when he went to Israel to make a TV documentary about Jesus and he met with Hamas' leaders.
Jerusalem resembles Belfast, but not in appearance.
Throughout Belfast, high walls separate one street from the next, one backyard from the next. The walls are stark iron slabs.
Throughout the war in Ulster, Protestant communities showed Israeli flags as a symbol of their resistance. Irish Catholics, more intrinsically anti-Semitic, displayed Palestinian flags.
Today most of the walls are painted with pro Palestinian graffiti. At the Free Derry Wall there is a mural saying “You are now entering Free Gaza", together with an Israeli fighter plane and a rocket aimed at a baby car. Another says: "Free Palestine from 60 years of Nakba! We will return".
In the negotiations over the fate of Northern Ireland, there was one “solution” neither side would have ever suggested: the destruction of towns, villages and homes, Catholic or Protestant. Why? Because it's considered ethnic cleansing, and regarded as a crime.
But now Ireland, as many other European countries, is trying to evict 550.000 Jews from Judea and Samaria. Then they want to send the coastal plain's Jews on ships bound for Marseille and New York. Don't forget that even after the death camps were liberated, the Irish government denied Jews refuge in Ireland.
A special graffiti in Belfast calls to support the Palestinian camp of Balata, overlooking the Jewish town of Itamar, the site of a pogrom in which five sleeping members of the Fogel family were murdered in March 2011. In Balata, the youngsters have replaced their Pokemon cards with necklaces displaying photos of suicide bombers.
Like those Irish pro-German appeasers and the pro-Soviet dupes, the new Irish bleeding-heart-pursuers-of-
"Peace" and "civil rights" are the new mask of anti_Semitism.