Thursday, June 2, 2016

UK: Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh: "Without antisemitism, Zionism would have failed"

Every day, every month, every year there are, in Europe, lots of discussions like this one - anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, pro-Palestine.  European's obsession with Jews and Israel never wavers. 

Harry's Place reports:
Afif Safieh is generally considered to be the top ranking Palestinian diplomat and is based in the United Kingdom at the moment. He has previously been based in Washington DC and Moscow. Recently he gave a speech in SOAS [University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies] during the launch of a book by Salman Abu Sitta. He spoke at some length about the Holocaust and about Palestinian suffering.

Here’s what he started off saying:
I’m happy and proud that Germany apologised and re-apologised to Jews for the atrocities of WWII. I’m happy as a Roman Catholic that the King of Spain has apologised for Spanish Catholic inquisition, I’m glad that the Queen of England some years ago apologised for the treatment of aborigines and Ilan Pappe I think would agree that Israelis and those who identified with them it’s high time for them to apologise to the Palestinians for the historical devastating damage that was irreparably done 100 years ago.”
And then a couple of minutes later proceeds to speak about antisemitism:
“Now now let me tell you ladies and gentlemen today we are living and we will continue in the coming weeks we are living a great controversy over antisemitism, I would like to tell you, I as a Palestinian am against any racial discrimination against any out of principle out of principle…but also out of selfish egoistical, egotistical self-interest because I believe that antisemitism has been extremely detrimental to our people. Without antisemitism, Zionism would have failed. Until the 1930s Zionism was a minor tendency within Jewish communities, it’s Hitler and his atrocities that drove Jews into the hands of Zionism and it is his atrocities that gave them what they thought was immunity from criticism from now until eternity.
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