EU-President apologizes to World Jewry for poll-result
At the meeting both sides agreed that a seminar should be organized in
Brussels in order to find out why European citizens (59% surveyed) put
Israel ahead of countries such as Iran and North Korea as a threat to
David Irving comments:
YES, this appears to have been a case of democracy at its very worst:
people being asked their private opinions, and despite all that the
media can do, coming up with this truly appalling result.
The outcome is clearly way off the map. There must have been something
wrong with the pollsters, or their pencils, or their pads, or their
Everybody knows that the fragrant little nation slandered in this poll
most peace-loving on earth, and always has been, and that in consequence
its people are the most widely loved -- nay, they are loved with a
lasting and abiding sense of global affection, by everybody, wherever
they may be -- whether beneath the tracks of a Caterpillar bulldozer, or
crushed in the ruins of a home at Jenin, or stunned by the blast of a
salvo of missiles fired into a main street in Gaza by an American-built
Apache helicopter gunship, or intimated by a German-built tank.
If anybody does not love these truly affection-inspiring people, then he
manifestly a sick man indeed, and Europe must conjure forth seminars,
with educational kits and all the other paraphernalia of mind-bending
and brainwashing with which the world has been familiar since the end of
Just see how the President of Europe scuttles across the Atlantic, arms
flailing wildly, to apologise for his people, and to seek absolution
Anti-Defamation League and the World Jewish Congress in New York!
HOW apt was the well-known verse of Christian Morgenstern, the German
humorist: Und damit schloss er messerscharf | dass nicht sein kann was
nicht sein darf.
I translated that once, in my Milch biography as:
And thus in his considered view | what did not suit could not be true.
No doubt some "experts" would call this translation lying,
manipulated, and even false: but I am beyond repair; my beliefs are cast
in stone, and I prefer my ways to those of the likes of Mr Prodi.
Three cheers for democracy. I shall be a democrat henceforth.
Prodi reassures US Jewish leaders after poll
ROMANO PRODI - the findings "reveal a prejudice that must be
condemned without hesitation" (Photo: European Commission) The US
Jewish Community is going to organise a seminar in Brussels following
recent survey results which saw a majority of EU citizens name Israel as
the biggest threat to world peace.
The results published on Monday, sparked outrage in Israeli government
circles and sent the Commission, which organised the poll, into a
European Commission President Romano Prodi had a hastily arranged
meeting with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and the
World Jewish Congress, during a visit to New York on Tuesday (4
At the meeting both sides agreed that a seminar should be organised in
Brussels in order to find out why European citizens (59% of the around
7,500 surveyed) put Israel ahead of countries such as Iran and North
A date for the seminar has still to be agreed but a Commission
spokesperson said it could be before the end of the year.
Mr Prodi also did much to mollify the Jewish community by distancing
himself and his institution from the results.
"I am very concerned by the survey’s findings: they reveal a
must be condemned without hesitation", he said in New York.
"In a Europe born out of horror for the war and the Holocaust there
place for or tolerance of anti-Semitism".
Similarly, in an interview with Italian Newspaper, La Stampa, he said
the Eurobarometer neither reflects the opinion nor the policy of the Commission.
He went on to say that no countries should have been listed in the poll.
The poll conducted by telephone between 8 and 16 October asked 7,515
citizens what country they thought is the biggest threat to world peace.
There were 15 countries on the list, including the US and Europe.
A spokesman for the Commission denied that the poll had been political.
"It was a technical business", he said on Tuesday.
"Many rabbis and professionals have told me recently that they fear
for their jobs should they even begin to articulate their doubts about
policy--much less give explicit support to calls for an end to the
-- Rabbi Michael Lerner
Published on Sunday, April 28, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times
Confessions of a Philosopher:
It is not the case that a belief is worthy of respect, or is even
merely because it is widely held, though that it is widely held may give
food for thought. Of the religions I studied, the one I found least
intellectual respect was Judaism.
----British Scholar and Philosopher Bryan Magee in 1997
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