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 world peace...

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 attitude that

Everybody knows that the fragrant little nation slandered in this poll is the
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 is
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 the Holocaust.

Just see how the President of Europe scuttles across the Atlantic, arms
flailing wildly, to apologise for his people, and to seek absolution from the
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, wrong,
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 diplomatic

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 November).

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 Korea.

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 prejudice that
must be condemned without hesitation", he said in New York.

"In a Europe born out of horror for the war and the Holocaust there is no
place for or tolerance of anti-Semitism".

Similarly, in an interview with Italian Newspaper, La Stampa, he said that
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 Israeli
policy--much less give explicit support to calls for an end to the occupation."

-- 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 interesting
merely because it is widely held, though that it is widely held may give one
food for thought. Of the religions I studied, the one I found least worthy of
intellectual respect was Judaism.

----British Scholar and Philosopher Bryan Magee in 1997

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