EU trade chief apologizes for Jewish comments

Dear Editor,

If The Night of Broken Glass was a Jewish revolt; and if the prejudice that all Jews are sly & evil is a Jewish idea; and if always demanding of Jews to defend themselves is a Jewish attitude, yes, THEN AP headline “EU trade chief apologizes for Jewish comments” is completely correct.

However, if The Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish revolt; and if the prejudice that all Jews are sly & evil is an anti-Jewish idea; and if always demanding of Jews to defend themselves is an anti-Jewish attitude, THEN the AP headline should have read “EU trade chief apologizes for anti-Jewish comments.”

The rest of the report is not so bad except for not specifying what’s wrong with all anti-Jewish viewpoints expressed. Example: “all Jews share a certain gene” – AP should add that this is scientifically as sound as that the earth is flat or smoking is healthy. If some people can believe anti-Jewish sentiments, descriptions should go together with proper refutations.

Because some Muslims have claimed that Freemasonry promotes the interests of the Jews around the world, it could be relevant to point out that De Gucht is a Freemason.

AP generally doesn’t mess up around reporting about anti-Semitism. But here, clearly, the anti-Jewish words concerned how Jews allegedly misinterpret what happens in the Middle East. (That shows how closely related anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli sentiments can be.)

We hold that criticism on Israel is kosher on the condition that it is fair: not made-up, not exaggerated, not the result of using double standards, not from unbalanced viewpoints, etc.

AP has a long way to go on that one.

Shalom,

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