Reinforcing what I wrote in my post from June about the appalling antisemitism and anti-Israel feeling in Ireland, Ynet reports that the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish government of inciting against Israel.
An outrageous anti-Israel display was held over the weekend on Dublin’s main pedestrian street, presenting IDF soldiers as Nazi troops.
As part of the display, sponsored by the Dublin City Council, a group of pro-Palestinian activists set up a model of the separation fence and an IDF roadblock.
The activists dressed up as soldiers and beat, humiliated and pointed their weapons at other activists dressed as Palestinians, in front of thousands of Irish citizens and tourists.
The display joins accusations voiced against Israel at the Irish parliament last week, on the backdrop of claims that Israel “kidnapped”, abused and undressed Irish nationals who took part in a Gaza-bound flotilla stopped by the Israeli army recently.
Israel has strongly denied the accusations.
Foreign Ministry sources said Ireland had undoubtedly become the most hostile country to Israel in the European Union, “pushing all of Europe’s countries to a radical and uncompromising approach.”
According to the sources, when Israeli Ambassador Boaz Modai arrived in Dublin, one of Ireland’s leading newspapers greeted him with an article titled, “Welcome to hell.” [See my explanation below -Ed.]
The officials voiced their concern that the pressures would lead to the cancelation of the Israeli film festival.
But that’s not all. A Facebook group launched about two months ago called for heavy rocks to be thrown at the Israeli Embassy building in Dublin. Anti-Israel elements recently vandalized a Dublin auditorium slated to host a concert by Israeli singer Izhar Ashdot.
The Facebook accounts of Israeli Embassy officials have been attacked by Irish hackers and, in addition, anti-Israeli elements are attempting to disrupt an Israeli film festival organized by the embassy in Dublin next week.
While searching for another source for this story (which I failed to find), I came across an excellent website by a Mark Humphrys, a political commentator, who confirms the views of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in his page about Irish politicians and the political left.
Returning to the Ynet article, it’s not clear if Ynet are not aware of the contents of the article they mentioned above entitled Welcome to Hell, Mr. Israel Ambassador, and thought it was an anti-Israel article, or whether they did know, and just worded their paragraph awkwardly.
So in order to clarify the matter, and in order to reassure you that not every single Irishman hates Israel, here is the wonderful article by the brave journalist Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent who has written several pro-Israel articles over the years (and is mentioned in my article on Irish antisemitism linked at the beginning of this post).
A few excerpts:
Trying to argue Israel’s case to the Irish is no longer the futile burden of Zion Evonry. God help his successor in just about the worst assignment an Israeli diplomat can ever get
The Israeli Ambassador Zion Evonry is returning home: his time in Hell is done. Now it is the turn of some other poor bastard in the Israeli diplomatic service to come over and meet the conjoined forces of hatred, ignorance, blindness, hysteria and prejudice that the name ‘Israel’ invariably inspires. Short of Hamas opening up a few death-camps for Jews now, rather than after they’ve finally defeated Israel, I’m not sure what would destroy the irrational Israelophobia that is so powerful in Ireland.
Many things resulted from that terrible time. One of those was the formal creation of a homeland in Palestine for Jews. The forces that erupted across Europe in the following decades produced an entirely new world order, in which Israel took its place, as thousands of Palestinians either fled, or were forced to flee, their homes.
But comparable things happened across the world around the same time, in the Punjab and Bengal, East Prussia and Sudetenland, the Baltic and Tartary. And so we must deal with the world that history has bequeathed us. We cannot endlessly undo events or ‘return’ people to the land their ancestors once inhabited — either in Kashmir or in Kansas.
But this is where the world religio-cultures divide. For most Muslims do not accept that such historical processes are irreversible. They believe that once land is Dar al-Islam — the abode of the faithful — it can never be relinquished. If taken by non-believers, it then becomes Dar al-Harb: the abode of war, and shall remain so until it is restored to Islam. And so Israel has for the past 62 years been Dar al-Harb.
Indeed, neither the ‘secular’ PLO nor the Islamicist Hamas sees a long-term resolution in the Middle East that will genuinely include the state of Israel. Even for many ‘moderate’ Palestinians, the twin-state solution is the merely the stepping-stone to the status quo ante the Balfour Declaration. Palestine will thus be restored to the Dar al-Islam and the Caliphate.
Now, if you oppose the right of Israel to exist, that’s clear enough: you want the Jews of Israel either dispersed or killed, so there’s not much to discuss, other than train timetables, methodology (gas or gun?) and corpse-disposal. It’s been done before; maybe this time, you’ll get it right.
But if you support the right of Israel to exist, but condemn Israeli methods for coping with Palestinian terrorism, then how do you propose to deal with the volleys of thousands of Hamas rockets into Israeli towns from Gaza? You want a proportionate response? Very well, tell us what is proportionate. If you are against suicide bombers, but are opposed to the wall that has successfully prevented suicide bombers from entering Israel from the West Bank, then what is your realistic and efficient alternative to the wall?
Emoting over the plight of the Palestinian refugees — a fond pastime in this country — begs the question: why are they still refugees? Why haven’t they been absorbed by their Arab neighbours as the Muslims of the Indian Punjab have been in Pakistan; as the Hindus of Lahore have in Amritsar; as the Germans of Danzig have been in Hamburg?
One-hundred-and-fifty Irish ‘artists’ have announced they are boycotting Israel. What, 150? That’s about 140 more than I thought we had. Poor Israel! Being boycotted by Irish daubers it’s never even heard of. Yet strangely enough, these ‘artists’ don’t condemn the totalitarian Islamo-Nazism of Hamas, or the emerging Fourth Reich of Iran. No, instead, they obsess over the misdeeds of a democratic state the size of Munster in a democracy-free, Arab landmass as big as the US.
Ah well. Trying to argue Israel’s case to the Irish people is no longer the bitter, futile burden of Zion Evonry. So, safe home, my friend, and God help your successor, in just about the worst assignment an Israeli diplomat can ever get. The only local consolation I can draw from this endless tragedy is that without it, the modernist composer Raymond Deane, who is also the leader of the Ireland-Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, might otherwise be writing even more of his ‘music’. So thank you for that, Israel: and shalom, Zion.
I like his clarity of thought, but best of all, I love his sense of humour!