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After Massacre at Synagogue in Jerusalem European Jewish Congress Calls on European Leaders to Condition Aid to the Palestinians on Ending Incitement
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After Massacre at Synagogue in Jerusalem European Jewish Congress Calls on European Leaders to Condition Aid to the Palestinians on Ending Incitement

The European Jewish Congress has called on European leaders to condition future aid and cooperation between the European Union and the Palestinians on the end of rampant incitement against Israel and Jews in the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the terror attack against worshipers in a synagogue in Jerusalem this morning.

“The European Union, as was seen in the Foreign Ministers statement yesterday, has placed too much focus on Israeli actions and have completely ignored far more important issues like incessant Palestinian incitement which directly leads to massacres like the one we saw at the synagogue this morning and over the last couple of weeks,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, EJC President said. “The Europeans have an ability to influence and a tool with which to pressure the Palestinians to end the daily incitement emanating from its leaders, education system, media and religious institutions, and that is the financial assistance which is helping aid this system.”

“There should be a massive rethink in Europe about the best way to achieve true peace, because while there has been an obsessive focus on settlement building, incitement to hatred and violence, Antisemitism and religious hatred, is by far the greatest obstacle to any lasting peace. The Europeans should demand that this ends immediately and threaten to withdraw all aid and cooperation until it does, before we see more massacres like the one this morning in Jerusalem.”

Two terrorists killed at least four worshipers and wounded six more during a rampage in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem early Tuesday, before both were shot dead by security forces. The attack was the deadliest in Jerusalem in years.

“The Palestinians have to be held accountable for their actions by the international community and there should be no more excuses or pretexts,” Dr. Kantor continued. “By ignoring Palestinian incitement to hatred and violence the international community has allowed for the creation of a culture of immunity and impunity in the Palestinian Authority and its official institutions.”

“Ignoring all Palestinian offenses and focusing only on Israel’s perceived infractions is a soft bigotry of low expectations and should end immediately.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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