Irish journalist slams silence of politicians in face of 'group anti-Semitism' mindset; says that in Ireland either one obeys anti-Israel orders of left-wing mind-thugs, or one is lynched.And somehow it goes together with another op-ed:
From the outside, Western faculties appear as genteel oases of wisdom and knowledge. In truth, institutions of higher education are becoming brutal offspring of anti-Jew hatred. Famous faculties that have been an historical cradle of European civilization are sacrificing freedom and Israel to barbarism and obscurantism.Not a pleasant reading, both of these articles, but necessary.
Hat tip: Fred Lapides.
Update: The first article should be read with a grain of salt, keeping in mind the following comment by Shaun Downey (aka Jams O Donnell), to whom I defer on the matter:
The first article made grim reading... until I noticed the by-line and saw it was written by Kevin Myers. The man is a total arse, Personally I would give more credence to, say, George Galloway than I would to him.. That's the esteem I hold him in.
It's not that what he says is inaccurate as such but overall it is a concatenation of largely unrelated events to justify his views. he does . There certainly has been an undercurrent of antisemitism in Irish society. The Limerick "pogroms" of the early 20th century did happen. Most of Limerick's Jewish community went to Cork where they were pretty much welcomed (but then being of Cork parents, I am a little biased towards the People's Republic!)
The De Valera condolences incident is also true. Much as I dislike De Valera intensely (he was a dead hand on the development of the country), his motives were not to support Hitler as such.
It's hard to describe De Valera's mindset. He was a highly intelligent, but very small minded man. He also had a highly misplaced sense of protocol. He also led a nation that was obstinately neutral de jure (although de facto Ireland leaned heavily towards the allies).
When Roosevelt died De Valera did not visit the US embassy to sign a book of condolence, This my be due to the fact his personal relations with the Ambassador David Gray were poor ( the British representative in Dublin, Brendan Maffey, had a far better relationship with De Valera, although it could be rocky at times). Flags were flown at half mast and the Dail rose to show their respect for Roosevelt.
De Valera's visit to see Hempel, the German Ambassador, was probably in part a make of personal respect for Hempel, a warped sense of protocol and perhaps a sense of contrariness. It was an idiotic act on De Valera's part but should not be seen as an endorsement of the Reich.
In linking these acts to the stupid acts of pro-palestinians in intimidating a band from touring Israel, Myers is throwing in the kitchen sink and wrecking his argument.