The Jewish Federations of
Results of a new poll commissioned by the
European Commission show that Israel is believed by Europeans in 15
countries to be the greatest threat to world peace, greater than
North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan.
While the European Commission will release
the full results of the poll on Monday, the International Herald
Tribune reported that the 7,500 people polled living in the European
Union (500 in each of the 15 E.U. member states) were presented with
a list of 15 countries and asked if these countries present a threat
to world peace. Shockingly, Israel was rated first.
This poll is an indication that Europeans
have bought into the vilification and demonization campaign directed
against the State of Israel and her supporters by European leaders
Simon Wiesenthal Center is voicing its outrage directly to European
Commission President Romano Prodi and asks you to do the
“These shocking results, that Israel is
the greatest threat to world peace, bigger than North Korea, Iran and
Afghanistan, defies logic and is a racist flight of fancy that only
shows that anti-Semitism is deeply embedded within European society,
more now than in any other period since the end of World War II,”
said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Center’s dean and founder.
“If the results of this survey are as
reported, then Israel should draw the only conclusion possible: that
the European Union and its members should play no role in any future
Middle East peace process,” Hier concluded.
Center officials are scheduled to meet with
Javier Solana, Secretary General of the European Union, in November
to discuss this and related issues
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