Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West, is well known for his anti Israeli stance, but now he really seems to have lost his marbles. He has just sent out an astonishing email to his local party mailing list about his recent visit to the Palestinian Territories.
He compares Israel to Nazi Germany: “The Israeli army has no more right under international law to be in Gaza than the German army had to be in Paris, Oslo or Warsaw during the 1940s.”
This has become the subject of a full out debate on the Liberal Democrat Youth & Students Forum, with Jonny Wright leading the charge against Davies. He writes...
[This is] ignoring the fact that Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza under Sharon, clearly anyone with half a brain can see that comparing Israel with Nazi invasions is utterly wrong and completely counter-productive. I can’t think of a worse way of setting the context for a constructive debate on the future of the Middle East. And it gets better: “ … the minority in Gaza who, out of despair, have taken up arms against an occupying army cannot be dismissed as ‘terrorists’. In the face of overwhelming and hopeless odds should their sacrifice not be saluted and awarded the same respect as that given to resistance movements of the Second World War?” Again the comparison with Nazis, but here he’s going one better: he’s praising the sort of terrorists who indiscriminately kill innocent Israelis, and fire rockets into schools and houses. This comment is on exactly the same level as Jenny Tonge. The upsetting thing is that this sort of stuff gets used by Hamas, PFLP et al, when they’re recruiting. Young, disaffected Palestinian men, living in the most unbelievably awful circumstances, are told that it’s OK to use deadly violence for political aims, because a British MEP (amongst others) said so. You can’t break a horrific cycle of violence by using more violence, and you can’t justify or praise the deliberate targeting of civilians, whatever your view of the wider Middle East situation. This sort of statement is really very worrying, and I suspect he may even be considered to be ‘glorifying terrorism’ here.
Glorifying terrorism? Isn't there some kind of law against that? Perhaps my friends at the Conservative Friends of Israel might like to consult m'learned Friend.