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Now that it turns out the Toulouse killer shares Ashton’s perception that Palestinian children are wantonly murdered by Israel, her words emerge in an even grimmer light.
Indeed, in her statement on Monday, it was not enough for Ashton to evade and dilute what had happened in Toulouse by sweeping it into a larger category. (Mareh chased after one of the victims, eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego, grabbed her by the hair, and shot her point-blank in the head.) By mentioning Gaza along with the Norwegian and Syrian atrocities, Ashton made sure that—even in this grisly instance—Jews would not be allowed just to be victims.
Ashton thereby expressed a sentiment—especially pronounced in Europe—that Jewish victimhood is a thing of the past, associated particularly with the Holocaust, while today Jews are perpetrators whose victims are the Palestinians. That notion of Palestinians as the victims, and Jews as the “new Nazis” as they are commonly regarded (see here and here) in much of Europe, still carries such powerful resonance that even an incident like Monday’s drew an amorally perverse response from a top EU “diplomat.”
The French police have acted swiftly and laudably in tracking down Mareh. But the Arab and Muslim ethos that produces all too many like him, centering on perceived victimhood along with anti-Semitic and anti-Western hatred, remains. A situation made even worse when Westerners not only are too cowardly to counter that ethos but confirm and encourage it.
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