This is very sad. Vincent Browne, a journalist for Ireland's TV3, made a very nasty crack about Israel. He said:
Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs. It polarizes the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world.Once again, the blood libel is repeated. And he's refused to recant and repent:
Unless you deal with the problem of Israel and the Palestinians in that part of the world, there’s going to be conflict and disharmony. It’s a massive injustice — they stole the land from the Arabs.
Mr Browne admitted that his choice of language could have been better but insisted that the criticism was justified.His first error here was to deny he's an anti-semite. Then why did he say that this country is a curse? How would he feel if any senseless reporter in England, who tried to suppress his country before Michael Collins (who to my knowledge had at least one Jewish colleague and served as an inspiration for Yitzhak Shamir) managed to liberate it, called his own country a "cancer"? That's something people like him have to consider - even today, there's people in the blighty who could do that. Sadly, he's unlikely to do so.
“What I resent is the suggestion that because you’re critical of Israel, you’re automatically anti-Semitic. I don’t think that’s acceptable,” he said.
Mr Browne refused to apologise for his remarks, saying that Israel was founded in 1948 by taking land from the Arabs.
He said it was “blackmail” to try to brand everyone who was critical of Israel as anti-Semitic. “I don’t think I differ too much from Irish or European foreign policy,” he said.