Far-right politician calls for moment of silence for Sharon at European Parliament. Parliament says ‘no’

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From the Kuwait News Agency:

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (KUNA) — President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, Monday rejected a call to hold a minute’s silence in the memory of Ariel Sharon, the ex-Israeli Prime Minister who died on Saturday aged 85 after eight years in a coma and was buried today.

“I will not allow the minute’s silence. No, there is no minute’s silence,” he told the full house of the European Parliament in its first session this year in the French city of Strasbourg.

Dutch MEP Laurence Stassen who belongs to the extreme-right Party for Freedom had called for the one minute silence for Sharon.

But Czech MEP Richard Falbr said “I don’t agree with a minute’s silence for Ariel Sharon.
“He has caused the death of tens of thousands of Palestinians on his conscience,” said Falbr who belongs to the Socialists Group. Many MEPs clapped to show support to his proposal.

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  1. pabelmont says:

    This is wonderful. Follows the Dutch pension business and other EU breaking from the old passivity. My sense is that all people (except the far-right freaks) value human rights for all people and only fail to ACT on such feelings because of repressive politics and economic pressures. AIPAC in the USA acts in that repressive way toward non-Jews, and Hillel toward Jews(!). what we see in the (very small) gesture of a non-minute-of-silence-for-Sharon is a sense of human rights and fair play breaking out, a ray of sunshine coming out from behind the usual clouds.

  2. Islamophobes like Laurence Stassen love people who commit warcrimes massacre against arabs and muslims (even christians) apparently.

    Kudos to Richard Falbr who take a stance against this ignorance.

    • Tzombo says:

      Yeah, the massacres were probably what made her think he was cool. The PVV also love Karadzic, the only defender of Europe.

    • Dutch says:

      Well, and let’s not forget that the PVV (Party for Freedom) is getting paid by the Israel Lobby. The weekly Vrij Nederland published a report on this 2-3 years ago. They reported cash money was trucked into the PVV-premises, which are located inside parliament. So it’s my guess that Ms Stassen got a direct order.

      Great to see a Chech MEP stand up against it and speaking the truth. The Chechs are the most loyal friends Israel has left in Europe.

  3. amigo says:

    Well done Europe and well done that MEP.The EU needs to send a message to Israel at every possible opportunity that we Europeans dont view Israel,s criminals as worthy of one second of silence.Au contraire, we need to be making much more noise about Sharons crimes and those of his Apartheid racist state.

  4. seafoid says:

    link to haaretz.com

    “A curriculum to teach students about former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, published by the (Israeli) Education Ministry in the wake of his death, likens the former Israeli leader to Moses and contains no mention of the controversial episodes in his life. ”

    Moses murdered the Pharoah and everyone within 5 miles of the Pyramids before escaping to Sinai where he took acid. He claimed Egyptian anti-Semitism made him do it.

    • seafoid says:

      The article in full. So sad to think how these innocent kids are brainwashed.
      They didn’t choose to be born in Israel. They are going to inherit the mess.

      link to haaretz.com

      “A curriculum to teach students about former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, published by the Education Ministry in the wake of his death, likens the former Israeli leader to Moses and contains no mention of the controversial episodes in his life.
      The material, intended for fourth- to ninth-grade classes, also asks students to compare Peres’ eulogy of Sharon with King David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan.
      Ministry officials issued a directive to schools to have their pupils devote class time to learning about “Ariel Sharon’s character, activity and lifetime achievement.” Some of the lesson plans, however, seem reminiscent of a personality cult. For example, one unit, entitled “The late Ariel Sharon: An indefatigable leader,” reads in part: “In this unit, the pupils will examine Sharon’s bold leadership as discussed in the eulogy of President Shimon Peres, and will offer their views on it.” Part of another unit reads: “The leader as shepherd: In this unit, the pupils will examine the image of the shepherd as adopted by Ariel Sharon as compared with that of Moses, the faithful shepherd [a popular description of Moses in Jewish tradition], and draw conclusions from the comparison in view of the president’s description of Sharon’s leadership.”
      The last unit, entitled “Eulogy for a leader,” states: “The pupils will examine the relevance of King David’s lament on Mt. Gilboa as an elegy for Sharon, the bold military commander, and will compare King David’s lament with the president’s eulogy.”
      The lesson plans ignore most of the controversial episodes of Sharon’s life such as the Lebanon War, the massacres in Sabra and Chatila or the investigation of his sons. All the units include excerpts of Peres’s eulogy.
      Any controversial parts of Sharon’s career that are mentioned receive no elaboration. One example is its description of Unit 101, the army unit Sharon established that engaged in several controversial actions such as the attack on the Jordanian village of Qibya, in which innocent people were killed and which drew worldwide condemnation. “In 1953, Sharon established Unit 101,” reads the text. “The unit carried out retaliatory acts in response to terror attacks perpetrated by Palestinians.” The link to which the text directs readers also makes no specific mention of Unit 101’s violent acts and its killing of innocent people.
      The oddest unit, entitled “The leader as shepherd,” reads in part: “In 1972, Ariel Sharon bought Havat Shikmim [Sycamore Farm], near Sderot, for sheep-raising, and lived there for the rest of his life. Many pictures of Sharon from Havat Shikmim show him as a modern sheep farmer, sheep aficionado and shepherd.”
      Later on, the text compares Sharon with the biblical figure of Moses with help of a quote from Midrash Shemot Rabba. The pupils are asked: “In your opinion, is the relationship between the traits of a shepherd and the traits of a leader appropriate for Ariel Sharon? [Such as?] Give reasons for your answers. Base them on events from his life.”
      The unit entitled “The leader as family man” includes another excerpt from Peres’s eulogy: “Arik was an exemplary family man. He saw the nation of Israel as his extended family.” The pupils are asked: “In your opinion, is there a connection between Sharon as the ‘exemplary family man’ and as the ‘great leader’? Why?”
      The last unit, entitled “Elegy for a leader,” compares Peres’s eulogy of Sharon with King David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan (2 Samuel 1:17–27). One segment of the unit is entitled “Swifter than eagles, stronger than lions: Ariel Sharon as a lion.” The text reads, in part: “The word ‘ariel’ in Hebrew means, among other things, ‘mighty hero.’ It is also the name of Ariel Sharon, who was popularly known as Arik Sharon.” Pupils are asked to “find an act of courage and heroism in Ariel Sharon’s life to which the quote ‘swifter than eagles, stronger than lions’ might be applied.” They are also asked to “compare the president’s eulogy for Ariel Sharon with King David’s lament. What can you learn about Ariel Sharon from such a comparison, and what can it teach you about King David’s lament?””

      • Eva Smagacz says:

        Cult of Stalin, cult of Mao, cult of Arik.
        When I was little, each morning we started school with a communal, recited “prayer” to our nation – praising the ( then ) Socialist Republic of Poland and leadership of Soviet Russia.

      • Elisabeth says:

        Is this for REAL?!!!
        From the Ministry of Education?!
        I thought I could not be shocked anymore, but this….

      • xanadou says:

        “Some of the lesson plans, however, seem reminiscent of a personality cult. For example, one unit (…) reads: “The leader as shepherd: In this unit, the pupils will examine the image of the shepherd as adopted by Ariel Sharon as compared with that of Moses, the faithful shepherd [a popular description of Moses in Jewish tradition], and draw conclusions from the comparison in view of the president’s description of Sharon’s leadership.”

        The Israeli government admits its citizens are sheep. That’s one helluva conclusion to draw.

    • American says:

      @ seafoid

      rotflmao!!!

    • xanadou says:

      Comparing Sharon to the fictional Moses is an iffy proposition. Kind of like the silly, doomed to failure, attempt to whitewash the blood off Sharon’s hands. A few pithy Will Shakespeare quotes from “Macbeth” come to mind:
      “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red” (Act II, Sc. II).
      “Out, damned spot! out, I say!” – (Act V, Scene I).
      “Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it”. – (Act I, Sc. IV).
      “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” (Act IV, Scene I).

  5. The mental dichotomy of the “right wing” parties around the world boggles the mind. These groups are inherently ultranationalistic, in many countries showing not only Islamophobia, but antisemitism going so far as to implement anti sharia and anti-jewish laws, but they applaud and celebrate Sharon (who is a said semite)? They just like hating and hatefilled people apparently.

    • puppies says:

      @JillyBeans – You’re out of the loop, friend. Among open fascists, antisemitism is so passé. Look at all the groups in Europe. You’ll only find some very rare old relics who still play that air. The young generation, the up-and- coming mass muderers like, say, Breivik or Tommy whatsisname idolize Israel and Saint Sharon. It is extremely fashionable among them to be Israelian or Betar, etc. and train the struggling Euronazis in close combat, crowd control, etc.

  6. edwardm says:

    Silence? No. I’ll give the old terrorist the “Bronx Cheer” and a heartfelt middle finger.

  7. European extreme right and other fascist parties recognize Sharon as one of the family. And rightly so.

  8. Taxi says:

    When you’re white and Dutch and you’ve called your political party the ‘Party for Freedom”, a name perhaps more aptly used by a third-world people under a dictatorship, well… I mean…. ‘freedom’ from what exactly?….

    ‘Freedom’ to abuse non-whites?

    • Tzombo says:

      Freedom to be exactly as racist as you want, without the left interfering. Freedom to whine and bitch about how literally everything, including the weather is the fault of ‘the left’, even though ‘the left’ has never actually been in power. Basically the Dutch version of the entitled, white teabagger.

  9. piotr says:

    Sheep aficionado?! Did some leftist in the ministry rank slip that in?

  10. just says:

    Well done.

    What a waste of a minute that would have been. I am only surprised that none of our Congress have called for the same.

    Someone still might.

  11. amigo says:

    Expect a law suit by dershowit against the EU.

    You go dersh, show those anti semite Jew murdering Euros who controls this planet.

  12. seafoid says:

    More proof in case anyone needed it that the memes cannot be guaranteed to function outside the med shtetl .

  13. pipistro says:

    The Euro-Lobby fumes. Well done, so much to stress that even European lightness has a limit.