Outrageous: Catherine Ashton compares murder of Jewish children in France with deaths of 'Palestinian' children in GazaJust when you thought things couldn't possibly get any uglier, Catherine Ashton takes it down another level. This is from a speech Ashton made on Monday at the high-level conference Engaging youth—Palestine Refugees in the changing Middle East Organized by UNRWA in cooperation with the EU and the Government of Belgium, Palais Egmont Bruxelles.
We are gathered here because we have recognised the potential of the youth of Palestine. Against all the odds, they continue to learn, to work, to dream and aspire to a better future. And the days when we remember young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances - the Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, when we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world - we remember young people and children who lose their lives. Here are young people who are asking not to be leaders of the future, but to be taken seriously as leaders of today. And it is to them that we should look and to them we should listen and it is to them that I pay tribute.Yes, she compared the children of Gaza - who are used as (often willing, or at least their parents are willing) human shields by terrorists - to today's Jewish murder victims in France, to the murder victims in Norway from last summer, and to Assad's victims in Syria (I'm not sure what the Belgian reference is). No official reaction yet in Israel. But for those who read Hebrew, Yedioth (YNet's Hebrew side) has much more to say about it than that last link, and calls the statement offensive. It's that and more.
And one other sentence from Ashton's speech that ought to draw a strong reaction:
I argue that those quotes speak for themselves and we can't fail them. They do not look for excuses. We should not look for excuses either. When I was in Gaza, when I visited Palestine and the West Bank too, I saw the role that young people are playing in their communities and as I've already said on a number of occasions, especially the role of the young women, because the fate of women's rights in a sense dictates the fate of the future of the Arab Spring. Women who've been central to the changes that are taking place and will remain central. It's not just a political or moral issue, it's also an economic issue. The engagement of all people in the future is crucial.Gaza, 'West Bank' and WHAT? I guess Ashton considers all of Israel, including the parts within the 1949 armistice lines, 'occupied.' And this woman is supposed to be part of the 'peace process'?
What could go wrong?