Is This the EU’s Response to Birthright?
You know that Birthright offers free trips to Israel for Jewish kids to help them reconnect with their Jewish roots, right? So in a countermove, the European Union is offering free flights and accommodations to European photographers to promote pro-Palestinian propaganda.
Through this one-week visit, the selected European photographers will join young Palestinian photographers and tour areas across the West Bank to capture different aspects of Palestinian life. The group will visit communities and places where the EU and its Member States have been working to support the Palestinian people.
So I guess they will not be visiting Jewish communities? No balanced picture here, eh?
I cannot wait to see what photographs they will produce. Will they have someone throw rocks at IDF soldiers or taunt them in the way the Tamimi’s know best? That will surely produce some really good photographs of the “occupation army” at work.
Or perhaps they will photograph Jewish NGOers joining Arabs in planting young olive trees in their land-grabbing activism on behalf of the PA.
In any case, the candidate for the trip must send, together with his or her photography portfolio, a:
Motivation letter (please include your motivation behind your participation and the means to be employed to ensure a wide dissemination of the outcome of this visit in Europe)
Now, I would love to see the submitted motivation letters. Will we see overt or covert hatred of the Jews (disguised as hatred of Israel in the latter case)? Perhaps it will be more in terms of love for the underdog, in this case, the poor Arabs who have not been successful in getting rid of the Jews in what they consider Islamic land.
In a press release,
Matan Peleg, CEO of the pro-Israel watchdog organization Im Tirtzu, blasted the EU and called it to end its “sick obsession” with Israel.
This is yet another instance in which the European Union is using the hard-earned taxes of its citizens in order to slander and delegitimize Israel, said Peleg.
Instead the EU should be asking what happened to the millions of euros they gave to the Palestinian Authority, other than going toward paying the salaries of terrorists,” continued Peleg.
The EU needs to end its sick obsession with the Jewish state and stop funding anti-Israel projects and NGOs. Israel is not a punching bag for them to take out their anti-Semitic aggression on, concluded Peleg.
Maybe one day, instead of “#EU4PALESTINE”, we will see: #EU4TIBET or #EU4CHRISTIANSOFNIGERIA or any of the other true occupations or ongoing genocides around the globe.
Feature Image Credit: screenshot from the website advertising the trip