Moshe Feiglin after EU Pres Speech: “I Hate to Say I Told You So, But…”
On Wednesday morning, Moshe Feiglin wrote the following on his Hebrew Facebook page:
Today the President of the European Union Parliament will speak in the Knesset. I will not be there while he speaks because it is not appropriate that a speech in the language with which our parents were shoved into the trains and furnaces will be heard in the parliament of the State of the Jews. This, in my opinion, is the true significance of memory that is connected to our lives in the present, as opposed to a museum type of memory that separates between us and our current reality.
I do not boycott Germans. I conduct a (very interesting) dialogue with them. Clearly we have shared economic interests and more. But those who mix the Holocaust with other evils prove just how correct my approach is.
The post evoked a host of responses, many of them negative or simply expressing their lack of connection to Moshe Feiglin’s approach to this issue.
Within a few hours, EU Parliament President Schultz indeed spoke (in German) in the Knesset, reprimanding Israel for false ‘facts’, obviously culled from Palestinian propaganda. Protesting the lies, the Jewish Home MKs left the plenum.
Following the brouhaha, Moshe Feiglin wrote the following on his Hebrew Facebook page:
Now it is clear why I would not attend the EU President’s Knesset speech in German. When the Jewish Home MKs explained why they walked out on the lies of the EU Parliament President, citing that to add insult to injury, they were spoken in German, I asked myself, “What were they doing there in the first place?”
When we are incapable of safeguarding the honor of our murdered ancestors on a practical and essential level, we face – time and again – the brazenness of the generation of murderers, alive and well in their descendants.