PARIS KILLINGS AND EUROPE’S HYP­OCRITES

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

As France mourns the slaugh­ter of her in­no­cents, the in­ep­ti­tude of all our politi­cians is writ large.

While un­con­trolled im­mi­gra­tion has con­tin­ued to rise over Europe bring­ing fear and un­cer­tainty, the re­ac­tive re­sponses of our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives has again proved fu­tile. Where are the mea­sured proac­tive ac­tions we need to con­trol such con­cerns? Despots con­tinue their slaugh­ters around the world and yet our lib­eral lead­ers dip in and out of the chaos pro­claim­ing “red lines”, soon crossed with im­punity and with their en­su­ing fail­ings now pre­sent­ing at our front doors.

Mean­while, the hyp­o­crit­i­cal politi­cians of the EU have con­tin­ued to cas­ti­gate Is­rael for de­fend­ing its cit­i­zens against ter­ror­ism and even evok­ing sanc­tions against the only democ­racy in the Mid­dle East. Th­ese politi­cians should now bow their heads in shame and seek help from a coun­try that has more ex­pe­ri­ence of han­dling ter­ror­ism and im­mi­gra­tion than any other in the world. Jeff Bracey Great Bud­worth, CW9

Al­low me a mo­ment of sar­casm, a lit­tle black hu­mour at this most ter­ri­ble of times…

I find it dis­taste­ful that a minute’s si­lence was held for the peo­ple who died in France last week, yet no me­mo­rial has been planned for the young Arab men who lost their lives in the con­flict. Sim­i­larly, the BBC should be in­ter­view­ing the moth­ers of th­ese Is­lamists so we can share their grief, but have failed to do so.

What is most up­set­ting is the ex­ces­sive use of force by the French. Seven young men who have been la­belled “ter­ror­ists”, against hun­dreds of armed po­lice with so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment. Hardly pro­por­tional. By burst­ing into peo­ple’s homes un­in­vited, the po­lice will only in­crease the le­git­i­mate frus­tra­tions of the down­trod­den Mus­lim ji­hardis, and per­pet­u­ate the cy­cle of violence.

As a con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sure, French pres­i­dent Hol­lande should release con­victed Arab mur­der­ers from jail. This will help build trust.

There must be painful con­ces­sions on both sides. France must be­gin (at first on a se­lec­tive ba­sis, prov­ince by prov­ince) to in­tro­duce Sharia law while Mus­lims must prom­ise to recog­nise the right of France to ex­ist. Ne­go­ti­a­tions on the fu­ture of Paris must im­me­di­ately start with mod­er­ate ISIS lead­ers who will be able to con­trol the rad­i­cal mi­nor­ity. David Field Ra­mat Bet Shemesh, Is­rael

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