Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yuli Edelstein

“Anti-Semitism in Europe is growing. Our job and your job is to eradicate it,” Yuli Edelstein told European Union ambassadors.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told European countries that their “obsessive” criticism of Israel is generating protests against the Jewish State throughout the Continent.

Edelstein met on Thursday with ambassadors of European Union (EU) countries at the home of the EU’s ambassador in Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, and discussed the protests in Europe against the Eurovision song contest, which is slated to be held in Tel Aviv in May.

Edelstein told the ambassadors that “we always say that the Eurovision is culture and should be separated from politics, but that is a lie. They are interconnected. When European parliaments are obsessed with criticizing Israeli policy, do not be surprised that the people translate the criticism into demonstrations in the street against a cultural event.”

Edelstein also referred to the vandalism of some 80 graves at a Jewish cemetery in France and said that “anti-Semitism in Europe is growing. Our job and your job is to eradicate it.”

He demanded that Europe “show zero tolerance for anti-Semitic incidents, before it’s too late.”

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