November 2, 2014
I was attracted to Florian Pantazi’s blog on 29.10 by its catching title (see http://florianpantazi.blogactiv.eu/2014/10/where-both-the-us-and-the-hungarian-governments-are-wrong/). However, I was surprised after reading it. It contains “ethnic slurs” which are forbidden according to EurActiv’s blogging guidelines.
In his blog plost, Pantazi makes an issue of the Jewish origin of the American diplomat Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.
Admittedly, Nuland made a blunder in a leaked phone conversation on EU and Ukraine. According to Washington Post, she was “dismissively referring to slow-moving European efforts” to address the crisis in the country. She has also been critical against the “illiberal democracy” in Hungary. Most people in the EU would probably agree with her.
So what has this to do with her Jewish origin which according to Pantazi was a reason for the American administration not to appoint her? He writes that “some officials of Jewish origin are the children of World War II victims and as such are themselves personally affected by an irrational hate of Europe and especially of Russia”.
Being a child of Holocaust survivors makes you apparently biased against Europe!? Are all European Jews biased?
On the contrary, I would say. Nuland and others with her background are well motivated to contribute to a better Europe which respects human rights and where discrimination, ethnic cleansing, wars and genocide will never happen again.
With Pantazi’s logic, what about the children of the Nazi perpetrators? Should they also be disqualified from engaging in European affairs? What about the children of members of the former communist parties in Eastern Europe? If everyone should be disqualified because he/she belongs to a certain group, no one is left to work for a better Europe. And we are left with discrimination as in the past, before EU was established.m.apelblat