Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) Antisemitism is fundamentally incompatible with Europe’s core values it is the statement of the greek MEP Anna-Michelle Assimakopoulou that was given to the media in line with the process of building the EU Strategy on combating anti-Semitism.
The new strategy covers education as there is nothing more dangerous to the future than the poisoning of children’s minds.
MEP Asimakopoulou highlighted that despite the education inclusion in the EU strategy, the Commission refuses to condition funding to the Palestinian Authority when the textbooks used in its schools contain antisemitic rhetoric and incitement to violence and hatred.
She believes that the zero-tolerance stance of the Commission should apply to the textbooks and advocate putting conditionality on the funding as it would incentivize removing the antisemitic textbooks from circulation.
MEP Asimakopoulou declared that the Commission’s decision not to condition the latest release of funding “is a missed opportunity for the EU to purge this poisonous rhetoric”. She concluded her intervention by affirming that the Commission’s decision is “a missed opportunity to give Palestinian children an education, and it’s a missed opportunity for a more peaceful future”.