The European Jewish Congress has demanded that disciplinary action be taken against a British lawmaker at the European Parliament for a blatantly anti-Semitic remark.
“I can give you a list of all the things we attempted to do, the Israelis are all over this place like a rash,” MEP Martina Anderson from Northern Ireland said last week during a meeting at the parliament in Brussels on May 25, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.
EJC President Moshe Kantor urged European Parliament President Martin Schulz to take disciplinary action against Anderson, and said that European leaders should condemn her.
“Once again we hear deeply offensive statements about Jews from a European public figure and we demand action,” Kantor said in a statement. “The comparison of Israelis, or more precisely Jews, to a disease is incitement and has its roots in neo-Nazi and far-Right discourse.”
“Thus demonstrating once again that the far-Left and the far-Right too frequently speak the same language and use the same terminology when referring to Jews or the Jewish state.”
Anderson, a former convicted terrorist with the IRA, who served part of a life sentence for her part in terror bombings, now represents the Sinn Féin party, which advocates independence for Northern Ireland from Britain.