In medieval times, when the plague raged and Europeans were dying in droves, suspicions arose that it was the Jews who were poisoning the wells. The accusation against the Jews wasn’t accidental, because a certain ever present image of the Jew was already widespread in Europe; their perfidy, their sorcery and their conspiracies against Christians were mostly unquestioned. In addition, Jews were often hit comparatively less hard by epidemics due to their religiously anchored hygiene rules. But instead of making efforts to obtain clean water, Christians simply blamed the Jews for their own incapability.
That was medieval times. Not much has changed since!
In Israel during the second half of the twentieth century, Jews have built a number of modern water systems. Rather than earning admiration, Israel is criticized because Arabs haven’t built modern water systems, as if Jews were to blame when Arabs today don’t have clean tap water, similarly as Christians had blamed the Jews. On February 12, 2014, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, spoke these words before the Israeli parliament:
„Two days ago I spoke with young people in Ramallah. Like young people everywhere in the world, their dream is to train, study and travel, to find work and to start a family. But they have another dream as well, one which concerns something most young people take for granted: they want to be able to live freely in their own country, with no threat of violence, with no restrictions on their freedom of movement. The Palestinian people, like the Israeli people, have the right to fulfil their dream of creating their own viable democratic state. The Palestinians, just like the Israelis, have the right to self-determination and justice. (…) One of the questions these young people asked me which I found most moving – although I could not check the exact figures – was this: how can it be that an Israeli is allowed to use 70 litres of water per day, but a Palestinian only 17?”
Martin Schulz lied about the figures, as he admitted later. Those figures arose in the Middle Ages in accordance to a long tradition. The image of the Jew then is that of Israel today. Alex Feuerherdt shows in an essay for Lizas Welt that Martin Schulz’ views are based on lies and rumors about Jews and Israel and also proves that Israel has not stolen water, but has rather given water away.
On June 23, 2016, Mahmoud Abbas spoke before the European Union parliament. His speech aimed to show how derogatory images of Jews and Israel have already borne fruit by representing openly and directly the lie of medieval well poisoning. He went so far as to claim that there were certain rabbis who’ve had wells poisoned.
Of course, that’s all lies. There are no such rabbis and Jews aren’t poisoning wells today as they hadn’t in medieval times. But, Abbas wanted to find out if the eternal image of the Jew and of Israel is still widespread in Europe. And it is indeed! Abbas wasn’t disappointed at all. At the end of his speech, there was even a standing ovation from the European parliament. On June 23, 2016, the European Union applauded itself back to the Middle Ages.
Mahmoud Abbas’ well poisoning accusation was such an obvious lie that even Abbas could no longer uphold it. Just two days later, on June 25, 2016, his press office issued the following statement:
„After it has become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media outlets, are baseless, President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that he didn’t intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world.“
Most likely, he wanted to test for a response from the European Union!
However, the question remains: why didn’t the European Union parliament recognize the Jew hatred immediately, but instead give a Abbas a standing ovation?
The European Union’s image of Israel is already so degenerate that the majority of its members believe uncritically every lie about Israel and every rumor about Jews. The EU continues to pump millions of euros a year in so-called NGOs, so that they can find out more bad things about Israel – even if it’s all just lies!
(Translation: William Wires)