The spokesperson of the EU Current president, in Prague, Mr. Jiri Potuznik, has called the Israeli operation ‘defensive’ and good old Daniel Machover (young as he is) has written him and demanded an apology, making his letter available to some of us. Below you can see my own letter, written earlier this afternoon, asking him to do the right thing and resign, and his own incredible reply! I am glad to say that he is more decent than Tony Blair and Mr. Brown, and he has indeed resigned. His personal email to me is something which could never happen in ‘western democracies’... I also get the feeling that he is sincerely sad about the whole affair.
It goes to show that sometimes our actions make a difference, I suppose. Not enough times, of course...
------ Forwarded Message
From: jiri potuznik
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:26:54 +0100
To: Haim Bresheeth
Subject: Re: Resign now!
Dear Mr. Haim Bresheeth,
let me deeply and personally apologize to You - my mystake and misunderestanding was not the support of any murdering. Information I have recieved but have not confirmed was the opposit. That is my shame, not the bad intention. I proposed my resignation anyway.
Jiri F. Potuznik
2009/1/4 Haim Bresheeth
Dear Mr. Jiri F. Potuznik,
I am shocked and disgusted as a human being and an EU citizen, I am now
represented by a rogue regime in Prague, little better than the Israeli
government, in that it supports its war crimes by calling them 'defensive'.
I call on you to resign forthwith - you are not fit to represent anyone, let
alone the presidency of Europe. In the few days that your country held this
important office, you have shamed both the office itself and the EU. As
someone who supported the Prague Spring in 1968, I find this even more
bizarre, as the last thing Europe now needs, is a presidency supporting the
continued murder of hundreds of civilians, the indiscriminate bombing of
cities and towns, and further support to the Israeli regime, by calling its
Shame on you! Resign now!
Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Citizen of the UK and Israel