Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 05:08:43 AM EST
The party of the opportunist Atlanticist right had a weird day yesterday:
Libertas was accused of massive anti-Semitism by the Simon Wiesenthal centre. They deny it angrily (Caroline Simons);
“In 2004, the Simon Wiesenthal centre smeared the President of our country. They implied that by association, she was giving support to fascists. They are beneath contempt."
then commit to;
ally itself with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in a joint commitment to defend against and actively fight racism and anti-Semitism within the European Parliament and other European Institutions.
Does that make them beneath contempt? (IrishElection.com)
I can't find the quote from Wiesenthal centre, but I presume it's to do with some of the more overtly racist elements within Libertas in Central Europe. Caroline Simons is their MEP candidate for the Dublin region (not much hope), who was involved in calling for restrictions on workers from new member states.
I can't imagine that Declan Ganley's friends in the US were too pleased at being seen to support anti-Semitism.