A Palestinian terrorist , thought to be the first female hijacker in history, has been welcomed in the European Parliament and received a two minute standing ovation for condoning hijacking aeroplanes in a speech made to MEPs.
Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the PFLP, proscribed as a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Australia, and indeed the European Union itself, was invited to speak at an event organised by a Communist grouping in the European Parliament including a Sinn Fein MEP imprisoned for IRA activities, Germany’s insurgent far left party Die Linke, Syriza in Greece who recently opposed anti-terrorism legislation, as well as a number of Communist and Socialist parties across the continent.
Khaled came to public attention for her role in a 1969 hijacking and one of four simultaneous hijackings the following year for which she was jailed but later released in a prisoner exchange for civilian hostages kidnapped by fellow PFLP members.
A letter to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has demanded the event on 26th September be investigated for flagrant contravention of the Parliament’s regulations and to find out whether EU taxpayers’ money was used to fund the conference, which also sold merchandise for the terrorist group.
UK MEP Nathan Gill said he was ‘horrified’ at the blind eye being turned to comments inciting violence and the apparent condoning of dangerous groups and ideologies being endorsed among left wing politicians across Europe, pointing out the alarming growth of anti-Semitism going unchecked among the radical left. He also noted that those who stand up to the EU or voice Euroscepticism are automatically smeared as fascistic or on the far right in order to close down debate and besmirch their reputation.
“Here we have an organisation that the EU themselves proscribe as terrorist, being given a platform in the Parliament in Brussels, no doubt funded by EU taxpayers’ money, parading a convicted terrorist making outright vulgar anti-Zionist remarks. It is yet another alarming indication of the flourishing of anti-Semitism in the left wing of politics across Europe and how the supposed moral rectitude of the radical left is allowing dangerous political views to be propagated without any recourse. It is frankly terrifying. Yet when any party dares confront the European Union itself or ventures to promote Euroscepticism, they are automatically labelled as fascist or extreme right wing in order to close down their counter position through destroying their integrity. That is the true definition of fascism, and is in fact fascism in action. My fear is that if we don’t wake up to the wilful suffocation of freedom of speech by an increasingly vocal and powerful left wing lobby, and the selective moral sanctioning of ideologies especially when they occur on the left wing, we may find ourselves sleepwalking into the sort of Nationalist Socialist and anti-Semitic agenda in Europe that we all believed was rightfully banished decades ago.”