A particularly witless example of the Leftist/Islamic convergence. “Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists,” by Benjamin Weinthal for the Weekly Standard, April 26 (thanks to Jack):
Berlin””Many European reactions to the recent murders by radical Islamists of pro- Palestinian Israeli filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis and Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni replicate the typical recurrence of the same: Shift the blame to Israel in an a priori fashion without delving into existing empirical evidence.
Take the example of Inge HÃ¶ger, a Left Party member of the German Bundestag, who blamed both executions on the Israeli government. Relying on German taxpayer funds to pay for her Left Party website, she said:
The question one must pose is: Who profits from this terrible crime? First of all, now two of the activists most “˜dangerous” for Israel, because they were the most engaged, well known and noted, are eliminated. The murders of Vittorio and Juliano could also be a means of dealing a serious blow to the international solidarity movement — especially given the upcoming second flotilla and the fact that international activists still won’t let themselves be prevented from going to Palestine.
[…] Radical Salafists were responsible for Arrigoni’s murder in the Gaza Strip. And it is widely believed that hardcore Islamists also killed Mer-Khamis in Jenin…..