Israeli Minister ofÂ Energy Yuval Steinitz, on Wednesday, slammed the European union for demanding a probe into last weekâ€™s police violence against pro-Palestinian protesters in Haifa.
On Tuesday, the EU issued a statement calling on Israel to probe police conduct during an Arab-Israel protest in Haifa, last week.
â€śIt is important to hold a quick investigation into the events last week that led to the serious injury of Mossawa Director Jafar Farah, and the Israeli government has made it clear that it supports this,â€ť the EU said in a statement.
In response, Steinitz said on Wednesday thatÂ the EU â€ścan go straight to Hellâ€ť, saying that â€śthis is the height of gall and hypocrisy â€¦ this is the same European Union which is now kissing-up to Iran and helping that country deal with US sanctions.â€ť
Yuval proceeded to mention other incidents as an excuse for Israeli police brutality:
â€śIran is executing and torturing homosexuals, trampling womenâ€™s rights, supporting terrorism and the Assad regime which is dropping chemical weapons on its own people. Now theyâ€™re [the EU] is going to pick on us? We, a law-abiding country, when the case of Jafar Farah is already being examined by the Police Investigation Department? That just shows how nasty the European Union can be.â€ť
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.