I was going to mention the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden’s actions at an art exhibit showing an image of a Palestinian suicide bomber, but as often happens Mitch Berg managed to beat me to it. He also points to Powerline’s lengthy discussion of the incident.
I’m of two minds here. One, I think the Ambassador stepped over the line in this case. An individual engaged in diplomacy should show a little tact, and if I were in his shoes I simply would have left and issued a statement condemning the display. Such actions, while understandable, reflect badly on Israel. The Israelis already have a tough enough time as it is without adding to those problems with such actions. In the end, the Ambassador only made the disgusting exhibit that much more noticeable where if he had simply left few outside the Swedish art scene would have ever even seen it. Then again, I wasn’t there and there may have been other circumstances.
On the other hand, would anyone support a piece of art that showed the Nazis in a positive light? Glorification of genocide is glorification of genocide, no matter who the perpetrators are. This piece of art attempts to beautify genocide, and that is something that is simply unacceptable. There is a double standard when it comes to Israel, and sympathy for suicide bombers is as repugnant as sympathy for members of the SS. Yet art that features images of suicide bombers is thought to be acceptable while many European countries have outright bans on Nazi symbols and imagery.
While I don’t support Ambassador Mazel’s actions, I surely understand them. Anti-Semitism is alive and well in Europe, and the old attitudes of casual acceptance of mass murder is a disgusting throwback to a Europe that should have long ago been thrown into the graveyard of history.