Gretta in war of words again
6 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Gretta Duisenberg is in the limelight again following an anti-Semitic outburst she allegedly made during an interview with a magazine.
6 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Gretta Duisenberg is in the limelight again following an anti-Semitic outburst she allegedly made during an interview with a magazine.
Duisenberg is a long-time campaigner for Palestinians and the widow of the first president of the European Central Bank. Known for speaking plainly about problems in the Middle East, she has denied allegations in the past that she is an anti-Semite.
But she faces the same allegation again. She allegedly told a reporter from magazine 'Nieuwe Revu' that Israelis are bastards and always lie.
Furthermore, she is quoted as approving of Hezbollah's kidnap of two Israeli soldiers which triggered the recent war. "This was their own way to get prisoners released".
According to the magazine she went on to say she was annoyed the Netherlands was afraid of sending peacekeeping troops for fear of hitting a "Jew". Duisenberg now claims she said "Israeli soldier".
She accused the journalist - whom she dismissed as a "girl" - of misquoting her and she has threatened to take steps against the magazine if it publishes the article.
The editor of 'Nieuwe Revu' said Duisenberg failed to avail of two offers to review the first draft of the article.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news