Just recently in Finland, a well known anti-Semite, Juha Kärkkäinen, was awarded a civic medal by the city hall council of Ylivieska.
So the awarding of the Sakharov Prize (he has to be turning in his grave), that rewards the “respect for international law, development of democracy and implementation of the rule of law”, to a man who urged the murder of Jews, is an outrage. Sadly, in this age of mediocrity and moral relativism, why should we be surprised.
Activist who urged killing Israelis nominated for top EU award
52 European lawmakers propose Alaa Abdel Fattah, who also called for assassination of Egyptians, for Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
A group of over 50 European parliament members has nominated a controversial Egyptian activist for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, despite his having advocated the assassination of Israelis and political leaders in Egypt and called for an end to the State of Israel.
Alaa Abdel Fattah, 32, an Egyptian blogger and political activist, has been arrested numerous times by Egyptian authorities since the eruption of a popular revolution in the country in early 2011. Abdel Fattah, who boasts 626,000 followers on Twitter and 156,000 on Facebook, was released on bail September 15 after being charged with organizing an illegal protest in Cairo and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Abdel Fattah was nominated for the Sakharov Prize on September 23 along with rappers Mouad Belghouate (Morocco) and Ala Yaacoubi (Tunisia) by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Parliamentary Group, a left-wing group of 52 European parliament members representing 14 EU countries. The winner of the prize will be announced on October 16.
Named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, the €50,000 ($63,000) prize is awarded to “exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.” Laureates included South African president Nelson Mandela, UN secretary general Kofi Annan, and teenage Pakistani campaigner Malala Yousafzai.
While Abdel Fattah’s credentials as a political dissident are unimpeachable, a number of past comments published by him on Twitter raise doubts about his suitability for a prize rewarding “respect for international law, development of democracy and implementation of the rule of law.”
More here. h/t: Fjordman