Foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, appeared in the center of an international scandal, accusing Israel of carrying out «apartheid policies» against Palestinians. This statement was made in mid-December at an event in Berlin organized by Kreuzbergsee a group of fighters against anti-Semitism non – governmental organization, where staff work with children of migrants.
About it writes on Sunday, 31 December, the German newspaper Juedische Allgemeine.
At this meeting, Gabriel told the Muslims: in 2012, he visited Hebron and what he saw reminded him about the apartheid, as he then announced to Internet users on his page on the social network Facebook, writes the Berliner Zeitung.
A Jew from Cologne Malka Goldstein-wolf, angered by this statement, has published an open letter in which he said that the Minister «has provided weapons and ammunition to youth, which absorbs anti-Semitism with mother’s milk».
Earlier this year the German government published the results of a survey conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation with the support of the Social democratic party, which show that 40% of the population of this country with 82 million citizens, have an aversion to the Jewish state.
Modern anti-Semitism was clothed by the authors of the report in the following wording: «Watching the Israeli policy, I’m beginning to understand people who don’t like Jews».
Dr. Josef Schuster, head of the Central Jewish Council of Germany, said in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt: «We all notice that the support of Israel by the German society is weakening, and criticism of the Jewish state is gaining momentum. Increasingly, we are faced with the manifestations of anti-Semitism under the guise of disapproval of Israeli policies».
In a 300-page report States that the citizens have resorted to this strategy to neutralize feelings of guilt that you feel for the crimes of the Nazis. The study made a sarcastic phrase of the Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex, who in the 80-ies said: «the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz».
The authors remind us that German politicians as well as universities, trade unions and non-governmental organizations for many years challenged the right of Israel to exist and called for a boycott of the products they produced.
In 2013, the German «green Party» approved a resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli goods produced beyond the green line, and two years later, Merkel’s government has supported the EU Directive on the marking of these goods.
In 2016, the teachers ‘ Union Oldenburg called for full boycott of Israel, and Professor at the University of applied Sciences and arts HAWK claimed that the Israelis traded the organs of Palestinians.