I Like Israel Day in Germany.
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BERLIN – The Frankfurt-based media watchdog organization Honestly Concerned
posted an exclusive August letter on its Web site from Germany’s Central Council
of Jews Saturday, ripping a leading Green Party member of parliament, Kerstin
Müller, for her “intolerably paternalistic tone” against Israel and Jews in
In July, Müller played a key role in drafting an anti-Israel
parliamentary resolution, and in a letter attacked the Central Council, which
represents 106,000 Jews.
Referring to Müller’s efforts to single out
Israel for criticism, Sacha Stawski, editor-in-chief of Honestly Concerned, an
organization that seeks to combat anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel in the
German media, told The Jerusalem Post
on Tuesday that “many Bundestag motions
are passed every day.
Interestingly, though, there are rarely, if ever,
motions passed when terrorists murder Israeli citizens, or when Israeli officers
get killed by Lebanese snipers on Israeli soil, or for that matter when radicals
murder thousands in Darfur or elsewhere for ‘ethnic’ reasons.”
that “the fact that such a double standard is applied only when it comes to
Israel, and the fact that [Israel] gets singled out by all factions unanimously
in this case, would, according to the European Union Agency for Fundamental
Rights definition of anti-Semitism, suggest that the Bundestag has an
While Müller’s office refused to release her
letter attacking Israel and the Central Council of Jews, the Post
copy on Tuesday. In the letter, Müller writes that the Central Council’s criticism of the parliamentary resolution as “one sided and taking sides against Israel" is indefensible.
Müller wrote the “accusation that Israel
alone was made responsible for the ‘new escalation’ is without
The Green Party MP, who describes herself in the letter as
an “Middle East expert with outstanding expertise and years of experience in the
region,” stressed that Israel’s security interests were the priority based on
“our history” and the “special relationship” to the Jewish state.
also cited Rainer Stinner in her letter as one of the experts in the region.
Stinner, a MP from the Free Democratic Party of Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle and an energetic supporter of the anti-Israel Bundestag motion,
visited Iran on Monday and faced a barrage of criticism from Iranian dissidents
An Israeli diplomat, who wished not be named because of the
sensitivity of German- Israeli relations, expressed disapproval of Stinner’s
decision to visit Iran at a time when the international community is applying
pressure on Teheran to suspend its nuclear program.
When asked if
Westerwelle had agreed to Stinner’s visit, a spokesman for the German Foreign
Ministry wrote by email to the Post
, “The representatives of the German
Bundestag decide on their own responsibility [regarding] foreign trips, their
timing and program.”
Müller stressed in her letter that the German
parliamentary resolution singling out Israel was grounded in protecting Israel’s
security. But pro-Israel observers in Germany have long criticized anti-Israeli
sentiments dressed up as peace measures or phony concerns for the security of
the Jewish state.
German critics argue that this is a form of “moral
anti-Semitism” that targets Israel in the name of alleged peace missions like
the Gaza flotilla.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany slammed
Müller’s letter as in no way mitigating the biased resolution against
Stawski told the Post
that “there was not even a motion passed in
regards to why members of parliament [from the Left Party] were on board a ship
financed by a known extremist organization, the IHH and so forth.”
Left Party, many of whose members champion the cause of Hamas and Hizbullah,
were thrilled about the anti- Israeli parliamentary motion.
about the Central Council’s criticisms of her letter, Müller declined to
because the “letters deal with a personal exchange” and she planned to
personal discussions with the members of the Central Council.
to the criticisms that the Bundestag resolution applied double standards
Israel, Müller wrote in an email to the Post
that there was no basis for
criticism because the “resolution was unanimously accepted.”
that MPs who are members of the German-Israeli Friendship Society and
German- Israeli caucus, also voted for the motion. Müller noted that she
member of both organizations.