German chancellor candidate calls Israel 'apartheid regime'

March 15, 2012 15:02

BERLIN - Sigmar Gabriel, the head of the German Social Democratic Party and a possible candidate for the Chancellorship of Germany, described on Wednesday Israel as an “Apartheid-Regime” on his  Facebook site.

After a wave of protest notes on his Facebook page, Gabriel, who is currently visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, continued to defend his terminology of Israel’s policies as racist.“I was just in Hebron.  That is a lawless territory there for Palestinians. This is an apartheid regime, for which there is no justification,” wrote Gabriel.

Gabriel’s remarks triggered a wave of criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU), as well as leading Jewish NGOs.

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