Head of EJC blasts 'Spiegel' writer for anti-Semitism

January 8, 2013 19:13
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Berlin - The head of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Dr. Moshe Kantor, accused the Spiegel journalist Jakob Augstein of using his columns to stoke hate against Israel and Jews. In a statement issued to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Kantor wrote, "Certain journalists and other opinion-shapers, among them Jakob Augstein, over the last few years have used their columns to promote hate and fear of the Jewish State and the Jewish People.”

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) represents more than 2.5 million of Jews throughout Europe, covering 42 national Jewish communities.

Kantor, who is widely considered a leading authority on contemporary anti-Semitism, continued that “ Obviously they are not the same thing, but when the age-old canards that were used against Jews for hundreds  of years appear to be directly replicated against the Jewish State this should tell us something about the dangerous lines which these people are treading. If these people are using the same unoriginal attacks against the Jewish State as were used against the Jewish People then we have a right to defend ourselves in exactly the same way and call this hatred for what it is."

Kantor’s remarks differed sharply from the Vice President of Germany ‘s Jews, Salomon Korn, who argued that Augstein’s writings are not anti-Semitic. Korn along with some German Jewish leaders appear to be a lone voice among major European and American Jewish leaders.

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