German News Agency 'regrets' antisemitic conspiracy about Trump

DPA sparks outrage with article contending that "Trump was elevated onto the throne by influential Jewish party sponsors."

February 14, 2017 15:21
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Trump in prayer shawl.

Donald Trump wearing a Jewish prayer shawl.. (photo credit: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)


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The German press agency DPA apologized Tuesday after writing in an article ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump that important Jewish donors catapulted Trump into the presidency.

Daniel Killy, a spokesman for the Hamburg Jewish community, told The Jerusalem Post that “It’s not a statement of the neo-fascist NPD Party. It’s the German Press Agency spreading ‘Jewish lobby’ and other antisemitic clichés – truly unbelievable!.”

Killy is a member of the German-Israel Friendship Society in Hamburg.

The Hamburg-based DPA wrote, “Trump was elevated onto the throne by influential Jewish party sponsors.”

Chris Melzer, a spokesman for DPA told the Post that “the article should not have been published and we regret that.” He added that DPA is working on a new article that “within minutes will be published.”

Volker Beck, a Green Party MP who heads the German-Israel parliamentary group in the Bundestag, told the Post that the article shows “the fantasies about Jewish money that controls the world...One sees antisemitic ideas belong to part of the culture. That shows how important education remains about antisemitic cliches and prejudices.”

Ulrich Sahm, a veteran German journalist based in Jerusalem, told the Post: “This article should be added to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” – the notorious antisemitic screed that has asserted an international Jewish conspiracy in Europe since czarist Russia.

The DPA article’s focus covered the Jewish background of the Trump administration’s representatives. Critics say the article suggested a conspiratorial world view that American Jews are pulling the strings behind the Trump administration.

The report said Trump “installed David Friedman as ambassador to Israel…the son of a rabbi who is known as a hard-liner in questions regarding the Middle East.” It also said Trump adviser Jared Kushner is a “scion of a strictly religious Jewish family” and has decision-making weight with Trump.
David Friedman at Pro-Trump rally in Jerusalem before elections: A Trump administration will never pressure Israel into two-state solution (credit: REUTERS)

Sheldon Adelson, a US businessman who supports Israel, was cited as an “ultra-rich casino owner.”

The DPA article’s dateline was Tel Aviv and Washington and the report was a joint-byline dispatch by Stefanie Järkel und Michael Donhauser. The DPA has news bureaus in roughly 100 countries and 50 offices in Germany.

Melzer said the reporters were not disciplined.

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