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BERLIN – The American Jewish Committee’s Berlin office issued a letter on Tuesday to all of the German Bundestag parties, “expressing deep disappointment at the recent passage of a cross-party resolution condemning Israel’s blockade of Gaza.”
The letter also urged German parliamentarians to pass a resolution demanding the release of Gilad Schalit, “the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas terrorists four years ago.”
Deidre Berger, director of the AJC’s Berlin office said, “The signal
this unfortunate resolution sends is that Israel’s closest European ally
has joined the choir of those countries calling Israel a pariah state.”
She added that “The German parliament does not routinely denounce
partner countries for political policies, whether they agree with them
or not. Therefore, AJC was greatly troubled by the decision of German
parliamentarians across party lines to single out Israel and undermine
Israel’s sovereign right to take the necessary measures to protect its
Berger’s letter called for the German Parliament to take action to
secure the release of Gilad Schalit.
“A resolution by the German parliament demanding the release of Gilad
Schalit, four years after he was taken hostage, would be a strong
acknowledgement of German- Israeli ties.
“As Schalit’s captivity is a key factor in maintaining the Gaza
blockade, a German parliamentary resolution to demand his release would
be a major contribution to helping overcome the situation that has led
to the blockade.”
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