(photo credit: IDF)
BERLIN – The German passenger aboard the Irene catamaran that tried to break
Israel’s blockade of Gaza last month appears to have invented her conversion to
Judaism, Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Lutz is definitely a Jew, like a smoked pork chop is kosher,” reporter Henryk
The Irene, organized by the British NGO Jews for
Justice for Palestinians, supposedly carried a total of nine passengers and crew
members, all Jews, to show that not all Jews supported Israel’s Gaza policies.
The Israel Navy diverted it to Ashdod Port.
According to the Tagesspiegel
report, the German Jewish psychologist Dr. Rolf Verleger asked Lutz if she
formally converted to Judaism, and she “did not dispel the suspicion” that she
is not Jewish.
The German television program ARD-Magazin Monitor
broadcast a widely-seen report in June, in which Lutz was named as a
representative of “Jews from Germany,” and as part of a group of Germans Jews
who want to show that “they are not in agreement with the policies of
Monitor’s producers have been accused of sloppy journalism for
failing to diligently factcheck Lutz’s credentials as a converted Jew, and
turning her into a representative of Germany’s 106,000 Jews.
conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
daily on Wednesday termed the
Monitor report “embarrassing” and noted that many German news organizations have
paraded Lutz as a “prominent spokesperson for the organization ‘Jews for a Just
Peace in the Middle East’ – and she is not a Jew.”
Sonia Seymour Mikich,
the editor-in-chief of Monitor, seemed to duck the criticisms in a statement on
why the program presented a woman masquerading as a converted Jew.
not customary for Monitor to pressure people to produce baptismal and conversion
documents in order to conduct interviews,” she wrote.
noted that Lutz wishes to “continue to protect her private life.”
German journalists devote a great deal of coverage to fringe Jews who bash the
The popular pro-Israeli blogger website Lizas Welt wrote on
Tuesday that Lutz’s tirades against Israel are “what the majority in Germany
wants to hear.”
Lizas Welt slammed Lutz’s “verbal attacks on Israel” as
including equating the Jewish state’s actions with those of the
Lutz has stated that the Israeli government issued her passport
without a “deportation stamp.” The word “deportation” in a German context
carries a Nazi-era connotation from the time when Europe’s Jews were deported to
Nathan Gelbart, the Berlin-based attorney who heads
the German branch of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, told The Jerusalem Post
on Thursday that “over 7 million people live in Israel’s democracy, which, in
contrast to their more than 30 million Arab neighbors, are allowed to openly
discuss the controversy surrounding the appropriateness of the sea blockade of
Gaza. And Israelis openly discuss the blockade.
“Edith Lutz, whether Jew
or non-Jew, is needed in Israel as much as her three backpacks that she sought
to bring to Gaza – that is to say, not at all.”
According to a report
from Ulrich Sahm, a veteran journalist in Israel, Lutz brought three backpacks
that contained stuffed animals, second hand toys and musical instruments on the Irene.