Ger­man city re­moves an­ti­semitic BDS event no­tice from its web­site

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By BEN­JAMIN WEINTHAL

Af­ter out­rage on so­cial me­dia and from anti-Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions ac­tivists, the city of Bonn deleted an ad­ver­tise­ment on Thurs­day for a pro-BDS event.

The Ruhrbarone new out­lets first re­ported that “On [the] web­site of the city of Bonn, an event with the ac­tivist Shir Hever is ad­ver­tised with clas­sic an­ti­semitic state­ments, which is sched­uled to take place in late Jan­uary in the Ger­man-Kur­dish cul­tural house.”

Bonn wrote in re­sponse that: “We re­gret the en­try very much and apol­o­gize for that. The event cal­en­dar is not filled by us. Or­ga­niz­ers can in­de­pen­dently en­ter ap­point­ments in the cal­en­dar.”

Ruh­barone’s jour­nal­ist Ste­fan Lau­rin, who is rec­og­nized as be­ing an ex­pert in new forms of Ger­man an­tisemitism, listed some of the al­leged an­ti­semitic state­ments from the ad­ver­tise­ment.

“Is­rael has sys­tem­at­i­cally vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law for more than 70 years, with more or less open sup­port from the US and Europe. Is­rael’s apartheid and colo­nial poli­cies [have sup­port from] strong Jewish lobby or­ga­ni­za­tions in the USA.”

An­other al­leged an­ti­semitic state­ment says: “Up un­til now, the most ef­fec­tive weapon of the ‘Is­rael lobby’ was ‘an­tisemitism.”’

Hever, who posted a link to the ad­ver­tise­ment on his web­site, is a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Mid­dle East, which is a spon­sor of the event. Jewish Voice sup­ports the BDS cam­paign tar­get­ing Is­rael.

Anti-BDS ac­tivist Malca Gold­stein-Wolf, who stopped a Ger­man TV air­ing of pro-BDS singer Roger Wa­ters, an­nounced a rally on Jan­uary 24 at the Ger­man-Kur­dish cul­tural cen­ter.

“There will be a ren­dezvous of var­i­ous haters of the Jews, sup­ported by the BDS or­ga­ni­za­tion ‘Jewish Voice’ whose ac­counts are held by the Cologne Bank für Sozial­wirtschaft... The Bank for So­cial Econ­omy, a Ger­man Bank [that] sup­ports anti-Semites.”

The Bank for So­cial Econ­omy has re­peat­edly said it does not en­dorse BDS and has hired an aca­demic to de­ter­mine if Jewish Voice pro­motes an­tisemitism.

Prom­i­nent Ger­man jour­nal­ist Hen­ryk Broder, a lead­ing ex­pert of mod­ern an­tisemitism in Ger­many, re­cently called the mem­bers of Jewish Voice a “bunch of an­ti­semites.”

The Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tion in­cluded the Ger­man Bank for So­cial Econ­omy on its list of the top ten worst out­breaks of an­tisemitism in 2018 be­cause the bank pro­vides an ac­count to the pro-BDS group. It is un­clear how much money, if any, was raised by the Jewish Voice with that ac­count to fund the slated anti-Is­rael and pro-BDS event.

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