European states funding Palestinian legal battles against Israel in Hague

September 23, 2020 European states funding Palestinian legal battles against Israel in HagueJudges at the International Court of Justice, or World Court in The Hague, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP/Peter Dejong)

The organization’s mission is to “flood the occupation with hundreds and thousands of lawsuits that will incriminate and convict it.”

By Lauren Marcus, World Israel News

European government money is being used to fund Palestinian legal battles against the state of Israel in the International Criminal Court, Israel Hayom reported Wednesday.

According to watchdog group NGO Monitor, the Swiss government donated $700,000 to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights from 2018 to 2020.

In an agreement between the Swiss government and the PCHR, the organization promised to use the funds for “communicating with the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Tribunal… send documents and communicate with the Tribunal… and submit lawsuits in international forums.”

The PCHR’s website states that their work “is conducted through documentation and investigation of human rights violations… and preparation of research articles relevant to such issues as the human rights situation and the rule of law.”

However, the PCHR has filed numerous lawsuits in the International Criminal Court, repeatedly calling on Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to personally respond to their motions, as far back as 2013.

PCHR and similar organizations receive funds from the governments of Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden. Israel Hayom reports that these organizations’ missions are to “flood the occupation with hundreds and thousands of lawsuits that will incriminate and convict it.”

The al-Mizan, another NGO, filed human rights violations lawsuits against Israel in The Hague, paid for by the Dutch government.

The NGO Monitor report says that these funds are often classed as “legal aid,” without explicitly stating that the goal is to launch International Criminal Court lawsuits against Israel.

Ann Herzberg, Legal Adviser to NGO Monitor, told Israel Hayom that, “Contributing states should take responsibility for obstacles that prevent Israel from protecting its citizens from Palestinian terrorism.”

In May, a report by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs warned that funds donated to Palestinian aid organizations, from both European states and private donors, are being used to support terrorism.

The report came on the heels of an announcement by the European Union that it will continue funding Palestinian nonprofits, even if said nonprofits have links to terrorist organizations.

An August report by NGO Monitor found that the European Union donated 5.5 million euros in 2019 to various groups dedicated to promoting “Palestinian identity in Jerusalem.”

Ex-Nazi Hunter Seeks US Entry Ban on Top Palestinian Official Teaching at Harvard Over Alleged Terror Incitement

There’s “an overwhelming amount of publicly available evidence” demonstrating that Erekat had both incited terrorism and used his public position to endorse it,” says Neal Sher.

By The Algemeiner

A well-known Palestinian official is facing a potential legal challenge to his current role as an academic at Harvard University.

Saeb Erekat — the veteran chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the secretary-general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) — was appointed as Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project housed at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2020-21 academic year.

But one former American government official is seeking to hinder Erekat’s activities, arguing that he is an apologist for terrorism and therefore legally ineligible to enter the US.

In a letter to US Attorney General William Barr, Neal Sher — a former director of the Office of Special Investigations in the Department of Justice, which pursues Nazi war criminals — asserted that there was “an overwhelming amount of publicly available evidence” demonstrating that Erekat had both incited terrorism and used his public position to endorse it.

“Specifically, Erekat is the architect and most visible advocate and apologist for the so called ‘Martyrs Fund,’ a diabolical policy of the PLO which handsomely pays terrorists and surviving ‘martyrs’ families, including those of suicide bombers who were killed during their acts of terror,” Sher charged.

Erekat used “his position of prominence to endorse terrorist activity in a way that undermines United States efforts to reduce or eliminate terrorist activities,” Sher continued. “Accordingly, he is ineligible to enter the U.S. under Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

The Belfer Center’s website includes Erekat’s appearances on virtual Zoom seminars held for Harvard faculty and students.

The most recent seminar with Erekat on Sept. 17 focused on Palestinian reactions to the historic normalization agreements inked by Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

In May, Erekat appeared with former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on a seminar on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

‘Strip Their Funding’: Lawmaker Says No Aid for University That Invited Terrorist to Speak

Congressman Doug Lamborn demands the federal government cut funds to San Francisco State University for hosting a notorious Palestinian terrorist.

By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel

A mainstream California university that hosted an unrepentant Palestinian terrorist caught the attention of one Congressman who says San Francisco State University crossed a red line.

Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, sent a letter this week to Education Secretary Betsy Devos and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling on them to investigate the University “for potential breaches of material support [for terrorism] laws.”

Lamborn noted that on Wednesday SFSU held an online panel featuring Leila Khaled, who is a proud member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terror group. She also brags about her role in two airplane hijackings. The PFLP has a long history of terrorist attacks and as a known terror organizations there are severe sanctions on the group and anyone with ties to it.

“The U.S. State Department has designated [the PFLP] as a terrorist group,” Lamborn wrote, adding that Khaled “is an unrepentant terrorist who continues to boast about her terrorist acts.”

“This is deeply troubling and requires immediate action, up to and including cutting all federal funding and investigating other potential violations of the law,” Lamborn wrote.

The watchdog group praised Lamborn for taking a stand.

“We applaud Congressman Lamborn’s chutzpah for spotlighting San Francisco State University’s outrageous decision to host a convicted terrorist under the guise of ‘free speech,’” StopAntisemitism Director Liora Rez said.

“This is just the latest of countless indications that higher education has become hopelessly politicized and is in dire need of a severe course correction,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes told political commentator Sara A. Carter in an interview on her website. “These schools should be educating our next generation of leaders, but instead they’re spreading a harmful, extremist ideology that champions terrorists and hijackers.”

Both Zoom and Facebook refused to host the online seminar, and the group at San Francisco State University that hosted Khaled started broadcasting the event on YouTube. However, after about 20 minutes of showing the event online, YouTube suddenly cut the stream and removed the video for violating its Terms of Service.

Zoom issued a statement saying it was committed to “the open exchange of ideas and conversations,” but that those were subject to its Terms of Service that comply with anti-terrorism laws.

“In light of the speaker’s reported affiliation or membership in a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, and SFSU’s inability to confirm otherwise, we determined the meeting is in violation of Zoom’s Terms of Service and told SFSU they may not use Zoom for this particular event,” said Zoom deputy general counsel, Lynn Haaland.

IDF targets illegal Palestinian building, UN warns of spike in such razing

From March to August 389 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, on average 65 per month, were razed.


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Civil Administration demolishes illegal Palestinian structures in the West Bank, September 23, 2020 (photo credit: COGAT)

Civil Administration demolishes illegal Palestinian structures in the West Bank, September 23, 2020 (photo credit: COGAT)

The IDF targeted illegal Palestinian building in a special West Bank operation on Wednesday, as the United Nations warned against a four-fold spike in such demolitions despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The IDF’s Civil Administration said that six illegal uninhabited structures were removed in Samaria and in the South Hebron Hills, including an events hall, as well as illegal electrical power lines.

The Civil Administration is under pressure from the right-wing NGO Regavim and politicians including in the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee to take action against illegal Palestinian building in Area C of the West Bank. Both Regavim and the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee have argued that the Palestinians are building illegally to seize control of Area C through changing facts on the ground.

South Hebron Regional Council head Yocchai Damri said Wednesday, “a real war is being waged for the land in the South Hebron Hills against the [Palestinian objective] of establishing an Arab terrorist state in the heart of the State of Israel.” He added that the Palestinian Authority was “systematically” planning out the illegal construction, with funding from European countries.

Earlier this month, outgoing UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories Jamie McGoldrick said it was misleading for the IDF to speak of illegal Palestinian construction given that “Israeli-issued building permits” are “almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain, due to the restrictive and discriminatory planning regime, and leaves them no venues for authorized construction.”

Demolitions have included populated structures, McGoldrick said, adding that “sadly” the IDF has not followed through with an initial promise to hold off on populated demolitions during the pandemic.From March to August “389 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, on average, 65 per month” were razed, making that  “highest average destruction rate in four years,” McGoldrick said.

These demolitions “left 442 Palestinians homeless, further exposing many to risks associated with the pandemic. In August alone, 205 people were displaced, more than in any other single month since January 2017,” McGoldrick said.

In a separate statement, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that, compared with the monthly average of demolitions from January to July 2020, there was a “nearly fourfold increase in the number of people displaced (202 versus 56)” and a “55% increase in the number of structures targeted (88 versus 56).”

McGoldrick added that he was particularly concerned by the IDF use of an “expedited procedure (Order 1797) for the removal of structures as soon as 96 hours after delivering a notice.” The quick action does not leave homeowners time to appeal to the courts to halt the demolitions, McGoldrick said.COVID-19 “has increased the needs and vulnerabilities of Palestinians, who are already trapped in the abnormality of prolonged military occupation.

Unlawful demolitions exacerbate these vulnerabilities and must stop immediately,” McGoldrick said. On Wednesday the IDF, in conjunction with the Civil Administration and the Border Police, took action, and Border Police forces led an enforcement action including near Negohot in the South Hebron Hills. The IDF also took down two illegal walls near the Na’alin village and evacuated an area near the Hussan village where Palestinians had tried to encroach on state land.

Civil Administration Supervision Unit Director Marco Ben Shabbat said that Wednesday’s activities marked the latest enforcement operation “to eradicate the phenomenon of illegal [Palestinian] construction throughout Judea and Samaria,” while maintaining the rule of law. “We will continue to work tirelessly against those illegal activities, including environmental hazards and invasions of state lands, using all the tools at our disposal,” Ben Shabbat said.

Saudi King backs US peace efforts

Speaking to UN General Assembly, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls for comprehensive solution on Iran.

Elad Benari , 24/09/20 05:35

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday called for a comprehensive solution on Iran and to disarm its affiliate Hezbollah in Lebanon, and expressed support for US efforts to start talks between Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Reuters reported.

Speaking for the first time before the United Nations General Assembly, he said Iran has exploited the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities, create its terrorist networks, and use terrorism,” adding that this had produced nothing but “chaos, extremism, and sectarianism.”

“A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required,” he told the 193-member General Assembly in a video statement, prerecorded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solutions and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security,” King Salman added, according to Reuters.

US President Donald Trump quit the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and has since reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Trump asserts that all countries also have to reinstate UN sanctions in an attempt to push the Islamic Republic to negotiate a new deal, but the remaining parties to the nuclear deal have rejected the demand.

The King also commented on attempts to mediate peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, saying the 2002 Arab peace initiative is the basis for a “comprehensive and just solution” ensuring the Palestinians obtain an independent state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

“We support the efforts of the current US administration to achieve peace in the Middle East by bringing the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiation table to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement,” he said.

The king stopped short of endorsing recent US-brokered agreements by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to establish ties with Israel.

Last week, US President Donald Trump told reporters that many more countries are on the way to reaching new peace deals in the Middle East.

Asked if he expected Saudi Arabia to follow suit, Trump said “I do. I spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia.” He added the move would come “at the right time.”

The President recently said he expected Saudi Arabia to join the Israel-UAE deal. A senior member of the Saudi royal family later stressed that Saudi Arabia’s price for normalizing relations with Israel is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

King Salman reiterated that position during a recent conversation with Trump, saying there would be no normalization with Israel without Palestinian statehood.

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Arab attackers not stopped, Jews banned

IDF forces called in to deal with Arab rioters in Ma’ale Shai order Jewish residents out, allow rioters to continue rioting.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 23/09/20 17:06 Share
Ma'ale Shai

Ma’ale Shai צילום: משפחות גרעין “מעלה שי”

IDF forces that arrived at the Ma’ale Shai outpost in Binyamin after an attack on Jewish farmers this morning by Arab rioters refused to stop the attackers on the spot and issued an order declaring the outpost a “closed military area.”

The soldiers threatened to arrest the Jewish farmers if they did not leave the area.

One of the farmers who complained that the attacker who snatched his cell phone from him was even arrested by the soldiers and released on the spot shortly after.

Some of the Arab rioters are still on the scene in front of the soldiers and farmers.

The farmer whose phone was stolen had been using the device to film the violent attack.

The attack comes under the auspices of development work by the Arabs at the site, which has been going on for more than a week, with the aim of leveling the outpost.

Inspectors from the Civil Administration and the army forces stopped Arabs earthworks at the site yesterday, after repeated complaints for about a week about illegal works being carried out by Arabs on the ground. After a short while, however, the tools were released, and the large excavator continued to operate in the field.

Ma’ale Shai is a new outpost near the villages of Sinjil and Abu ‘Abwein in Binyamin, named after Shai Ohayon, who was killed in a stabbing attack in Petah Tikva about a month ago. A number of families and youths have immigrated to the area several times, in order to prevent the growing Arab takeover of Judea and Samaria.

The settlers of Ma’ale Shai were evacuated several times a few hours after entering the area, including a quick evacuation in the middle of Shabbat.

The families released a statement saying: “The Palestinian Authority continues to build continuously in Areas C, B and A, without any differentiation, in a systematic and organized manner, while the IDF continues to allow construction for Arabs and prevent Jews from settling. Those who want to maintain our grip on the Land of Israel must understand that the Oslo Accords aew long since dead, and those who do not allow Jews to settle anywhere will receive an Arab spread that will endanger the lives of Jews.”

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‘Moderate Democrats don’t have the guts to stand up,’ says Dershowitz about anti-Semitism in the party

September 22, 2020 ‘Moderate Democrats don’t have the guts to stand up,’ says Dershowitz about anti-Semitism in the partyAttorney Alan Dershowitz. (Flash90/Miriam Alster)

“The moderate Democrats don’t have courage. They don’t have the guts to stand up,” said attorney Alan Dershowitz in a discussion about anti-Semitism on the left.

By World Israel News Staff

“There are elements within the Democratic Party that support boycotting Israel, and do support silencing students on college campuses,” attorney Alan Dershowitz said on “The Cats Roundtable,” a show aired on WABC 770 AM in New York.

“Will the moderate Democrats have the courage to stand up to the so-called ‘crazy’ Democrats?” asked the show’s host, billionaire entrepreneur John Catsimatidis.

Catsimatidis’ question followed a discussion of “the squad,” a group of anti-Israel Democratic congresswomen which include Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Omar and Tlaib remain dogged by persistent accusations of anti-Semitism based on comments promoting the dual loyalty canard about Jews and Israel, promotion of the Palestinian-run BDS movement, and suggestions that pro-Israel groups exert undue influence on the U.S. political system.

“Courage? Are you kidding? Does anybody today have courage in politics?” answered Dershowitz. “The answer is no,” he continued. “The moderate Democrats don’t have courage. They don’t have the guts to stand up.”

Dershowitz continued, “The Republicans have had more courage standing up to some anti-Semites in their party. And they have gotten rid of them and marginalized them. I wish the Democrats would learn from the Republicans on that issue.”

When Catsimatidis asked Dershowitz whether President Donald Trump would receive the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering peace in the Middle East between Israel and Arab nations, Dershowitz responded, “Well he certainly should maybe get the one given to Barack Obama.”

“Obama got the peace prize while he was in office like a month for doing nothing, and he has been one of the worst foreign policy presidents,” Dershowitz added, calling the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster for peace.”

“If you were going to ask me which president deserves a Nobel Peace Prize as between Barack Obama and Donald Trump, it’s not even a close question.”

Former female soldier demands millions from top BDS operative

‘Fake anti-Semitic news’: Former soldier Rebecca Re’em demands $6 million from senior BDS movement operative after receiving death threats.

Mordechai Sones , 22/09/20 19:44 Share
Rivkah Re'em today

Rivkah Re’em today Shurat Hadin Organization

Former soldier Rebecca Re’em today filed a $6 million defamation lawsuit through the Shurat Hadin organization against senior BDS operative Suhir Napal, who spread false information that led to threats and incitement to murder against her.

Re’em was accused by the BDS movement of being responsible for the murder of “Palestinian” paramedic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by IDF fire on the Gaza border about two years ago.

Rebecca Re’em, 26, a young Jewish woman from California, immigrated to Israel in 2012 and enlisted in the IDF for a training position in the Education Corps. One day as part of her service, a recruiting photo of her holding weapons and protective equipment was published on the IDF’s official Facebook page.

About three years after Rivka’s release from the IDF, in 2018, Suhir Napal, a key BDS operative living in California, posted on her personal Facebook page claiming that Rivka was responsible for paramedic Razan al-Najjar’s death during one of the “return marches”.

The same post was circulated on social media among BDS operatives and pro-Palestinian organizations in the United States, who began threatening and harassing Rebecca and her family on a daily basis. About two years after the post was published, Rebecca decided to turn to the Shurat Hadin human rights organization. This week the organization filed a defamation lawsuit against Suhair Napal, the author of the post, for $6 million in California court. After receiving the lawsuit, Napal blocked her Facebook page profile to hide the incriminating evidence.

The indictment emphasized that this was a blood libel since Rebecca had never been in the Gaza Strip as part of her military service, as she had served in a training and non-combat role only. Rebecca was also discharged from the IDF in 2015, about three years before Al Najar’s death. After her release, Rebecca was an activist for human rights and even participated in joint Israeli-Arab delegations in Jordan and the Judea and Samaria area, as well as volunteering in refugee camps in South America and Greece.

Shurat Hadin organization President Adv. Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, stated: “It seems we’re returning to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and the anti-Semitic blood libels of the past. Rebecca and her family were condemned and threatened with murder just because she was a soldier in the IDF. The war by haters of Israel has also taken a legal toll, and Rebecca’s lawsuit is at the forefront of the fight against the global boycott movement against the State of Israel. BDS activists will know that they themselves may be personally responsible for their anti-Zionist activities and even pay a heavy price.”

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Trump restores UN sanctions on Islamic Republic: ‘I will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon’

“Never Again! No Nukes, Not Now; Not Ever!”

September 22, 2020 Trump restores UN sanctions on Islamic Republic: ‘I will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon’President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP/Alex Brandon)

The order blocks those trying to sell, supply or transfer conventional arms to Iran or provide financial support, training or other services connected with arms sales.

By David Isaac, World Israel News

President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order slapping new sanctions on Iran and also claiming to restore UN sanctions that are set to expire in October.

“My Administration will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, nor will we allow Iran to endanger the rest of the world with a fresh supply of ballistic missiles and conventional arms,” Trump said.

“To ensure this cannot happen, I am issuing a new Executive Order, restoring United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iran, and imposing new sanctions and export controls on more than two dozen entities and individuals that support Iran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional arms-related activities,” the president said.

The order blocks those trying to sell, supply or transfer conventional arms to Iran or provide financial support, training or other services connected with arms sales.

“This Executive Order is critical to enforcing the UN arms embargo on Iran. The order will greatly diminish the Iranian regime’s capacity to export arms to terrorists and dangerous actors throughout the region, as well as its ability to acquire weapons to build up its own forces,” Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, joined by the president’s top national security aides, said at a press conference on Monday, “The Trump administration has always been honest about what the Iranian regime really is. A radical revolutionary and the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism.”

“President Trump understood that the JCPOA [2015 Iran deal] was an abject failure. It didn’t bring Iran into the community of nations or block Tehran’s path to a nuclear weapon. Instead, it was an exercise in appeasement. It gifted the regime billions and paved the way for Iran to become the arms dealer of choice for terrorist groups and dictators all across the world in just five short years,” Pompeo said.

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for halting its nuclear program. Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed some sanctions. It has since added additional sanctions.

On August 20, the Trump administration notified the president of the UN Security Council that it was employing the “snapback” provision in the deal to restore UN sanctions against Iran. However, 13 of the 15 members of the Security Council have disagreed with the U.S. position, saying it no longer has legal standing to reimpose UN sanctions given that it pulled out of the deal.

The United States argued that it was forced to take action as Iran has failed to live up to its commitments under the deal and “the Security Council failed to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years.”

The other members of the Security Council say they will ignore the U.S. move.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said, “As we have in the past, we will stand alone to protect peace and security. We do not need a cheering section to validate our moral compass. We do not find comfort based solely in numbers, particularly when the majority had found themselves in the uncomfortable position of underwriting chaos, terror and conflict. We refuse to be members of that club.”

Merkel’s malevolent advice to Netanyahu

“Butt Out (‘Hintern Raus’), Merkel.”

Merkel’s advice? Peace needs a 2 state-solution. Our advice? Germany has many problems, one is antisemitism, so solve them first..

Op-ed. Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld , 22/09/20 12:47 Share
Angela Merkel and Mahmoud Abbas

Angela Merkel and Mahmoud Abbas Reuters

The German press office published a release about a telephone call German Chancellor Angela Merkel made to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The report said that along with the mastering of the Covid19 pandemic regional themes were discussed.

-The Chancellor welcomed the ongoing conversations on the normalization of bilateral relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

-In this context she underlined the need for the reestablishment of relations with the Palestinian Arabs with the aim of a two state solution.

The latter was a malevolent advice. The word is chosen over more euphemistic terms such as misguided, counter-productive, antagonistic, confrontational, aggressive, disingenuous, disruptive, misplaced, erroneous and so on. In the Israeli agreement with the United Arab Emirates there is no mention of a Palestinian state. So what business is it of a Chancellor of Germany where remnants of its horrible past keep emerging?

There can in the future occur a situation where there will be two states on the West side of the Jordan river. Yet that is not a two-state solution. Turning the current Palestinian entities into a state, where the largest party, Hamas, is in favor of genocide of Jews — more or less like the generation of Merkel’s grandparents in Germany – is unlikely to solve anything. Also, the second largest Palestinian party, Fatah, is in favor of terrorism and the Palestinian Authority, which it controls, rewards potential or effective murderers. The glorification of death is a cult which permeates large parts of Palestinian society.

There are several other reasons why Merkel’s remark was brazen. Yet Germany is powerful and Netanyahu thus could not permit himself to say the following in reply to Merkel’s advice. As this, however, has to be said, we are publishing it here:

Dear Mrs. Chancellor,

You have done a number of good things for Israel, which I greatly appreciate. On the other hand, there are various highly negative aspects in the German government’s behavior under your leadership, which endanger both Israel and German Jews.

Nobody has indirectly promoted terrorism in the Middle East more in the past decade than the previous US President Barack Obama. Yet he holds the Nobel prize for peace which was given to him by irresponsible Norwegians. The 2015 JCPOA Agreement, which Israel strongly opposed has freed the hands of the Iranian government — with its genocidal intentions toward Israel — to foster terrorism in many parts of the Middle East. Germany has supported this agreement.

Even today, Germany has a far too soft attitude toward Iran.

Your ambassador to the United Nations also participates in the anti-Israel hate fest there. At the UN your country votes frequently with the enemies of Israel. Your ambassador has even made very negative remarks about Israel and you should have recalled him.

In view of its exceptionally criminal past, Germany should not have let in any antisemites. There is nothing humanitarian about importing antisemites into Europe, even if they are refugees.
Your government is the greatest importer of antisemites into Europe. Your welcome policy has let about 1 million additional Muslims into your country without any check on whether they are antisemites or not. According to studies, about half of them are Jew-haters.

In view of its exceptionally criminal past, Germany should not have let in any antisemites. There is nothing humanitarian about importing antisemites into Europe, even if they are refugees. This radically wrong decision has also led to a strengthening of activism, including against Jews, on the German right. Now a right-wing party, which has antisemitic members, is represented in your country’s parliament, the Bundestag.

Your predecessor, Chancellor Helmut Kohl, made a major effort to normalize the reality as much as possible for Germany’s Jews. He opened the German borders for Jews from Russia, which led to a major increase in the number of Jews and new Jewish communities in various German cities. Yet your policies have led to the opposite. German Jewish leaders have been extremely reluctant to tell the truth, but by May 2020 Josef Schuster, the chairman of the German Jewish umbrella organization Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, finally admitted that he had given up on the utopian idea that there could be a Germany without antisemitism.

Germany’s national Antisemitism Commissioner Felix Klein said: “I cannot advise Jews to wear kippot everywhere all the time in Germany.” Schuster also advised Jews not to wear kippot in public in major cities.

The main reason for this advice was that hatred by Muslims sometimes results in violent acts. One of those who initially did not heed this advice was the Munich Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Brodman. He was harassed by four Arab speaking men this past July. We don’t know whether the attackers were part of your welcome immigration group or entered the country before. Rabbi Brodman has now decided to no longer wear a kippa in public or to speak loudly in Hebrew.

In view of the risks involved Jews have to heed advice to hide their identity in Germany. On the other hand a labor court has decided that Muslim women can show their identity by wearing headscarves when teaching at schools.

Berlin is now the capital of Europe’s antisemitism. A particular problem is some cases of extreme harassment of Jewish pupils in schools, mainly by Muslims. Your government manipulates the statistics and tries to blame almost all antisemitic incidents on the right-wing even if only half of the perpetrators are known.

Allow me to add one more remark. Your ambassador in Israel is a guest in our country. She should keep the German government opinion about the two state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to herself. In light of the above she should not publicly spread your unsolicited and malevolent recommendation about the “the two-state solution.” Guests should not insult hosts.

As you have made a recommendation to me, I would like to reciprocate by also making a recommendation. You have many problems in Germany, including growing antisemitism. So first solve the problems in your own backyard.

Netanyahu couldn’t say this. Yet there is one thing that he certainly could have said in his telephone conversation with Merkel: “Tens of millions of Germans think that Israel behaves toward the Palestinians like Nazis or alternatively that Israel intends to exterminate the Palestinians. I would politely but strongly request you to investigate this matter and see how the German government can act against these widespread extremely evil opinions.”

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is the emeritus Chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He has been a strategic advisor for more than thirty years to some of the Western world’s leading corporations. Among the honors he received was the 2019 International Lion of Juda Award of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research paying tribute to him as the recognized leading international authority on contemporary antisemitism. His main book on the subject is: The War of a Million Cuts The struggle against the delegitimization of Israel and the Jews and the growth of New antisemitism.

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