At its annual “Natürlich for Israel” (Naturally for Israel) conference, the historic German branch of the Jewish National Fund, Keren Kayemet Le'Israel (JNF-KKL), hoped to showcase a side of Israel often overlooked by pundits as a changing Germany discusses coexistence.
The group hosted a panel discussion during the conference, which symbolically took place on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The participants, numbering about 1,000, stood for a minute of silence to commemorate the victims. It also celebrated the 115th anniversary of the JNF-KKL, founded in 1901 to purchase land in what was then Palestine for Jewish settlement and development.
Outside of Cologne’s Flora event center where the conference took place, a few dozen protestors waved Palestinian flags and handed out flyers accusing JNF-KKL of Palestinian land theft. Singer declined to respond, but, in the spirit of the Congress, she struck a conciliatory tone.read more
“I don’t respond to them because this is the never-ending story,” she said. “I stay positive. If we have some positivity, we could work together.”