Sunday, November 16, 2014

Germany: German-Arab trade group under fire for boycott of Israel

Things don't really change in Europe, do they? This was the situation in 2013 as reported by the Times of Israel: New Olympic chief heads Arab-German trade group set up to boycott IsraelThomas Bach supported predecessor Jacques Rogge in refusing to hold a moment of silence at 2012 Olympics for the 11 Israelis murdered at 1972 Munich Games and New Olympic c'tee chief heads group that aids Israel boycott. American Jewish C'tee: It betrays the principles of sportsmanship for the IOC to be headed by active participant in Israel boycott.

We are now in 2014 and The Jerusalem Post reports:

Volker Beck, a senior Green Party deputy in the Bundestag, called for an inquiry into the practices of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry because they enable the boycott of Israel.

Beck, who is president of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group, wrote the Merkel administration on Tuesday, asking what knowledge the federal government has concerning a “boycott of Israeli products” and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s practices. “How does the federal government assess the [Arab-German Chamber of Commerce] practice of issuing a certificate that no work was conducted with Israel [concerning a product for export]?” Beck asked.

Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that “Ghorfa [the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry] is controversial because it is suspected of supporting the boycott of Israeli products by many Arab states.” The chamber’s new head is Peter Ramsauer, a Bundestag deputy from the Christian Social Union and chairman of the legislature’s economic committee. He served as minister of transport, building and urban development in the second Merkel cabinet.

“The engagement of former transportation minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) as head of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is causing trouble,” according to Der Spiegel. In an email to The Jerusalem Post, Deidre Berger, the head of the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin, asked, “How is it possible that the German government accords the highest priority to the German-Israeli relationship while a German-Arab trade association earns money certifying that German firms do not trade with Israel?” She added, “And this from an organization headed by a former member of the German cabinet. We call on Ghorfa and its director Peter Ramsauer to stop undermining German-Israeli relations and put the brakes on this outrageous practice immediately!” Ramsauer’s CSU is the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christians Democratic Union and part of the governing coalition.

More: Jerusalem Post

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