Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Germany: Gov't funds conference featuring antisemitic 'Cafe Palestine' org

Germany’s Family Ministry and the Berlin Senate are engulfed in an anti-Israel scandal because of funding for a three-day conference involving a group that hosted a speaker calling for the end of Jewry and claimed that “Zionists are racists.”

The three-day Canaan conference titled “Trialogue with Israel and Palestine” started on Monday and runs until Wednesday. Critics charge the organization Cafe Palestine Freiburg, which is participating at the conference, with stoking modern anti-Semitism.

An article in the mass circulation Bild newspaper wrote “Cafe Palestine Freiburg would prefer to wipe Israel off the map.”

The anti-Israel critic Gilad Atzmon delivered a 2011 lecture for Cafe Palestine Freiburg and called for a process of ”dismantling Jewish ideology.” The Jerusalem Post observed videos of the 2011 Cafe Palestine event with Atzmon, who said that Israel is “worse than Nazi Germany” – a remark that drew laughter from the audience.


According to Bild, a spokeswoman for the Family Ministry said, “Should our examination reveal that an event hostile to Israel will take place with approved funds, we will demand that the funds be returned and that the organization in the future not be supported.”

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