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ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE SLAMS GERMAN COLUMNIST JAKOB AUGSTEIN OVER ANTISEMITISM…….

 

Looks like Augstein’s antisemitic rants are finally coming back to bite him in the rear. Like I and others have said, this might turn out to be a real big deal.

ADL slams German ‘Spiegel’ author for anti-Semitism

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
01/05/2013 15:25

Exclusive: Anti-Defamation League tells ‘Post’: Augstein’s statement “crosses the line into anti-Semitic conspiracy thinking.”

Jakob AugsteinPHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

BERLIN — The deputy national director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League on Friday weighed in on the raging German dispute over the alleged anti-Semitism of Der Spiegel columnist Jakob Augstein and his attacks on Jews and Israel. Augstein’s statement about Jewish control of US foreign policy “crosses the line into anti-Semitic conspiracy thinking,“ Ken Jacobson, the ADL‘s deputy National Director, told The Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center included Jakob Augstein in its list of last year’s (2012) top-ten anti-Semites. Jacobson, a leading expert on contemporary anti-Semitism, cited one of Augstein’s quotes in the Wiesenthal list as being contaminated with conspiratorial anti-Semitism. The quote from Augstein’s Spiegel column reads,“With backing from the US, where the president must secure the support of Jewish lobby groups, and in Germany, where coping with history, in the meantime, has a military component, the Netanyahu government keeps the world on a leash with an ever-swelling war chant.”

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3 Responses

  1. I have looked at English translations of the excerpts from Augstein’s comments and I do not see how they constitute antisemitism. They DO constitute some sharp criticisms of Israeli foreign and domestic policies. That’s called free speech.

    1. Exactly what don’t you understand about this? “According to Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky’s oft-quoted “3-D” definition on anti-Semitism, people meet the criteria of modern anti-Semitism when they demonize, delegitimize and apply double-standards to the Jewish state.”

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