From the Simon Wiesenthal Center ():
Monday, February 23, 2004
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
We join with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in demanding your public rebuke of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, the flagship of your Social Democratic Party, for funding the three-day Beirut International Conference on ‘The Islamic World and Europe: from Dialogue towards Understanding that featured speakers from Hezbollah and Hamas – two terrorist organizations that murder Jews and promote the most libelous anti-Jewish canards including the ‘Blood Libel’ and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. As you know these organizations are blacklisted by the European Union for their murderous activities. Other speakers included one associated with the Moslem Brotherhood who is notorious for sowing the seeds of Jew hatred in France; another is believed to have ties to al-Qaeda, and a leading Hamas idealogue and former activist in Islamic Jihad.
All this happened simultaneously while Germany”s Foreign Minister Fischer gave his speech at the European Commission’s Antisemitism Conference in Brussels where he sought to reassure Elie Wiesel and other Holocaust survivors that your nation stands in solidarity against the antisemitic venom emanating from the Arab world.
Chancellor Schroeder, if the Foreign Minister’s speech is indeed German policy, it is a message that needs to be delivered not so much to Jews, but to the Arab Nations. We await your public rebuke of the Foundation and a commitment that Germany will no longer invest any more of its funds and prestige to legitimize mass murderers and Jew haters.
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