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July 10, 2017 11:12 am

German UNESCO Ambassador Assailed Over Ceremonial Linkage Between Holocaust and Palestinians

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UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meets in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Screenshot

Germany’s ambassador to UNESCO has drawn the ire of a prominent Jewish human rights organization after he stood for a minute’s silence for “Palestinian victims” at the global cultural organization’s annual meeting in Krakow, Poland last week.

The ceremonial tribute to the Palestinians took place after the Cuban delegate to the meeting complained that the Israeli ambassador had violated procedure by calling for a minute’s silence for the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Most of the delegations assented to the Cuban appeal — among those who rose for the silence was German Ambassador Stefan Krawielicki. On Monday, Dr. Shimon Samuels — the international director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) who is attending the meeting in Krakow — told The Algemeiner of his “outrage” at the “German amalgam drawn between 6 million murdered Jews of Europe and the ‘Palestinians.'”

In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Samuels stated that “on July 4, following the egregious passage of a resolution to obliterate Jewish sovereignty or even affinity to Jerusalem, the Israeli ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, requested a moment of silence to the memory of the victims of the Nazis.  German Ambassador Stefan Krawielicki stood among most others in the hall.”

The letter continued, “At the bidding of the Cuban ambassador, a second moment of silence was then held in support of ‘the Palestinians.’ Ambassador Krawielicki stood once again.”

“We are horrified at this amalgam between the millions of defenseless Jews gassed and shot — among them 1.5 million children — by the Nazis and their associates across Europe on the one hand,” Samuels wrote. “On the other, Palestinians, who rejoice when their terrorists murder Jews — among them children.”

“To link the Holocaust, in any way, to so-called ‘Palestinian victims,’ thus casting Israelis as Nazis, is a form of Holocaust revisionism illegal under German law,” Samuels declared.


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  • AZ Patriot

    The US should pull out of the UN which hates our country but loves our money.

  • Robin

    We can’t forget that these are Germans and some things never change.

    • Josep

      I beg to differ.

      You can’t use genetics to explain hatred. What I find ironic is that the Nazis claimed the Jews were “genetically inferior” and used eugenics to justify the Holocaust. It’s a nature vs nurture situation, and this is clearly the latter. Hatred is not genetic; it stems from ignorance.

      FACT 1: The Anglo-Saxons (who now inhabit England) were initially from Angles and Saxony, both of which are part of Germany.
      FACT 2: A great many Americans are of German heritage. At the same time, the USA also has a reputation as a safe haven for Jews. Heck, even our president Trump is of German heritage, and he’s no anti-Semite. I don’t know about Admiral Nimitz or President Eisenhower, but I for sure know how Israelis love Trump.

      G_d made both Jews and gentiles (Germans included) in His image, and the antisemitism is a social issue that can be solved by education, not a genetic disorder like you claim. If anything is needed to be said, the education system needs to reform, and all the MPs in the German government need to be replaced with more competent leaders who know what’s best for both Germany and Israel.

      The cruel and unfair ideology of eugenics is why I am a creationist.
      Not only that, you are also lumping ordinary, innocent Germans with this douchebag. He does not represent all of Germany. There are many Germans who hold no antisemitic beliefs and are fed up with the ineptitude of Merkel, Steinmeier, and Krawielicki. I’m not kidding.

      Now, don’t get me wrong. I am just as appalled with the German government’s ineptitude as much as you are, and it’s unfortunate that antisemitism is still a problem in Germany just like anywhere else. But what I’m equally appalled with is your comment about genetics, not to mention your revanchist, revengeful, unforgiving stance.
      I’m willing to forgive the countrymen, but not forget the atrocities. Many people in Germany, just like in any other country, have a moral obligation to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. Sadly, thanks to Merkel, Western Europe is being overrun by Muslims causing trouble, and if no one takes drastic action anytime soon, we’ll have a hard time finding other countries known for high-quality engineering.

      Two wrongs don’t make a right. Don’t live in the past. We can make a difference.

    • Josep

      I beg to differ.
      The world-view and ideals of one generation may be radically different than those of a previous generation. To assume that societies are static is the worst mistake one can make. Take Jewish society, for example. Jewish society changed radically between 1948 and 2010. You must understand that we are not at all unique in this sense. German-Jewish relations in 1500 were radically different from German-Jewish relations in 1900, which were radically different from German-Jewish relations in 1943, which were radically different from German-Jewish relations in 2010. For that matter, Germans’ relations with their fellow Europeans changed in very extreme ways over the course of the 20th century, as did other factors such as the role of the Church and the role of various ideologies. Today, many Germans oppose antisemitism and regard Nazi ideology with unmitigated horror. Holocaust denial has been made illegal since 1985, and children are taught the horrors of the Holocaust. Always try to learn from the past, and never assume that others have not learned something from it too.

  • tvjye .

    The world is becoming dumber and dumber. I’m really worried for my children. What place do Jews have in this world when politics and lies are more important than the truth.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    What was the point of the Israeli ambassador’s requesting a minute of silence? It’s not a Jewish way of remembering the departed.

  • Jonas v G

    Germans got their Jew-hatred by the nipple of their mother’s, it’s in their genes. We don’t forget and don’t forgive, period.