NGOs urge German Shoah foundation to stop ‚Israel-bashing‘

29.09.2011                      01.Tischrei. 5772                      Rosch Haschanah 1


NGOs urge German Shoah foundation to stop 'Israel-bashing'

Foundation says it will not not delegitimize Israel and promises review.

The rising controversy surrounding a German Holocaust foundation's use of public funds to finance anti-Semitic school literature attacking Israel prompted the head of Europe's Jewish Congress and human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday to urge the organization to return to its core mission of Shoah education.
The German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility, Future”  (admin: Erinnerung,Verantwortung,Zukunft = EVZ) is financed by public and private funds and doled out 21,590 Euros in 2010-2011 to support an exchange program between the  German high school (Gerhart-Hauptmann) and an exclusive  Israeli-Arab  high school in Nazareth. Students and  educators from the two schools composed a broschure equating Israel with the now-defunct East German Stalinist state ,and crude drawings of orthodox Jewish students. The students showed  Israel  as a violent state with an education system that excludes and oppresses Israeli-Arab pupils….