BERLIN - Israel’s embassy in Germany on Thursday sharply criticized Berlin’s Jewish Museum for hosting an anti-Israel US academic, who urged an audience of roughly 700 people to boycott the Jewish state.I may have noticed some anti-Zionist Haredi sects like Neturei Karta asking queries like that. And just look at that; the audience was mainly of German background, and act almost like they did in the past century. Anti-Jewish sentiment in the German public mindset clearly is still prevalent.
Stressing the importance of the protest, the diplomatic statement was posted as the top notice on the Israeli embassy’s electronic newsletter, stating: “We regret that the Berlin Jewish Museum decided to hold a discussion event, which posed the question, about the identity of the Jewish state. Similar discussions are not conducted about any other state on the planet.”
The Israeli embassy continued that it was “astonished that exactly this museum would provide a stage to a person who called for an academic and cultural boycott against Israel…In the name of freedom of opinion the Jewish Museum offered a forum to a person who supports a boycott against Israel and therefore calls for Israelis to be boycotted because they are Israelis.” The embassy added that it hoped that the Berlin museum, with a view toward the future, would invite speakers who refrain from calls to boycott Israel.
According to the Israeli statement, the speaker, Dr. Judith Butler, uses “anti-democratic methods against the Israeli government” to make her points.
The Jewish Museum’s decision to host a pro-boycott Israel event with Butler on Saturday prompted Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, to term the cultural institution the “Berlin anti-Jewish museum.”
Butler, a professor in the rhetoric and comparative literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley, told a sold out audience in the courtyard of the museum the she advocates a“version of a boycott” against Israel, and repeatedly cited her support for the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement targeting the Jewish state. She expressed ideas about creating a bi-national state and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel, which would lead, according to critics, to the dismantling of the Jewish state. The mainly non-Jewish German audience expressed euphoria for her ideas.
The embassy wrote that the “Berlin Jewish museum decided at the end of the Jewish year 5772 to hold a podium discussion on the topic of ‘Does Zionism belong to Judaism?'"
In the end, this proves that the Jewish Museum in Berlin isn't someplace worth investing in for history, when they desecrate it with beliefs that go contrary to those it's meant to represent.