Following a trip to Jerusalem, where ZOA National President Morton Klein participated on a two-person panel at the largest international anti-BDS conference in the world and where he met with a number of top level officials from both the U.S. and Israel, Klein was hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard “Ric” Grenell at the Ambassador’s residence, following an invitation extended to him earlier this year.
During his visit, Mort had lengthy discussions with Ambassador Grenell about the problem of rising anti-Semitism across Europe and specifically in Germany.
He also met with German leaders like Annette Kahane, who leads a German institute fighting against the scourge of anti-Semitism and racism in Europe. They discussed both left-wing and right-wing Neo-Nazi and white supremacist anti-Semitism, including the growing problem of Islamic anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe.
In addition, ZOA’s Mort Klein participated in an important meeting held over dinner at the Ambassador’s residence with Roma (Gypsy) leaders. They discussed the bigotry that the Roma people face and possible solutions for combatting the prejudice.
The remainder of Mort’s trip to Germany included meetings and dinners with U.S. senators and other U.S. ambassadors and officials who were visiting Berlin at the time, as well as meetings with German officials, one of which was at a major rooftop Dinner at the Bundestag, the German Parliament building.