October 7, 2019
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ZOA Criticizes Germany’s Merkel For Absurdly Claiming Iran is Only Anti-Israel, Not Anti-Semitic 

Merkel: Tehran’s Genocidal Statements Merely “Anti-Israel Rhetoric”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on as she attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has strongly criticized the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for ignoring Iranian genocidal ambitions to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. and absurdly claiming that Iran is merely anti-Israel not Anti-Semitic. Chancellor Merkel and the German government more generally have avoided mentioning anti-Semitism in the context of statements relating to Iranian actions.

Thus, on October 1, the German Foreign Ministry labeled the call to destroy Israel by commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Hossein Salami, as “anti-Israel rhetoric.” Queried subsequently as to whether this statement represented accurately the views of the German government, a government spokesman replied, “We have nothing to add to the reply of the foreign office.”

General Salami has a long record of calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, calling only a couple of weeks ago in a speech delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for the extermination of Israel. General Salami’s call was disseminated by Iranian state-funded IRNA agency as well as other regime-controlled medias outlets.

General Salami said, “This sinister regime [Israel] must be wiped off the map and this is no longer … a dream [but] it is an achievable goal … [Iran has] managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution” (Benjamin Weinthal, ‘Merkel’s govt’ says Iran’s call to wipe Israel off the map’ is not anti-Semitic,’ Jerusalem Post, October 6, 2019).

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “ We live in a surreal age in which the most blatant, the most obvious, the most frightening expressions of hatred against the Jewish people and its collective existence is doggedly ignored, whitewashed or watered down by foreign governments.

“It seems that, come what may, foreign leaders like Chancellor Merkel this past week, would rather say or do anything else other than state and condemn the obvious fact that, in this case, the Iranian regime, has been and is still seeking to eliminate the Jewish State of Israel. 

“The German government has been trying to bust the new U.S. sanctions imposed by President Trump and is far more interested in revenues from trade with Iran than with keeping the peace or taking steps against those who threaten genocide –– as Iran clearly does.”