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German Politician Who Said Israel Executes Palestinians [Protesters at Border Fence] Urged to Resign

Mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, was evacuated after being shot by an Israeli army sniper at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. PHOTO: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Social Democratic Union legislator accused of ‘making Jew-hatred respectable’

By Benjamin Weinthal | 8 October 2018

JERUSALEM POST — German politicians on Monday accused Bremen’s Senator of the Interior Ulrich Mäurer of antisemitism and urged him to resign after he said Israel executes Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border.

“When I see that the Israeli Army is simply executing dozens of Palestinians at the border fence, I don’t understand that either. And I can understand all those who use this opportunity to express their opinions very clearly,” said Mäurer in the Bremen State Legislature on September 27. The 67-year-old politician said he would demonstrate for the Palestinians in light of Israel’s actions.

The vice president of the Christian Democratic Union Party in the Bundestag, Gitta Connemann, told Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper that Mäurer’s doubling-down on his anti-Israel comment “makes Jew-hatred respectable.” Connemann is also vice president of the German-Israel Friendship Society.

After Mäurer faced intense criticism on social media and from politicians, he told the Bremen paper Weser-Kurier, “In view of the deaths on the border, you have to understand when it comes to demonstrations and protests in response.” […]

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