The Jerusalem Post reports: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated his description of Israeli policies in the territories as embodying the former apartheid regime in South Africa, prompting fierce criticism on Friday from Jewish human-rights organizations and a leading German Jewish activist.
“There are two central narratives to Jewish history in the 20th century – the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. Sigmar Gabriel has already tried to undermine the core of each of them,” Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Jerusalem Office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post.
“By falsely claiming that Israel is an ‘apartheid state,’ he denies its democratic basis, which is a central tenet of Israeli statehood since its establishment, and legitimizes unjust attacks on the Jewish state for sins committed on a regular basis by all its neighbors but not by Israel,” he said.
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