SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER: “ HYPOCRISY AND DOUBLE STANDARD (IM)MORALITY” WON THE DAY IN THE BUNDESTAG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   July 1, 2010

 SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER:


“ HYPOCRISY AND DOUBLE STANDARD (IM)MORALITY” WON THE DAY IN THE BUNDESTAG



The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed its outrage over Thursday’s vote in the Bundestag that condemned Israel over the Mavi Marmara incident and backed calls for an international investigation of the Turkish-led pro-Hamas Gaza flotilla.  “Hypocrisy and double standard immorality won the day in the Bundestag,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (respectively). “We heard no such unanimity from German politicians when Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists targeted Israeli civilians, including Holocaust survivors and their families,” they continued, adding,  “We are not surprised that the Left Party, some of whose members support Hamas and Hezbollah and have had the audacity to liken Israel to Nazis are in lockstep with efforts to demonize the Jewish State, but we are deeply shocked that mainstream German parties rushed to judgment by expressing support for yet another UN-led judicial lynching of Israel, even before the Middle East’s only democracy completed its own investigation.”

“Germans know full well that there is only one reason why Israel was forced to impose a blockade against Gaza -  Hamas. And it’s important to remember that the people of Gaza had a golden opportunity for peace after then-Prime Minister Sharon unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. Instead of embracing that opportunity, they overwhelmingly voted for Hamas and their Islamist extremism, suicide terror and 8,000 rockets,” Wiesenthal Center officials said. “That was the time when the Bundestag should have weighed in with a unanimous condemnation.”
 
 “Israelis and friends of the Jewish state everywhere reject this outrageous ‘resolution’ - they are not interested in the world’s crocodile tears shed for victims of Hamas terrorism. Jerusalem has the right and moral obligation to protect its six million citizens from Hamas and Hezbollah terror and the looming nuclear threat of their sponsors  in Tehran,” Hier and Cooper concluded..

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