Mayor of German City Opposes Tolerance Award to Code Pink Following Simon Wiesenthal Center Protest

Following SWC Protest German Mayor Opposes Tolerance Award to Code Pink
February 11, 2016

The Simon Wiesenthal Center commended the decision by the Mayor of the German city of Bayreuth, Brigitte Merk-Erbe, who has gone on record as opposing her city’s scheduled bestowal of its Wilhelmine-von-Bayreuth Prize to the Code Pink organization this April. The award is given by the city of Bayreuth “for tolerance and humanity in cultural diversity.”

“Code Pink’s virulent activities against Israel — home to the world’s largest Jewish community — should disqualify them from any honors, especially those from Germany,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

Top leaders of Code Pink participated in an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel conference convened by the serial human rights deniers in Tehran.

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“How could anyone bestow honors upon an organization whose leaders attended such a conference in Tehran, run by a regime that executes children, hangs gays, and imprisons innocent clergy?” Cooper added.

Further, the award committee had only to view this YouTube video to hear the public chanting by Code Pink members outside a major Jewish conference.


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“Hitler, yahoo, you will see, Palestine will be free!” and “Judaism Yes, Zionism No, the State of Israel has to go!” Such genocidal chants alone should disqualify Code Pink from any German “tolerance award”.

“Third, was the desecration of Judaism’s holiest religious site — The Kotel, (The Western Wall) by Code Pink to promote the anti-Semitic, extreme anti-Peace, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement (see photo below).”

“The Mayor of Bayreuth has responded appropriately to the concerns of our community and we hope that the city council will vote to withdraw its honor of those who validate deniers of the Nazi Holocaust and who seek the destruction of the Jewish democratic state of Israel,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.