28/01/2016

EUJS President warns of far-right German politician visit to Israel in Facebook event

EUJS President warns of far-right German politician visit to Israel in Facebook event

Ahead of far-right German politician, Frauke Petry planned visit to Israel, a Facebook event used to inform people of the politician's visit soon came under scrutiny. Soon after this was created, EUJS President, Benny Fischer, posted in the event expressing his concerns that the far-right politician's trip would be an attempt to white-wash previous allegations of antisemitism in Germany. In doing so, he named the EJC - the democratic represenation of European Jews in Europe - and the Israeli government as two bodies which refused to be in contact with Petry's party because of its historical links to allegations of antisemitism. The post was signed, added to the Facebook event and gained overwhelming interest. As the post received more likes and comments, it was eventually deleted by the event organisers who eventually cancelled the event alltogether. Petry contacted the newspaper after the article was released, explaining that her planned visit to Israel was "entirely of a private nature" and that the facebook event was a "fake".

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