Berlin Jewish Museum denies it opposed anti-BDS resolution

Berlin Museum says call to read piece opposing resolution labeling BDS anti-Semitic meant to 'call attention to the discussion.'

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The Berlin Jewish Museum has denied that it opposed a new Bundestag resolution labeling the BDS movement targeting Israel as anti-Semitic.

At issue is an official tweet sent June 6 by the museum encouraging followers to read an article in the left-wing daily newspaper Taz about a petition in which 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars criticized the nonbinding, nonpartisan May 17 measure. The museum posted a link to the story.

The resolution bars the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement — and any group deemed anti-Semitic — from receiving federal funds and using public space.

Facing a storm of criticism the museum, which has come under fire for welcoming anti-Zionists such as scholar Judith Butler and representatives of the Iranian regime, tweeted on June 9 that it merely wanted to call attention to the discussion and “has in no way positioned itself against the resolution of the Bundestag.”

On Tuesday, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, slammed the museum for what he called “the last straw.”

“The Jewish Museum Berlin seems to be completely out of control. Under these conditions, one has to wonder whether the term ‘Jewish’ is still appropriate,” he wrote.

The Bundestag in its resolution described BDS’ “patterns of argumentation and methods” as anti-Semitic, including disputing Israel’s right to exist.




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