BERLIN — Jewish leaders are slamming a German city’s plan to honour an American organization, Code Pink, that backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel with a human rights award.
The University of Bayreuth had recommended the nongovernmental organization for the Wilhelmine-von-Bayreuth Prize for Tolerance and Humanity in Cultural Diversity, which is worth about $11,000.
Deidre Berger, director of the AJC office in Germany, expressed disappointment that the Bayreuth City Council voted to honor the group.
“Code Pink has shown its true colors through meetings with Hamas representatives and participating in a hate conference in Iran,” she said in a statement. “An organization that moves in circles that include terrorists and authoritarian regimes is the opposite of a human rights organisation and does not deserve any award.”
Code Pink, which was founded in 2002, is a longtime supporter of the BDS campaign. Its co-founder, Medea Benjamin, reportedly took part in 2014 in a state-sponsored conference in Iran, which according to the AJC provided a platform for Islamist and anti-Semitic speakers, and promoters of conspiracy theories. It also labels Israel as an ‘apartheid state’.
Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that he was “appalled” that such an organization was being honored “in Germany of all places.”
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