Petr Bystron is the speaker of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) of the German Bundestag.
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On Tuesday Petr Bystron revealed the anti-Israel funding by the German government and the Soros Open Society to radical anti-Israel groups.
Israel National News reported:
The Alternative for Germany party (AfD) is the only party in Germany standing up against Islamic terror and anti-Semitic attacks caused by the uncontrolled influx of migrants from the Middle East. Now the AfD wants to expose the funding by Berlin and Brussels for anti-Israel groups. Absurdly, the AfD is often defamed as “far-right” or even “anti-Semitic” by the people who have been campaigning against Israel for years.
In September, I had the honor of speaking at the founding of the “Jews in the AfD” lobby as foreign policy spokesman on the Foreign Committee of the German Bundestag about this problem. My colleague Beatrix von Storch, who co-founded the “Friends of Judea and Samaria” in the European Parliament to fight BDS measures, also attended. In April, she had filed an official query to the German government, which exposed that Berlin funds the pro-Hamas UNRWA with up to €80 million a year.
At the same time, in light of Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy, I filed a query to the German government with a simple question: “What is the capital of Israel? (Please answer with a place name only).” In his answer, Undersecretary Niels Annen of the German Foreign Ministry needed two pages to explain why he could not answer this simple question.
Now we have begun to look at the influence foreign NGOs such as the Open Society Foundation have on media and politics in Germany, and German funding for anti-Israel NGOs. NGO Monitor has pointed out “large and extensive Open Society Foundation grants to Palestinian organizations such as Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, and Palestinian Center for Human Rights, as well as Israeli political NGOs, including Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, and Adalah. These groups (…) portray Israel as a ‘racist’ and ‘apartheid state’ that commits ‘war crimes.'” (“Bad Investment”, NGO Monitor).
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) have enormous influence in Berlin and Brussels. It is no accident that they are moving to Berlin, of all places, after Viktor Orbán’s government forced OSF out of Hungary. On March 15, 2018, the Jerusalem Post quoted Balázs Dénes, executive director of Berlin-based, Soros-funded Civil Liberties Union for Europe, boasting of “influencing the German government and the Foreign Ministry of Germany”.
One of the first Open Society organizations in Europe was the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), whose representatives are not shy about voicing their anti-Israeli sentiments. Former ECFR MENA program director Daniel Levy has referred to BDS as “a legitimate and non-violent form of protest against an illegal and inhumane policy of occupation.” ECFR Programme Coordinator for Israel/Palestine Hugh Lovatt has called the killing of settlers “a symptom of deeper issues caused by Israel’s policy of occupation.” ECFR researcher Jose Ignacio Torreblanca calls Israel an “apartheid” state, according to NGO Monitor.
The fact that Soros groups are funding anti-Israel organizations is no secret. But this news on the German government’s funding of anti-Semitic groups is very concerning.
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