Germany – Leading BDS activist: Move Israel to Germany


JERUSALEM POST – It would not be absurd to relocate Israel to Baden-Württemberg, embattled German BDS activist Christoph Glanz wrote. The news that Glanz welcomed the idea that the Jewish state should be eradicated surfaced on Thursday in a review of his YouTube comments endorsing a pro-BDS video in 2015.

Alper Çugun wrote in the comments section on YouTube in English: “I always wondered why they didn’t just carve out a piece of Germany and found the State of Israel in Baden-Württemberg” state in southwestern Germany.

Glanz responded in the same language, “an absurd idea? i don’t think so given that it was us germans who perpetrated the genocide of jews in europe. and an israeli artist came up with precisely that idea.”

The school authorities in Lower Saxony have launched an investigation into Glanz because he is a public school teacher in the city of Oldenburg.

When asked about the Israel transfer comments, Bianca Schöneich, a spokeswoman for the school system, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday, “We are examining all accessible information” as part of the legal process.

German teachers are required to remain politically neutral because of their status as members of the civil service.

Çugun told the Post on Friday, “…I had no exchange with that Kushka character other than his reply to my comment.” He also said, “I deleted that comment though [so as] not to be associated with that person and to prevent any future misunderstandings.”

Glanz used the alias Christopher Ben Kushka on the YouTube comments page that contains a video of an interview with Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.

Glanz campaigns across Germany for a total boycott of Israel. Politicians from the Social Democratic Party have labeled him an antisemite and a racist. Glanz called the allegation of antisemitism “absurd.”

His interest in resettling Israelis to Germany mirrors the call of the former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map. Ahmadinejad said in 2005: “If European countries claim that they have killed Jews in World War II… why don’t they provide the Zionist regime with a piece of Europe.”

Ahmadinejad added, “Germany and Austria can provide… two or three provinces for this regime to establish itself, and the issue will be resolved.”

“I have nothing to say,” Glanz told the Post on Friday on the telephone.

He declined to respond to email queries about his alleged antisemitism and his expressed interest in destroying Israel.

Writing on an obscure US-based anti-Zionist website on Friday, Glanz said, “Zionists are effectively trying to shut us up. They won’t succeed.

We are well aware of the harassment going on in other parts of Germany, Europe and the US.”

Critics of BDS say the real aim of the campaign is to dismantle Israel.

Comprehensive boycotts against Israel are advocated by Islamist and Palestinian groups in Germany, as well as by extreme leftists and the neo-Nazi parties NPD and The Third Way.

Glanz has raised eyebrows among educators and antisemitism experts because he teaches a “welcome course” for refugees, many of whom come from countries that are steeped in hatred of Jews and Israel.

The German-Israel Friendship Society in Oldenburg (DIG) is slated to hold a lecture on “Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism in the schools” on Wednesday. Cordula Behrens, an educator with the society, and other experts will present their findings.

  1. #1 by Blake on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    it would be the fair and just solution for sure.

  2. #2 by 5 dancing shlomos on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    back to europe?
    only if the wall is relocated to surround and bound them
    dont forget the water loaded with sewage
    there is an active, fire-breathing volcano somewhere
    dump the squats and their diseased supporters there

  3. #3 by rehmat1 on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    Part of Germany as Jewish Homeland was first proposed by India’s envoy to United Nations, Krishna Menon in 1947.

    Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad said in 2008 that since Germans carried out the Holocaust – a part of Germany should be given to Jews as their Homeland in compensation.

    On November 8, 2012, Dutch daily Telegraaf quoted former Dutch prime minister Dries Van Agt as saying that Jews should have been given a safe homeland in Germany instead of Palestine – as Palestinians had nothing to do with the Nazi Holocaust.

  4. #4 by spring62 on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    Jews in Europe? Please! I do feel sorry for entire Middle East; 60 years of Hell destroyed any progress and possibility of a ‘normal life’. Do we really want the same across the Europe?

  5. #5 by Omar Mohammed on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    As an Arab, I agree. Europe started this mess and they should fix it. That region is still called Palestine to almost all Arabs and Muslims.

  6. #6 by Joe on 09/18/2016 - 9:34

    Why not just send them all to hell. After all, that is their destined eternal “homeland”.

  7. #7 by Cal on 09/19/2016 - 9:34

    The jews already have a place for a ‘homeland’ all for themselves. They’ve had it since at least before WWI. It is the Pale in Russia.

  8. #8 by Tony Rukab on 09/21/2016 - 9:34


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