Thursday, June 11, 2015

Under Israeli pressure, Germany cancels controversial exhibit


Extract from article:
Israel succeeded in its efforts to cancel a controversial Breaking the Silence exhibition planned to be held in Cologne as part of the official events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Israeli-German diplomatic relations.
The Israeli embassy in Berlin, which coordinates the events held across Germany, was surprised to learn that Cologne municipality had included in its program an exhibit of photos and testimonies of Israeli soldiers alleging human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza. Alongside it, several discussions were planned, devoted to representing the Palestinian viewpoint, according to the embassy. ...
“Our actions proved themselves and we were able to bring about the cancellation of the exhibit,” added the Head of Public Diplomacy at the embassy, Rogel Rachman. “We did so with the help of several bodies which expressed their dissatisfaction of having such an even in this special year. The embassy is marking the jubilee anniversary of German-Israeli relations with an array of events across the country and it's important not to allow unconnected events to be added to them.” ...

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