June 14th, 2010

Demonstration in solidarity with Israel

Cologne – "The vat of hatred that is being poured out against Israel is unspeakable," said the Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Dieter Graumann, at a large pro-Israeli demonstration titled "Fair play for Israel – for truth and solidarity" that took place in Cologne on 13 June 2010. According to a report in the newspaper Die Welt, about 1,000 people gathered in Cologne on Sunday to express their support for the Israeli government's Middle East policy. The demonstration was organised by the German-Israeli Society (Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft, DIG) and the Jewish Community of Cologne in response to international criticism of the Israeli raid on a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships at the end of May in which at least nine activists died and numerous people were injured. The President of the DIG, Dr. h. c. Johannes Gerster, too, spoke of the public's lack of "objectivity and fairness towards Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, that 62 years after its establishment is still being attacked and facing acute danger". (14.06.2010)