German MP Michaela Engelmeier is working to fight racism and anti-Semitism in Germany and firmly opposes the BDS movement. Engelmeier, who has visited Israel says nothing will stop her from standing strong in the face of anti-Semitism, despite having received multiple death threats.
Engelmeier, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, visited Israel with a member of the German-Israel lobby, Michael Thews this past week.
In wake of the death threats, Engelmeier retorted “They don’t know who they’re dealing with. They don’t know who they’re dealing with. No anti-Semite or Nazi will silence me. The attacks against me only encourage me and prove to me how important my mission is.”
Engelmeier came under fire earlier this year since coming out strongly against a German high school teacher, Christopher Glanz who promotes the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) Movement and has called for a complete boycott of the Jewish State.
Glanz reportedly was quoted that Israel should have been created in southern Germany, among other offences.
Glanz also dictated to his students on Holocaust Remembrance Day that it was not worthy of commemorating since he noted “Israel was committing genocide against the Palestinians.” Glanz teaches 10th grade in addition to entry classes to Muslim refugees.
The National Teachers’ union in Germany at first published his pro-BDS article and added its support to the boycott of Israel. However, it later claimed to reject Glanz’s anti-Semitic views. The union held an investigation into Glanz’s authority and questioned whether as a school teacher, he was at liberty to voice his political opinions to students.
Glanz lashed out at media and was “appalled at the response of the national union, which was influenced by Jewish politicians and community leaders.”
All of this did not faze Engelmeier who claimed she will not give up in the face of anti-Semitism.
Source: Israel Hayom; Twitter
By: Yafit Ovadia