…The book, titled The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity, and Jewish- Arab Partnership, is set to be promoted at the institute on September 7.
Bar-Ilan University Prof. Gerald Steinberg, head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the fact that the German government funds the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation, which promotes the Palestinian campaign linking the Holocaust and the Nakba, is supporting the event, is “very disturbing.”
It highlights “the urgent need for a widespread Israeli discussion and guidelines on the role of foreign funds manipulation the public discourse,” he said.
“In my view, it was wrong for the Van Leer institute to have facilitated the Heinrich Boll Stiftung’s agenda in repeating the Palestinian campaign that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Nakba,” argued Steinberg. “The blatant lack of sensitivity in this project requires a similar review regarding the limits of the organization’s role in Israel,” he said.