German opposition defends ‘strategic’ ties with Palestinian Fatah party

EJP 15 November 2012

The chairman of Germany’s main opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPD), has been forced to fend off criticism from German Jewish leaders following his announcement of the launch of "strategic dialogue” with the Palestinian Fatah party.

Sigmar Gabriel was left confused by criticism by Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, of the group’s decision to publish a joint paper with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, after Graumann told German daily Bild Monday the SPD "should be ashamed” of last week’s paper, which he claimed amounted to linking up with a terror organisation that calls for hatred and agitation against Jews”. (continue reading...)