A mamzer in more ways than oneLeftist anti-Semitism represented by Jakob Ausgstein (pictured above), a columnist for Germany's Der Spiegel.
"That is shameful,"said Hadas-Handelsman of Augstein's comparison between the Gaza Strip and a concentration camp. The Israeli ambassador gave a wide-ranging interview on Saturday to the daily Rheinische Post, a regional paper in Düsseldorf.
When asked whether Augstein is an anti-Semite, Hadas-Handelsman said he could not delve into the psyche of anti-Israel authors and journalists like Guenther Grass and Augstein to determine if they are anti-Semites.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center included Augstein on its 2012 top-10 list of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slurs. Augstein termed Gaza a "camp" which evokes in a German language context a Nazi extermination camp. He also said, "Gaza is a place out of the end of times... 1.7 million people live there on 360 sq. kilometers. Israel incubates its own opponents there."
In this week's Spiegel magazine, which Augstein partly owns, he admitted, "With the word 'camp' I definitely went too far." However, he defended his criticisms of Israel for delivering marching orders to the US and German governments and as the country endangering world peace. He also attacked Israel in new terms during the interview by comparing the Jewish state to the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. He said he has never been to Israel and said he would not visit.It's refreshing to see another Israeli diplomat who seems to 'get it.' So many others unfortunately don't and still believe anti-Semitism emanates mostly or entirely from the Right.
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It turns out that Augstein is a mamzer in more ways than one. See details here.