The German press agency DPA apologised on Tuesday after publishing in an article ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump that important Jewish donors catapulted Trump into the presidency.
Daniel Killy, a spokesman for the Hamburg Jewish community, told The Jerusalem Post that “It’s not a statement of the neo-fascist NPD Party. It’s the German Press Agency spreading ‘Jewish lobby’ and other antisemitic clichés – truly unbelievable!.”
The Hamburg-based DPA wrote, “Trump was elevated onto the throne by influential Jewish party sponsors.”
Chris Melzer, a spokesman for DPA told the Post that “the article should not have been published and we regret that.” He added that DPA is working on a new article that “within minutes will be published.”
The DPA article’s focus covered the Jewish background of the Trump administration’s representatives. Critics say the article suggested a conspiratorial world view that American Jews are pulling the strings behind the Trump administration.
The report said Trump “installed David Friedman as ambassador to Israel…the son of a rabbi who is known as a hard-liner in questions regarding the Middle East.” It also said Trump adviser Jared Kushner is a “scion of a strictly religious Jewish family” and has decision-making weight with Trump.
The DPA article’s dateline was Tel Aviv and Washington and the report was a joint-by-line dispatch by Stefanie Järkel and Michael Donhauser. Melzer said the reporters were not disciplined.Wednesday, February 15, 2017