'Israel is demanding that Germany stop funding the Jewish Museum Berlin, an institution that has educated millions of people about the Jewish culture that the Nazis tried to exterminate.
The museum is one of dozens of cultural and human rights organizations Israel wants defunded because they allow free discussion of Palestine or criticism of Israel’s human rights record
Israel wants the organizations muzzled as a condition of any future German funding.
In a letter to the German government, Israel also demanded that human rights organizations including B’Tselem, the Coalition of Women for Peace and Breaking the Silence receive no German funds.
Israel also wants funding stopped to the renowned Berlinale film festival and the Israeli publication +972 Magazine.
A copy of the seven-page letter was obtained by the German newspaper taz last month.
The letter accuses the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Berlinale of “anti-Israel activities.”
Although it had no letterhead, no addressee and was not signed, a German government spokesperson told taz that the Israeli government handed over information to German officials when they discussed support for nongovernmental organizations.
Writing at the World Socialist Web Site late last month, Sybille Fuchs cited reports that the letter was “personally handed over” to German officials by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The letter “bears the hallmark” of NGO Monitor, a right-wing organization that works with the Israeli government to smear human rights organizations, taz notes.
But Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, denied having anything to do with the letter, according to taz.'
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