German Jews blast mayor who blamed Israel for refugee crisis

BERLIN – Jena Mayor Albrecht Schröter was the subject of biting criticism after he accused the Jewish state of partial responsibility for the Syrian refugee crisis overtaking Europe.

“Germany must break with restraint toward Israel as an occupying state,” he told the Thüringische Landeszeitung daily, in an interview published on September 18 that was widely interpreted as blaming Israel for the Syrian refugees pouring into Europe.

The mayor, who supports a boycott of Israeli products, was in Ramallah on Friday meeting with Palestinians.


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