Former PM accused of anti-Semitism
German journalist and author Henryk Broder has accused former Prime Minister Dries van Agt of anti-Semitism18 March 2008
THE HAGUE – German journalist and author Henryk Broder has accused former Prime Minister Dries van Agt of anti-Semitism because of his criticism of how Israel treats the Palestinian people. On television programme Netwerk on Monday Broder called Van Agt "a proper Christian anti-Semite."
Broder says Van Agt uses 83-year-old Jewish Dutchman Hajo Meijer to make his statements "kosher." Meijer, who survived Auschwitz, wrote a book in which he criticised Israel policy of occupation in the Palestinian territories.
Broder says Meijer too is an anti-Semite.
Van Agt said Broder's accusations were "very serious and particularly painful." He says it is a typical method to silence critics of Israel.
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