Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, says he avoids the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party because of its “highly offensive” stance on the Holocaust.
“I have a very clear opinion on it,” Issacharoff told in an interview. “We don’t have any contacts with the AfD.”
“A number of times their leaders have said things which I regard as being highly offensive to Jews, to Israel and to the whole issue of the Holocaust,” he said.
He said that while many Germans had developed a culture of remembrance towards the Holocaust, that attribute did not apply to the AfD.
Last year, AfD leader Alexander Gauland told a gathering that “Hitler and the Nazis were just a speck of bird shit on more than 1,000 years of German history.” He later said he remark was “misinterpretable and politically unwise.”
In 2017, Bjoern Hoecke, a founding member and leader of the party in the state of Thuringia, demanded a “180-degree” turnaround on Germany’s World War II culture of remembrance.
Hoecke has also caused outrage by using Nazi-era rhetoric and criticising Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.