A German public school teacher and leading BDS activist praised a Facebook photo of a Palestinian using a slingshot to apparently hurl stones at Israelis, prompting calls on Friday and Saturday for his immediate removal from the classroom in the city of Oldenburg, in the state of Lower Saxony.
The Facebook post by the teacher,
Christoph Glanz, was seized upon by his critics in Israel and Germany
as a glorification of Palestinian violence against Israelis and a
“blatant violation” of the German civil service’s legal requirement to
remain politically neutral.His “one-sided verbal, ideological and photographic support of a party
to a conflict, as well as of a stone-throwing man, presents the support
of a criminal act and has already led to the deaths of many Israelis
and serious injuries,” Nathan Gelbart, head of Germany’s United Israel
Appeal and a prominent attorney with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Berlin,
told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday. “Glanz is entirely
unqualified to teach students in a state school,” said Gelbart, who
added that Glanz’s “call for the elimination or ‘resettlement’ of a
member [Israel] of the international community with over 8 million
citizens [and total boycott of Israel]” is a violation of German civil
service law regarding teachers.
The Post reported in October that
Glanz said it would not be absurd to abolish the Jewish state and
relocate Israel to Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany.
Michaela Engelmeier, a Social Democratic deputy in the Bundestag, wrote the Post:
“Unbelievable! This man [Glanz] teaches refugee classes and circulates
antisemitic statements! Who is controlling what Mr. Glanz teaches in
his class? I would, of course, also be interested in knowing if a
disciplinary complaint was issued against Glanz.” Engelmeier called
Glanz an “antisemite and racist” last month.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem and the organization’s chief Nazi-hunter, told the Post that
Glanz’s “place is not in the classroom” and his praise of a
Palestinian slingshot attacker “disqualifies him because of incitement
of violence... the stance he takes encourages violence against innocent
Zuroff said Glanz should be taken at his word that he is not neutral.
posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself standing next to a
stone mural, which depicts a Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh and aiming a
slingshot. Glanz, who uses the false identity Christopher Ben Kushka on
his Facebook page, wrote above the photograph: “feeling definitely not
neutral.” The words on Glanz’s T-shirt in the photograph read “Make
Trouble.” Glanz’s Facebook post was liked 34 times and shared once. It
is unclear if his students read and endorsed the violent post.
Glanz wrote in August on the website BDS-Kampagne that his Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions group is “absolutely nonviolent.”
one case, Palestinian rock-throwers caused a vehicle carrying the
Biton family to crash in 2013, wounding four-year-old Adele Biton, who
died of her injuries in 2015. At least 14 others have been killed by
In a statement published this week on
BDS-Kampagne, BDS Oldenburg, the group Glanz oversees, wrote, “The
accusations against Christoph Glanz are entirely untrue. Legal measures
concerning this matter will be examined.” Post emails to BDS Oldenburg were not returned.
Glanz wrote on a pro-Palestinian website that the allegation of antisemitism against him is “absurd.” Several Post telephone and email press queries to Glanz were not returned.
Tanja Meister, a spokeswoman for Lower Saxony state’s Education Ministry, told the Post on
Friday that the Palestinian slingshot photograph will be “considered
in the context of the examination process” against Glanz. The public
school authority is investigating Glanz for misconduct and stoking
hatred of Jews.
Glanz’s promotion of Palestinian violence is
believed to be the first instance of a German public school teacher
using social media to promote violence against Jews in Israel.
Jörg Rensmann, a member of the German branch of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told the Post,
“Mr. Glanz stands with the BDS movement, which, in Nazi-style, calls
for a boycott of Israeli products and shows connections to Palestinian
terrorism.” Rensmann, who is expert on Israel curriculums in German
schools, said BDS seeks to obliterate Israel.
positions have no business in our schools. If the possibility exists
that such positions are conveyed to our kids in or outside of schools,
there exists a danger that the children will be damaged emotionally,”
Rensmann cited German law holding that every child
has a right to a violence-free education, and that physical or
emotional damage, or other degrading measures, are not allowed. Such
positions are in fundamental violation of “political neutrality,
according to civil service law in Germany. In my opinion, Mr. Glanz
should be permanently discharged from the teaching profession.”
only political parties in Germany that endorse full-blown BDS boycotts
of Israel are the neo-Nazi parties the Third Way and the NPD.
Rolf Woltersdorf, a member of the German-Israel Friendship Society in Oldenburg, told the Post the
Facebook photograph of Glanz shows he is “completely on the side of
the so-called intifada” and he “glorifies and treats as heroic the
violence against the Jewish population of Israel.”
and other members from the friendship society first exposed Glanz’s BDS
activities in Oldenburg. Woltersdorf said Glanz’s activity is
“especially perfidious” in view of the current wave of Palestinian
“Mr. Glanz is a dedicated representative of this [BDS]
antisemitic campaign, which demonizes and defames the Jewish state,”
he added. “In view of the glorification of Palestinian violence, and at
the same time of the demonization of the Jewish state, it is very
questionable to what extent Mr. Glanz is suitable as a teacher.”
Stawski, the editor-in-chief of the media watchdog group Honestly
Concerned that monitors anti-Semitism in the German media, wrote the Post by
email: “Christopher Glanz is a picture-book anti-Semite, both in a
classical sense, as well as in a sense of the so called new
anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism. He gives himself a Jewish name online,
then goes out to smear Jews with the worst blood libels. He
delegitimizes and demonizes Israel and applies a disgusting double
standard to Jews as a whole.”
Stawski, a German Jew from
Frankfurt, added “For him [Glanz] to continue to be employed as a
teacher is an embarrassment for Germany and a disgraceful shame for his
school and the State, which employs him.”