By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
A chorus of critics in Germany and the US has expressed disappointment with Germany's decision to stick with Durban II.
Journalist Alex Feuerherdt, co-sponsor of the "Boycott Durban II" initiative in Germany, slammed the German government for its willingness to participate in a conference infected with hatred of Israel and Jews. "One does not talk to anti-Semites," Feuerherdt told the Post.
Cooper, from the Wiesenthal Center, said in his 11th-hour appeal to Merkel that "Monday marks the beginning of Durban II and that evening we will gather around the world to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and remember six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. It is inconceivable to stand in silent tribute to six million dead Jews, while simultaneously giving the podium of Human Rights to a Holocaust denier who seeks to eradicate six million live Jews in Israel."
Meanwhile, after the Post reported last month that Dr. Juliane Wetzel from the Berlin Center for Anti-Semitism Research was advising the Foreign Ministry regarding Durban II and did not publicly oppose Germany's participation in the conference, the center's director, Wolfgang Benz, responded in a Tagesspiegel newspaper opinion piece in late March.