As of: 12/29/2021 2:59 p.m.
Every year the Wiesenthal Center publishes its list of the largest anti-Semites in the world. Now the Baden-Württemberg anti-Semitism commissioner Blume can be found on this again. Blume fights back – and gets a tailwind.
For Michael Blume, the anti-Semitism commissioner of the green-black state government in Baden-Württemberg, the allegations that he has made several anti-Semitic statements in the past few years are completely unfounded.
“There is nothing to be said about these allegations,” he emphasized SWR: “I can just say: don’t get distracted!” He has “been besieged, insulted and attacked by a troll for over three years,” continues Blume, “and now this so-called Wiesenthal Center has simply taken over.”
Blume is on the “anti-Semite list”
The background to Blume’s statements is the latest in the worldwide “anti-Semite list” published annually by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. The Baden-Württemberg anti-Semitism officer is in seventh place there: The native Swabian has liked anti-Jewish, anti-Israeli and conspiratorial Twitter accounts and distributed posts since 2019.
Among other things, he is accused of not having called on the city of Freiburg im Breisgau to end its twinning with the Iranian city of Isfahan. In Isfahan, like in almost all larger cities of the Islamic Republic, “Al-Kuds Day” is celebrated every year at the end of the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan, an action introduced by Ayatollah Khomeini in which the state of Israel is officially hounded against.
In the meantime, Blume has received support from several sides. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann emphasized that there was no reason to doubt the integrity of Blume and called the allegations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center “incomprehensible and highly disconcerting”.
Blume also receives support from the Israelite religious communities in Baden and Württemberg, who once supported his appointment as the state’s anti-Semitism commissioner. In a joint statement they call him a bridge builder and the anti-Semitic allegations “monstrous”.
Unobjective wooing attention?
In conversation with the SWR Blume criticized the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Simon Wiesenthal himself has a good reputation. But the center in Los Angeles, which he was not involved in founding, misuses his name:
It has been the case for years that people have been attacked – Germans, British and immediately – just to get that attention.
That is why he speaks of the “so-called Wiesenthal Center”. And Blume emphasized: “I cannot imagine that the real Simon Wiesenthal would have liked such actions.”