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German Mogul Message To Employees: Find A New Job If You’re Anti-Israel, Don’t Stand Against Antisemitism

Mathias Doepfner, chief executive officer of Axel Springer SE, pauses during an annual news conference at the company’s headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Axel Springer bought a 15% stake in Axel Springer Digital Classifieds JV from General Atlantic for cash, Doepfner said. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The CEO of a German media giant had a very pointed message for employees who complained that the company raised the Israeli flag outside their offices to show solidarity with the Jewish people and Israel as antisemitic demonstrations unfolded last month, saying that they should find new jobs.

The remarks by Axel Springer SE CEO Mathias Döpfner were made during a meeting last Thursday for the company’s 16,000 employees where he addressed complaints from some employees that the company had raised an Israeli flag outside company headquarters in Berlin.

“I think, and I’m being very frank with you, a person who has an issue with an Israeli flag being raised for one week here, after anti-Semitic demonstrations, should look for a new job,” Döpfner said. “After these weeks of terrible antisemitic demonstrations, we at our building headquarters raised next to the European flag, and the German flag, [and] the Berlin flag, said let’s raise for 1 week the Israeli flag as a gesture of solidarity. We do not accept this kind of aggressive antisemitic movements.”

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Berlin-based Axel Springer is the largest digital publisher in Europe, which owns Bild, Die Welt, Business Insider, Politico Europe and many other news brands, as well as Israel’s largest classified ads website, Yad2. …

Axel Springer put the Israeli flag up in front of its headquarters in May, following antisemitic displays at pro-Palestinian demonstrations across Germany, including marches to synagogues, shouting slogans against Jews, attacks on Jewish institutions and the burning of Israeli flags.

Source: https://www.dailywire.com/news/german-media-giants-message-to-employees-find-a-new-job-if-youre-anti-israel