CEO Of German Media Giant Takes Strong Stance About Israel

The CEO of a German media company took a strong stance when he released a very pointed statement at his employees who voiced complaints that the company had raised the Israeli flag outside of their main offices in order to show their solidarity with the Jewish people and Israel in response to the wave of anti-Semitic demonstrations that took place this past month. His statement summarized in him saying that if they have complaints about the flags they should start looking for new jobs.

This past Thursday, Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer SE, issued a statement to the company’s 16,000 employees where he talked about complaints that a group of employees pushed about how the company had raised an Israeli flag outside the company’s main 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 stated. “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 anti-Semitic movements.”

As reported by the Jerusalem Post:

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.

Reportedly, Döpfner stated that a few people did not want to work for the company so long as the company flew the Israeli flag and continued on to say that in that case, those people did “not fit the company and its values.”

The company, Axel Springer, was originally founded in the wake of WWII in 1946 in the western German city of Hamburg. The company’s top-5 “Essentials” includes standing up for the people of Israel’s right to exist.

The top-5 Essentials as laid out by the company include:

  1. We stand up for freedom, the rule of law, democracy, and a united Europe.
  2. We support the Jewish people and the right of the State of Israel to exist.
  3. We support the transatlantic alliance between the United States of America and Europe.
  4. We are committed to a free and social market economy.
  5. We reject political and religious extremism and any kind of racism and sexual discrimination.
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