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January 17, 2003

This will brighten your day Bank head’s wife loses support following latest anti-Israel diatribe

[...]Anja Meulenbelt, a well-known Dutch author and pro-Palestinian activist who accompanied Duisenberg, called her behavior “unwise” and said she was harming “the cause.” The delegation split up, but later agreed to finish the trip together.

Not surprisingly, Duisenberg’s actions prompted outrage among Jewish groups.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem attacked Duisenberg’s comments, such as the statement that the Germans “never went so far during the Nazi occupation” as the Israelis did in blowing up Palestinian homes.

She “should have educated herself about those violent chapters in Dutch history before making senseless comparisons,” said the chairman [Averner Shalev] of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

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