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JERUSALEM – The 10 million members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and Jewish veterans in the United States have joined the Israel Defense Forces in issuing an unprecedented scathing rebuke to a German official for his comments on the late Major General British Orde Wingate, a WWII hero and Israeli Icon.
Michael Blume, the bureaucrat in charge of combating anti-Semitism for the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, has repeatedly called decorated war hero and deeply religious Christian Wingate a “criminal of war” and “British murderer”.
Asked about Blume’s attacks on Wingate, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht told Fox News Digital, “Orde Wingate’s spirit and disruptive thinking inspired the founding fathers of the IDF, and he is deeply admired to this day.”
Christians United for Israel Action Fund President Sandra Hagee Parker told Fox News Digital: “Given his history of anti-Jewish bigotry, the fact that Blume is allowed to stay in his current role is an embarrassment to the German people and laughs at the fight. against anti-Semitism. Mr. Blume is obviously an anti-Semite who should be fired immediately.
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CUFI is one of the most important non-governmental allies of the Jewish state in America and around the world.
Retired Col. Nelson Mellitz, National Commander of Jewish Veterans of the United States, told Fox News Digital that his organization “celebrates the extraordinary military record of Major General Orde Wingate. As a decorated British Army officer in the 1930s and World War II, Wingate’s service is revered by Israelis, Americans and Britons in the creation of special military units.”
Mellitz served 32 years in the U.S. Air Force and carries on a family legacy of more than 80 years of service to the JWV.
“JWV vehemently disagrees with German Commissioner Michael Blume’s characterization of Wingate as a British war criminal and murderer and urges Blume to resign or Baden-Württemberg officials to immediately remove him from office,” the statement said. Mellitz.
“Wingate’s legacy continues with streets and squares in Israel named after him, as well as the Israel National Center for Physical Education and Sports also named after him. In the United States, Wingate is honored to be buried in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in Va. These lasting tributes to Wingate are fitting memorials.
The JWV was founded in 1896 and is the primary organization for Jewish uniformed servicemen and veterans in the United States.
“I have neither heard nor seen Michael Blume’s comments, but I would say that anyone in Germany looking for real war criminals had better spend their time personally examining the over 70,000 Stolpersteins (“Stumbling Stones”) ), small brass plaques affixed to the sidewalk outside the last known addresses of innocent victims murdered in Germany under National Socialist rule,” said military historian Tony Redding, author of “War in the Wilderness: The Chindits in Burma 1943-1944.” “There are many Stolperstein memorials in Baden-Württemberg.”
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Wingate created and led a special unit called the Chindits (officially the “Long Range Penetration Groups”) which waged guerrilla warfare behind Japanese lines in the Burmese jungle. Wingate and nine others were returning from Burma on March 24, 1944, when their USAAF B-25 bomber crashed in northeast India, killing everyone on board.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, a military historian and Wingate expert, told Fox News Digital that Blume “should step down.” Oren, a former deputy cabinet minister to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also served as a paratrooper during the First Lebanon War in 1982.
Leading Israeli and British military officers issued strong criticism of Blume’s anti-Wingate remarks.
“The late Orde Wingate was a groundbreaking military pioneer and commander whose daring raids and tactics are still studied in military schools around the world,” the brigadier-general said. (res.) Amir Avivi, founder and CEO of the Israel Defense and Security Forum (IDSF), told Fox News Digital: “Wingate fought valiantly against oppressors on at least three continents and will forever remain. etched in Israeli memory as a hero.
Avivi, who commanded the IDF’s Gaza Division, said: “Charging Wingate of war crimes is a reprehensible attempt to rewrite history and smear the outstanding legacy of a British officer. This attempt should be rejected outright. military strategy that Wingate embodied – initiative, creativity and a firm belief in the righteousness of our cause.”
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Wingate warned as early as 1937 of the need to stop the Hitler movement’s plan to exterminate the Jewish community of Europe and create a Jewish state.
“We are in a war sooner or later – no hope now to avoid this after the Abyssinian fiasco [Fascist Italy’s conquest of Ethiopia] – please, let’s do something right and honorable before he comes. Let’s redeem our promises to the Jewish community and shame the devil out of Nazism, Fascism and our own prejudices,” he wrote.
Colonel (Retired) Richard Kemp, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan, told Fox News Digital: “Wingate, a highly decorated British officer who was killed fighting for his country in World War II, bravely defended the Jews of Palestine against Arab gangs in the 1930s. He was a committed Zionist, revered as a hero and a friend in Israel, enough to incite hatred among opponents of Israel and Zionism.
“Germany, of all countries in the world, has a responsibility to combat hatred of Jews at all times. is a cause of national shame. . Herr Blume brings shame to Germany and should resign or be fired.”
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The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center listed Blume as an anti-Semite last year for his activities and rhetoric against Jews and Israel.
Fox News Digital sent numerous press inquiries to Blume and Baden-Württemberg Green Party Governor Winfried Kretschmann.