Iran critics are calling on a German foundation to cut ties with a board of trustees member who has called for Israel’s destruction.
The Stop the Bomb campaign has called for the ouster of Mostafa Dolyata, Iran’s acting vice minister, from the board of the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation, a German banking group foundation.
According to the campaign, which pushes for stronger sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, Dolatya told an Iranian news agency in June 2010, “We hope that the prophecy of the Imam [Khomeini] regarding the downfall of this regime [Israel] will occur very soon and that we will be witnesses of it.”
Michael Spaney, a spokesman in Germany for Stop the Bomb, said in a news release that “An anti-Semite who welcomes the annihilation of Israel is simply out of place as a board member in a democratic foundation.
Spaney also said that no one who represents a regime that oppresses its own people should be acceptable for a German foundation whose founder was moved by “ethically grounded resistance against a dictatorial, unjust regime,” according to the foundation’s website.
A foundation spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that the foundation would examine whether its longstanding contacts with Iran would continue following the restructuring of the board. Jorg Kronsbein said Mostafa’s anti-Israel comment “was not known” to the foundation” and called it “entirely unacceptable.”