(JTA) – Ben Smith hid an important nugget deep in his latest New York Times article, on the Billion Dollar Sale of Politico: The Magazine’s New Owners and News Site, the Mighty House German edition Axel Springer, will not need its newly acquired American employees. to sign the company’s mission statement pledging Israel’s support. Axel Springer, named after the journalist who founded it in the 1940s, has long been a staunch supporter of Israel. On its website, the second of the company’s five core principles reads: “We support the Jewish people and the right to exist of the State of Israel. ”
The company, which owns some of the most widely read publications in Europe, including Die Welt and Bild, apparently requires its European employees to sign a pledge in favor of “the transatlantic alliance and Israel, among other privileged values. “, according to Smith’s report. . In May, during the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the company’s headquarters hoisted an Israeli flag in support. In June, Matthias Dopfner, CEO of the German company, reportedly said: “I think, and I am very frank with you, a person who has a problem with an Israeli flag being hoisted for a week here, after anti-Semitic demonstrations, should look for a new job, ”he said, quoted by Israel Hayom.
Main photo: Mathias Doepfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, at the opening of the Axel Springer Prize ceremony webcast on Thursday March 18, 2021 (Bernd von Jutrczenka / dpa via AP, Pool)