Ko’s Holocaust ‘publicity’ remark sparks criticism

SOLIDARITY: The Taipei mayor said that Israelis are united because of the incident, which they treat as an important opportunity for ‘international education’

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 01, 2019
By: Shen Pei-ya, Kuo An-chia and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has found himself at the center of another controversy after saying that

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is pictured at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.Photo: CNA, courtesy of Taipei City Government

the murder of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany was the “greatest publicity” for Jews internationally.

He made the remark on Wednesday while speaking to reporters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after returning from an official four-day visit to Israel, where he visited Yad Vashem — Israel’s official Holocaust memorial.

He had been invited by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the 33rd International Mayors’ Conference there.

Before embarking on a one-day bicycle journey from Taipei to Kaohsiung yesterday, Ko was asked by reporters if he believed he had misspoken.    [FULL  STORY]

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