An Arab-German trade group headed by prominent German political figures has come under suspicion of participating in a boycott of Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.
“How does the federal government assess the [Arab-German Chamber of Commerce] practice of issuing a certificate that no work was conducted with Israel [concerning a product for export]?”, asked Volker Beck, a senior Green Party deputy in the Bundestag.
Beck demanded an inquiry into the matter, while posing the question to the Merkel government directly in a letter on Tuesday, about what knowledge the government has concerning a “boycott of Israeli products” by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The CCI had come under scrutiny by Der Spiegel on Sunday, which said that it “is suspected of supporting the boycott of Israeli products by many Arab states.”
The chamber’s new head is Peter Ramsauer, a Bundestag deputy from the Christian Social Union and chairman of the legislature’s economic committee. He served as minister of transport, building and urban development in the second Merkel cabinet.