Controversial campaign motif of the INSM
One could hardly escape the motif: It was printed as a full-page advertisement in large daily newspapers and digitally framed the home pages of many news portals.
On it: Greens boss Annalena Baerbock in a kind of Moses pose - with ten bans that the Greens would supposedly plan.
The campaign of the lobby organization "New Social Market Economy Initiative" (INSM), financed by industry associations, triggered a wave of criticism.
Because many of the supposedly green prohibition plans are not right at all.
But above all because of the portrayal of Baerbock in an oriental robe.
The advertisement alludes to the prophet Moses, who, according to the Old Testament, received the Ten Commandments directly from God and plays a central role in both the Jewish and Christian religions.
Reaction was a long time coming
"A candidate for Chancellor as orientalized Moses who wanted to bring a false state religion over Germany?" Wrote the Baden-Württemberg anti-Semitism commissioner Michael Blume on Twitter and warned against "using anti-Semitic conspiracy myths in the election campaign."
The creators only spoke up five days after the motif was published. The INSM sent a press release on Tuesday. The organization firmly rejects the charge of "using anti-Semitic conspiracy myths". One regrets if personal or religious feelings have been hurt by the report. In the future one will "pay more attention than before that there can be no doubt about our disgust for any form of anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism."
Before that, there was also criticism of the lobby campaign from within our own ranks.
"Personal degradation and the unsuccessful use of Christian symbolism are not appropriate handling in the necessary competition for political content," said the Federal Association of German Employers' Associations (BDA).
“That is not the style of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations.
Social partnership is based on mutual respect. "