Goethe-Institut Cancels Mohammed El-Kurd. But Why Did They Invite Him To Begin With?

The Goethe-Institut is a non-profit German cultural association operational worldwide with 159 institutes, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations.

They had planned to hold a forum on the global Right, curiously featuring antisemitic terror-supporter Mohammed El-Kurd as one of their speakers. Thankfully, they came to their senses and cancelled his participation:

While I am pleased with their ultimate decision, I don’t quite share the enthusiasm of some of my fellow Israel advocates. It perplexes and worries me that they invited him to begin with. He is a one-trick pony – whining about the evil Israelis, aka the Jews, and occasionally threatening us. How does that make him some kind of expert on the global Right? If anything, he shares many of their views about Jews!

Furthermore, stating the reason vaguely as because of his “comments about Israel”, which they find unacceptable, is a vague cop-out. This was an opportunity for them to own their mistake and be specific about his antisemitic and terror-supporting statements.

I sincerely hope this cancellation is the beginning of the end of him being invited and legitimized by respectable institutions. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will be the case anytime soon.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media