Haaretz, Jan 12, 2017

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The American arm of the so-called Quaker Friends Societies, the American Friends Service Committee, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 in general recognition of the humanitarian wartime aid Quakers have provided throughout modern history, but specifically for the role played by AFSC in saving Christians and Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Unlike most Christian organizations, which helped only Christians, AFSC did not differentiate between faiths and thus became one of the most active non-Jewish organizations saving Jews.

The group played a pivotal role in the organization of the well-known Kindertransport, which, until it was halted by the outbreak of war in 1939, transferred 12,000 Jewish children who were living under Nazi ruled to safety in Britain. English Quaker Bertha Bracey, who was instrumental in the Kindertransport, was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, as were more than a dozen Quakers who saved Jews, often at risk to their lives.

But Jewish history is apparently of no interest to the Israeli government. The fact that the Jewish people owe a historic debt to the Quakers in general and to the American Friends Service Committee in particular made little impression on the masterminds who published the list of 20 BDS-supporting organizations that are henceforth barred from entering Israel, unless the Minister of Interior decides otherwise.