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Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Europe, Iran - Human Rights, Hezbollah, Israel, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

Benjamin Weinthal is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. A widely published journalist based in Berlin, he serves as FDD's eyes and ears in Europe. Benjamin’s investigative reporting has uncovered valuable information on Iran’s energy links to European firms, as well as Hamas and Hezbollah’s terror-finance operations in Europe. He has also examined the growth of the Islamic State in Europe, growing anti-Semitism on the Continent, and neo-Nazism.

Benjamin’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal EuropeSlateThe GuardianThe New RepublicThe Weekly StandardNational Review Online, the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post, and broadcast outlets including the BBC and Fox News. A fluent German speaker, Benjamin has also written columns and articles in the German newspapers Frankfurter RundschauBerliner Morgenpost and Der Tagesspiegel

Benjamin Weinthal is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. A widely published journalist based in Berlin, he serves as FDD's eyes and ears in Europe. Benjamin’s investigative reporting has uncovered valuable information on Iran’s energy links to European firms, as well as Hamas and Hezbollah’s terror-finance operations in Europe. He has also examined the growth of the Islamic State in Europe, growing anti-Semitism on the Continent, and neo-Nazism.

Benjamin’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal EuropeSlate, The GuardianThe New RepublicThe Weekly StandardNational Review Online, the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post, and broadcast outlets including the BBC and Fox News. A fluent German speaker, Benjamin has also written columns and articles in the German newspapers Frankfurter RundschauBerliner Morgenpost and Der Tagesspiegel

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Berlin grapples with Islamists, ISIS vets amid refugee wave

28th January 2016 – Fox News

Berlin grapples with Islamists, ISIS vets amid refugee wave

Benjamin Weinthal

Hundreds of potentially violent Islamic radicals, including at least 50 who have traveled to and from the Islamic State where they took up arms for ISIS, now live in Berlin, a top German law enforcement official told FoxNews.com Wednesday. more...

Analysis & Commentary

16th June 2016 – Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Leading German bank shuts down anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

What should be first of its kind, a leading German bank has shut down an account connected to the anti-Israel boycott campaign — also know by the acronym of BDS. Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank, closed the account of anti-Israel and pro-BDS website “Der Semit”. more...

14th June 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Second largest German bank shuts anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

In the latest of a series of similar account closures by international banks, German bank Commerzbank has shut down a boycott Israel account, the first action of its kind in that country, The Jerusalem Post has learned. more...

13th June 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Should there be a new push to outlaw all of Hezbollah in the EU?

Benjamin Weinthal

A US Congress hearing on Wednesday spotlighted Hezbollah's role in an international narcotic trafficking operation that enables the Lebanese Shi'ite group to advance its terrorist goals. more...

8th June 2016 – New York Daily News

Kudos to Cuomo for leading the way on BDS

Benjamin Weinthal

Gov. Cuomo’s issuance Sunday of an order banning New York State’s executive branch from doing official business with companies that participate in the boycott of Israel is the opening salvo in a campaign that can turn the tide on European hostility toward the Jewish state. more...