American employees of Politico, that has recently went in to the hands of German publishing giant Axel Springer, will not be mandated with signing the company mission statement pledging support of Israel, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The German company named after the journalist who founded it in the 1940s, which owns some of Europe’s most-read publications including Die Welt and Bild, has long been a staunch supporter of Israel.
It allegedly demands that all its European employees sign a pledge in support of Israel and, as it can be read on the company’s web-site, the second of its five core principles reads, “We support the Jewish people and the right of existence of the State of Israel”.
German publishing powerhouse headquarters even raised an Israeli flag in May as a show of support during the strongest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza while its CEO Matthias Dopfner pointed that any employee that dislikes the move should look for a new job.
Axel Springer has allegedly paid more than one billion dollar to buy Politico with Dopfner saying that the purchase cemented the company’s American future.