THE TURBULENT HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Or …. how this glorious Holiday almost wasn’t …..

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Clara Zetkin and International Women’s Day

By Naomi Zeveloff  FOR

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Clara Zetkin (left) with Jewish Marxist Rosa Luxemberg in 1910 // Wikimedia Commons

Today is International Women’s Day. Two German women, Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz, first proposed the holiday in 1910 at the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen. A year later, the holiday was celebrated for the first time. Neither woman was Jewish, but Zetkin, a member of the German parliament, was called a Jew by members of the Nazi press who wanted to prevent her from speaking at a government event.

According to a 1932 article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

Ignoring the fact that Clara Zetkin, veteran Communist, is of Aryan stock, the Nazi press here calls her a Jewess and seeks to make stock from this fact for its propaganda, in connection with the possibility that, as the oldest member of Parliament, she may open the new Reichstag sessions in accordance with tradition. While the “Vossische Zeitung” insists that Clara Zetkin is of Aryan descent, and while it is known that her husband was a Jew, and not she, the “Angriff” writes: “Zetkin was never attached to Germany which is small wonder considering that she is not German, but a Jewess. We therefore ask whether it is to be tolerated that such shame be imposed upon the German nation as permitting a Jewess residing in Moscow and obeying orders from Moscow to open our Reichstag?” The “Voelkische Beobachter” also endeavors to establish that Clara Zetkin is a Jewess and uses the title “Jewish Woman wants to preside over Reichstag.” It is not only the irony of fate but symbolic that a Jewess from Moscow should open the Reichstag, the “Beobachter” asserts, expressing the hope that this Reichstag will be the last.

Read more about Zetkin here.

MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO OF THE YEAR ~~ GOING VIRAL ON THE NET

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In THIS report you will find International responses to the photo in question ….
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Read HERE how the shadow ‘overshadowed’ Merkel’s visit to Israel ….
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The use of nazi symbols is illegal in Israel unless they are used on the face of the German Chancellor ;)

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All of these things make a Merkel-Hitler comparison awkward — so much so that, instead of just calling it “Picture of the Year,” we might do better to call it “Embarrassing Picture of the Year.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu casts Hitler mustache on Angela Merkel / Marc Israel Sellem

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The Lesson of Angela Merkel’s Hitler Mustache

By Sigal Samuel FOR

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Ah, the hazards of light and shadow.

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a press conference today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he didn’t mean to point his finger in a way that would cast upon her face a distinctly Hitler-mustache-like shadow. But point he did — and Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem captured the moment in a photo that’s now gone viral.

The image has unleashed a tidal wave of laughter, praise and puns. BuzzFeed ran it under the tongue-in-cheek headline “There Is Nothing Strange About This Photo of Angela Merkel — And You’re Crazy If You Think Otherwise.” Gawker’s headline joked that “Angela Merkel Did Nazi This One Coming,” engendering a slew of comments like “Something’s not Reich here” and “Heil get you every time.” Inhabitants of the Twittersphere have been busy nominating it for “Picture of the Year,” while the photographer’s personal Facebook page has been inundated with back-slapping comments from friends (“Congratulations!” “Bravo!”).

But the photographer himself, and his employer, seem to be taking an altogether more bashful approach. Sellem initially uploaded the photo to his Facebook page, but then deleted it, according to BuzzFeed. The Jerusalem Post has said that it will not use the photo, with reporter Lahav Harkov taking care to clarify that the image did not (despite appearances) get posted to the Jerusalem Post’s Facebook page, and tweeting in quick succession:

See Tweets at LINK

There’s a whiff of embarrassment and defensiveness about these remarks — and that’s probably just as it should be. Looking at this photo, you can’t help but laugh. But you also, well, kind of cringe.

Likening Merkel to Hitler — even accidentally and non-verbally — is especially cringe-worthy given what a conciliatory posture the German leader has taken towards world Jewry, the State of Israel, and even Netanyahu’s right-wing government. She took time out of her election campaign to pay her respects at the Dachau concentration camp. She called for the people of Germany to show “civil courage” in the fight against anti-Semitism. She said that a boycott against Israel is “not an option.” She even came out in support of Netanyahu’s controversial demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish, calling that recognition “critical.”

All of these things make a Merkel-Hitler comparison awkward — so much so that, instead of just calling it “Picture of the Year,” we might do better to call it “Embarrassing Picture of the Year.”

The Jerusalem Post is right not to run such a photo. And their staff members are right to be (or at least publicly act) a bit bashful about the whole thing.

But, of course, the good sense they’re showing means almost nothing in practice. The image is out there, flooding news sites, social media sites, and even Getty Images. The sad fact is that today will be remembered not as the day a German leader received Israel’s highest civilian honor — oh yes, amidst all the laughter, did you not hear that Merkel received the Israeli Presidential Medal of Distinction from President Shimon Peres? — but as the day she was likened to her most notorious countryman.

Ironically, while accepting the medal from Peres, Merkel herself saw fit to bring up that countryman’s ignominious legacy. “In light of Germany’s responsibility for the tremendous suffering of the Jewish people in the Holocaust, receiving this award today is something of a miracle,” she said.

In other words, she acknowledged that the shadow of the Holocaust looms long and large over Germany’s relationship with Israel. Apparently, she just didn’t realize how literally that phrase applies.

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See the photographer’s response at The Jerusalem Post

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DesertPeace’s response … If the mustache fits, wear it!

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This even made it to YouTube

THE DEFAULT HOLOCAUST

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Tonight at sundown, Israel will mark what is known as Holocaust Memorial Day. If you Google the word ‘Holocaust’, THIS is what you will find on Wikipedia.
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Merriam-Webster offers the following definition …

Definition of HOLOCAUST

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: a sacrifice consumed by fire
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: a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire <a nuclear holocaust>
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a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II —usually used with the
b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide
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Wikepedia has no mention of other holocausts that took or are taking place throughout the world. Yes, what happened to the Jews of Eastern Europe is a crime that is totally unforgivable, but there are others that suffered the same fate during that black period in history…
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The following is a listing of non combatants that were killed during the holocaust; (From)
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Ukrainians      5.5 – 7 million
Jews (of all countries) 6 million +
Russian POWs    3.3 million +
Russian Civilians       2 million +
Poles   3 million +
Yugoslavians    1.5 million +
Gypsies 200,000 – 500,000
Mentally/Physically Disabled    70,000- 250,000
Homosexuals     Tens of thousands
Spanish Republicans     Tens of thousands
Jehovah’s Witnesses     2,500 – 5,000
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Yes, the holocaust must be marked and remembered, but more importantly the message learnt from it must be remembered as well …
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NEVER AGAIN!
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Yet, it continues right here in the land of Israel as can be seen in the following photos… photos that were not shown to President Obama when he recently visited Yad Vashem, The Hall of Remembrance in Jerusalem …
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      Germany 1940          Israel Today

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Gunter Grass boldly penned his feelings for the world to see recently ….
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Notice that the video has been removed from YouTube,but the words remain on this site …
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What must be said
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Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
Our generals have gamed it out,
Confident the west will survive.
We people have not even been considered.

What is this right to “preventive war”?
A war that could erase the Iranian people.
Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
Who have the Bomb.

Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

We all know these things
Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
anti-Semitic
hateful
worse

Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
As we deliver yet another submarine.
As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?
Because I’m German, of course.
I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

Why did I wait to say it until now?
And write these words with the last of my ink?
Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
Because it is true and it must be said,
Tomorrow will be too late.

We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
Through the weapons we have sold
We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

It must be said. I won’t be silent
I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
Please shed the silence with me,
The consequences are all too predictable.
It’s time to demand free and permanent control
of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
enforced with international supervision.

It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
And we too, will survive.

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Yes, the silence must end for all of us. Yes, the holocaust must be remembered, BUT YES …. it must never be allowed to happen again,

TO ANYONE!!

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In loving memory of all who perished at the hands of evil …

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PHOTO ESSAY // GHETTOS THEN AND NOW

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DISAGREEING WITH ISRAEL = ANTI-SEMITISM

Wiesenthal Center won’t back down …
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to back down from its decision. “Just because he is a journalist, we are not giving Mr. Augstein license to say what he wants and to hide behind journalistic integrity,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the center, adding, “His statements are incorrect and baseless.”
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Perhaps it’s the Center’s ‘Hate List’ that is baseless … even the Central Council of Jews in Germany seems to think so.
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 Augstein published articles in support of the German poet and Nobel laureate Günter Grass, after he was denounced for being an anti-Semite last year when he published an anti-Israeli poem in which he claimed that Israel was a danger to world peace, Der Spiegel reported. Augstein wrote in an article that Grass was correct in his assessment and that he should be thanked for it. He wrote of the Iranian nuclear program that “no one knows whether or not Iran was working toward such a bomb.”
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Inclusion of German journalist on anti-Semitic rhetoric list stirs criticism

Central council of Jews in Germany and others defend Jakob Augstein, who was ranked ninth on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric.

By Ofer Aderet
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Jakob Augstein
Jakob Augstein Photo by xtranews.de
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What do Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, British soccer fans, a Brazilian cartoonist and a Ukrainian party all have in common? They are included in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s annual list of “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs”, released last week.

While no one raised a voice of dissent over the inclusion of Ahmadinejad in the ignominious list, voices are being raised in Germany in opposition to the inclusion of one person on the list: journalist Jakob Augstein, editor of the weekly Der Freitag and a columnist for Der Spiegel’s online edition.

Augstein, step-son of Der Spiegel’s owner and founder Rudolf Augstein, was placed ninth in the list of top ten anti-Semites due to his anti-Israeli views. This wasn’t viewed favorably by many Germans, Der Spiegel reported. Some have called for a distinction to be made between holding anti-Israeli positions and espousing anti-Semitic views, expressing astonishment at his inclusion in the list for merely opposing Israeli policies.

The report released by the Simon Wiesenthal Center cites a number of quotes aimed at explaining why the center decided to include Augstein on the list. For example, the report quotes Augstein as saying of Gaza that “Israel incubates its own opponents there.” Referring to its relationships with U.S. presidents, Augstein wrote that “the Netanyahu government keeps the world on a leash with an ever-swelling war chant.” The report also cites Augstein as writing that “Jews also have their fundamentalists, the ultra-orthodox Hareidim,” who are “cut from the same cloth as their Islamic fundamentalist opponents.” On one occasion, he said of the Israeli government that it was insane and unscrupulous.

In addition, Augstein published articles in support of the German poet and Nobel laureate Günter Grass, after he was denounced for being an anti-Semite last year when he published an anti-Israeli poem in which he claimed that Israel was a danger to world peace, Der Spiegel reported. Augstein wrote in an article that Grass was correct in his assessment and that he should be thanked for it. He wrote of the Iranian nuclear program that “no one knows whether or not Iran was working toward such a bomb.”

This list of critical writing has earned Augstein the ignoble place on the Wiesenthal Center’s annual list, to the dismay of many Germans. “The choice of Jakob Augstein for ninth place on the list of the 10 worst anti-Semites is a serious intellectual and strategic error made by the Simon Wiesenthal Center,” wrote, for example, the influential conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Not only has a critical journalist been placed in a group into which he doesn’t belong, the nine other people and groups who have justifiably been pilloried can now exculpate themselves by pointing to such arbitrariness.”

The Central Council of Jews in Germany also defended Augstein. “I never had the impression that what he wrote was anti-Semitic,” Central Council Vice President Solomon Korn said.

Augstein himself responded with a statement that said he respected the Simon Wiesenthal Center, but was sorry that they were defaming “critical journalism” with claims of racism or anti-Semitism, Der Spiegel reported.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to back down from its decision. “Just because he is a journalist, we are not giving Mr. Augstein license to say what he wants and to hide behind journalistic integrity,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the center, adding, “His statements are incorrect and baseless.”

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ZIONISM: DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO YOU?

 The following images were sent to me by Michael Rivero to share with my readers…
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It makes sense to the likes of these few….
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Now look at the following (disturbing) photos to see how zionism is repeating the crimes of history, can you honestly say this makes sense? Yet, these attrocities are supported by the United States government, the European Union and others, even receiving Nobel ‘Peace’ Prizes for that support. Surely this cannot make sense to any rational person.
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GERMANY 1940               ISRAEL 2009

GERMANY PAST AND PRESENT

‘First they came for the Jews’ ……
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Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
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Muslim organizations continue to warn of a growing Islamophobia in Germany. And Islam has been the topic of many political debates. While former German president Christian Wulff and prior, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called Islam ‘a part of Germany’, their statements cause much commotion and hefty criticism from politicians and the public.

Press TV’s Stefan Herrmann reports from Berlin.

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LOOKS LIKE I’M A ‘PART TIME’ ANTI – SEMITE

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New terminology for a new day. The zionist mindset is producing a new lexicon of the English language as we speak.
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The entire Gunter Grass controversy is being dragged out and exploited to its maximum, with new accusations and more finger pointing, but today they reached a new level of idiocy with an OpEd in the Ynet News site; Finally there is the question – why did five major European papers publish an anti-Semitic poem? One must mention that the Italian Repubblica did so, yet published critical articles next to it. The answer to this seems simple because the German Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Spanish El Pais, the British The Guardian and the Danish Politiken are not contemporary mutations of the Nazi paper Der Stürmer. Like Grass, who is a part-time anti-Semitic poet, they are part-time anti-Semitic publications.
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They ask WHY? Maybe because it is the obligation of a real newspaper to report the truth, unlike some of the so called newspapers in Israel. Perhaps also it is important to show the world that ‘even a German citizen’ has the guts to speak the truth about Israel today.
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It looks like I too am a ‘part time’ anti Semite as I as well published the poem in question on more than one occasion, in fact, just in case any of you missed it, here it is again…
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What must be said
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Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
Our generals have gamed it out,
Confident the west will survive.
We people have not even been considered.

What is this right to “preventive war”?
A war that could erase the Iranian people.
Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
Who have the Bomb.

Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

We all know these things
Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
anti-Semitic
hateful
worse

Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
As we deliver yet another submarine.
As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?
Because I’m German, of course.
I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

Why did I wait to say it until now?
And write these words with the last of my ink?
Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
Because it is true and it must be said,
Tomorrow will be too late.

We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
Through the weapons we have sold
We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

It must be said. I won’t be silent
I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
Please shed the silence with me,
The consequences are all too predictable.
It’s time to demand free and permanent control
of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
enforced with international supervision.

It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
And we too, will survive.

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Originally I had no intention of even commenting on the above poem, but when I saw who was the most vocal against it and its author, I had to speak my piece. You can see my original thoughts on the matter in THIS post. I want to emphasise one paragraph from that post as it is the entire crux of the matter; Truth is not anti-Semitism, but hiding or denying it will create same. In reality, Grass is doing his utmost to prevent the spread of anti-Semitism by saying what had to be said.*

From the OpEd; Much can also be learned by looking at Israel’s reactions to Grass’ poem. Why did Prime Minister Netanyahu get involved with a poem, however ugly? Why did Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman do so also? Why did Minister of Interior Eli Yishai declare Grass persona non grata? The poet had not announced any intention to visit Israel. Israel does not usually declare which ones of its many haters will be allowed entry.

 Grass thereupon compared Minister Yishai to former DDR Minister Erich Mielke, who was head of the Stasi Secret service. If Yishai had competent advisers, they could have told him in advance that a politician cannot win a shouting match with an author who can say the most absurd things. The Israeli travel ban also enabled other German politicians to criticize Israel without risking accusations of whitewashing the anti-Semitic poem.

The Israeli government’s reactions illustrated once again the helplessness of the authorities in the propaganda war against the country. Not having analyzed it, nor having understood it, the authorities produce only ad hoc reactions to each new incident.

If there had to be any Israeli reaction at all, it should have been made by a low official who could have said: “When it was fashionable, Grass was a Nazi. When that became objectionable, he hid his past. He revealed it only late in his life, when little harm could be done to him. When it became fashionable to demonize Israel, he published his lies in poetry form.” *

Yes, Grass WAS a nazi … PAST TENSE. But why?? Perhaps to stay out of prison, perhaps to save his own life and those of his immediate family. Do any of us know what we would have done (or joined) had we lived in those horrible, turbulent days? Does anyone dare question the motives of the present Pope, who also happens to be a German? You can read about his early years HERE. On one hand, Grass has written extensively about the horrors of nazism. On the other hand, it is Jewish and zionist groups that defend the Pope’s youthful connections. Why is this? Why is Israel so afraid of the truth that it has to lie to cover it up?*

In the meantime, I personally have every intention of remaining the ‘part time’ anti-Semite that I am as I intend to continue presenting the truth about Israel on these pages.*

Grass is a part-time anti-Semite. He demonizes Israel, yet claims in his poem that he’s a friend of Israel. However false that claim is, no full-time anti-Semite would take the trouble to say it. I can honestly say that I am proud to be in Gunter Grass’ company.*

To read the OpEd in question, click HERE.

ISRAEL’S HATE FEST AGAINST GUNTER GRASS BACKFIRING

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Still another OpEd in today’s Ynet indicates that pulling the victim card doesn’t always work….
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Now, Grass is no longer the story; rather, we are. We again managed to outrage public opinion against us by acting without thinking.
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Israel’s Grass fiasco

Op-ed: Instead of scoring PR points, Israel erred in declaring German writer persona non grata

Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s decision to declare Gunter Grass a persona non grata appeared cynical and populist from the get-go. It was clear that not much time would elapse before the overwhelming support for Israel in the German and global media, and the criticism over Grass’ despicable poem, would turn around as result of our interior minister’s statement.

Indeed, within minutes the dramatic report made headlines on the websites of the world’s leading newspapers. Just as quickly, the surprising pro-Israel atmosphere was replaced by anti-Israel criticism over the decision. And so, the tables have turned.

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Grass’ poem stirred huge controversy, especially in his German homeland, with the writer sustaining harsh criticism from international thinkers and authors. Hence, the problem with Minister Yishai’s decision was the timing.
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Instead of sitting back and taking pleasure in the media and public offensive over Grass’ very problematic statements on Israel and the “danger it constitutes to world peace,” Yishai managed to draw the fire back to Israel. Now, we are the bad boy, who exactly like the Iranians does not respect freedom of expression.
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We could have certainly settled for the harsh reactions issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, instead of acting provocatively and stirring harsh criticism against Israel on the part of public figures, journalists, commentators and politicians in Germany, as happened in the wake of Yishai’s declaration.
Now, Grass is no longer the story; rather, we are. We again managed to outrage public opinion against us by acting without thinking.
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Indeed, some would say that we do not need to apologize to anyone, yet the public relations battlefield is no less important than Israel’s honor and our reaction policy. European public opinion has a dramatic effect on media coverage and the conduct of governments, and as it is, our global situation isn’t fabulous, to say the least. 
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We could have done without this miserable decision, which marked an effort to forcefully shut Grass up. One should not be undermining freedom of speech, and this is especially true in the case in question – after all, it does not appear that Grass had any intention to visit Israel, and now he is merely enjoying more attention.
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If you missed these two posts, they are MUST reads…..

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WHAT MUST BE SAID ABOUT GUNTER GRASS’ LATEST POEM OF THE SAME NAME

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MORE ISRAELIS GOING BALLISTIC OVER GUNTER GRASS’ POEM

MORE ISRAELIS GOING BALLISTIC OVER GUNTER GRASS’ POEM

 Painting by Terry Collett
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Never before have 45 short lines of a poem ruffled the feathers of the Israeli establishment. Never before has a modern day German citizen dared to write those 45 lines, awakening the souls of those good Israelis that will approve of the words once they read them.
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Two days ago the  rightists in the government strongly condemned Gunter Grass for saying what had to be said…
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Today the Hebrew Writers Association called on the world literary community to rebuke Grass’ well chosen and to the point words. The linked report is presented below…
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This entire episode is a perfect example of the old saying, “My country, right or wrong”. In this particular case, Israel has never been wronger by being so right.
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There is not an iota of anti-Semitism in Grass’ words, but the Israeli reactions will surely create some new pockets of that evil hatred where it doesn’t exist. Just read the words, then listen to them on the YouTube presented …. see for yourself why those words had to be said.
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What must be said
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Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
Our generals have gamed it out,
Confident the west will survive.
We people have not even been considered.

What is this right to “preventive war”?
A war that could erase the Iranian people.
Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
Who have the Bomb.

Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

We all know these things
Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
anti-Semitic
hateful
worse

Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
As we deliver yet another submarine.
As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?
Because I’m German, of course.
I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

Why did I wait to say it until now?
And write these words with the last of my ink?
Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
Because it is true and it must be said,
Tomorrow will be too late.

We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
Through the weapons we have sold
We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

It must be said. I won’t be silent
I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
Please shed the silence with me,
The consequences are all too predictable.
It’s time to demand free and permanent control
of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
enforced with international supervision.

It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
And we too, will survive.

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Israeli writers call on international literary community to rebuke Gunter Grass

Chairman of Israeli writers association says the Nobel Prize does not give its recipients immunity and called on Grass to issue an apology.

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The Hebrew Writers Association in Israel on Monday denounced a controversial poem by Nobel Literature laureate Guenter Grass in which he criticizes Israel for threatening to attack Iran. The writers association said it would ask International PEN, a worldwide body of writers, to “publicly distance itself from Grass’ remarks and to come out against all expressions of delegitimization against Israel and the Jewish people.”

“Even before the traces of the swastika on his clothes were gone, Grass joined the crusade against the State of Israel,” the Hebrew Writers Association said in a public statement on Monday, referring to Grass’ days as a member of the Hitler youth and Nazi SS. “Grass should clean his clothes and his past, express remorse for the days when he served in the Nazi Death Army, because his terrible statement cast a dark shadow over all of his writings.”

The chairman of the association, Herzl Hakak, called on Israeli and international writers to denounce Grass and said the Nobel Prize committee should also weigh in on the issue. Hakak emphasized that the Nobel does not give its recipients immunity and called on Grass to issue an apology.

Grass’ poem, “What Must Be Said,” claimed Israel was preparing a first strike to “wipe out the Iranian people” as it attempts to derail Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Eli Yishai is coming under fire from German politicians for his announcement Sunday that Grass would be considered a persona non grata in Israel. A minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s German government has reportedly denounced the Israeli visa ban on Grass as “exaggerated.”

“I cannot imagine that Mr. Grass has any interest in showing up in Israel after the explicit criticism he has faced in Germany,” German Health Minister Daniel Bahr reportedly said in an interview slated to appear on Tuesday in the daily Die Welt.

The minister, who also criticized Grass, was apparently not speaking for the government. He is a senior member of the Free Democratic Party, a junior partner in Merkel’s cabinet. Die Welt issued a summary to other media in advance of publication.

Attacking Grass, Bahr said he was “sad to see that someone who has experienced all the controversies of post-war Germany remains marked by so much prejudice and stubbornness.” However, he called the visa ban an “utterly exaggerated” response,” Die Welt said.

Renate Kuenast, co-leader of the opposition Green Party in Germany’s parliament, rebuked Grass for his refusal to recognize that Israel was threatened by Iran, but she also criticized Yishai’s move to declare him a persona non grata.

“It means everyone will end up discussing the ban instead of Grass’ views,” she told DPA.

Grass has been furiously attacked in Germany over the poem. Early Saturday, someone daubed graffiti on a sculpture in the city of Goettingen commemorating free speech which Grass commissioned and donated. The red paint called on him to “shut your mouth.”

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Our Associate Khalid Amayreh adds the following…
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Gunter Grass is absolutely correct about Israel

German poet and Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass deserves to be applauded for his moral courage, intellectual honesty, and audacity to challenge some of the established taboos pertaining to Israel and Jews.

In a piece of poetry published by a German newspaper last week, Grass, 84, condemned his country’s arm sales to Israel, saying the Jewish state must not be allowed to threaten its neighbors with overwhelming conventional and nuclear weapons.

Thanks to a decades-old western policy of ignoring the development and possession by Israel of weapons of mass destruction, Israel has effectively become the Nazi Germany of the Middle East.

The little-known Israel arsenal of unconventional weapons is widely believed to include, inter alia, hundreds of nuclear bombs and warheads, most of them trained at such Arab and Muslim cities in the Middle East as Cairo , Damascus , Istanbul , Baghdad and Amman .

Israeli officials and propagandists would swear, in the strongest terms, that they are misunderstood and that they are the most peaceful people on earth. But these are mostly oaths of lie and hypocrisy.

The manifest lebensraum policy which Israel pursues in the West Bank, mainly at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians, leaves no doubt as to the Nazi-like bellicosity, proclivity for territorial expansion as well as ideological nefariousness characterizing Zionism, or Jewish Nazism.

The effective and never-exhausted Israeli propaganda machine, which extends from Sydney to California, would cite a thousand red herrings to divert attention from the real thing, that Israel represents the Nazism of our time and that the apartheid state, not Iran, or North Korea or even Satan himself, poses the greatest danger to world peace and stability.

The Zionist mouthpieces of lie and disinformation, which includes seemingly respectable people, like Shimon Peres, Newt Gingrich, and Hillary Clinton, would cry Hamas! Hizbullah! Iran ! Al-Qaeda, ignoring the fact that all these groups and regimes are resultant offshoots, or mere side effects, of Israeli oppression and aggression.

But, alas, honesty and veracity, are never part of being a “good” politician, let alone a good propagandist.

We certainly are not infatuated with Grass’s past, but this should never blind us from seeing the striking truth in his words.

Moreover, I believe that the man stands on a higher moral ground in comparison to his critics from the pathological liar Netanyahu, to the brashly racist Lieberman and Shimon Peres, the hero of the Qana massacre of 1996 in Southern Lebanon.

Do you know that the elderly Peres, who is falsely celebrated as a man of peace and moderation around the world, has not apologized for that gruesome carnage which decapitated the heads and mutilated the bodies of hundreds of innocent civilians whose main guilt was their non-membership in the exclusive Jewish club!!!

Yes, “what must be said” must be said courageously, fearlessly, unhesitatingly and especially unapologetically. The shipyard dogs of Zionism may unleash their stale weapon of anti-Semitism to confuse people and blur the truth.. But, thank goodness, fewer and fewer people around the world are being intimidated by this mythical golem.

The truth of the matter is that there are a thousand evidences vindicating Guenter Grass and corroborating his proclamations about Israel, a pornographically criminal state that threatens the peace and security of humanity.

Israel is the Nazi Germany of our time because it is armed to teeth, seeks territorial expansion, and is hell-bent on ethnically cleansing a helpless people, employing every conceivable criminal and insidious tactic under the sun.

Israel expels people from their homes in order to settle immigrants from distant parts of South America or Russia in these homes. Israel demolishes Arab homes, occasionally right on top of occupants because the occupants happen to be members of a non-kosher tribe. Israel starves and torments millions of innocent people in order to make sure that the holocaust is not repeated.

Israel cuts water from towns and villages and hamlets because the inhabitants are Ishmaelites not Israelites.

Israel rounds up intellectuals and professionals, including poets, doctors, engineers, lawmakers, school teachers and keeps them languishing in Jewish dungeons and concentration camps for years, without charge or trial. And when the helpless victims cry out for simple justice, Israel calls them terrorists!

Three years ago, the Israeli wehrmacht, SS, and Luftwaffe launched a deadly blitzkrieg on the thoroughly blockaded and thoroughly starved people of Gaza, murdering, incinerating and maiming thousands of innocent civilians. The mad rampage, which lasted for 21 days, was compared with the holocaust or fire storms over the City of Dresden in the closing months of the Second World War.

More to the point, the Israel of today is probably more dangerous and more extremist than the Adolph Hitler regime. Then, at least, there was a semblance of a balance of terror in Europe which had a certain restraining effect on Nazi Germany, but in the Middle East of today, Israel is the only country possessing nuclear weapons by the hundreds.

There are certain so-called “experts” in the West who tend to think that Israel is a democratic and rational state, at least in comparison to states like Iran. (I don’t know how a Talmudic state can be truly democratic)

Nonetheless, the truth seems to suggest that Israel is switching menacingly toward Jewish fascism where non-Jews, including millions of Christians and Muslims, are viewed as virtual animals or sub-humans who are only good for serving the master race or Chosen people.

Needless to say, such a racist perception is not rife among merely a marginal group of people, but is rampant among rabbis with millions of followers.

Germany, a country that is still haunted by the specter of the holocaust, is behaving irresponsibly and foolishly toward Israel.

Germany is trying to atone for the crimes of Nazi Germany by promoting and expediting a Nazi Israel. The fate of millions of Arabs and Muslims who could be incinerated in an Israeli-Jewish holocaust against the peoples of the Middle East is not even an afterthought as far as Germany is concerned.

We must proclaim the truth, namely the fact that the kind of callous indifference that characterized the Nazi perceptions toward Jews is now characterizing Germany’s perceptions toward the Arab and Muslim peoples of the Middle East.

Otherwise, how would one explain all these nuclear submarines which Germany keeps donating or selling Israel at bargain prices?

A final point. It is hard to imagine that Germany (and the United States ) doesn’t realize that arming Israel to the teeth with conventional and unconventional weapons will not convince Israel to walk in the path of peace. They know this fact quite well. But such states have long lost the ability to be honest and ethical. Well, one doesn’t have to have a Ph.D. in International Relations of Middle East Politics to know that the more Israel acquires more weapons of death and mass destruction, the fewer propensities the apartheid state will have toward peace with her neighbors.

A PALESTINIAN’S VIEW OF ‘DEMOCRACY’ IN GERMANY

Here is a modern democratic country where free speech and historical examination is open but it is forbidden and punishable to examine the historical record of the Jewish holocaust.
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A Palestinian in Deutchland

By Mazin Qumsiyeh
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At speeds that at one time reached 208 km/hour we drove the length of historic Palestine in about three hours on the Autobahn between Fulda and Munich.  Idyllic villages appeared occasionally between the endless green and fertile fields. I was with three men who had idealism and youth and energy. Six of us had slept last night on floors and couches in the student service center of The University of Applied Sciences in Fulda after a talk to some 50 students and faculty.  Then onto Munich, where I gave a talk to some 100 people.  Tomorrow I go to Berlin, then Stockholm, then Rome. It is strange to be in this land hearing the language that reminded me of my graduate career (I studied German reading as part of my needed skills for the research on mammals).  But it also reminded me that this is the language of all early Zionist leaders The vision of a Jewish state freed from its original non-Jewish inhabitants was articulated so clearly in those early writings and protocols of the World Zionist Congress.  “Die Judenstaadt” by Theodore Hertzl remains a classic. Ironically, the fastest growing Jewish population in the world today is right here in Germany.  I wondered why among those prospering in Germany of all places cling to the lies of Zionism. But Germany is a land of contradictions.

It is not only a contradiction between the modern reality of today and the horrors of WWII.  Here is a modern democratic country where free speech and historical examination is open but it is forbidden and punishable to examine the historical record of the Jewish holocaust. Here where the economy is booming and the country beautiful but the government seems content to obey whatever is dictated by the US state Department (itself obeying orders from Tel Aviv).Here where the lessons of violations of human rights are learnt well but exceptions are made for the massive violations of human rights of millions of Palestinians.   In my answer to a Zionist at Fulda, I stated that he is engaged in Nakba denial and that this is just as bad as denial of the Jewish holocaust (a crime in Germany).

In the last few years, I gave talks to tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities around the world.  I had interactions with hundreds of Zionists, many who have worked hard to prevent my appearance but who then had to come and try to make their points.  Not one of those Zionists was honest; their talking points being the same tired ones intended to deflect attention from and not have to deal with facts of ethnic cleansing, colonization and land theft.  How do you justify the largest post WWII refugee population and sleep at night?  The desperate attempts involve regurgitating easily dispelled myths.  In all cases, they try to use and abuse Jewish history in Europe to garner sympathy.  But even this lost its effectiveness as a fig-leaf to cover for war crimes and crimes against humanity directed at a people who had nothing to do with what happened in Europe. Even her in Germany and despite a guilt complex, facts seem to trump the Zionist perfidy.  It is not even possible anymore to hide the Nazi-Zionist collaboration of the 1930s and early 1940s let alone to hide what they did to 12 million Palestinian natives.  It is not possible to hide the fact that Zionists and Jew-haters share the same goal of attributing to Jews what Zionists and their racist apartheid state is doing.  Hence Zionists insist on using Jewish symbols on their racist state. 

People around the world are now aware of how damaging Zionism is and was (including to Jews around the world). How do you justify the fact that a beautiful ancient land was raped and pillaged and cleansed of its natives to be transformed to that last apartheid system on earth? Most know that Zionism is to Judaism what Crusaderism was to Christianity and BinLadism to Islam. What Zionists promised fellow Jews was safety and security but not morality or justice.  But even in this simple promise they lied.  Because, as an ex-Zionist once remarked: a Jew in Tel Aviv today is certainly less safe than a Jew in Berlin or anywhere else in eth world.  So while Zionists try to justify themselves to non-Jews based on myths about the history of Palestine, they try to convince fellow-Jews by using the primal human emotion of fear (in this case of the goyim/gentiles).  But even that emotional tribalism is long outdated.  More and more Jews are seeing that safety and prosperity do not arise from oppressing others or from replacing the small ghettos in Europe with the large ghetto called the “Jewish state”.  Germans had learned the lesson that repression and oppression of others  does not work long term. Other people have learned this lesson.  Zionists will invariably have to internalize this lesson just like many anti-Zionist Jews have internalized it.  Only then will these Jews rise “out of the ashes” (the title of a great book by Jewish Theologian Marc Ellis.

In the meantime, our tasks as Palestinians and all people of conscience is to assess our own roles and expand them to tell truth to power and to engage in resistance to tyranny for example by using boycotts, divestments, and sanctions. That is what the many people I talked to in Fulda, in Munich, and those I will talk to in the next few days in Berlin, Stockholm, and Rome are doing.  As the global intifada unfolds, we collectively shed apathy and reclaim our humanity.

I got interviewed over 8 times in the past week about supposed political developments (speeches and plans to go to the UN).  Questions about what Obama, Netanyahu, and Palestinian “leaders” had to say.  My answers are that what these folks say is very predictable and why would we want to waste time dealing with it.  Netanyahu is a colonialist racist and can only say what all colonialist racists have to say.  Obama is a politician beholden to the lobby and can only try to cajole the lobby as he tries desperately to hide the reality of US hypocrisy and war mongering.  And many prominent Palestinians have given up on the liberation struggle a long time ago and replaced it with the struggle to hold on to their seats.  None of them really take into account people power.    See the article by Ali Abunimah “What happened to Palestinian “reconciliation”?” and especially the three links within them that show how some key leaders of the Palestinian authority (Fatah) had engaged in what would be considered treasonous behavior in other circumstances

Reviews of my book on Popular Resistance in Palestine:
Open letter to the people of Palestine from South African theologian Dr. Farid Esack

THOUGHTS ON GERMANY AND PALESTINE

Thoughts on Germany and Palestine

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD 

The conference in Stuttgart about Palestine was themed “Separated in the past, together in the future”, was sold-out, and had some high powered speakers and lots of energy (1). We listened, spoke, networked, bought each others’ books, ate, hugged, cried, and laughed.  I mostly spent lots of time in thinking; maybe because waiting at airports or because such conferences give us opportunity to reflect or whatever.  Thoughts are a mixed blessing.  In that labyrinth of neurons firing sometimes uncontrollably, we are transported to the past, to the present, to the future, whipsawed by images and stories and sounds and smells.  The one minute I am thinking of my delay of three hours at the bridge to Jordan while Israeli Shin Bet agents scurry around trying to figure out what to do about me.  I reflect on my angered indignation verbalized twice to a young white clean-cut guy (maybe Russian?).  Did I challenge him too much or was it too little?

In visiting Germany one cannot help but reflect on history.  The thoughts are transported to periods before I was born, periods in history and facts I have read and verified and contrast it with myths that are taught daily to unsuspecting publics. Germany lives in the modern presence but the mist of a heavy and dark past moves all around sometimes getting thick and blurring visions.  Some people pump such smoke trying to convince Germans and themselves that this is that mist emanating from a relevant past.  We think and speak of how best to explain to Germans that guilt feelings are misdirected.  How do we explain the Nazi-Zionist collaborations and the horrors that happened because of a misunderstanding of what really happened nearly seven decades ago (2).  But most of all I reflect on both how good people can be and how much evil they can do.  After all, what makes an Ilan Pappe, brilliant professor, humanist who shed all his tribal borders and moved to touch his humanity?  And what makes an Ehud Barak, a war criminal with blood of thousands on his hands?

Not in my name is the message that a brilliant Jewish German woman (Evelyn Hecht-Galinski) gave in her speech.  Her clarion voice echoed those of prophets speaking to decadent kings of the past articulating in passionate moral clarity what horror awaits if they stay their destructive course.  As human beings, we cannot choose to stand on the side line while a grave injustice is being committed.  We cannot stand by and watch as Western governments succumb to lobbies and send weapons and money that are used to commit horrific crimes.  As citizens of those countries we cannot be silent.  I listen to Evelyn’s words (translated from German to English) and to the tone of her strong voice and determined looks that penetrate to the hearts of a mesmerized audience.  I think this is what decency and courage look like.

I listen to Ilan Pappe brilliantly articulating in very simple and common language what the underpinning of this “issue” is about (that it is a simple colonialism and racism, nothing special other than the success of propaganda in drowning this fact with much mythologies, lies, and nonsense).  He explains how we are allowed to criticize specific Israeli policies like attacks on Gaza etc but we are not allowed to criticize the ideology (Zionism) behind these policies.  We must move from dealing with the symptoms rather to deal with the etiology. He mentioned how Zionists themselves for decades used terms like Hityakvut (to colonize) to describe their activities which amounted to creating a state by destroying a country (his book “the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” remains a classic).  But my mind wonders back to olive trees being uprooted in Al-Walaja.  My thoughts are wandering all over the map.  Feelings of moral outrage, mix with memories of childhood playing in hills that was not yet infected with colonies.

I listen to my friend Dr. Haidar Eid describe life in Gaza and could only think about the absurdity that he is less than two-hour drive from where I am but that I could only get to meet him face to face for the first time thousands of kilometers away in Stuttgart, Germany of all places.   It is not fair that he is imprisoned in the concentration camp with 1.5 million prisoners whose only crime is that they are not Jewish and as such were ethnically cleansed and occupied. Haidar’s years in South Africa gave him the ability to really understand similarities and differences of our “hafrada” (Hebrew for segregation) with “Apartheid” (Afrikaaner for segregation).  Ali Abunimah’s articulate description of where we are with the BDS movement and the media struggle in the US complements nicely our talks about life and struggle in Palestine.

Felicia Langer was there. She served for decades as an Israeli lawyer trying to defend Palestinian political prisoners in kangaroo courts of colonial apartheid.  I think that the image of her and me and Haidar on the stage is an image of what the future of an inclusive democratic state will be like.

I listen to my friend Lubna Masarwa who verbalized better than any of us the moral indignation that is right and urgent.  She says “we are struggling as Palestinians, we are tired and we want you to do more..it is urgent and the world keeps letting Israel commit massacres and continue its ethnic cleansing practices..why…enough is enough..we are fed up..” My thoughts here bounce across in a room full of dark walls trying to think of why the disease of apathy is so hard to cure among humans.  Silence and indifference while injustice and war crimes are being committed is not just some distant historical episode but a brutal living reality.  Children in Auschwitz seven decades ago and children of Gaza and Sabra and Shatila today are after all still children.  Their eyes and their suffering may be ignored by most of humanity but their truth will penetrate deeper than any fog of mythology.  It can no longer be said by anyone in the age of the internet that “we did not know.”

I talked about Popular Resistance in Palestine (the subject of my just published book) and explained in as simple a language I could what it means to live here and struggle here and love.  I explain that we are in this all together (humanity) and that this is not just a struggle by and for Palestinians.   Summarizing 130 years of resistance is not easy.  At the conference there is really little time, everyone wants to talk to us, to get a book signed, to exhange cards, to hug…

The organizers did a masterful job.  I stayed with a  wonderful Palestinian host (Anton).  Two of the key organizers also spoke about the plight of the Bedouin communities in the Negev.  Attia and Verena Rajab (and their young son who also volunteered) epitomize kindness and hard work but also of love that should be the model for all of us.

More can be said about this conference but ultimately, I say Lubna said it well “enough talk, time for action.”

Notes:

 

1 For conference information and resources, see and

 

 

2 Menachem Begin became prime Minister of Israel and many boulevards are named after him. This is a guy who admired fascists and Nazis and even modeled his group’s uniforms and goose-steps after them. His groups sent a letter to Nazi Germany seeking alliance   Einstein and others wrote in the NY Times about Begin’s group: “Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the Emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.” -See also “FDR, Ruth Gruber and me: Zionists stymie WWII rescue plan,” by Ronald Bleier October 2006


- There is also “Escaping Auschwitz: A Culture of Forgetting” by Ruth Linn, Cornell U. Press, 2004. It’s about Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler who escaped from Auschwitz in 1944 and gave detailed information to the Jewish Council of Slovakia that could have saved a large proportion of the Hungarian Jews who had not yet been deported. But the Jewish Council suppressed the information in order to get a trainload of their own (Zionist) people out and aided in the death of 437,000 Hungarian Jews. A summary about Hungarian Jews is found in “Kasztner’s List: Zionist collaboration in Hungary”

-See also Bauer, Yehuda, Jews for sale?: Nazi-Jewish negotiations, 1933-1945, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1994.

- I urge everyone to also read Lenni Brenner’s book “51 Documents: History of Nazi-Zionist Collaboration”.

- There are also data in my book chapter 6

- Hajo G. Meyer, 83 yo survivor of the concentration camps wrote me a note once:  “Are you aware that besides the Ha’avarah agreement the terrorist and murderer Avraham Stern had written to the Nazis on January 11th 1941 to fight with his Irgun forces together with the Nazis against the British! That is, I think, still stronger stuff.”

- And finally, the leadership of the Yishuv and the Zionist movement did sign a shameful deal with the Nazis “The Transfer Agreement” (see the book by Edwin Black with that title).

THE PHOTOS NO ONE SHOWED TO OBAMA

Netanyahu for sure didn’t bring along this album….. strangely enough, neither did Abbas on his last visit. Seems that President Obama never saw these….

Maybe it’s time…..

NOT A WORD NEEDS TO BE SAID….. THE PHOTOS SAY IT ALL


GERMANY 1940               ISRAEL 2009-2010

WITH ‘FRIENDS’ LIKE ISRAEL, DOES GERMANY NEED ENEMIES?

“Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,”

Israel bars German minister from Gaza

‘Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,’ says aid minister Dirk Niebel.

German Development Aid Minister Dirk Niebel was denied entry into the Gaza Strip during his current visit to Israel, German officials said Saturday evening.

A ministry spokesman said talks had continued to the last moment with Israeli officials over Niebel’s aim to visit the Palestinian areas.

German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel,  Afghanistan, April 4, 2010 German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel, Afghanistan, April 4, 2010
Photo by: Reuters

Niebel, who arrived in Israel earlier Saturday, had hoped to visit a sewage treatment plant being financed with German development aid.

Speaking on the second German TV network ZDF program”heute” (today) Saturday evening, Niebel expressed his anger about being denied entry.

“I would have wished for a clear political signal would be sent for an opening and for transparency,” said Niebel, of Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).

“Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,” he added.

Niebel said that Israel’s latest announcement on easing the Gaza blockade was “not sufficient” and that Israel must “now deliver” on its pledge.

Beyond that, the government in Jerusalem should be “clear about how Israel, within an international context, wants to cooperate with
its friends in the future as well,” the German minister said.

Earlier Saturday, the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that the German parliament is to issue a cross-party demand that Israel allow humanitarian aid to reach the Gaza Strip by sea.

According to the newspaper, a motion opposing Israel’s blockade of Gaza had the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government coalition parties, as well as the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and the Green Party.

“The living conditions for the civil population in Gaza must urgently be improved,” the motion reportedly stated.

“Israel’s Gaza blockade is effectively a blockade of the United Nations,” the Greens’ foreign spokeswoman Kerstin Mueller told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, adding: “This is unacceptable.”

Mueller said Israel had to give the United Nations sea access to Gaza, so aid could be delivered “quickly and unbureaucratically.”

The motion reportedly calls upon the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to facilitate negotiations between Israel and the UN.

Earlier in the week, Israel decided to ease the blockade – which intensified after Hamas took control of the Strip in June 2007 – following international uproar over the May 31 Israeli navy attack on a flotilla of unauthorized aid to the Gaza strip, which left nine activists dead.

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