AS THE OCCUPATION GROWS …… SO DO THE PROTESTS

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces over plans for a new Israeli settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron.

ISRAELI MYTHS THAT DEFY MORAL REALITY

Why does the “Jewish State” always understand how to build on myths that have nothing to do with reality?

The Zionist Regime Defies All Ethical Values ​​and Norms

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

On December 9, 1987, the first intifada began in illegally occupied Palestine in response to the assassination of four Palestinians outside the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza. This fight for freedom has been going on for decades and will not end until Palestine is free. The indignation of the young Palestinians about their hopeless situation has consequently dammed – even after they had long ago noticed that their political leaders did nothing for them, but only appeased and arranged with the occupiers, and more or less under the occupation left their country to their fate. Thus, the desperate Palestinians saw no other possibility than in the refugee camps, in the occupied West Bank and in the annexed East Jerusalem to stand up and fight back. They took control of the neighborhood, barricaded the streets to prevent the penetration of the Zionist occupiers with their vehicles and tanks, who want to break their resistance. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”.

1987: More than 300 Palestinians murdered, more than 20,000 injured

For decades, nothing has changed in this rhetoric. On the contrary, the Jewish “defense army” has always used live ammunition, tear gas and the toughest of reactions against the desperate demonstrators. Palestinians were and are being murdered indiscriminately, including women and children. Those who have experienced these days will never forget that. When the protests were unstoppable, the occupiers reacted with curfews, mass arrests, closures of kindergartens, schools and universities. Houses and farms were destroyed as well as fields and olive groves. Trees like humans were uprooted, denied any building permits on their own land, water sources dispossessed, and illegal Jewish settler hordes attacked stunned and helpless Palestinians.

Already at that time videos were used to prove the asymmetry of the weapons, ie the upgraded Jewish “defense soldiers” against the unarmed Palestinians. At that time, the cry for a Palestinian state was growing louder and louder. While Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) tried to work together with the United Nations from its Tunisian exile, which at that time was as unsuccessful as it was today, a newly formed resistance organization, the Hamas, until today the Gaza Strip, emerged only alternative to the PLO / Fatah. In fact, it was and is the only alternative to the outdated, corrupt West Bank government run by a power-hungry “Vichy-Abbas” Palestinian president. Hamas did the right thing and called on the Palestinians to focus on the basic goals of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, with no scruples and the ultimate goal of liberating Palestine and ending the illegal Zionist occupation. Since then, the US has consistently voted against draft resolutions of the UN Security Council and vetoed them to prevent Israel from being charged with its human rights abuses and the notorious non-compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.

This law-mocking behavior has for decades prevented Israel from being condemned for its ongoing genocide and human rights crimes. It is even more disgraceful that the German Foreign Minister, who allegedly “went into politics because of Auschwitz, does not draw the right lessons from them and does not prevent these crimes against the Palestinians. Instead, he had nothing more urgent to do than prostitute himself in the UN Security Council as the “voice of Israel” for their interests. He has recently voted against a “pro-Palestinian resolution” and called on the Palestinian side to reduce the number of resolutions in the UN’s annual “Middle East Package”. What else remains for the Palestinians under decades of occupation to draw the public’s attention to their threatened situation ?!

Mendacious German politics: White washing of the “Jewish occupation state

Even more vehemently acts the Central Council of Jews (who, according to the picture, “otherwise does not interfere with foreign policy”, but here constantly as a “second representation” of the Israeli government occurs, which of course does not mention this sheet!). Also FDP, “Bild- Hetzkampagnen-Kritik” and especially noteworthy the “Juso criticism” at the Federal Congress, which called on Maas “finally to stand up for fair votes and the ‘frequent condemnation of Israel”, which was “frighteningly high”, to prevent. Everything helped protect the “Jewish Occupying State” and white washed.

Kevin Kühnert in particular is for me the example of misguided German politics. This young SPD “hope bearer” and shooting star, just elected to the party executive, has been attracting attention since 2012 with special “proximity to Israel”, which is always helpful in politics. In 2014, he and the Jusos called for “solidarity with Israel” (the living conditions of the Palestinians living under occupation and great injustice obviously do not interest them), and in April 2018 appeared in the “Jewish General”, the “battle sheet of the Central Council of the Jews”, an article by which Kühnert attacked the then Foreign Minister Gabriel, who had “brought him to incandescence” and welcomed his replacement.

Now he supports and rejoices over his successor AA Maas. He said that he was “very similar to the stance”, which the new Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had already said before his inaugural visit to Israel: “I went into politics because of Auschwitz.” He could sign this sentence of Maas, says Kühnert. For him, too, that had been the most important impulse to make politics. What a shabby understanding of politics, which is not for the observance of human rights for the Palestinian people and against the occupation, but one-sidedly only for Israel. (1) (2)

Netanyahu’s long arm in all parties long since stretched out

If “Auschwitz” were indeed its impulse, then it would have to support all resolutions condemning international and human rights crimes of the “Jewish state”, which are supported by the majority of states. Yes, Kevin Kühnert, with your attitude they are backward-looking and alone at home. The SPD, which becomes more and more unbelievable in its lavaring between right and left and continues to cling to the grand / co-power, is like you hypocritical and hypocritical and will, if she goes on like this, soon land in the single-digit range. But it seems that the long arm of Netanyahu has long been stretched out in all parties and at the cabinet table and is cheerfully pursuing Zionist politics. (2) (3) (4)

No criticism is heard from this Gro / Ko on the arbitrary arrests, released by Israeli human rights groups, last month alone of 374 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 66 children and women. While German media daily complain about Turkish arrests, war crimes and human rights crimes and put Russia on the daily pillory, the ongoing occupation crimes fall under the table. Why are not you even ashamed in the face of decades of war crimes in occupied Palestine as a result of the Holocaust?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is still in power, said last Sunday at a right-wing conference that, after talks with US Secretary of State Pompeo, the time has now come to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and assume that the US recognizes them , And that would legalize all the illegal settlements of “Judea and Samaria” in the occupied West Bank, both those in settlement blocks and those in front of them. They would become part of the “Jewish state” of Israel. The Jordan Valley accounts for about 28% of the occupied West Bank and is home to about 65,000 Palestinians.

Israel: a fanatical terrorist state

On Monday, it was announced that there would likely be new elections on March 2, 2020. Then we experience exactly what everyone feared: there is a prime minister under corruption and a former general, both with blood on their hands. The election forecasts predict a similar stalemate. Palestine has to stay outside again and is not of interest. (5)

Netanyahu has recently summarized the history of the “Jewish state” in one sentence: “These European countries should be ashamed. Did not learn anything from history? They allow a fanatical terrorist state to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, leading to a catastrophe for all. “However, Netanyahu did mean Iran, not the” Jewish state. ” So he let his rhetorical rage as a skilled distraction maneuver against the impending corruption suit run wild. He railed against Iran and criticized the six European countries that joined Britain, France and Germany last weekend to support the new so-called Instex Financial Interchange Mechanism, which will help Iran.

Is not it in reality that Iran is not a threat, a state that, unlike Israel, has not yet begun wars, but that the “Jewish state” is a fanatical “Zionist-Judaistic terror state”, which it uses with the help of hypocritical community of nations is allowed to develop nuclear weapons and dirty weapons of all kinds and to apply them in wars – for attacks on its neighboring countries? This ethnic-purging apartheid, which is bombing Iran and causing genocide in Gaza and making Gaza a concentration camp, is indeed a threat to us all. (6)

Israel: a bomb and rogue state

Why does the “Jewish State” always understand how to build on myths that have nothing to do with reality? “Only” democracy in the Middle East, bulwark against terror. Yes, indeed with terror, this bombing state knows about. Early on, Jewish Zionist terrorists murdered in bombings and targeted attacks to create the “Jewish state”. Forgotten everything, after all, these terrorists later became prime ministers or ministers with blood on their hands. If the Mossad carries out targeted killings with terror, then the world is silent. The “chosen” are allowed any means after the Holocaust, and they claim every right to murderous attacks that they sell to the world as “self-defense,” while Palestinians and Muslims are denigrated as terrorists and have no rights.

Why are Russia or Iran sanctioned, North Korea or China demonized, Turkey and Erdogan demonized, while Netanyahu undauntedly led a decades-long terrorist regime and Israel has now become indisputably a rogue state. All that is criticized in other states and leads to boycott, is not applied to the “Jewish state”.

Snipers of the Jewish “defensive army” take out the right to shoot unarmed protesters like rabbits, to assassinate. When Palestinians claim their right to protest against their illegal occupation, to protest travel restrictions, humiliation, demolitions, expropriations and expulsions, they are called terrorists, even though they only exercise their legal right of resistance, which is denied only in dictatorships. So what is the “Jewish state”? A state that under the eyes of the so-called “Western community of values” and under complete impunity occupy a people and robbed of its livelihood. That of all German politicians in this connection Auschwitz strive and demand a “never again”, but portraying the land-robbing “Jewish apartheid-occupation state” better than living democracy is characterless. The ever-eager German values ​​have degenerated into a sad parody. The fact that the Zionist regime, with the support of the Western community of states, can override all ethical values ​​and norms also puts our democracy at risk!

footnotes:

(1) https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/politik/sigmar-gabriel-hat-mich-zur-weissglut-gebracht/

(2) https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/uno-maas-setzt-erstes-zeichen-gegen-anti-israel-irrsinn-66456028.bild.html

(3) https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/internationale-organisationen/uno/nahost-resolutionen-vereinten-nationen/2277244

(4) https://english.rt.com/inland/65241-kevin-kuhnert-israel-iran-und/

(5) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Israel-erwaegt-Bombardierung-des-Iran-article21443988.html

(6) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Israel-erwaegt-Bombardierung-des-Iran-article21443988.html

 

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THE HOWS AND WHYS OF GERMAN SUPPORT OF ISRAELI APARTHEID

When will German and European governments finally resort to measuring the “Jewish state” with normal standards and judging by democratic practices? 

German State Reason for the Zionist Apartheid State? 

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

How does Chancellor Merkel intend to explain it during her first visit to Auschwitz on December 6, 2019, that she and her government – given the historical responsibility for the Holocaust and 74 years after the liberation of Auschwitz from the National Socialist concentration and extermination camp by the soldiers of the Red Army – miss any respect when it comes to the permanent break of international law in the “Jewish state”. Does not it respect the respect for international law, as a compelling doctrine from German history, to finally take back the raison d’etat for the security of the “Jewish state”? How can a German government ignore the constant violations of international law simply because they are committed by a Jewish regime, descendants of the victims of the Holocaust? The clear rules, which international law has, Merkel can not simply sweep her “Christian Zionism” under the table. Their “unconditional solidarity” with Israeli “self-defense” as a motive for the murderous attacks and wars make Merkel, as in her entire political career, so hypocritical and implausible that she bears much of the blame for the general and ever-growing political disenchantment .

Respect for the Palestinian people – as the last co-victim of the Holocaust!

For sure, in her speech she will recall Germany’s eternal responsibility for Israel, without mentioning Germany’s long overdue responsibility for illegally occupied Palestine because that does not fit into her philosophical world view. If this Chancellor’s first visit there would be a good chance to finally show respect for the Palestinian people, as the last co-victim of the Holocaust. Personally, I am very sorry that my father Heinz Galinski, who died in 1992, can no longer accompany the chancellor as Auschwitz survivor on this journey, in order to express his life motto after the liberation: “I have not survived Auschwitz to remain silent on new injustice” today’s criminal conditions in the “Jewish state” and in Palestine occupied by it, to shout out there. (1)

Why are all German parties today trying to defend the Jews and the “Jewish state” by all means and to look away in the face of Israeli international crimes and human rights abuses? That runs through all parties from left to right-wing extreme. Does Germany really think that this way kosher? No, it has to be said again and again: The crimes of the Holocaust can not be whitewashed by victim / perpetrator conversion. So why fight the BDS movement like that? Because she holds the mirror in front of these hypocritical politicians and exposes them as accomplices. We have just been successful again A Belgian trade delegation from two regional governments in Israel withdrew, calling for violations of international law and lack of progress in the peace process. Thus, more and more join the boycott, in order to set off their protest against Israel and its methods. (2) (3)

In the meantime, it seems that people are so cool in political circles that they regard the daily news from Israel – air strikes against its sovereign neighbors, civilian casualties, journalist murders or preventive killings, arbitrary expulsions of human rights activists like Omar Shakir – as normal. We get virtually nothing delivered medially, so we do not come to “anti-Semitic” thoughts, such an abstruse idea that causes just the opposite, namely a hatred of the Zionist occupation policy and the constant land grabbing. (4)

Ending Israeli provocations and millionaire propaganda!

Last Sunday, following the arrival of new war minister and settler king Naftali Bennett, another provocation became known, namely that the Netanyahu regime is planning to double the number of settlers in Hebron in the illegally occupied West Bank and to build a new Jewish quarter on the site of the old wholesale market in order to create a territorial connection between the Jewish quarter Avraham Avinu and the patriarch graves in Hebron. Thus, this government once again shows on demand that it is not willing to apply moral standards or international law. Is that, Ms Merkel, really compatible with the raison d’être for you and Germany? (5) (6)

Interestingly, we are currently experiencing the phenomenon that Zionist, as well as Kurdish or Yezidi reports in Germany fall on media and politically fertile ground that have nothing to do with the truth, but only propagate targeted propaganda. For a long time we have known that the “Jewish state” has spent millions of years in scientifically accompanied propaganda, spreading its Zionist Hasbara myths here from paid supporters and agents in the media in blogs, at conferences and, more recently, in universities. There are propaganda tools and guides like Hasbara Toolkits, “The Israel Project,” whole troll armies, or the “Global Language Dictionary,” which offer help so that “Israel supporters” never have to be shy of an answer. In inventing terms and linguistic formulations, it’s amazing how much flowery Hasbara’s name comes to tell her Zionist tales. There are tips on which words to use when it comes to “sensitive” issues such as illegal annexations, land grabbing, deprivation or murder of civilians. (7) (8) (9)

While the US has long since adopted the trumpet as a mediator or partner for Palestinians and unilaterally struck the Jewish and “Christian-Zionist” side and allowed the breach of international law to run its course, Europe would have a duty to oppose this activity it can be measured by his pithy words. Unfortunately, we are a long way from that because neither the EU nor the UN is prepared to seriously oppose this policy. Too strong is the power of the Israel lobby worldwide, and that is the real tragedy for Palestine. When Jimmy Carter published his book “Israel, Palestine, Peace and Apartheid” in November 2006, he was struck by hatred hatred from the Jewish-Israeli side, when he only spoke the word apartheid for the “Jewish State “Had described.

Reveal the sad Israeli reality beyond the splendor!

Meanwhile, a dangerous alliance between dictatorships and alleged democracies has formed – in the common fight against “terror”, which is nothing more than a fight against Muslims and Islam. We read almost every day about the “Jewish state” and its outstanding research, start-ups and a constantly growing high-tech and the defense industry with a model character. While the sad reality beyond the splendor, the bitter poverty of large parts of the population in the “Jewish Sun State”, is concealed by the media. Israel is one of the western capitalist states with the highest poverty rate, much like their US friends. Under Netanyahu and Trump, this condition has worsened dramatically. (12) (13)

Can the “Jewish state” be sure that the propaganda is still accepted, partly out of ignorance and partly out of philosemitic “cuddling”? Again and again the Hasbara understands how to win over gullible citizens. While Palestinians do not have a well-lubricated propaganda lobby, the Jewish community has become more and more media-savvy with its worldwide networks. We are currently seeing them try to get actively involved in the British election campaign and shamelessly defame Labor leader Corbyn as an ineluctable anti-Semite, while Johnson’s Tory party is plunging into Islamophobia, which does not bother the lobby, but encourages it. (14) (15) (16) (17)

It is phenomenal how the Palestinians are portrayed today as militant terrorists and Jews should appear as noble and democratic citizens of a democratic state. While the Palestinians are still suffering under the founding of the state (“Nakba”) on their rampaged land as a result of the Holocaust and their legal resistance is being defamed as terror, Jewish emigres are being misled as peaceful immigrants mystified into their “old homeland”. (18)

Support the right to exist of an undemocratic Judaistic state? No and again no!

Despite the news of countless murdered Palestinian children, the deliberate extermination of entire families, the destruction of civilian facilities and the use of dirty and outlawed weapons, as well as the genocide in the Gaza concentration camp, the “Jewish state” is repeatedly emphasized as a “single” democracy. While we are currently trying to portray Kurds or Armenians as victims, we are being told that the Palestinians themselves are to blame for their fate. Interesting in this context, too, is the cohesion between Kurds and Israel, who, incidentally, act quite similarly in their propaganda machinery. While the Gaza genocide is still a taboo subject in the German parliament and the media, It has made the decision in recognition of an Armenian genocide in the Bundestag. This is a historical shame. (19) (20)

Why has the Jewish “Return Law” never been questioned, allowing any Jew worldwide to immigrate to the “Jewish State” and be granted immediate full citizenship just because he is a Jew? While Palestinians, Muslims and Christians are denied this right of return? Is it possible to support such a right of existence for such an undemocratic Judaistic state? No and again no! Imagine that another state would apply this “Jewish method” and only make Christians, Muslims or anyone else citizens? That would be called rightly “racism”. As long as this theocratic state and its laws do not apply to all its citizens, Israel is a Jewish discrimination and apartheid state that has isolated itself – worse than South Africa ever was, far from all democratic practices. (21)

The “Jewish state” has internalized discrimination as its raison d’être and anchored it in its (in) legal system. So you should think about why the Star of David, the symbol of Jewish oppression in Germany arouses so much respect and respect, rather than wondering what it actually represents: a sign of Jewish occupation, Judaization and ethnic cleansing , One also has to ask why Jewish national and international organizations worldwide use this flag over and over again instead of using the flag of their own country? Have they all become citizens of the “Jewish state” or do they not have a national identity? Which country are they loyal to?

Understand that Israel, as a “Jewish apartheid state”, has forfeited the raison d’être!

When will German and European governments finally resort to measuring the “Jewish state” with normal standards and judging by democratic practices? This “Jewish apartheid state”, which since its founding has always endeavored to consolidate its superiority and “chosenness” with new laws of discrimination and nationality, has long since forfeited the confession of its security as a raison d’être! This should finally be understood by all German politicians, who repeatedly emphasize the propaganda phrases of the “right to exist” for the “Jewish state”, but ignore the right of existence of a Palestinian until today.

footnotes:

(1) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/zum-todestag-von-heinz-galinski-das-juedische-gewissen-der-nation/6894428.html

(2) https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/mossad-role-israels-war-against-bds-confirmed

(3) https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/belgian-officials-boycott-trade-delegation-to-israel-1.8202210

(4) https://www.dw.com/en/omar-shakir-not-not-mouthtot-make/a-51408216

(5) https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/830223/zionist-war-minister-instructs-to-build-a-new-settlement-in-hebron

(6) https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-jewish-hebron-settlers-ramping-up-urban-renewal-1.8217494

(7) https://en.scribd.com/document/77298173/Israel-s-Hasbara-Toolkit

(8) https://www.transcend.org/tms/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/sf-israel-projects-2009-global-language-dictionary.pdf

(9) https://electronicintifada.net/content/inside-israels-million-dollar-troll-army/27566

(10) https://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/books/review/Bronner.t.html

(11) https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/carter-buch- entsetzt-israelis-and-jimmy-ging-zum-regenbogen-ueber-1.245582

(12) https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-real-israel-isn-t-startup-nation-it-s-poverty-row-1.6803924

(13) https://nzzas.nzz.ch/notizen/unterwegs-in-den-usa-im-land-verzweifelten-kinderehe-ld.1352828

(14) https://electronicintifada.net/content/bad-news-jeremy-corbyn/28771

(15) https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/news/108214/muslim-council-britain-accuses-tories

(16) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7738205/Corbyn-says-BBC-biased-saying-Israel-right-exist.html

(17) https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/why-i-would-vote-jeremy-corbyn-if-i-were-british

(18) https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/palestinians-legal-armed-struggle-170719114812058.html

(19) https://lobelog.com/the-hypocrisy-of-israels-alliance-with-the-kurds/

(20) https://www.hintergrund.de/globales/kriege/kriegsverbrechen-und-genozid-israels-krieg-in-gaza/

(21) https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/israel-finally-ethno-religious-state-180722112753850.html

 

 

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OPEN LETTER TO FEDERAL FINANCE MINISTER OF GERMANY

This letter is to political groups in the Bundestag, to the media and to the circles of friends been conducted.

Esther Bejarano, 2017 (Photo: arbeiterfotografie.com)

Open Letter to Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz because of the withdrawal of charitable status for the VVN / BdA, Nov. 25, 2019 
What is a charitable organization? 
By Esther Bejarano

Dear Minister Scholz, Since 2008, I am the honorary chairman of the VVN-BdA, the non-profit organization of the persecuted of the Nazi regime – Confederation of anti-fascists, founded in 1947 by survivors of concentration camps and Nazi persecuted. The work of Antifa, the work of anti-fascist associations is still – today – still badly needed. It is unbearable for us survivors to see Nazi slogans roaring again today, attacking Jewish people and synagogues, chasing and threatening people through the streets, circulating death lists, and not even shying away from attacks on state officials. 

Where is the Federal Republic heading?

The house burns – and you lock out the fire !, want to make the work impossible for the largest and oldest anti-fascist association in the country? This devaluation of our work is a serious offense for all of us. 

“The Federal Republic has become another, better Germany,” my friends had assured me, before I returned with my family from Israel to Germany almost 60 years ago. Nevertheless, I met old and new Nazis here. But here I have found reliable friends, people who fought in opposition to National Socialism, the anti-fascists and anti-fascists. Only I could trust them.

We survivors of the Shoah are the uncomfortable admonishers, but we have not lost our hope for a better and peaceful world. For this we and the many who think like us need help! We need organizations that support and coordinate this work. 

I have never imagined that the charitable nature of our work could be questioned or denied! That I have to experience this today! Have those already won, who want to distort the history of our country, who want to rewrite and overwrite it? Who speak of memorial sites ‘as a monument of shame’ and describe the Nazi state and its murder machine as a ‘bird’s nest in German history’?

In the past decades, I have received many awards and honors, now just again by the Hamburg Senate a commemorative gold medal. My second Federal Cross of Merit, the Great, was presented to me personally in 2012, a tribute for outstanding services to the common good, it said. In 2008, the Federal President had attached the Federal Cross of Merit 1st class to me. I am glad about that, because every single honor stands for recognition of my – our – work against forgetting, for a “never again war – never again fascism”, for our fight against old and new Nazis. 

But who awards medals to Shoah survivors, also assumes an obligation. A commitment to the common NEVER AGAIN that underlies our work.

And now I ask you: what can be more charitable than to lead this fight? In this country actually decides a tax authority on the existence of an association of survivors of the Nazi crimes? 

As the responsible Minister of Finance, I urge you to do everything possible to reverse this untold and unjust decision to withdraw the charitable status of the VVN-BdA and to propose appropriate legislative changes.

We survivors have to fulfill a mission given to us by the millions murdered and tortured in the concentration camps and Nazi prisons. Many friends and friends, the antifascists help us out of love for humanity! Do not allow this work to be made even more difficult by additional tax burdens. 

Yours sincerely, 
Esther Bejarano 
Chairwoman Auschwitz Committee in the Federal Republic of Germany 
Honorary Chairman of the Association of the Persecuted of the Nazi Regime – Association of Anti-Fascists

 

Auschwitz Committee in the Federal Republic of Germany 
www.auschwitz-komitee.de

openPetion “The VVN-BdA must remain charitable!” 
https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/die-vvn-bda-muss-gemeinnuetzig-bleiben-deutschland 

WHO WILL SAVE PALESTINE?

It is only a matter of time before the next terrible massacre in Gaza or elsewhere in illegally occupied Palestine will take place. The Zionist regime needs wars both internally and externally to survive. 

Who will save Palestine? 

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is only a matter of time before the next terrible massacre in Gaza or elsewhere in illegally occupied Palestine will take place. The Zionist regime needs wars both internally and externally to survive. Only leaders with blood on their hands are able to be chosen and recognized by this “chosen people”. Decades of hasbara (propaganda) has trimmed brains for superiority of the “Jewish people” over the hostile Palestinian Arab Muslims considered inferior. It is this supposed strength and the arrogant sense of superiority that characterized this apartheid occupation state from the beginning. All this was only possible because the international community supported and made possible this ominous policy. For the Jewish inhabitants of this state, With only their own good at heart, attacks and wars against the Palestinians were always “normal”, and they felt no remorse for war crimes and bloodiest massacres. Why? Governments have always told them that only they alone have the right to own the land of Palestine-Israel for over 2000 years.

The future is in the untrustworthy “David stars”

As if not enough blood was spilled, the corruption-prone Trump favorite and deadly “regime leader” Netanyahu never missed an opportunity to rush against “infiltrants” and “Arab Israelis” as enemies of the country’s security , He left no stone unturned to save his skin at the expense of his country. He even sensed a “coup attempt” instead of confronting the accusations of Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who accused him in his charges of fraud, infidelity and corruption.

For a long time, Mandelblit and his investigators, now under police protection, waited for the indictment to be filed. The Likud party is still behind its “King Bibi” and even called to demonstrate in front of the house Mandelblits. In the “Jewish state” polarization has always been very high. After all, it was the far-right parties that promoted them. The rabble-rousing slogans that they repeatedly release against the Palestinians meanwhile do not stop at political opponents. One should not be surprised if another political murder happens as after the murder of Rabin.

Netanyahu has refused to resign and despite more than 50% of Jewish citizens advocating his resignation, he wants to remain in office until a conviction is reached, but he does not expect it, and he has an immunity law that protects him , wants to prevent. That he succeeds, seems less and less likely, since it now looks as if his Likud is no longer closed behind him and wants to get rid of him. Whether this will really be so, is in the “David stars”, and they are not trustworthy.

Prospects for Palestine bleak as US policy and its dubious “peace plans”

A fellow Israeli peace activist once told me that there is no other country in the world that has so many corrupt politicians at the head of the state and government, as in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Netanyahu is so ruthless that he could even try to start a civil war in order to maintain his power. It would be the first time that an incumbent Prime Minister has been charged, because when his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, was charged with corruption, he resigned. There is currently a law in the “Jewish State” stating that an incumbent Prime Minister may remain in office until sentenced, and Netanyahu will fully enjoy that if he is not overthrown before.

Now, Haaretz asks if he can even be regarded as fully in office, as he is only a transitional prime minister who has not been successful in creating a government. Therefore, he is to be regarded as a “simple” Knesset member. But since it must be assumed that in the known Israeli legal situation and deportation, a start of the process could be delayed for years, Bibi plays for time. So he will try by all means to reach new elections against all odds. Finally, his challenger Benny Gantz has failed in the formation of a government and reacts out of weakness with offers and other polarizations. So the prospects for Palestine are as gloomy as the US policy and its dubious “peace plans”.

It would be a small piece of hope if there were a trial of both before the International Court of Justice in The Hague – for war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war. Dutch Palestinian Ismail Ziada seeks civil action against former Israeli Air Force chief Amir Eshel and Benny Gantz as responsible for the bombing of a house where six of his family members, his mother, three brothers, a sister-in-law and his 12-year-old nephew were murdered. Gantz then took the lead in Israel’s notorious Operation Protective Edge, which brutally murdered more than 2,000 Gaza residents. While Ziada demands justice, Gantz did not think of a better way as the “Jewish Defense Army” once again praising the world’s most moral army and expressing its pride in having served it for almost 40 years. At that time, Netanyahu was already Prime Minister and leader of the regime, which had ordered this terrible war, as so many others had done before. Sadly, only the Dutch court provides the legal opportunity for Ziada’s indictment, as the Israeli judicial system is closed to Palestinians. Special attention was given to the terrible murders of this Palestinian family only because a relative of Ziada, a certain Henk Zanoli, returned in protest over his Dutch wife his tribute to Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations” to the Israeli Embassy in the Netherlands. The “Righteous Among the Nations” is a special term for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust. Zanoli and his mother hid a Jewish boy from the Nazis during the Second World War.

The glorification of the “Jewish people” is no compensation

The Israeli political brutality is quite similar to the new rights in Europe, except that it never got the due attention it deserves. After all, the glorification of the “Jewish people” as reparation is and was so great that this trauma, especially in Germany, is increasingly effective. Influenced by immigration and the creation of an enemy, the Muslim and Islam / Islamism became the new common battlefield of the philosemitic Germans and the evangelical movement worldwide.

So it is to be feared that even with a new regime in the “Jewish state” nothing will change. The unacceptable conditions in Gaza, in this concentration camp with about 2 million imprisoned people, are now almost completely disappeared from the media. So these desperate people are left with only depression, sinking into ever-deepening poverty and waiting in vain for the promised help and reconstruction and for a next massacre. One wonders: was this proud Palestinian people actually created to be occupied, colonized, oppressed, humiliated, dispossessed, judaized or, in the worst case, murdered by the “Jewish people”? How can Palestinians escape this fate? With legal resistance that is wrongly condemned internationally as terror.

Instead of the hypocritical community of nations, which so far has done nothing at all, finally thinking of preventing the decades-long Zionist war of annihilation against the Palestinian people, on the contrary it has allowed more and more Jewish settlements to develop in occupied Palestine. How can one end this international complicity with the “Jewish state”? By finally stopping the hypocritical community of nations from watching the slow dying of this courageous people in its criminal lethargy, and finally putting pressure on Israel to comply with international law and finally recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

After bitter decades with BDS to bring about a free, decent life!

Has not the international community forfeited any right to criticize the Palestinian people? Nothing was done to end the Israeli crimes. In any case, for us citizens, it is only support for the BDS campaign, solidarity with the Palestinians, who fight against oppression, and the support of their resistance. It is time to force the Israeli regime to sanction and withdraw its support for its crimes against humanity in order to allow a free Palestine, without warmongering and massacres of the civilian population.

It is precisely our moral obligation to end the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, to save the country and its people, and to allow them, after bitter decades of occupation, a free, decent life!

 

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GLOBAL SILENCE IS THE GREEN LIGHT FOR ISRAELI CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

The “Jewish state” is one of the world’s most brutal apartheid and occupation regimes, which has never shied away from ethnic cleansing, Judaization and genocide. Why? This state can continue to present itself as a victim and thus justify any kind of criminal activity. The so-called “community of values” is silent on this.

Global Destabilization through Western Influence

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

What we are currently experiencing in the global Western creation of enemy images is beyond anything that began after the event of September 11, 2001. Again and again we should be made aware of the “threat of Islam”, of course especially by “the” Muslims. Everything is permissible when it comes to the “clean” fight of Western states against the Islamist threat. It is suggested that we are dealing with only one enemy worldwide, the “Islamist terror”, without, however, differentiating by taking “the Muslims” as a whole in charge. It is always WE, the Western “democracies”, led by the US, who lead us into this crusade. This merciless hunt for fictional enemies, of course Muslims, Islamists,

With a fictitious threat to the “right-wing warfare”

So you could kill two birds with one stone, namely to eliminate the enemies from the outside and inside. How better than under this lied rhetoric could one hide the strategic and economic motives for wars and state infiltration. With the popular phrases of the “self-defense” and of the “human rights” one could sell these preventive wars as just, with purely humanitarian claim!

Meanwhile, this type of war policy is also internalized by the media, which always support in anticipatory obedience this dirty policy exactly as desired by the States involved. Thus, the fight against the allegedly threatening terrorism became an integral part of the war propaganda. The fact that the media are not afraid to operate with targeted misinformation, even from more than dubious government or intelligence sources that are difficult to verify, makes things even more unappetizing. Everything that is accused to the Internet with hate speech, hate comments and targeted false information that democracy is “eroded”, but above all, it is due to the fact that this type of communication is precisely worked to us as citizens on the To bring “right course of war”.

It used to be “the Russian”, who was just around the corner as enemy number one, and more and more Muslims, Islam and the “Turks” are joining. Thus, under the leadership of the US, NATO and the “Jewish State”, the West has managed to portray these “enemies of America” ​​and of the “Jewish people” and Zionists everywhere as a lurking danger. Even a supposedly “Muslim anti-Semitism” is painted as a dangerous phenomenon on the wall.

“Defense” of the most brutal apartheid and occupation regime worldwide

What the “Jewish state” has been staging as a threat policy ever since the state was founded is now being copied by all western “democracies”. This representation of the enemy justifies all means for the “Jewish State”, supported by the community of states, which represents the occupation state of Israel as a democratic rock in the Middle Eastern surf, in the sense of fighting the “Islamic” and “Palestinian” terror. Thus, supported by “Western democracies”, any kind of criminal Zionist oppression, occupation and attack policy can be seen as a just fight against terror and thus as an act of “self-defense”.

The “Jewish state” is one of the world’s most brutal apartheid and occupation regimes, which has never shied away from ethnic cleansing, Judaization and genocide. Why? This state can continue to present itself as a victim and thus justify any kind of criminal activity. The so-called “community of values” is silent on this.

When on Monday, 18.11.2019, one last taboo of US policy on Palestine fell, namely the announcement by Foreign Minister Pompeo that Israeli settlements were no longer in violation of international law, this was clearly a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention , which sees settlement construction as a violation of international law – a convention that the “Jewish state” has been trying to undermine for decades. After the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the “Jewish state” and the legitimacy of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, this was the end of all communication with the Palestinians. It was a gift to Netanyahu and the approximately 600,000 settlers in the more than 200 Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, the annexed East Jerusalem, along with three million Palestinians. Netanyahu already sees himself and his regime confirmed and is pleased about the “correction of a historical decision”. Benny Gantz, the adversary and “opposition leader,” also welcomed the Trump government’s decision. Israeli Foreign Minister Katz blended his praise on the EU and once again criticized the decision of the European Court of Justice to demand the labeling of Jewish settlement products.

Anti-Semitism through criminal acts of the “Jewish state”

Although the EU and its foreign policy chief Mogherini affirmed their clear position that all settlement activities are illegal under international law and undermine the viability of the two-state solution, that sounds good, but is in fact irrelevant as long as there is no change in policy towards Israel. Similarly, the criticism of UN Secretary General Guterres almost helpless. When the Jordanian Foreign Minister warns of “dangerous consequences”, one wonders how well they look if the international community does not intervene with all consistency and reacts with sanctions and isolation of the “Jewish state”. After all, the Trump government’s policy on the Middle East is consistently setting itself apart from the course of international “partners,” even as opposed to the US position of previous governments.

Especially in Germany, we experience a kind of support that has nothing to do with reality anymore. Neither the murders without trial (so-called “targeted killings”), nor the occupation policy are questioned. Everything is justified by the “special responsibility for the” Jewish state “and leads to ever closer proximity to Israel.

It is no longer the “Jewish state” that is condemned as the power of occupation and expansion, but Iran, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad and Hamas, whose religious fundamentalist ideology is being fought and demonized, while the Judaistic ideology is considered normal and compatible with our values is supported. How else can one explain that, despite UN condemnation and international criticism, international and human rights crimes committed by the Zionist regime remain sanctioned, while Russia and Iran are being punished with more and more sanctions and Turkey is being threatened with sanctions? This totally implausible, one-sidedly exalting Judaism and supporting Zionism policies can only lead to anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism, which has nothing in common with the “original Christian form”, but today based on the “Jewish state” and its criminal acts. Far-right anti-Semitism has long since shifted dangerously to Islam hatred and xenophobia in general.

Islamophobia and philosemitism spread throughout the world as a religious virus

Islamophobia and philo-Semitism are today blended into a symbiosis of Christian-evangelical politics, a powerful force, especially in the US, that spreads across the world like a religious virus. These new evangelical friends of the “Jewish state” and the Jews are also driving forces in the fight against Islam and Muslims.

An interesting aspect in this context is the Israel support of the new right and parties such as the AfD in Germany. They outdo each other in their Israeli and Jewish affiliations and combine their Islam aversions with the alleged threat to the Jews, the “Jewish state” and Western civilization. So, if Israel and the Central Council warn the Jews against the AfD and condemn their policies, they should ask themselves how far they are not themselves pursuing exactly the same policies they accuse the right-wing parties.

The German government should finally free itself from its blind subservience to Israel, which is just not a democratic state, as we are repeatedly told. And no, responsibility from the past must not blind Germany to new crimes. Responsibility also means being responsible for what happens to the Palestinians under illegal Jewish-Zionist responsibility. This responsibility also means implementing the judgment of the European Court of Justice and marking goods from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as non-Israeli. This is only a minimal implementation of the BDS requirement, which wants to achieve a boycott of all goods from occupied Palestine.

“Western Christian-Jewish alliance” removed from all values

That only 70 years after the Holocaust German and Jewish “defense soldiers” and Eurofighter with the “Iron Cross”, as well as Israeli jets with the “Star of David” in a joint maneuver in the Negev desert “learn from each other” should not pride us, but to meet with disgust! When in occupied Palestine, soldiers and fighter jets from the NATO countries USA, Italy and Greece practice together with the “Jewish occupying state”, this only shows how far this “Western Christian-Jewish alliance” distances itself from all values Has.

For the Jewish “defense soldier” the past no longer plays a role, in contrast to the German colleague, who is pleased about the “positive mood” and the good relationship with the Israeli friends. But he does not even mention the Palestinians. So one is in agreement in the “common” goals. And there we are once again on Islam and combating terrorism.

The fact that neither Gaza nor the murdered members of a whole family are and were topics, is not surprising, but fits exactly to the mendacious German “Merkel-Staatsräson” policy. Even if the new Secretary of War Kramp-Karrenbauer, who indulges in dreams of foreign missions and mixes economic interests with war aims, which contradicts any German foreign policy, this fits in exactly with this pattern.

Endless list of destabilization by Western influence

And that leads me to the title of this commentary, the destabilization of Western influence. While Ukraine was “liberated” by the democratically elected President Yanukovych thanks to the US, and under Poroshenko even under US President Obama was replaced by a right-wing, western-oriented corrupt system, Russia has been isolated from Ukraine and thus initiated a “NATO Easter crept” , which leads to ever new distortions, war and hatred.

While Iran is suffering massively under US sanctions, the country is supposed to be brought to regime change with possibly undermined demonstrations, as so often tried and supported by the US.

In Egypt, the elected President Morsi was first disempowered by the “coup Pharaoh” al-Sisi and then driven to death, all with Western support.

Now, in Hong Kong, we are witnessing a violence of such brutal proportions that China will respond even more than mildly. If China were to act like the “Jewish state,” then there would certainly be air strikes on Hong Kong, of course without regard to civilians. While the legal resistance of the Palestinians against the illegal occupation is condemned as terror, oppositionists and demonstrators in Hong Kong, Russia, Turkey and Venezuela are seen as “benevolent”. The massive infiltration of Chinese, Russian, Turkish or Venezuelan demonstrators can only be guessed at!

In India, Muslims are persecuted by Hindus, and in Burma, Muslim Rohingya are expelled and persecuted by the “oh-so-peaceful” Buddhist majority.

Venezuela was and will be destabilized by the US, with special interference by the German Foreign Minister Maas, and is said to be brought to the regime change and overthrow of the elected President Maduro with a shortage, which fortunately failed.

Bolivia was also destabilized and its elected President Morales was exiled. As Chile suffers from demonstrations, Mexico is threatened with a Trump US Wall, and all of Central and South America has been disturbed, crowned with the election of a fascist in Brazil, Africa is becoming ever more civilized with weapons from Israel and the US brought. And although the German Federal Armed Forces are doing “peace work” in Mali and Afghanistan, the destabilization of Western influence is in full swing.

This list of infinite stories reads like a perpetual motion machine. But for me, the achievement of such political destabilization would only be achieved if it reached Palestine and the “Jewish state” so that the occupation ends and Palestine is finally free.

STILL KNEELING AND REFUSING TO BEND

It is crystal clear after last Saturday in Atlanta that the reason Colin Kaepernick does not play in the NFL has nothing to do with ability.

Colin Kaepernick Refused to Bend to Roger Goodell’s Will

The quarterback remade the NFL’s hastily called league-wide tryout and demanded transparency.

“I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why.”

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL for three years because he dared to say that black lives matter in a league that treats black bodies as disposable. He dared take a league that uses patriotism, nationalism, and militarism as marketing, and turn that stage on its head. He dared to be a free man in a league that preaches obedience.

It is crystal clear after last Saturday in Atlanta that the reason Colin Kaepernick does not play in the NFL has nothing to do with ability.

In a workout session that started as a hastily assembled circus of the NFL’s making, Kaepernick threw a serious of high-velocity darts and 50-plus yard bombs with the flick of his wrist. At age 32 and visibly in the best shape of his life, he clearly has the ability and desire to compete. What he doesn’t want is to play as a broken person for a league determined to break him. Roger Goodell and the NFL tried to bend Kaepernick to their will this week. They scheduled him for a tryout with only three days’ notice. They insisted he come to Atlanta and work with a coach not of his choosing at the Falcons’ headquarters. They told him that it would be on a Saturday, when coaches and top scouts are busy either preparing for Sunday games or analyzing college contests. They did not tell him who the receivers he would work with would be. They wanted him to sign a “non-standard injury waiver” that have would prevented Kaepernick from suing the league for collusion in the future. Most egregiously, they insisted that the workout not be open to the press. Roger Goodell wanted all the positive public relations for “ending the collusion” against Kaepernick and none of the transparency.

Kaepernick then committed a grave sin in the eyes of not only the NFL but also a pathetic coterie of members of the sports media who also work for broadcast partners with the league. He showed up in Atlanta and refused to work out at the Falcons facility under the watchful eye of an NFL chosen coach. He instead went to a high school an hour away with his own receivers. He kept it open to the press, several of whom live-streamed the workout over social media, preventing the NFL from spinning the event as if he no longer had the goods. Kaepernick wore a shirt that said “Kunta Kinte,” a reference to LeVar Burton’s African name in the miniseries Roots, a name Burton’s character clung to even as he was whipped to accept that his new name would be Toby.

Of the reported 24 team reps that showed up at the Falcons headquarters only a handful had the courage to get in their cars and follow Kaepernick and the assembled media to his tryout. Then Kaepernick, as expected, balled out and said to everyone, “I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why. I came out there and showed it today in front of everybody.” Kaepernick then thanked scouts who were there from Washington, New York (the Jets), and Kansas City, and said, “When you go back, tell your owners to stop being scared.”

Immediately afterward, the NFL’s media prizefighters put the day’s tomfoolery on Kaepernick’s shoulders, as if he was the one who set this dumpster on fire. This is a gaslighting, Bizarro World analysis, and should be recognized as such. These journalists—who really want you to sign up for Disney Plus—are doing little more than sucking up to the multibillion-dollar teat of a league dependent on a compliant media’s using Kaepernick as a negative object lesson for any other player who might try to flex their personal or political will. Then, as if by clockwork, Jay-Z, who is being paid handsomely to be Roger Goodell’s racial justice whisperer, let it leak that he was “disappointed with Colin’s actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt.” But it’s the NFL that staged a publicity stunt. All Kaepernick did was refuse to play their game.

Now that the spectacle in Atlanta is over, we are actually back where we started. Everyone knows that Kaepernick has the ability to play. Everyone knows that he is only being kept out for political and PR reasons. The question will be whether there is one team that is willing to put their team’s success over their political prejudices. This is where we have been for three years, and this is where we remain.

PHOTO ESSAY ~~NEW YORKERS MARCH TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA

Hundreds in New York march to stand with Gaza, Palestinian resistance

Photo: Joe Catron
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Times Square in New York City on Friday, 15 November to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and support the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

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The protest came as part of the call for an international day of solidarity with Palestinian resistance issued from Gaza after Israeli assassinations and bombing raids over two days of attacks killed 34 Palestinians, including eight members of one family, and injured 111 more.

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Organizers of the protest included Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network as well as Al-Awda New York, Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine, American Muslims for Palestine, the NY4Palestine Coalition, Labor for Palestine, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, CODEPINK, International Action Center and Struggle – La Lucha.

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Demonstrators gathered for brief speeches and ongoing chanting in solidarity with Palestine.

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Demonstrators marched through Times Square to Herald Square, chanting the entire route and calling for the boycott of Israel and a liberated Palestine from the river to the sea.

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The protest ended with a strong call for further actions from Nerdeen Kiswani of Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine.

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Joe Catron, U.S. coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, said that the demonstration was the largest and most enthusiastic action for Palestine in New York since December 2017, when Donald Trump announced that the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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He emphasized the importance of continuing these activities against Zionist occupation, apartheid and colonization and in support of the Palestinian resistance.

Catron noted that these are especially important in the U.S., which exercises its full imperial power in support of the Zionist colonization of Palestine, including through the provision of $3.8 billion annually in military aid.

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NETANYAHU’S LAST ATTEMPT TO STAY IN POWER ~~ BOMB GAZA!

Benjamin Netanyahu’s motivation in killing a Palestinian commander in Gaza was partly political, a former Israeli negotiator said today: Netanyahu aims to show that his chief rival to be prime minister, Benny Gantz, cannot be counted on to provide security to the country.

In the battle between Netanyahu and Gantz, Gaza pays the price. (Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

Netanyahu’s Gaza attack targeted political foes Gantz and Joint List, says Israeli negotiator

Benjamin Netanyahu’s motivation in killing a Palestinian commander in Gaza was partly political, a former Israeli negotiator said today: Netanyahu aims to show that his chief rival to be prime minister, Benny Gantz, cannot be counted on to provide security to the country. In the wake of the attack, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, the negotiator said.

Moty Cristal, a former peace negotiator and lt. colonel in the Israeli army, spoke on i24 News today and said that the timing of the attack was not “purely taking advantage of the window of opportunity” to kill Baha Abu al-Ata, the leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza. In fact, Cristal said, Avigdor Lieberman has said that when he was Defense Minister (2016-2018), Netanyahu rejected his recommendation that Israel kill Abu al-Ata. Islamic Jihad reportedly attacked Israel in September — when Netanyahu was forced off a stage in Ashkelon out of concern that he was within range.

Cristal said there was likely a “strong combination” of political motives in Netanyahu’s decision to attack, in the form of Gantz’s “ticking clock.” Gantz has eight days to form a new government in a charge from the Israeli president. One of his only ways to do so is to form a tenuous “minority” governing coalition with the 44 members of his party and other center-left Jewish parties and the outside support of the 13 members of the Israeli parliament from the Joint List of largely-Arab parties.

Israeli rightwingers have repeatedly smeared the Joint List in recent months as a fifth column on which the center-left is dependent. Netanyahu also went in for fearful race-baiting against Arabs in the recent campaign. saying they want to “annihilate” Jewish Israelis. Gantz and center-right kingmaker Lieberman have promised that they would never include the Joint List in a coalition government.

The accusations against Gantz and the Joint List have been repeated by Netanyahu Likud Party loyalists in the last day, Cristal said. These politicians are part of Netanyahu’s personal firewall: a potential governing coalition that will guarantee him immunity from prosecution on corruption charges that are expected to be filed against him in coming weeks.

The assassination in Gaza led to scores of rockets from Islamic Jihad and then Israeli attacks killing seven inside Gaza; and the hostilities have thrown Israel into considerable fear. Schools and businesses in Israel were shut down today; and i24 News anchors reflected worry over what will happen tomorrow.

The crisis has also highlighted tensions with Iran that may serve Netanyahu politically. Iran is in the headlines as the supporter of Palestinian resistance forces including Islamic Jihad. Yossi Alpher at Peace Now says that Netanyahu may see political advantage in leveraging tensions with Iran to show that he is Israel’s necessary leader, or to get Donald Trump to support him more visibly. Michael Oren’s article in the Atlantic warning of a war with Iran must be seen as a communique from Oren’s former boss, Netanyahu, Alpher says– possibly “to generate a Trump campaign to influence Israeli public opinion in Netanyahu’s favor, either during the final month of coalition maneuvering or during a third round of elections early in 2020.”

There is also a chance, Alpher says, that hostilities with Iranian proxies would “hasten formation of an emergency national-unity government,” uniting Gantz and Netanyahu, in which Gantz would have to drop his insistence that he would not serve with a prime minister under investigation.

 

THE STAR OF DAVID AS A SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION

The Holocaust seems to justify all means and overrides human rights and international law when it comes to the “Jewish state”.

The Flag as a Symbol of Oppression and Exclusion

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is to be thanked for the criticism of the left-wing town councilor Simon Aulepp that finally a dispute and a basis for discussion arise in Germany. Who is Jewish and what does Judaism mean in Germany? (1) He asks the legitimate question of whether the city council would raise the flag of Saudi Arabia at the town hall, if Muslims were killed in an attack in Germany? However, in this context, Saudi Arabia seems unhelpful. I would find Turkey the right state in this context when it comes to expressing sympathy in racist murders. After all, about 3.5 million Turkish citizens live in Germany.

 

No solidarity with an army that shows “hatred and joy in killing”!

 

While protests are made when Turkish footballers salute, it is happily accepted that German citizens volunteer for the Jewish “Defense Army” and thus support an army that secures the illegal occupation of Palestine by all means contrary to international law, an army that According to own soldiers who broke their silence, “shows hatred and joy of killing”. (2) (3) (4)

 

What are these double standards. It seems that when it comes to Muslims and Turks, you feel the Islamophobia that has seized Germany and Europe. Has Germany, the German Federal Government, ever thought of hoisting the Turkish flag as a sign of mourning or sympathy after the NSU murders of Turkish-born people? Never would this gesture have been considered. Yes, the Holocaust remains unforgotten forever, but gives no right to instrumentalize it unilaterally.

 

The question that Aulepp posed to the mayor of Kassel, Christian Geselle, was polemically exaggerated, but absolutely justified. The David Star flag has nothing to do with the failed attack of a far-right culprit in the synagogue in Halle. It would have been right, and I fully agree with Aulepp to set the German flag at half-mast in order to demonstrate German sympathy. After all, it was not an attack on the “Jewish state” but an act against a religious community. However, one already wonders in view of the answer of the OB journeyman, which faith does he actually have? When asked by the press, he did mean that the hoisting of the Israeli flag should be seen as a “clear sign of solidarity with the people of the Jewish faith.” And:

 

Do not abuse anti-Semitism to cover up the politics of Israel!

 

The same is true in the Jewish community and was pleased that the flag hung in front of the town hall. Since one wonders how it can be that Jewish citizens are pleased about this Flag Hissung, they only show that all criticism of Jews is justified, if they are behind the “Jewish State” and solidarisieren with this. Even if the Chairman of the German-Israeli Society thinks that “Judaism and the State of Israel can not be separated”, this is a sign of a false understanding. As long as Jews in the diaspora do not clearly separate state and religion, there will never be a “normal” coexistence. It seems to me that the “Jewish State” and its lobby are very convenient, when you use anti-Semitism and can cover up the politics of Israel with it, and to avoid criticism of this at all. Likewise, the “Jewish state” finds it very convenient if Diaspora Jews are scared, insecurity is created, so that they increasingly emigrate to Israel. A dangerous kind of politics that generates anti-Semitism.

 

Of course that brings us to the topic of instrumentalizing a religion. There is no “Jewish people” but only a Jewish religious community, see also Schlomo Sand. (5) (6) Ever since the claim of recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” began, this amalgamation of Judaism and politics began as a model of domination and oppression. Israel is a state that has established itself in the land of Palestine and has systematically displaced approximately 750,000 Palestinians since its founding in 1948, the Nakba disaster. This expulsion must not be remembered, because one fears the exposure. For this reason, one tries again and again to insist on the “recognition of the right to exist, which now belongs to the” German state reason “. A completely absurd concern to recognize a state which has neither fixed limits nor a constitution. Especially in Germany one tries again and again to discredit and prevent the Nakba exhibition from the Israel lobby. (7) (8)

 

This illegal land grab is known worldwide, criticized, condemned by UN decisions, but never sanctioned or sanctioned. Any measures that the Western “community of values” can so easily impose or threaten against Russia, Iran, Turkey and other states do not come into effect in the “Jewish state”.

 

Do not abuse the Holocaust to override human and international law!

 

The Holocaust seems to justify all means and overrides human rights and international law when it comes to the “Jewish state”. This affects Germany of course extremely, due to the perpetrator’s past. But this philo-Semitic policy is in no way justifiable, but on the contrary creates a defense. If, as has happened so often, Chancellor Merkel warrants all wars of aggression, ethnic cleansing or preventive murder with “self-defense”, this can never be reconciled with “German-Christian values”.

 

German Jews, who profess to Judaism as a denomination, pay the same religious tax as Christian “brothers in faith” to the German state. Now is the question to ask, does the Jewish religious tax go partly or entirely to the “Jewish state”? If you look at the behavior of German politics in their behavior towards Jews and Israel, then you have to deal with this topic. Do German citizens of Jewish faith have a German or an Israeli passport?

 

If then also the SPD leader of the SPD party accused parts of the left to question the right of existence of Israel, then this is an embarrassing distraction maneuver of this incident. Israel’s right to exist depends solely on that state, and is neither legitimate nor secure unless this state gives up the illegal occupation of Palestine, does not stop aggressive policies against its neighbors, and decides not to live in peace with its environment. (9) (10)

 

No special role, for NOTHING and NOBODY!

 

The “Jewish State” was designed from the ground up to occupy a land for Jewish citizens alone, and from the beginning, all the claims of the indigenous peoples were concluded with the words “given by God” and “return to the 2,000-year-old homeland of the Jewish people.” Palestine, the Palestinian. It has come a long way with this policy. The legal right of return, which the UN affirms by resolution, is denied by the “community of values”, while Israel’s claim to Palestine is reiterated as a violation of international law. Everything is supported by a guilty conscience, traumatization of guilt after the Holocaust. This special philosemitic German policy leads us directly into new guilt and anti-Semitism, which does not stop at critical Jews.

 

Influenced by the Central Council of Jews and other international Jewish organizations, it has managed to put the bond between diaspora Jews and the “Jewish State” on a dangerous pedestal, which should be strictly separated in reality. As long as Jewish citizens do not clearly decide whether they feel like German citizens with all their rights and duties, or as Israeli citizens who are in doubt about their true identity, there can never be the desired and so important normality in living together. It seems to me, despite all the testimonies of German Jewish officials, this “normality” is not wanted. Only by this abnormal special position and exaggeration can be pointed to the constant threat of the “Jewish state”,

 

Can Jewish citizens really run into this trap? Do they want to be recognized as fully fledged citizens or as “protected” exotics? It is particularly bad when the newly created Office of the Federal Government, the “Anti-Semitism Commissioner”, constantly emphasizes this role. Although we have a flood of this new “professional group”, we do need a racist commissioner who puts the attacks on Muslims and mosques and refugee homes on the same level as anti-Semitism attacks. No special role, for NOTHING and NOBODY!

 

The Star of David flag is the symbol of oppression and exclusion!

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.hna.de/kassel/mitte-kassel-ort248256/nach-anschlag-auf-synagoge-in-halle-debatte-ueber-gedenken-in-kassel-13196576.html

(2) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/debatte-um-salutgruss-in-der-tuerkei-niemand-wird-beleidigt.1346.de.html?dram:article_id=461428

(3) https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/krisen/id_19431610/israels-soldaten-brechen-ihal-schweigen.html

(4) https://www.bild.de/regional/thueringen/thueringen-aktuell/ivo-dierbach-aus-erfurt-in-einem-urlaub-dient-er-israel-65958846.bild.html

(5) https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/es-gibt-kein-juedisches-volk-aber-ein-israelisches-1.18215814

(6) https://www.heise.de/tp/news/Es-gibt-kein-israelisches-Volk-2017088.html

(7) https://www.nzz.ch/unerwuenschte_palaestina-ausstellung-1.10402907

(8) https://taz.de/Palaestinaausstellung-und-Antisemitismus/!5631151/

(9) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/jan/03/comment.israelandthepalestinians

(10) https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2019/03/15/why-israel-has-no-right-to-exist/

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A POEM TO STOP THE HATE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Stop the Hate
by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh
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Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late
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At a world in turmoil we sadly wonder
Our duty and responsibility we ponder
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Through experience we know
Life is the energy good or bad that flow
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Until our death when we are no more
And only our deeds tell our lore
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Some of us were taught at schools
To remember the golden rules
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Not only that we do to others what we hope for ourselves
But that there is a price or a prize for acts themselves
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That everything we do we get back
A good or a bad deed even a smile or a crack
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“God give them what they wish for me”
actually, what I do comes back to me
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what I did yesterday
comes back to me today
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You cannot make war for peace and security
Any more than you can have sex for virginity
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Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late
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Positive energy begets positive
Selfish thought begets negative
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Choose Justice, kindness, and humanism
not Cruelty, greed, and racism
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You can’t take money to your grave
Only bad deeds and good deeds left to save
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Let this simple fact not get blurred
Save a child, a plant, a friend, or a bird
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Worry about your spirit,
Of all pollution do clear it
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The tranquil is not the hawk but the dove
You cannot conquer the hate except by the love
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Take a deep breath in and gently breathe out
Meditate and you will find that winning route
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Ponder how the soft conquers the hard
And why the evil deeds are marred
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The roads of the wise are like the water steams
hard stones dissipate in its way like dreams
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The key is time which is patience realized
The door is kindness we must have utilized
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Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late

FASCISM 101 (ISRAELI STYLE)

“This is what fascism looks like.”

‘What Fascism Looks Like’: Israeli High Court Upholds Expulsion of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir Over Alleged BDS Support

“The perpetuation of the occupation continues to mean the silencing of criticism.”

The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the deportation and permanent expulsion of Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch representative in Israel and Palestine, over Shakir’s alleged support of the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement, a move that drew criticism from peace advocates and progressives around the world.

“This is what fascism looks like,” tweeted Palestinian rights advocate Diana Buttu.

The court gave Shakir 20 days to leave the country.

As Common Dreams reported, Interior Minister Arye Dery decided in April to expel Shakir, a U.S. citizen, from Israel over Shakir’s alleged support of the BDS movement.

The high court on Tuesday ruled that decision was legal due to a controversial 2017 Israeli law banning proponents of the boycott movement from entering or remaining in Israel. Dery said the ruling affirms his position that “anyone who works against the state should know that we will not allow him to live or work here.”

Shakir’s attorney Michael Sfard told Haaretz that the ruling made clear Israel is joining what he described as other repressive regimes in barring those who would expose misbehavior from their countries.

“Today, the State of Israel joined the list of countries like Syria, Iran, and North Korea, which have expelled Human Rights Watch representatives in an attempt to silence criticism of human rights violations taking place within their borders,” said Sfard.

But, according to The New York Times, Human Rights Watch believes Shakir was expelled for his work against Israeli settlements in the West Bank rather than any advocacy in favor of BDS:

Human Rights Watch says neither it nor Shakir has called for an outright boycott of Israel and says that Shakir, who is a U.S. citizen, is being targeted for the rights group’s opposition to Israel’s West Bank Jewish settlements and its calls for companies to stop working with the settlements.

Critics of the move sounded off on social media.

“The perpetuation of the occupation continues to mean the silencing of criticism,” liberal U.S. Israeli advocacy group J-Street said on Twitter. “Democracies should not expel human rights organizers.”

Amnesty International

@amnesty

Today’s decision from Israel’s Supreme Court to uphold the deportation of @hrw director @OmarSShakir is a cowardly move that confirms Israel’s oppressive intent on silencing independent human rights organizations at any cost. http://amn.st/60191z6bb 

Israeli Supreme Court Decision to deport HRW Director

The decision to uphold Omar Shakir’s deportation order is a crushing blow for freedom of expression

amnesty.org

In a statement, Amnesty International deputy Middle East and North Africa director Saleh Higazi said the decision made it “explicitly clear that those who dare to speak out about human rights violations by the Israeli authorities will be treated as enemies of the state.”

“Human rights defenders play an essential role in exposing the government’s wrongdoing and fostering public debate,” said Higazi. “Today’s decision is a cowardly move that confirms Israel’s oppressive intent on silencing independent human rights organizations at any cost.”

“The world must not stay silent in the face of this travesty of justice,” Higazi added. “The international community, including Israel’s allies such as the U.S.A., have a responsibility to press Israel to reverse this reprehensible decision and make clear to them that this kind of blatant repression is completely unacceptable and will have consequences.”

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem’s executive director Hagai El-Ad said that while the expulsion was personally shocking, the decision by the high court was in line with Israeli efforts to restrict dissent over the occupation.

“From a personal perspective, it’s shocking and unsettling, to see Omar ordered to leave within 20 days,” said El-Ad. “But from a professional/legal perspective, there’s nothing in the ruling which isn’t in line with earlier rulings by Israel’s HCJ. The only novelty is the application of current Israeli legal dogma in order to deport Omar.”

“Israel, by definition, isn’t a democracy,” El-Ad continued, adding that he hoped the decision would make that clearer to the international community.

“Either way,” said El-Ad, “the fight continues.”

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Vs XENOPHOBIA

Once upon a time 30 years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell, the wall of xenophobia began to build up.

Brown Philo-Semitic Spirits, Freedom of Expression and Xenophobia

 Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

Once upon a time 30 years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell, the wall of xenophobia began to build up. I too was euphoric when I saw the cheering people at the Brandenburg Gate rejoice and breathed the air of freedom. As beautiful as this new freedom and the end of separation and the fall of the wall were, so bitter was the awakening. The GDR was a state of injustice and oppressed and spied on the citizens. Many who today have something to say at the forefront of German politics were, unlike they always try to portray, not victims of the system, but perpetrators. Did not we Germans like that before? When, after 1945, many Nazis were given back their old posts, while emigrants were defamed as traitors, it was the Cold War, Western allies and an ideological education that further spread the brown stink. The old parties became new and did not want to have anything to do with the past. But the past has not passed, it remains as a monument and is not possible without remembering.

Without Russia, no merger to a Germany

When the GDR was actually finished, it was Gorbachev’s merit to jump over the shadow of certain half-baked East German politicians and open the wall. This process testifies to its size. Without Russia, the GDR would never have become free and merged into a Germany. Even today, the differences are still large, but most former GDR citizens have now joined with the Federal Republic. Of course, there are many bitter and abandoned people, but are not they also in the West? It probably takes another generation to make this connection normal.

I have been dealing with this topic since my youth, but in Berlin I experienced the parallels, how the Cold War and the Springer press poisoned the “Berliner Luft”, until today.

Yes, the 9th of November: a day so historic in Germany must continue to be remembered as the commemoration day of the Pogrom Night in 1938, in the East as in the West. But what prevents us from celebrating November as the day of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to regard this fall of the Wall as a reminder and as an incentive to think of the apartheid wall in Palestine and demand its fall in this context. After all, these data and walls are so closely linked.

Pro-Israeli attitudes conceal the ethnic-anti-Semitic attitude of the AfD

Equally connected are right-wing populism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The AfD, the party that shows its discomfiture in the politics of remembrance so openly, has nothing to do with this “bird’s throats of history”, wants to be associated with the “memorial of shame” quite differently than Democrats imagine understands masterly, by their pro-Jewish and pro-Israeli attitude, their true völkisch anti-Semitic attitude to disguise. It is all the more reprehensible, if there is a group of Jews in this party, who feel that they belong to this right-wing extremist thinking and have integrated themselves into this “alternative for Germany”. On the other hand, it does not seem outlandish.

This is exactly what fits it, when AfD defense politician Gerold Otten calls for the deployment of the Bundeswehr at the German border, in order to protect them from refugees. The AfD floats a 50,000 strong reserve corps to reinforce 230,000 soldiers. There will certainly be discussions of a constitutional nature, as Otten said. All of this has been practiced by the Zionist regime for years and so is directed against Palestinians and “infiltrants”. Perhaps these German politicians also favors that Israeli colleagues participate as expert advisers in such missions. Especially since the German Air Force has participated in the International Exercise “Blue Flag” in the Negev Desert since Sunday, November 14, with about 130 soldiers and six Eurofighters of squadron 71 “Richthofen”. The Israel Defense Forces said the exercise was of “utmost strategic importance” in training various combat scenarios and techniques. Incidentally, the USA, Italy and Greece are among them! And so-called Israeli “anti-terrorist specialists” guard image newspaper already Jewish objects in Germany. Why is there no constitutional debate on this topic?

Not only does the Bundeswehr have many admirers in the “Jewish state”, it is also the AfD, which was praised by the Israeli newspaper Israel-Hayom for its Israeli friendliness. In fact, the similarity to Likud or other governing parties of the far-right Israeli spectrum can not be overlooked. (1)

A hateful, xenophobic offensive that is well received in the East

That the AfD is experiencing such a rise, especially in the East German states, the former GDR, should make us all think. After all, the strategy of national identity and migration, as well as the radical rejection of migration, Muslims and strangers, is so fertile that it should frighten us. In fact, many of these voters and Easterners have a xenophobia without strangers. Built on social envy, rejection of multi-cultural and immigration, the AfD was able to win more and more voters. The “Autumn Offensive” campaign quickly became a one-sidedly hateful and xenophobic offensive, and unfortunately that seems to be a good thing, especially in the East. This AfD has moved more and more in the direction of Björn Höcke, the differences are only marginal – between Gauland, Weidel, Meuthen and Beatrix v. Stork or Erika Steinbach, who is not (yet) an AfD member (but she is the director of the AfD-affiliated Desiderius Foundation), as well as the right-wing “Axis of the Good” publicist Vera Lengsfeld, be it a member or only “related”. But basically, everyone fits in a brown AFD bag. (2)

Thus one can observe the dangerous European phenomenon that the parties of the right-wing radicalism show a clearly pro-Israeli-Jewish attitude, so together with the “Jewish state” as a bulwark of the Christian-Jewish Western fight against Islam = terror and Palestinians = terrorists occur. In addition, an alleged Islamic anti-Semitism and a left-wing “anti-imperialist” anti-Semitism as a common enemy will be fought. Let us not forget that the President of the Central Committee, Schuster, was one of the first to demand an “upper limit” in 2015 after the first refugee reception of Syrian refugees. (3)

So we have almost identical demands – if Jewish organizations like the Zionist Gaza massacre demanded more solidarity with Israel, much like positions on the “Patriotic Platform,” which hopefully has now dissolved. This does not change the danger of the AfD and does not excuse any voter who chooses this party! (4)

It is 5 past 12

If now in Thuringia after the election 17 CDU politicians demand “open-ended” talks and the Thuringian parliamentary leader Michael Heym with (jealous!) Looking at the AFD election result of 23.4% and then says “You do not do democracy a favor if you beat up a quarter of the electorate “, then it’s 5 to 12! What about the three-quarters of the rest of the electorate? This disproves any democratic insight that I suspected even in the CDU. If Chancellor Merkel and CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer do not intervene here and try to save the last bit of CDU decency, then I see black and brown for this CDU. If CDU General Secretary Ziemiak can not think of anything better than the term “crazy”, then that’s crazy! As on election night after the disastrous CDU result of 21, 8% of the top candidate Möhring of course announced talks with the election winner and left Prime Minister Ramelow, he was immediately repulsed by the Berlin CDU party headquarters. If the CDU continues to move in that direction, it seems to me time to think about whether this chancellor and party is still governing. The SPD would be well advised to finally free themselves from “left animosity” against the left as a partner – even in the Bund – and to think about new strategies and alliances, instead of becoming more and more a CDU light. Otherwise, you will end up only a “self-employment” as a single-digit “splinter party”. he was immediately repulsed by the Berlin CDU party headquarters. If the CDU continues to move in that direction, it seems to me time to think about whether this chancellor and party is still governing. The SPD would be well advised to finally free themselves from “left animosity” against the left as a partner – also in the Bund – and to think about new strategies and alliances, instead of becoming more and more a CDU light. Otherwise, you will end up only a “self-employment” as a single-digit “splinter party”. he was immediately repulsed by the Berlin CDU party headquarters. If the CDU continues to move in that direction, it seems to me time to think about whether this chancellor and party is still governing. The SPD would be well advised to finally free themselves from “left animosity” against the left as a partner – even in the Bund – and to think about new strategies and alliances, instead of becoming more and more a CDU light. Otherwise, you will end up only a “self-employment” as a single-digit “splinter party”. to finally free themselves from “left animosity” against the left as a partner – also in the federation – and to think about new strategies and alliances, instead of becoming more and more a CDU light. Otherwise, you will end up only a “self-employment” as a single-digit “splinter party”. to finally free themselves from “left animosity” against the left as a partner – also in the federation – and to think about new strategies and alliances, instead of becoming more and more a CDU light. Otherwise, you will end up only a “self-employment” as a single-digit “splinter party”.

The AfD party has set off an avalanche and set the inhibition threshold of hate especially against Islam and Muslims in motion, the spiritual political arsonists and media also kindled, but were still outdated by the AfD. It is a rendition of rhetoric and deeds – like the murders of the NSU – that has not been taken seriously for a long time. Only the attack against the synagogue in Halle caused international attention. However, such far-right “individual perpetrators” have their spiritual helpers and cronies everywhere and pose a terrible threat to ALL of us, but of course more to hate objects such as Muslims and Jews. While the NSU murders were not taken seriously at the beginning, the grave desecration of the grave of my father Heinz Galinski is still unresolved, The state is now becoming ever more attentive when it comes to its politicians. After the terrible murder of the local politician Lübcke they thought about what a danger, especially since the politicians felt particularly affected. In the ominous extreme right-wing threatening letters to the Greens Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir the excitement is great, the state is now “woken up”. This excitement I would have liked in the threatening letters against the Frankfurt-based lawyer with Turkish roots, Seda Basay-Yildiz, which she got from a group NSU2.O, she was one of the co-plaintiff representatives in the NSU trial. In the ominous extreme right-wing threatening letters to the Greens Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir the excitement is great, the state is now “woken up”. This excitement I would have liked in the threatening letters against the Frankfurt-based lawyer with Turkish roots, Seda Basay-Yildiz, which she got from a group NSU2.O, she was one of the co-plaintiff representatives in the NSU trial. In the ominous extreme right-wing threatening letters to the Greens Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir the excitement is great, the state is now “woken up”. This excitement I would have liked in the threatening letters against the Frankfurt-based lawyer with Turkish roots, Seda Basay-Yildiz, which she got from a group NSU2.O, she was one of the co-plaintiff representatives in the NSU trial.

Here avenged the German well-known policy, which always understood only the left as an enemy and who always regarded the rights with benevolent gaze. While the KPD was banned and the Radikaleerlass suffered much under the Willy Brandt government in 1972, many left-leaning careers were destroyed – in line with the motto “Left out and Nazis in” – the Republicans and the NPD were not banned , (5) (6)

What we do not need are walls and politicians on the leash of secretly governing Lobbyists

Like the left, Islam has a hard time in Germany. As in the Western media against Muslims, Turkey and Islam stir up the prejudices, the Islamophobia in the population has been scarily promoted. Only in this way could right-wing populism and the AfD increase in this way. The demonization of Iran and Islam by Hamas, Hezbollah at the instigation of the US and the Israel lobby has taken on alarming proportions with slogans such as “Iranian Holocaust”, “backwardness, misogyny and honor killings in Islam, Muslim anti-Semitism, the Koran as a dangerous book: Sure for surah “, to list only a few Hetzbeispiele.

Is not there an increasing instrumentalization of religions in the “Jewish state” and in Christian evangelicals, who act as great “friends of the Jews”? Why then point to Islam and defame it? Through this dangerous development, Western society has become complicit in ever-increasing Islam hatred. (7)

What we need is a tolerant and open society that lives together free of ideologies in a multicultural Germany and Europe without prejudice. That is possible and will soon be desired. In fact, we need about 400,000 workers in Germany who can dignify and grow old with dignity and alms. But what we do not need are walls and self-serving politicians who do not think about the country and us citizens, but only to the lobbyists, the secret rulers.

The problem is the brown spirits and xenophobia

What we do not need at all is a constant armament increase and an increase in the defense budget. Equally, there must be an end to Russia’s and Turkey’s hostile foreign policy. No war missions and interference in foreign conflicts. We do not need a raison d’être for the “Jewish state” and support for its anti-settlements policy of settlement and expulsion.

Not the anti-Semitism and its definition – with more than questionable conclusions – are the problem, but it is the brown spirits and xenophobia. False philosemitic Israeli friends saw the foundations of democracy. Freedom of expression also applies to BDS supporters and critics of Israel and is a high good worth defending. It is worth arguing for that. (8) (9)

We do not need brown philo-Semitic spirits that undermine freedom of expression and fuel xenophobia!

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/israel-und-europas-rechtspopulisten-verbuende-gegen-islam-und-islamismus/23938578.html

(2) https://www.br.de/nachrichten/deutschland-welt/analyse-sind-afd-politiker-geistige-brandstifter,ReyGTZT

(3) https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/fluechtlinge-zentralrat-der-juden-fordern-obergrenze-a-1064054.html

(4) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/afd-nahe-patriotische-plattform-will-aufloesen-15799687.html

(5) https://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/historiker-kritisiert-das-kpd-verbot-des-bundesverfassungsgerichts-a-1172072.html

(6) https://www.zeit.de/2013/29/berufsverbote-radikaleerlass-1972/komplettansicht

(7) https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2016-12/islam-verstaendnis-medien-berichterstattung-populismus-gefahr

(8) https://taz.de/Debatte-about-the-BDS-Bewegung/!5631712/

(9) https://taz.de/Experte-ueber-Antisemitismusdefinitions/!5635028/

 

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PALESTINOPHOBIA … THE LATEST FROM JARED KUSHNER

Judging by the way he has been ranting about brown, native Palestinians, he must have had similar views of the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Obviously his role models are Hendrik Verwoerd, P. W. Botha, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin—to mention but a few fanatical defenders of racism and settler-colonialism. 

On Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.

“Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Kushner told the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He went on: “If you want to go and invest in the West Bank or Gaza, the issue that’s holding you back is the fear of terrorism and that your investment could be destroyed.”

In my response to his previous racist remarks, I argued that it was racism 101. His biologist approach to race and ethnicity cannot be separated from the orientalist ideology that drove the classical colonialism of the 19th century. Here you have a colonial envoy, not unlike the British and French envoys of the heydays of colonialism, blaming the victims, as Edward Said would put it. Brown, native Palestinians are backward so much so that they should be appreciative of the generosity of apartheid Israel and Zionism and welcome Israeli peaceful soldiers with open arms. Any act of resistance on their side is deemed to failure and amounts to a form of terrorism that destroys any investment made by foreign businesses.

Forget about Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, forget about the more than 600 military checkpoints slicing what remains of the West Bank, and the more than 60 discriminatory laws against Israel’s Palestinian citizens. Forget about the blockade of Gaza described as “incremental genocide” by Ilan Pappe, and the fact that Gaza, according to a UN report, will become “unlivable” by 2020. Forget about the thousands of deaths in three genocidal wars described by mainstream human rights organizations and UN fact-finding missions as “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” carried out by the Israeli military against the 2 million civilians of Gaza within a period of six years. Forget about 71 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing and the fact that there are 7 million Palestinian refugees entitled to their right of return in accordance with UN resolution 194. And of course you have to forget about the increasing number of Jewish-only settlements, that all come with the unconditional support of the United States of America.

But doesn’t Mr. Kushner know this?

What did he think of the white rule of South Africa under the apartheid regime? Did he also think that “black terrorism” was responsible for the suffering of the majority of the population there? That Africans were to blame for their own suffering?

But you don’t even have to leave the United States. What did he think of the suffering of African Americans under the Jim Crow laws? Judging by the way he has been ranting about brown, native Palestinians, he must have had similar views of the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Obviously his role models are Hendrik Verwoerd, P. W. Botha, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin—to mention but a few fanatical defenders of racism and settler-colonialism.

Actually, I imagine Mr. Kushner claims to respect Mandela, King, and even Mahatma Gandhi. And that leaves us Palestinians in a completely separate category where our non-violent, peaceful resistance to occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism is considered a form of terrorism. Any act of defiance on our part is rejected outright. Unlike Mandela and King, we are Palestinian Arabs with an intrinsic tendency for terrorism. And this, in short, exemplifies Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia, a combination of racism, orientalism, and colonialism directed toward Palestinians who, for him, should not have been there from the beginning.

LOVE IN JERUSALEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Israeli occupation forces brutally beating number of Palestinians in Al wad road in the old city of Jerusalem

AFTER OVER A MONTH ….. WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR ELECTION RESULTS IN ISRAEL

The September election was a re-run of the election on April 9, in which Likud narrowly won a plurality. A new upstart party, Blue and White, led by General Benny Gantz, came close to upsetting Bibi’s long-time tenure.

Adversaries now, allies then: Seen through a memorial wreath, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, sits next to his Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, left, at a ceremony in Jerusalem, April 15, 2013. The two are now in competition to see who can form the next Israeli government. | Jim Hollander / via AP

Netanyahu fails to form a government after Israeli election—What happens now?

 BY ERIC A. GORDON

 

As of July 20, 2019, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu became the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, edging out the founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

In the general election on Sept. 17, he narrowly failed to secure a majority for his Likud Party. It marked a sea change in Israeli politics and history, a visible blow to the right-wing hegemony that has not only prevented solutions to the ongoing crisis of the Occupation but deepened it. Yet in the end, for reasons we’ll explain, little may change in the short term. The concluding chapter of the election story has yet to be written.

It’s a complex story owing to Israel’s parliamentary system, whereby in a nation and a Knesset sharply divided over ideology, religion, and ethnicity, governments have ruled by fragile, shifting coalitions, often of parties not otherwise friendly, designed to distribute government spoils and satisfy competing constituencies.

The September election was a re-run of the election on April 9, in which Likud narrowly won a plurality. A new upstart party, Blue and White, led by General Benny Gantz, came close to upsetting Bibi’s long-time tenure. Gantz’s platform was not so different from Bibi’s, but he came close to defeating him in the wake of public disgust with Netanyahu’s corruption, for which he is under indictment for financial and political crimes.

Nevertheless, after Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin asked Netanyahu to form a governing coalition, he couldn’t do it. The Knesset has 120 seats, and Bibi could not cobble together 61 seats, even with all the concessions such deal-making entails. Therefore, a new election had to be called for September in the hope that some voters might rethink their strategy for moving forward out of the morass.

This time, Blue and White came out ahead with 57 seats committed to a governing coalition, and Likud with 55. The difference this time came from the open support of Benny Gantz from the Joint List, a coalition of small Arab parties that includes Hadash, a configuration of the Communist Party of Israel, and led by a Palestinian Israeli, Member of Knesset (MK) Ayman Odeh. The List also includes the exclusively Arab Ta’al, the Islamist Ra’am, and the nationalist Balad. The Joint List took 10.6% of the vote and 13 Knesset seats, becoming the third-largest party in Israel.

On the question of the Occupation, Benny Gantz does not appreciably separate himself from the hardline Likud position. Yet for years Netanyahu has run a fear-based politics of no rights for Israel’s Palestinian citizens, appealing to Jews to vote for him because “the Arabs are stealing the election” and “voting in droves” (as if as citizens of Israel it’s not their right to vote). In recent elections, Likud set up video cameras at Arab polling stations to intimidate voters.

What the Joint List found more to their liking about Gantz is that at least he did not engage in openly racist anti-Arab hate-mongering and seemed willing to talk with Palestinian leaders respectfully. More than that, Gantz invited Odeh to speak at a Blue and White-Labor-Meretz election rally in Tel Aviv, where he received a tumultuous ovation.

Even so, Gantz would not have allowed the Joint List to actually form part of the government: That would have ignited a firestorm of Zionist outrage. But for numerical purposes, in order to form a majority in the Knesset, Joint List votes would be counted.

With Gantz in office, existential questions of Zionism and Occupation would not be addressed, but perhaps other issues might be, such as Israeli child poverty, the highest rate of any OECD country, affecting nearly half of Israel’s Palestinian citizens.

A shared future?

Traditionally, the president offers the party with the plurality vote the right to try forming a governing coalition. That is what happened in April, and Netanyahu failed. Most observers expected that this time Rivlin would make the offer to Gantz. But he did not. Instead, on Sept. 25, he offered it again to Netanyahu. Because in the meantime, one of the Joint List partners, the Palestinian nationalist party Balad, withdrew its three seats in protest against Gantz, eliminating his lead, a move that upset Odeh over his Joint List partner’s apparent unwillingness to learn to work with Jews. As proof that life is more real than rhetoric, the numbers, now 54 for Gantz to Bibi’s 55, gave the nod to Likud. So Netanyahu was back in the hot seat, desperately trying to hold onto the prime ministership as his wall of protection against conviction on corruption charges.

Netanyahu floated the idea of a Unity government, with himself, naturally, continuing as prime minister, at least for two years, to be followed by two years for Gantz—though who knows what could happen in two years: Netanyahu has proved himself a master manipulator. An Israeli Unity government would cut out not only the Joint List, but the left-wing Labor and Democratic Union (Meretz) parties, both of which lost seats in the Knesset, and the right-wing nationalist and religious parties. The government would be right-wing and secular, and continue to do nothing about resolving Palestinian claims both within Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza.

Gantz was unwilling to come into unity with the very party and man he twice ran against with considerable success.

One rather intriguing feature of a Unity government would be that the Joint List would then become the official leader of the opposition, entitling Ayman Odeh to be brought into consultation on state and foreign affairs and national security. It is anticipated, however, that in such a case, some loophole in the law would be found to prevent Arab representation at that level.

As Odeh stated in a Sept. 22 New York Timesop-ed piece, “Our decision to recommend Mr. Gantz as the next prime minister without joining his expected national unity coalition government is a clear message that the only future for this country is a shared future, and there is no shared future without the full and equal participation of Arab Palestinian citizens.”

Significantly, Odeh is one of several confirmed Palestinian speakers for the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” J Street National Conference in late October in Washington, D.C., expected to attract some 2,000 people, including Democratic presidential candidates who will lay out their visions for Israel/Palestine and the Middle East.

As of Oct. 21, Netanyahu (on his 70th birthday) revealed that he had failed again to form a government, so now the charge goes to Gantz. Other parties might become more flexible now and agree to join a Gantz government. Israeli politics, as much as or more than anywhere, is classic horse-trading. He has 28 days to try putting together a government. Perhaps Balad can be persuaded to return to the coalition, but that will still not be enough. Gantz will have to secure the partnership of at least one other party.

An interesting topic is the estimated 4,900 Jews across the country, even some in right-wing settlement communities and all-Jewish towns, who voted for the Joint List. They could have voted for liberal Zionist parties such as Labor or Meretz but chose instead to throw their weight toward Arab-led parties as a sign of support for the principle that Israel’s problems can and will only be solved be strengthening the Arab-Jewish coalition. Whatever they may profess publicly, these Jews objectively are declaring themselves “non-Zionists” who envision a future for all of Israel’s citizens without discrimination. Of the five Knesset seats won by Hadash, which is mostly Arab but has Jewish members also, one of them will go to the Jewish Ofer Cassif.

Pragmatism over ideology

The importance of the Joint List vote, and of the plurality that voted for Gantz and against Netanyahu should not be underestimated. It can be seen as a sign that the left, however it is reconstituted, is not dead, but focused on pragmatic rather than ideological goals. The Israeli “Old Left”—the Labor Party and other leftist Zionists who founded and led the country for its first thirty-odd years—has been marginalized. It may be time finally to acknowledge that a successful reconciliation of Zionism and egalitarian democracy was always a highly problematic project, if not indeed impossible. It was bound one day to reach a critical crossroads.

The fact that Netanyahu was defeated at the polls, that once again he could not form a government, sent shivers down the spines of Reaction. Likud polled lower in September than in April, so this may open up space for other voices in the party calling for him to pass the baton to less abrasive—and less criminal—leaders. And once out of office, Netanyahu may well land in prison.

A Gantz government would be a relief to the American Jewish establishment, and to a plurality of voters in Israel, because it would offer some welcome stability to the country after all of Netanyahu’s chaos and offensively open racism. An Israel led by Gantz would be far more amenable to U.S. Democratic voters and politicians—and for better or worse, help to regain bipartisan American support. Notably, Netanyahu’s defeat elicited scant attention from the White House. A political corner may have been turned. Sixty percent of eligible Palestinian Israelis voted: An even larger turnout would make an even greater difference by shifting the balance of power.

If Gantz, too, is unable to form a government, the president has the right to call upon any MK to try and patch together a minimum of 61 votes. Or he could call for an unprecedented third election.

The Joint List platform

What does the Joint List stand for? Its platform contains these major points:

  • A just peace based on the June 4, 1967, borders, that includes end of the Occupation, dismantling of settlements and the separation wall, release of political prisoners, a fair resolution of the refugee problem, and an independent State of Palestine. [This position was misrepresented by Netanyahu as wanting to “destroy Israel.”]
  • “Full equality, both national and civil, for the Arab-Palestinian public in Israel, as a homeland minority with collective and personal rights…. The List works to inculcate the values of pluralism and tolerance, and fights against the effects of violence, crime and the anarchy of weapons.”
  • Elimination of “all manifestations of racism and fascism” and “the establishment of a democratic constitution that enshrines the values of equality, justice, and human rights, and basic social rights and democratic freedoms.” [Israel has never had a written constitution, an intentionally instituted flaw designed to allow interpretation of policy to evolve—or devolve—according to administration, practice, national emergency or military law, and judicial ruling.]
  • “Workers’ rights, social and environmental justice…raise the minimum wage…guarantee the basic rights to health, education, welfare, and housing for all citizens.”
  • “Equal rights for women in all spheres of life….”
  • “Support and empower culture and art without discrimination or exclusion…preserve the status of the Arabic language as an official language….”
  • “The Joint List rejects the imperialist involvement in the affairs of the countries of the region and the world, the policy of religious and ethnic divisions, and the dissolution of states and peoples. The List supports the right of peoples to independence, freedom, justice, and democracy.”
  • “The Joint List is struggling to demilitarize the Middle East, including Israel, nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction….”

The Joint List platform, which does not mention “Zionism,” is largely based on the Hadash program. Palestinian Israelis cannot afford the luxury of fighting “Zionism,” if by that is meant the existence of Israel as a nation-state in the world. They recognize that neither Israel nor its Jewish inhabitants are going anywhere. Their focus is instead on practical, achievable goals that can help bring Israeli citizens of all backgrounds together.

Aida Touma-Suleiman, for example, an MK representing the Joint List and Hadash, heads the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. In that capacity, she has traveled to Orthodox Jewish towns to join with women there protesting separate sidewalks for men and women.

Last October, Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city, with a long-recognized Arab minority, elected Dr. Einat Kalisch Rotem as its first woman mayor. A member of the now beleaguered Labor Party, she won her five-year term by forming a coalition that included Hadash, Meretz (which votes with Hadash 90% of the time), and an Orthodox party. Immediately, she was criticized by Netanyahu for including in her municipal government “anti-Israel” people. At the same time, the nationalist Arab parties criticized Hadash for serving in a “Zionist” administration. She responded that the problems of Haifa, such as pollution, housing, education, and equality, had nothing to do with Zionism. For deputy mayor, she appointed someone from Meretz for the first half of her term and another from Hadash for the second half.

In other municipal elections, the city of Lod is also exemplary. Yair Revivo, the incumbent mayor from the Likud Party, won handily, but the 90% turnout of the Palestinian vote earned Arab representation on almost half of the city council. No angry phone call came from Netanyahu in protest.

Although Israel/Palestine activists in America, as well as some in nationalist Arab parties within Israel, are laser-focused on “Zionism,” practical politics demands solutions to real, on-the-ground issues that go far beyond ideology.

Past experience backs up this strategy. In 1992, the Labor Party’s Yitzhak Rabin won his election with support from an Arab party and Hadash. Both knew they would not form part of his government, but by offering him his winning votes, they secured his majority and gained better treatment in Palestinian towns—schools, sewage, construction. Rabin also made progress at Oslo on the two-state solution—for which the fanatical Jewish nationalist/religious right wing gunned him down in 1995.

If Gantz is able to form a government, Palestinians feel that even without tackling the two-state problem, he might address other issues, such as the infestation of illegal weapons in Arab towns which are killing hundreds of Arab victims every year. Most of those weapons come from the Israeli Defense Forces. Crime is overlooked, and perhaps even tacitly promoted, so long as Arabs are killing Arabs.

The future of Israel will not be determined by elections alone. Some of the other groups working toward justice in various areas of civic life include:

Standing Together, a grassroots organization of Jews and Arabs.

Peace Now, founded in 1978, supporting two states based in the 1967 borders.

Yesh Gvul (There is a Limit), founded to support refuseniks during the first Lebanon War in 1982.

B’Tselem (In the Image of), the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

Breaking the Silence, founded in 2005 to collect testimonies from Israeli soldiers.

Rabbis for Human Rights, working to legally prevent or reverse the takeover of Palestinian lands and homes.

Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch, a women’s organization monitoring occurrences on the borders between Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Physicians for Human Rights, founded in 1988 during the first Palestinian intifada.

Combatants for Peace, a volunteer organization of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters now committed to nonviolent means to promote peace.

The New Israel Fund, founded in 1979 and U.S.-based, supports a large number of democratic and civil rights organizations within Israel.

AS IF WE DIDN’T KNOW ….. ZIONISM IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

Why are the Palestinian rights, which also include a legal and UN-approved right of return to their stolen and occupied homeland, portrayed here as a terror that threatens Israel and its right to exist? This is a crime that, like the National Law, restricts even more the rights of all minorities and has as little to do with democracy as Zionism.

Zionism is a Crime Against Humanity 

Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

When AKK, the new German Minister of War, Annegret Kramp-K (n) arrenberger, made her inaugural visit to the “Jewish State,” Israel’s security was the German raison d’etre. She was so motivated by her attachment to the “Jewish state” that she particularly pointed out that her first trip abroad, outside the EU, was going to Israel, that she was consciously choosing to speak in Israel as a privilege. According to “boss” Merkel, who in 2008 had already made the German state rationale for the security of Israel a “matter of the heart”. Even then AKK words should have made us deeply worried – their words of recognition to Israel, how to learn from Israel in terms of defense and cybersecurity.

Israel’s reign of terror

What we learn from Israel is how an apartheid state has managed to become a victim of the Holocaust, building a reign of terror over the illegal occupation of Palestine, which is unique in the world. As Netanyahu once said when it came to US support, the Jewish lobby in the US is so strong that we can expect support again and again.

In fact, this support, which is supported by all parties in Germany – supported by the lobby – has become official and uncritical policy. While Jewish settlements, war crimes and crimes against international law are being promoted as “self-defense” to actively support this small, allegedly only enemy-threatened country, the systematic destruction of Palestinian infrastructure and life here is virtually unnoticed or philosemitically ignored.

Why are the Palestinian rights, which also include a legal and UN-approved right of return to their stolen and occupied homeland, portrayed here as a terror that threatens Israel and its right to exist? This is a crime that, like the National Law, restricts even more the rights of all minorities and has as little to do with democracy as Zionism.

AKK as an Israeli combat drone

So, if AKK demands a “security zone” for Syria, why has not it made this demand to Israel, which almost daily violates sovereign rights and airspaces through drone surveillance and attacks? Why are more than questionable Kurdish fighters supported, but Palestinian resistance fighters defamed as terrorists? Because the “Jewish state” and the Israel lobby are massively pursuing this “whispering policy” and have German philosemitic functionaries firmly in their hands?

When AKK emphasized responsibility for the present and the future during her visit to the “Jewish State” out of historical guilt and presented this as a “personal” obligation in the spirit of hope and friendship, she was actually aware of how she was doing so International law and human rights trample? While AKK as CDU chairman and “Minister of Defense” sought to profile themselves on all “waves” in order to finally position themselves for the chancellorship.

Her request to intervene in Syria and to demand an international security zone in the Syrian territory to Turkey seemed to her the opportunity for the “liberation blow”. When she brashly styled and styled on ZDF on Monday night and acted like Merkel’s model in the red blazer – but still with a cross around her neck – one could almost see how the prospects for German military cooperation and leadership inspired her. AKK, which made itself such a self-important “combat drone”, wanted to see their initiative as an important contribution in view of the difficult humanitarian situation in northern Syria. AKK wanted to position itself internationally to take control, so as not to let Russia and Turkey alone to cooperate. While she probably already dreams of that “her” Bundeswehr troops will intervene there, she knows very well that the Bundestag must decide on it. We do not know whether it will come back to the UNO decision on German actions, but with this kind of politicians this is quite conceivable.

Right-wing extremist friendships

While she briefed her colleague AA-Maas about her plans and said that she was surprised, and that she sees “still need for discussion” in the proposals and considers it too early for such considerations, you can not be sure how he and the SPD will finally decide when it comes to the “Gro / Ko” sausage? After all, it is precisely this Foreign Minister in terms of the “Jewish State” so connected with the views of the CDU colleague. Had he not announced his deep attachment to Israel during his visit to Israel, since he had gone into politics because of Auschwitz, building up a friendship with a far-right former colleague? With Ayeled Shaked, who did not hesitate to make their election campaign with reference to this “friendship”?

In fact, Maas actually complained about Israel’s “exclusion” by the UN in May and that it did not behave correctly towards Israel. Indeed, the “Auschwitz Minister” actually vowed to strengthen Jerusalem’s position in foreign policy to end this “painful and unsatisfactory” state, to strengthen Israel’s present and legitimate interests, and to block any attempt to delegitimize or isolate the “Jewish state”. to prevent. So what else can we expect from these politicians, who continue to side with an apartheid and occupied state that knowingly disregards international law and commits war crimes of the worst kind?

Of course, what Israel is allowed to do when it comes to Turkey is very different. A violation of international law will only be punished and sanctions will only be demanded if it is allegedly committed by Russia or Turkey. Let us be relieved that the US is withdrawing from Syria. But they will have trouble stationing these “great Trump’s troops.” Already dismisses the Iraq and do not want to have these troops in the country, after all, one has enough experience with US war troops made.

Syrian refugees: product of criminal Zionist power politics?

But my big worry is that the “Jewish deputy” is already clenching his hooves, waiting to intervene in Syria to kill two birds with one stone: to weaken Assad so that he no longer has any claims on the illegally occupied and Golan Heights, which belongs to Syria. To eliminate Iran definitively and to blow it completely out of Syria. Was not it Israel, which from the beginning put the fray on Syria, Lebanon and Iran, to fire the fire as a fire-accelerant. Are not the many Syrian refugees today and the Palestinian people in Lebanon a victim of this criminal Zionist power politics?

If we had not had Turkey, which took away the millions of refugees, we would be even more stupid. Merkel would not do anything without the Turkey agreement. Israel in particular is a master in refugee creation and then rejects it. (Except for Jewish people) This is one of the reasons why AfD and the Zionist regime work so well together. The fight against Muslims connects them. The rise of right-wing extremists worldwide has made Zionist politics even more powerful.

Kramp Karrenbauer and Merkel should take care that they do not take over if they make big foreign policy. Neither Russia nor Turkey will take a long look at these “AKK games”. If now also the “left” Katja Kipping Erdogan and Turkey threatens and even calls to freeze his accounts, then the incompetent ladies trio is complete.

A state that disregards international and human rights must have no right to exist

When it comes to Jewish concerns, all “values” are nullified, and all that matters is the security and existence of a “Jewish state,” which as a state that disregards international and human rights, has no right to exist , As long as the existence of a Palestinian state and sovereignty of this people is not supported, the “Jewish state” can not be supported. However, we are further away than ever. Also elections will not change anything in Israel nothing.

If outgoing EU Commission President Juncker prides himself on not having one of the world’s 60 or so ongoing wars taking place in Europe, that is very “pleasant”, but covers up an important fact that we are making a lot of money on these wars and pursue their own economic interests. Oil fields and natural gas must be protected, that is the maxim of “economic values”, the basis of geopolitics. Has not Israel been trying for some time to profitably exploit the huge oilfields on its doorstep?

If the final goal of the Federal Government is the new military strength, ever higher arms spending and arms sales, perhaps with the “ultimate goal” of horror and the stationing of nuclear weapons, then it is time for us to defend ourselves against it as German citizens Contribute to politics.

When human rights statements degenerate into phrases …

If the European Union pretends to defend human rights and speaks of values ​​to be defended, but all these “values” become phrases, then it is overdue that finally a rethinking takes place and the “Jewish state” as an apartheid state and illegal Occupying power is treated. As long as millions of Palestinians are deprived of their rights to live in dignity and freedom, and Germany does not face historical and contemporary responsibility, as long as we, who criticize Israel and support the Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions Movement (BDS), become criminals Anti-Semites should be made and the freedom of expression should be silenced, as long as it pays to stand up for it, especially in Germany!

Yes, I support the statement by Turkish President Erdogan that “Zionism is a crime against humanity”.

 

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DEMONIZING ISLAM IN THE GERMAN MEDIA

While Islam and Muslims are often described as backward, reactionary and dangerous, they try to portray Judaism as a haven of humanism and tolerance. However, if we look into the “Jewish state”, the reality is quite different. A Zionist regime of oppression and occupation based on Old Testament rules, which is contrary to international law and inhuman, is neither democratic nor tolerant.

The ominous influence of the “media companion” 

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

In fact, we now have a poisoned atmosphere in Germany, not just since the murderous attack in Halle, but for many years. What’s going on here about right-wing extremism and unbridled neo-Nazi marches and organizations has been more or less accepted for decades. The raucous hordes of East German villages moved and watched the police helpless, is not an isolated case. It is the old anti-Semitism, which always finds a breeding ground and will never change. Only when a German politician was murdered did one wake up. While the NSU murders, in which many things remain in the dark until today and waiting for clarification, one would have to listen. (1)

Post-war Germany marked by the stuffiness of the brown talare

After two attacks on my father’s grave, Heinz-Galinski, in September and December 1998, when my husband and I wanted to suspend a reward for the capture of the offender, we were called by the Berlin Attorney General that it was unnecessary and that the investigation after only six weeks after the fact (!) would be set. It boosted the video surveillance and that’s it. When, after my father’s death, two pig heads were thrown across the synagogue’s Erfurt wall, with slips of paper around their necks saying, “At last the pig Galinski is dead,” the perp was a well-known neo-Nazi, Dienel, the monthly money from the constitution protection Thuringia got. Organs like the National-Zeitung, which were able to spread their right-wing ideas without restraint, were normal. Post-war Germany was marked by the stuffiness of the brown talare. Everything was accepted then, and in response to that brown past came the 68s who protested. All this was a thorn in the side of the Springer press, which today still stands in the blind support of Israel and found a terrible climax with the Dutschke assassination and the death of orphan. Countless right-wing extremist attacks against Jewish institutions were sad normality. Yes, that was living anti-Semitism. Countless right-wing extremist attacks against Jewish institutions were sad normality. Yes, that was living anti-Semitism. Countless right-wing extremist attacks against Jewish institutions were sad normality. Yes, that was living anti-Semitism.

Quite typical: one was blind in the right eye and instead turned his attention to “left-wing terrorism” according to the “cold-war custom”, led by the “Springer-Cold War press”. To this day, we experience this monopoly of opinion of certain media. Since everything is lumped in the meantime, which has absolutely nothing to do with each other.

Halle has shown in a cruel way, which also individual offenders are able to tinker with the simplest means dangerous weapons and – see Breivik and Christchurch – can cause a massacre. That it did not happen in Halle, we owe a lucky circumstance that the synagogue door withstood. That there was no police monitoring is inexcusable, even if Saxony-Anhalt’s Interior Minister Stahlknecht and his authorities “have no blame.” Stahlknecht is therefore in the pure and tries to dismiss the warnings of the Federal Criminal Police Office, which had long warned against attacks, as “fictitious and not concrete”. Constant surveillance of Jewish institutions is still everyday and unfortunately important. Just as important, however, is the protection of Muslim institutions and mosques.

Soon Turkish and Russian “anti-terrorist units” to guard in Germany?

It should make us all deeply concerned that fear and prejudice against Islam and Muslims are being fueled in Germany, which are already meeting with fertile ground among the population. While Muslims mutate into new Jews, on whom one can unload hate and hate, Jews are lifted on a pedestal. Philosemitism, which succeeded the old anti-Semitism, has become a terrible danger. It is a danger that should startle Jews.

And that makes me come to the actual thought of my comment. Do German Jews really want to be thrown into a pot with the “Jewish occupying regime”? Why is it uncritically accepted that Chancellor Merkel calls Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to assure her of her concern. (2) Affected are members of a religious community and non-Israeli citizens. Or are German Jews meanwhile equated with Israeli? If that is the intention of the Central Council of Jews and Israel, then good night Germany.

I still remember the indignation when the former President of the Central Council, Bubis, was addressed to “his” president, the Israeli. Do you still have to wonder? What is to be kept from the fact that Israeli “anti-terrorist units” are guarding Jewish institutions, as reported by the German media’s “Krebsgeschwür,” Bild-Zeitung. Is that part of the German state rationale? And is that compatible with the Constitution? Imagine that there are Turkish or Russian “anti-terror units”, what would be the cause of an outcry? (3)

Does the attack in Halle not just the “Jewish state” located?

Is it really in the Jewish sense to be treated as standing under a special protection of species? Do you want to be a “fellow citizen” or not a citizen who has arrived and is not accepted. Unfortunately, everything points exactly to the opposite. While politicians and security forces outdo each other in action and decisions, it would be perfectly sufficient to implement existing laws.

The many notorious perpetrators were in the pay of the constitution protection, is known and was accepted. When former constitutional protection chief Maßen fell out of favor due to his right-wing tendencies, Seehofer held his protective hand over him and held on to him in loyalty to the Nibelung until the barrel was overflowing and modest in his “rightfulness” could no longer be maintained. (4) (5)

Does the terrible attack in Halle not just the “Jewish state” located? While the government and the Federal President complain about anti-Semitism and racism, solidarity with Jews is manifested in Germany, vigils and church services take place, and “never again” is invoked, attempts are made to undo failures in this way. To deal with these omissions, however, it is necessary to finally criticize and sanction human and international crimes in the “Jewish state”. But if that is missed by the “rulers” and concealed, that is a shame. So while the Zionist regime continues its occupation crimes on the Palestinian people with increasing Judaization, further construction of new settlements is announced, Torture is carried out by the state, it does not seem to matter in Germany. What else has to happen, until finally it comes to a “normality” in the good sense – not in AfD manner? (6) (7)

Transfiguration of the “chosen” driven to new heights

On the contrary, it seems that the transfiguration of the “chosen ones” is being driven to new heights. I was stunned to hear from one of the participating journalists, Alexander Kissler, last Sunday in the Press Club on Racism and Anti-Semitism, that we must now support Israel even more in response to the attack in Halle. Instead of the moderator Jörg Schönenborn demanded a clarification, this requirement remained so. Do not German journalists really ask themselves how to take an uncritical attitude to Israel? How do you want to make that plausible to the viewer, that we silently solidarize with this “Jewish apartheid occupation state”? Was therefore also the otherwise subsequent 15-minute audience broadcast “demand” replaced without replacement and without further explanation? Is this the German “reason of state” for Israel, which also applies to the public-law state radio? Can these “opinion guides” actually still look in the mirror? Should not they ask themselves whether they still regard themselves as journalists or have already completely degenerated into submissive command recipients?

It seems that attempts are now being made to distract from the right-wing extremist problem by focusing on Palestinian anti-Israel activists, boycott groups called “anti-Semitic” (!), And “radical leftists” in the interests of Israel pay attention to the critics and away from the crimes. Here we are dealing with a perfect interaction of Israel lobby, “opinion leaders” and politicians. Thus, one must establish a content context of the anti-BDS decision of the Bundestag of May 2019 and point it out again and again. This kills two birds with one stone, fosters fear and portrays Israel as a rescuing refuge. What more does the “Jewish state” fear than more Jews leaving the “promised land”! So one tries with Hasbara propagandistic Angstschürung massively to promote the immigration (Allyah rise) – prefers also to strengthen the settlements. Is not reality a different one? Is not it just a lot of Jewish Israelis emigrating? Just think of the more than 30,000 living in Berlin, who live according to the Central Council of Jews to a large extent in “no-go” areas.

Again, the official side is trying to bring right-wing terrorism into connection with “Islamism”. This is completely wrong and only helps the AfD and Israel. When I warned against this party when the AfD was founded, I was massively attacked. When I wrote and said that their voters can not be excused as protestors, I was attacked again, why? Because this party boasts of being on the side of the Jews?

If “opinion companion” without scruples in a staging play

Were not CSU and CDU politicians haunting similar sounds that they no longer want to know today? Did not they try to linguistically outdo each other in their actionism? Were not there sayings such as “German values” and statements that Islam does not belong to Germany, which fueled the spiritual breeding ground for this “brown seed”? Every day we experience what we have to do with “German values”: shameless double standards when it comes to the “Jewish state”.

While Islam and Muslims are often described as backward, reactionary and dangerous, they try to portray Judaism as a haven of humanism and tolerance. However, if we look into the “Jewish state”, the reality is quite different. A Zionist regime of oppression and occupation based on Old Testament rules, which is contrary to international law and inhuman, is neither democratic nor tolerant.

So now, after the “Kippa marches”, when we experience “Star of David marches”, that’s once again a one-sided support for a group. While more mosques and Muslim institutions have been attacked, migrants can not be sure, the importance of anti-Semitism is exaggerated. Anti-Semitism exists and was and is strengthened today by the policy of the “Jewish state”. Germany is guilty again – not only because “BDS followers” and Jews who profess to boycott, disinvestments and sanctions until Palestine is free, are defamed as anti-Semites, but also through this new philosemitism of “opinion leaders”, who plays with no scruples in a production that could prove dangerous for all Jews. Let us take an example of the USA. There, more and more Jews – especially younger ones – are turning away from the blind support of the “Jewish state” because they realize that they serve Jewish life without fear. If fears are fueled here with the help of “Christian Zionist” politicians and the Israel lobby instead of rooting all evil, then Jews should really be scared of this kind of “opinion leader” and her helpers.

footnotes:

(1) https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/zdfzoom/zdfzoom-die-todesliste-des-nsu-100.html

(2) https://www.zeit.de/news/2019-10/10/merkel-telefoniert-mit-netanjahu

(3) https://www.bild.de/bild-plus/politik/inland/politik-inland/synagogen-in-deutschland-schutz-durchan-anti-terror-einheiten-aus-israel-65257422,view=conversionToLogin .bild.html

(4) https://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2018-09/horst-seehofer-hans-georg-maassen-koalition

(5) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/auskunft-nach-gerichtsbeschluss-beriet-maassen-doch-die-afd/24448734.html

(6) https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-s-conscience-sedated-and-on-a-respirator-1.7927815

(7) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191013-israel-to-build-new-settlement-homes-in-west-bank/

 

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THE ISRAELI NON GOVERNMENT’S FIRST MOVE

Israel’s Minister of the Interior says he is taking action to force Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, out of the country.

Israel prepares to deport BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti

Israel’s Minister of the Interior says he is taking action to force Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, out of the country.

I intend to act quickly to deprive Omar Barghouti of residency status in Israel… This is a man who does everything to harm the country and therefore must not enjoy the right to be a resident of Israel.

Aryeh Deri said he had directed the Population and Immigration Authority to prepare a legal opinion aimed at Barghouti’s deportation.

The announcement comes after Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber notified Deri’s office that it had the authority to revoke Barghouti’s residency. The legal basis: a 2018 amendment to the residency law, listing “breach of trust” as a crime which may justify stripping a residency status. Barghouti married a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and lives under the residency status in the city of Acre.

Imagine it – the state “trusts” you to not take it to task for its violations, it “trusts” you to not complain and to accept these violations, and if you protest, even in a non-violent and civil manner, you have breached that “trust”.

Barghouti has long been a target for fascistic suggestions. In a 2016 anti-BDS conference sponsored by the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, then Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz suggested “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leadership. “Targeted elimination” is a well-known Israeli term for assassination. He merely added the “civil” to make it sound more “civil”. Barghouti was singled out by name, and the anti-BDS Czar Gilad Erdan said that BDS activists will “pay a price”. “We will soon be hearing more of our friend Barghouti”, Erdan hinted insidiously.

Soon after that, the local Ministry of the Interior office notified Barghouti that his travel document (which he has to renew every two years) would not be renewed. It was then temporarily renewed following legal pressure. Barghouti told Glenn Greenwald at the time:

So we are really unnerved, I am personally quite unnerved by those threats. We take them very seriously, especially in this context. We live in a country where racism and racial incitement against indigenous Palestinians has grown tremendously into the Israeli mainstream. It has really become mainstream today to be very openly racist against Palestinians. Many settlers and hard-right-wing Israelis are taking matters into their own hands – completely supported by the state – and attacking Palestinians. So in that context I am unnerved, but I’m certainly undeterred. I shall continue my non-violent struggle for Palestinian rights under international law and nothing they can do will stop me.

Barghouti was indeed “targeted”, but so far only by the “civil” means of preventing his travels by bureaucratic means. Lately that has included US and UK initiatives, with nebulous holdups and refusals which the governments didn’t seek to defend.

In the US case last April, Barghouti was stopped at the Israeli Ben Gurion airport and denied travel to the US, despite having a valid visa. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, which had been coordinating the trip, commented:

Omar Barghouti is a leading Palestinian voice on human rights. Omar’s denial of entry into the US is the latest example of the Trump administration’s disregard for those rights.

In the UK case from last month, Barghouti was meant to speak at a fringe event of the Labour conference, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). He ended up speaking on skype, due to an “unexplained, abnormal delay” in the issuing of his visa. PSC said in a statement:

The unprecedented delay in processing Barghouti’s travel visa application by the British government is part and parcel of the growing efforts by Israel and its allies to suppress Palestinian voices and the movements for Palestinian rights,

The recent move to revoke Barghouti’s residency seems to result from a right-wing incitement campaign by the group Betzalmo (a pun on the human rights monitoring group B’tselem). They wrote to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and to Deri just over a week ago, urging them to expel Barghouti. In their letter they noted the US’s denial of entry, and asked why the Israeli government has not acted to strip Barghouti of his residency rights. They elaborated that Barghouti harms the state, breaches allegiance and is a security threat:

A recent law authorizes the Interior Minister, with the approval of the attorney-general, to revoke residency for anyone who harms state security or violates allegiance to the state, or endangers public peace… Undoubtedly Barghouti’s leadership of the boycott movement against all citizens of the State of Israel severely harms the State of Israel and is a blatant breach of allegiance, as well as a threat to Israel’s security and defense by pushing for an arms embargo against Israel.

So: The green light from the Attorney-General’s office, a further green light from Deri’s office, and the machine seems set to deport the “traitor”.

For Israel, Barghouti proves that you can’t trust Palestinians to shut up, and that they need to learn it the hard way. But every step that Israel takes in its repressive attempt to silence dissent, becomes another reason to boycott it. Indeed, as Erdan promised, we’ve heard a lot from, and about, Omar Barghouti. And we’re bound to hear much more about him, and BDS.

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR ……. FOR SOME, NOT ALL

There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who shut their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes

German exclusion

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski Comment from the high blue

 

For the New Year of the Jews 5780 (2020) I feel marginalized, among many others who are working to end the illegal occupation of Palestine. The Jewish New Year festival literally means “head of the year” and initiates the ten days of penance that end in Yom Kippur, literally “day of atonement”. If you read the many greetings to the Jewish New Year, from politics and religion, then you can literally feel the Transfiguration of a religion that flourished despite the Holocaust in Germany – if, for example, Chancellor Merkel in her congratulation so flowery formulated as: “It is a unique and wonderful proof of trust and a great enrichment for our country, that Jewish life could blossom again after the collapse of civilization of the Shoah … At the same time, courageous people stand up for our values.

I did not survive Auschwitz to keep silent on new injustice

When my father returned to Berlin in 1945, Belsen was freed from concentration and extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Bergen. Alone, his wife and mother were gassed, father had already died at police station, but it was still or just for this reason his only goal in life, again a ” normal and worth living for Jews in Germany. This task he realized under the most difficult conditions in his city Berlin. What he began in 1948, he led until his death in 1992 against all resistance to an end. He, who educated me to be a critical political citizen, free of complexes and traumas, was an uncomfortable person. To be uncomfortable with the “rulers” was not easy even then, after all he had to fight against all the old Nazis in the new parties, who immediately fell to their feet again and came in successfully. At that time it was not liked to be reminded of what Germany had done for evil especially against Jews, but also against other peoples and occupied countries. At that time, anti-Semitism was still very much alive. Nevertheless, he went his own way and achieved his goal of reviving the Berlin Jewish community and a Jewish community in Germany.

His life motto after the liberation “I have not survived Auschwitz to silence to new injustice” he fully exhausted and passed it on to me.

So I feel very connected to Gideon Levy, the important supporter of Palestinian freedom and outstanding Haaretz journalist. He wrote a very personal commentary in Haaretz entitled “Another Israel: The Rosh Hashanah of My Childhood” on September 29, 2019, in which he bills the injustice policy of the “Jewish State”. No, I am not an Israeli citizen, but a German citizen with Jewish roots. But our goals and thoughts are very similar. Levy writes “My father did not want to come. He loathed religion and knew nothing about the Jewish holidays, even though his father ran the church in his city. He came to Palestine illegally. In Israel in 2019 they would call him an intruder. At that time, they called him a secret immigrant. At the train station in Prague he said goodbye to his parents and fiancée whom he would never meet again. He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) was a transit camp for immigrants, built on the ruins of a village “. So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) was a transit camp for immigrants, built on the ruins of a village “. So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1)

Terrifying deficit of democratic attitude and empathy

But let’s get back to Chancellor Merkel. If, in her message to the Central Council of Jews, she advocates respect and tolerance, a peaceful and prosperous togetherness, I ask myself: how can she allow Jews in Germany to be marginalized again just because they are to ensure that the “Jewish State” complies with international law and human rights? When Merkel made the German raison d’être for the security of Israel an “order per mutti”, she certainly did not think about the security of Palestine and the Palestinians. After all, there is still no Palestinian state today. Merkel is not innocent of this fact among many other colleagues. It is not enough, Mrs. Merkel, to appeal to “our” values, to demand courage and the “two-state solution”, but, on the other hand, inactively watching the Zionist regime implement new settlement plans on a daily basis and conclude annexation plans – while brave Palestinians who resist the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it, are being fought as terrorists. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”. who are legally resisting the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it as terrorists are being fought. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”. who are legally resisting the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it as terrorists are being fought. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”.

When the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Reinhard Marx sends his wishes for peace and blessing to the Central Council of Jews, a man who visited the occupied West Bank in 2007 – at that time as a bishop – and knows exactly how the suffering and occupation of the Palestinian people looks, but today can not say a word more in his message about it, then that is regrettable. If Marx praises Christians who resisted their lives and rescued Jews, but regretfully found that most Christians were indifferent, we must not forget the parallels to today. Resistance to injustice and occupation is indivisibly linked and human obligation! In 2007, did not the then tour group of the bishops react in horror to Ramallah and call the states a ghetto? How they were then attacked by the Central Council of Jews under Paul Spiegel, because they had dared to use the word ghetto. Immediately, the Central Council forbade the word ghetto, since that word applied only to the Warsaw Ghetto and would not tolerate any comparison. I still remember very well how I supported her and called ghetto a “common term today”, which he is. There is no Jewish “exclusive claim” to the word ghetto. (2) Would not it be time for David Schuster, the current President of the Central Council, who is always the mouthpiece of the Israeli government? to speak in the conscience? Just a message of greeting for the Jewish New Year would be a hitch, Cardinal Marx. Why not take a role model in the Anglican Church of South Africa, which just joined a boycott decision by the BDS movement (boycott, divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5) Divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5) Divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5)

So, when Jewish citizens celebrate New Year around the world but Palestinian people are incarcerated to avoid disturbing the “festivities on stolen land”, and that is not mentioned in a message of congratulation or political response, that is not an encouraging sign, but proves a frightening one Deficit in a democratic attitude and empathy. No, not Israel criticism is anti-constitutional, but it’s decisions of the Bundestag, such as those against the BDS movement and this as anti-Semitic declare. (6)

Something is wrong in the state

If the “Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East” bank accounts are terminated because they support the BDS movement, if Jewish journalists, writers, activists, associations that promote Palestinian freedom and support the BDS movement, public spaces be denied or terminated and only courts have to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, then something is quite wrong in the state.

If award ceremonies – as just happened – are canceled to the British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie just because she actively supports the BDS movement, then a point has been reached that has nothing to do with democracy anymore. The Nelly Sachs Prize, which was to be awarded to Shamsie, but then withdrawn, hit waves worldwide. Nelly Sachs, the German-Jewish-Swedish namesake of this award from the city of Dortmund, dedicated her life to others. Even her serious illness did not prevent her from digesting her terrible experiences literarily and poetically. She received countless honors and awards – as in 1965, when she was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In 1966 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature together with Samuel Joseph Agnon by the Swedish King Gustav VI. Adolf. She quoted a poem written especially for this ceremony and gave away half of her prize money to the needy and the other half to her old friend Gudrun Harlan. When Nelly Sachs had to cancel a planned trip to Israel on the advice of her doctor in 1967, she did not hesitate to intervene in a public telegram for the reception of Günter Grass by the Israeli Writers’ Association. Nelly Sachs would surely have been horrified if she had yet to experience a prize being denied her name – a great literary colleague who fights for the freedom of Palestine. She who feared that in Israel “the persecuted might soon become persecutors,” was scared of these atrocities. She who was so astute and forward-looking, who championed colleagues, would surely have been proud of the high-profile supporters of an open supporters letter with high-profile names among the 240 intellectual signers who rightly speak of punishment. This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7) This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7) This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7)

On September 30, Aachener Nachrichten reported that the city of Aachen is withdrawing from the awarding of the Aachener Kunstpreis. Reason: the designated prizewinner, the Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad, is accused of being a follower of the BDS movement and repeatedly been on “measures to the cultural boycott of Israel,” as Aachen Mayor Marcel Philipp (CDU) said. Whether the donors of the award, the association of Friends of the Ludwig Forum to the award holds, decides this week. This witch hunt and a sneak peek against internationally respected artists will lead to more and more “honorees” turning away when a prize-giving ceremony threatens. Even more explosive gets the thing, if the “constitutional contactor” of federal and state governments should classify the BDS movement as anti-constitutional. Will supporters ever be allowed into the country, or have we fully adopted the Israeli practices? (8th)

There is no right to exist of a state without borders on stolen land! 

When the Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) in a TIME interview threatens to let BDS of the protection of the Constitution observed, even fundamental criticism of Israel in question, then he faces as well as many of his political colleagues against UN decisions and presents typically German, with a morally raised index finger to the side of peoples and human rights criminals of the “Jewish state”. What is your opinion, Senator Geisel, about the aims of the BDS movement? No, Mr. Geisel, there is no right of Israel, this state without borders on stolen land! If in Germany criticism of the “Jewish state” again and again points to historical contexts that prohibit us from supporting boycott decisions against Israel, that is unacceptable. Instead of “Do not buy with the Jew”, in reality, it must really read: “Do not buy from the Jewish occupier,” as I wrote. However, Geisel knows no qualms when it comes to Russia boycotts, a country that had to complain thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – including in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) that thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead had to complain. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – including in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) that thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead had to complain. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – even in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) Be nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) Be nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th)

If, at the moment, this is once again demanded by the anti-Semitism commissioner of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Michel Blume, to revise or renew the Nakba exhibition, that would be a fake of history. There is nothing to correct for the “Nakba” and the scientifically flawless traveling exhibition “The Nakba – Flight and Expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948” about the catastrophe of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians after and during the founding of the state of Israel. If, in the first anti-Semitism report of the country, the impression is given by Blume that without the correction the exhibition would be anti-Semitic, then this is a malicious insinuation which urgently needs a correction. I commend the anti-Semitism commissioner Blume, to freshen up his historical knowledge the book by Ilan Pappe “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”. I myself was allowed to open the Nakba exhibition in Tübingen in 2008 and had an accompanying event on the topic: “May the birthday of Israel be celebrated so uncritically against the backdrop of the Nakba”? (10)

This exhibition is so important and correct that it should become a permanent fixture throughout Germany. The path to the future begins with remembering, and so does Palestine and the Palestinians, who are still waiting for their legal right of return to Palestine.

There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who shut their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes

After only 86 years after the seizure of power and the persecution of the Jews, today Jews who bravely and uncomfortably participate in BDS and are calling for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine are again marginalized as anti-Semites. In a Germany where philosemitism has replaced anti-Semitism, where open letters are negated by internationally recognized artists and scientists, one can not celebrate a Happy New Year 5780. There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who close their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes in the “Jewish state”. Only when Palestine is free and human rights and international law apply to all its citizens and refugees returned home, is there something to celebrate. For this we support together the BDS-movement with all strength and “last ink”, as Günter Grass wrote so impressively in his poem “What else must be said”. (11)

Much has to be said and done until Palestine is freed and Germany no longer excludes critical Jews and BDS supporters.

footnotes:

(1) https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-another-israel-the-rosh-hashanah-of-my-childhood-1.7917710

(2) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/ghetto-ist-heute-ein-gebraeuchlicher-begriff.694.de.html?dram:article_id=64303

(3) http://www.bdssouthafrica.com/post/anglican-church-in-southern-africa-adopts-bds-boycott-of-israel/

(4) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/03/israel-treatment-palestinians-apartheid-south-africa

(5) http://sicht-vom-hochblauen.de/ich-kaempfte-gegen-die-suedafrikanische-apartheid-and-sehe-die-gleich-brutale-politik-in-israel-von-ronnie-kasrils/

(6) https://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2019/kw20-de-bds-642892

(7) http://bds-kampagne.de/2019/09/23/offener-brief-zur-nichtvergabe-des-nelly-sachs-preises-thas-recht-auf-boykott/

(8) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/hat-walid-raad-verbindungen-zur-israelkritischen-bewegung-bds_aid-46196797%3foutput=amp

(9) https://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2019-09/andreas-geisel-innensenator-berlin-bds-bewegung-verfassungsschutz

(10) https://www.attac-netzwerk.de/index.php?id=7582

(11) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/das-israel-gedicht-von-grass/das-dicht-von-guenter-grass-was-gesagt-werden- must-11707985.html

 

 

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