Sunday, January 31, 2010

From Hitler to Ahmadinejad: CEOs You Can Rely On

Regarding the "support of a anti-Semitic and terror regime in Iran, it is not ThyssenKrupp's responsibility to issue a statement," sniffed the head of a company whose president during the Hitler era, Alfred Krupp was convicted of War Crimes at Nuremberg.
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Berlin prof. slammed for defending Nazi -- Wolfgang Benz won't distance self from pro-Hitler activities of mentor

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – Wolfgang Benz, a German researcher in the field of anti-Semitism, honored his Nazi doctoral supervisor Karl Bosl in an essay he wrote in 1988 and has refused to distance himself from the pro-Hitler activities of his mentor, according to reports last week in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger daily and on NDR (North German Broadcasting) radio.Benz is the director of the Center for Anti-Semitism Research at the Technical University of Berlin.The revelation of an anti-Semitism expert defending a Nazi has stirred up a new round of heated controversy for the 68-year-old Benz. Earlier this month, he alienated the Jewish community in Berlin when he played down the severity of anti-Semitism by comparing Jew-hatred with hostility toward Islam.Critics assert that Benz wrote a congratulatory essay in honor of Bosl’s 80th birthday in 1988. Bosl died in 1993. Benz has not disavowed his essay honoring Bosl, who was a high-level member of the Nazi party and an energetic ideologue of the Hitler movement.According to the historian Anne Christine Nagel, from Justus Liebig University Giessen in Hesse, Bosl, “as a member of the party from the very first hours [of the Nazi regime]... and as the director of various seminars on questions of national politics, he was notably active in militating for the goals of National Socialism... For years, he played a leading role in the National Socialist Teachers Association.”Critics also cite the work of historian Bernd-A. Rusinek, from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, to establish Bosl’s radical fascist philosophy. According to Rusinek, Bosl attended “presumably the last historians conference of the Third Reich.” The conference was held in January 1945 in Braunau am Inn, Austria, Adolf Hitler’s birthplace.Benz told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: “As a young man, my thesis adviser was apparently in the Nazi party. When he earned his post-doctoral degree in 1947 and soon after received a teaching position and took me on as a doctoral candidate in 1965, he was certainly not a Nazi, but a highly respected, liberal scholar. And if some idiot now gets the idea that I studied with a Nazi and picked up Nazi ideas, that’s simply perfidious.”Benz’s unconditional support for his mentor and his intellectual blind spot about Bosl’s contribution to advancing Nazism have perplexed many in Germany. The German-Jewish historian Michael Wolffsohn, an Israeli-born academic who teaches at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich, sees scholars of Benz’s generation as part of a insulated network.“These students certainly preserved a degree of student solidarity, and let’s not forget that there were also old-boy networks among the various teachers that everyone profited from, and Mr. Benz certainly belonged to Bosl’s network,” Wolffsohn told NDR radio.When asked by The Jerusalem Post about his accolades for Bosl and his decision to not criticize Bosl’s pro-Nazi activities, Benz declined to respond.Meanwhile, while in Krakow commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Union 65 years ago, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, chairman of the Yad Vashem Board of Directors and chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, criticized Benz for comparing anti-Semitism with Islamophobia.
“It is not wise to analyze anti-Semitism and to a make a comparison between anti-Semitism and Islam. I do not believe a comparison of this kind can happen... It does not bring in my mind that the behavior against the Jews before the Holocaust and during the Holocaust could reappear in any way against Muslims,” Lau told the Post in Krakow last week. Lau is a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp.Relations between Benz and the Jewish community in Berlin are frayed because Benz is deemed to be pushing a pro-Islamic agenda at the expense of fighting and researching the highest levels of anti-Semitism since World War II.
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Germany: Universities to offer imam degrees

Germany will announce a plan on Monday to offer training programs for students who wish to become Muslim spiritual leaders, or imams, the country's top academic body said. The German Council of Science and Humanities, composed of senior government officials and professors, called for institutes of Islamic theology to be established at two to three universities initially. It added that the training of imams and Muslim schoolteachers should be an accepted program of study awarded with a university degree. Germany's education minister Annette Schavan welcomed the council's decision. "Training Moslem religion teachers and developing Islamic studies… is part of a decisive integration policy in a modern society," Schavan said. The advisory panel had been working on a report over the last two years focused on reforming the teaching of theology at Germany universities, in particular Christian, Jewish, and Islamic theology.
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany

Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders

By Leon de Winter
What started as a trial against Geert Wilders for alleged Islamophobia has nearly turned into its opposite: a historical case about the message of the Quran. The Amsterdam court trying the controversial Dutch politician is now preoccupied with the question of whether this book, sacred to more than a billion believers, can be compared to one of the most vile publications in the history of Western civilization—Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” What could possibly go wrong?
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Germany: Politicians consider French-style burka ban

As their neighbours in France edged closer to a ban on burkas, German politicians on Thursday debated whether such a measure was necessary in their own country.
After a French parliamentary commission ruled this week that the enveloping garment worn by some Islamic women is unacceptable and recommended a ban in schools and public offices, former Social Democratic parliamentarian, Turkish-German Lale Akgün made as case for a similar ban in Germany. “The burka is a full-body prison that deeply threatens human rights,”she told daily Frankfurter Rundschau. “It would be an important signal for Germany to ban the burka.”A burka ban in German should include schools, universities, and high-security zones such as banks and airports, she said. But fellow party member and speaker for interior issues Dieter Wiefelspütz rejected the suggestion.“We have a different understanding of freedom than the French,” he told the paper, adding that an enlightened Islam could not be forced.Head of the parliamentary interior committee, conservative Christian Democrat Wolfgang Bosbach, told the paper that when the choice to wear a burka collides with other legally protected interests such as mandatory school attendance or Germany’s current ban on religious symbols in schools, then something must be done.His party colleague Norbert Geis said politicians would have to review whether a burka ban in schools and universities would be constitutional. Meanwhile the Free Democrats' integration expert Hartfrid Wolff called the burka a particular form of discrimination that courts should not tolerate. But environmentalist Green party leader Cem Özdemir said the debate overlooked the real conflict of integration, stressing that the number of women who wear burkas in Germany is low.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Diplomats reportedly arrested in Iran

Iran said Wednesday it arrested two German diplomats for allegedly having a hand in deadly anti-government protests which erupted on a Shiite Muslim holy day last month.
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Homeschooling German family granted US asylum

A US court has granted asylum to an evangelical Christian family who fled Germany because they were not allowed to homeschool their children.
An immigration judge in Nashville, Tennessee ruled that parents Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, and their five children, are free to stay in the US, where they have been since 2008, news agency AP reported late on Tuesday. The parents, who came from the state of Baden-Württemberg, allege they were persecuted for their faith and defiance of Germany's compulsory school attendance since those who do not comply face fines and jail time. According to Uwe Romeike, his family was fined the equivalent of some $10,000 over two years, but could not afford to make payments after their court appeals failed. "I think it's important for parents to have the freedom to choose the way their children can be taught," Romeike told AP, later adding that German curriculum was increasingly “against Christian values.” In October 2006, police forcefully took the family’s children to school in their home town of Bietigheim-Bissingen when they refused to do so themselves. One year later, the country’s high court ruled that in some similar cases the state could take children from their parents.
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German firm Siemens pulls out of Iran -- Engineering titan cuts ties with Teheran after Stop the Bomb pressure campaign

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST REPORTER IN KRAKOW
Siemens AG, the German engineering giant, which exploited slave labor during WWII in Auschwitz, announced on Tuesday at its annual stockholder meeting that it is severing its business ties with Iran.The decision to pull the plug on new contracts with Teheran took place a day before the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Stop the Bomb, a pro-Israel NGO in Austria and Germany, mounted a sophisticated yearlong pressure campaign to force Siemens to shut down its Iran operation."Beginning in the middle of this year [2010] we will not accept new business with Iran," Siemens CEO Peter Löscher said at the shareholder meeting in Munich.Speaking from the Olympic Hall in Munich, the site of the stockholder assembly, Michael Spaney, a spokesman for Stop the Bomb, told The Jerusalem Post, "We welcome the announcement" that Siemens plans to walk away from new Iran deals."We hope that Siemens does not engage in continued business with Iran through third countries," Spaney added.Many German firms are circumventing UN and EU sanctions - as well as domestic export control regulations - by shipping military equipment and so-called "dual-use" technology to countries such as Russia and the Dubai free trade zone. According to an internal memorandum from late November obtained by the Post, the German-Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce advises companies on "how to do business in Iran through Dubai."Dr. Peter Göpfrich, the head of the business group, is coordinating the third-party trade and could not be immediately reached for a comment.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kosovo & the Systematic Persecution by KLA

By Lee Jay Walker
The former Yugoslavia was engulfed by many conflicts and ethnic and religious differences tore away at the very fabric of this nation. Like all wars, atrocities took place on all sides but the mass media in general ...
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Within Closed Frontiers: An Eyewitness Account of the Guerrilla War in Yugoslavia During World War II

In Within Closed Frontiers: A Woman in Wartime Yugoslavia (London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1956), Lena A. Yovitchitch gave her eyewitness account of the guerrilla war in Yugoslavia during World War II.
Lena A. Yovitchitch, born in 1885 as Lenka A. Jovichic, had dual nationality, Yugoslav and British. She was the daughter of the Serbian charge d’ affaires in London, Alexander Yovitchich. She lived in Serbia during the German occupation and was an eyewitness to the guerrilla conflict. Her other books included The Biography of a Serbian Diplomat (London: Epworth, 1939), on her father Alexander Zdravko Yovitchitch (1856-1933), Pages From Here and There in Serbia, with a preface by Bogdan Popovitch (Belgrade: S. B. Cvijanovich, 1926), and Peeps at Many Lands: Yugoslavia (London: A. and C. Black, Ltd., 1928).
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The ‘Anti-Semitism Expert’ and His Nazi Mentor

by Clemens Heni
In December 2008, Berlin’s influential Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism came in for sharp criticism for holding a conference titled “Conceptions of the Muslim as Enemy — Conceptions of the Jew as Enemy.” Critics accused the center and its director, Wolfgang Benz (Picture), of equating contemporary “Islamophobia” with historical anti-Semitism.
In response, Benz would insist that he had never proposed any such equivalence. But, as detailed in my Pajamas Media report here, the wording of Benz’s preface to the 2008 edition of the Center’s yearbook makes clear that he was doing literally and precisely that. For Benz, “Islamophobia” was, in effect, the newest form of the “oldest hatred.” In the meanwhile, Benz has continued to defend his analysis. Thus, earlier this month, he published a new article in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung on the alleged “parallels” between “Anti-Semites and the Enemies of Islam.”
Now, the German political scientist Clemens Heni has called attention to research revealing that Benz’s dissertation director, the historian Karl Bosl, was a committed Nazi who as late as January 1945 participated in a conference held at the birthplace of Adolf Hitler in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn. Moreover, Bosl’s own intellectual mentor, Karl Alexander von Müller, was not only a Nazi, but indeed a personal acquaintance of Hitler and the brother-in-law of none other than Gottfried Feder: one of the founders and chief ideologues of what would become the National Socialist party.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Turning Israel, Diaspora Jewry into a punching bag

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
A telling example was the marriage of the German Left with Muslim organizations during Operation Cast Lead. While over 100,000 Germans participated in anti-Israeli rallies, where incitement to murder Jews and Israelis was chanted, the police instead seized Israeli flags for "provoking" anti-Israeli demonstrators. One young student in the gritty industrial city of Bochum was arrested and fined for waving an Israeli flag at a pro-Israel protest. The German Parliament ignored the explosion of anti-Semitism and did not open an investigation into the mass festivals of Israel hate.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jewish Agency: Anti-Semitism highest since World War II

A TV series recently aired in Turkey presented Israeli Mossad agents as baby snatchers, while one of the most successful movies currently showing in Egypt tells the tale of a woman who runs from her husband with her children when she realizes her is an undercover Mossad agent.
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Videos from the international Iran conference "Time to act"

The first videos of the international Iran conference "Time to act" which took place on November 28, 2009, are now available online. Please click here to watch the opening panel "Iran 2009 - Terror, Nuclear Program, Opposition and the West" with contributions by Ali Alfoneh, Matthias Küntzel, Gerald Steinberg and Emanuele Ottolenghi. The opening statements of this conference by Michael Spaney, Fathiyeh Naghibzadeh and Charles Small are also online.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Obsessive-compulsive commemoration

By Benjamin Weinthal
BERLIN - The end of each January is punctuated by Holocaust commemoration events across Europe, and this year, the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, should be no different. Yet in recent years, Shoah remembrance has come to resemble a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where people perform numbing rituals instead of undertaking the uncomfortable and dirty business of combating contemporary anti-Semitism. The fear of contamination underlies the obsessive-compulsive's ritual of repeatedly washing hands, and in the same way, many participants and organizers of Holocaust memorial events immerse themselves in a feel-good compulsion devoid of a connection to reality. The OCD sufferer, however, often knows his repetitive behavior is nonsensical and irrational, even if he cannot resist it. The fluffy exercises intended to preserve the memory of the victims of Nazism - and to symbolize an anti-fascist attitude - are not limited to the events surrounding International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. Many policy makers, academics and politicians in Germany seem to be consumed year-round with preventing harm to dead Jews, but one wonders if this doesn't come at the expense of focusing on threats to living ones. Petra Pau, a Left Party MP in the Bundestag, frequently reports on her parliamentary investigations into vandalized Jewish cemeteries in Germany. Yet Pau avoids criticizing members of her party who equate Israel with Nazi Germany, or attended pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah rallies during Operation Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War. Wolfgang Gehrcke, for example, her party's spokesman on foreign policy matters, is a frequent participant in such Israel hate festivals.
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Gehrcke is hardly alone. When more than 100,000 Germans participated in rallies organized by German Muslim organizations a year ago during Israel's incursion into Gaza - demonstrations that included incitement to the crowds to chant "Kill, kill Jews" and "Kill, kill Israelis" - not a single German MP was willing to initiate a parliamentary investigation.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

German Gays Unhappy With Guido

Picture: Titanic
By Benjamin Weinthal
A prominent gay member of Germany’s parliament, Volker Beck, and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) have launched an escalating assault on the policies of the country’s first openly gay foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, accusing him of ignoring the persecution of the LGBT community in the Muslim world.
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Welcome to the US, Tariq!

By Daniel Pipes
The Swiss Islamist Tariq Ramadan was about to take up a position at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 2004 when the U.S. government prevented him from entering the country on the grounds that he had funded two Hamas-related groups. For five years, his exclusion has been debated and tried. Finally, it was reversed today. The Associated Press explains:
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'Nazi-era corporate behavior repeated'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT, BOCHUM, Germany
Activists from political organization Stop the Bomb distributed fliers to the 3,500 stockholders of the German engineering and steel giant ThyssenKrupp here in this industrial city on Thursday, charging that 4.5 percent of the company's stocks are in the hands of the Iranian government. Alexander Wilke, a spokesman for ThyssenKrupp, told The Jerusalem Post that the engineering conglomerate conducted roughly €200 million in trade last year with Iran.
The protest in front of the RuhrCongress center at the annual stockholder meeting took place in the wake of a joint Monday appearance of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where both government heads urged tougher sanctions on Iran.
German corporations such as ThyssenKrupp have ignored Merkel's pleas to walk away from Iran business as part of her administration's non-binding "discouragement strategy."
While ThyssenKrupp has declined to disclose the specific nature and scope of its business deals with Teheran, Michael Spaney, a Stop the Bomb spokesman and critical company shareholder, asked at the annual stockholder meeting if ThyssenKrupp "is certain that its projects are not tied to the Revolutionary Guards." According to economic experts, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are thought to control the overwhelming majority of Iran's companies.
Ekkehard D.Schulz, CEO of ThyssenKrupp, replied that the company "is not aware of involvement with the Revolutionary Guards" but is "dealing with construction companies" in Iran.
The European Parliament is currently debating a Dutch proposal to place the Revolutionary Guards on the European Union terror list. The Dutch Parliament justified its resolution by citing the Revolutionary Guard's role in violently repressing the Iranian population and financing radical Islamic terror organizations, such as Hamas and Hizbullah.
According to ThyssenKrupp spokesman Wilke, subsidiaries of the parent corporation are involved in the "chemical, systems engineering, cement [and] railway" sectors. Uhde and Polysius, both subsidiaries of ThyssenKrupp, are building cement and chemical plants in Iran. ThyssenKrupp delivered a "container ship" to Teheran, said Wilke.
German critics of German-Iranian trade argue that companies in the Federal Republic are repeating their Nazi-era corporate behavior by launching deals with the regime in Teheran, which mirrors the eliminationist views of the Hitler movement.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Croatia: NAZI graffiti on WWII monument

A monument to the fighters killed by NAZI forces in the WWII has been spray painted with a Swastika and the traditional Croatian NAZI symbol “U” for Ustasha. Ustashas ran several death camps in Croatia in WWII where they killed hundreds of thousands of Serbs and Jews.
This is the second time that this particular monument, near the city of Osijek, has been spray pained with the Croatian NAZI insignia.
Police said that they are seeking the perpetrators.
The monument, bellow, says “Memorial mark to Osijek’s anti-fascists shot 1941 to 1945″
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Police smash Kosovar smuggling ring

Crooks who smuggled more than 700 illegal immigrants into the EU last year have been arrested.Lower Austrian police said 13 people had been arrested for running a 2.1 million-Euro smuggling racket which saw Kosovar and Albanian migrants brought into EU states between January and September last year.Security Director Franz Prucher said today (Thurs) the scam had been one of the biggest smuggling operations in recent years.Gang members included 11 Kosovars aged 21 to 32, a Bulgarian, 21, and an Austrian woman, 44, he said. The woman had rented apartments for the gang, he added.He said illegal immigrants of all ages paid smugglers 3,000 Euros each to be taken through Serbia and Hungary to Austria in small buses and cars.The end destinations of those smuggled included Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany, he added.Prucher said police had carried out raids at four addresses in Vienna and Lower Austria’s Wien-Umgebung district and found detailed written evidence documenting the gang’s activity.He added officers had also found 10 Kosovars in one apartment who immediately applied for asylum.The last two arrests of the gang had occurred on Monday, he said, adding most had confessed to their crimes.They are being held in custody in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria.
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January 27, Holocaust remembrance day: Manifestation against German business with Iran

On January 27 beginning at 4.30 p.m, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, there will be a demonstration in Stuttgart: "The names of German companies who are still doing business with Iran we will read. In commemoration of the six million plus Jews who were murdered by Germans, we will call on German companies and on the German Government to immediately stop doing business with Iran and to impose an economic boycott. We will further demand that the Iranian ambassador be expelled." You will find additional information here (PDF, German).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

German police raid 30 mosques to confiscate wife-beating books

by sheikyermami
Hmm, presumably one of these ‘how to’ books that are freely available just like these youtube vid’s on how to whack your wife(s) properly without breaking her bones.
Curiously, they didn’t confiscate the uncreated words of the Koran, which gives muslims a clear mandate to beat their wife(s), for all time, just like in the bad old day’s of Moe:
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Bosnia and Clinton’s Radical Islamists

By Lee Jay Walker
In all wars you have distortions and of course no single ethnic group or religious group is immune from slaughtering others during times of war. Yet the wars in the former Yugoslavia were distorted to the point of ...»
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Key German Jewish supporter of Israel dies at 96

Ernst Cramer, a German Jewish journalist and chairman of the Axel Springer Foundation who explored his country's relations to Israel and the US, died on Tuesday in Berlin, 10 days before his 97th birthday. Shortly before his death from a heart attack, he established a German-Israeli journalism scholarship program.
One of the strongest advocates in the Federal Republic for strengthening German-Israeli relations, Cramer wrote his last letter to the Jerusalem Foundation on January 12.
In Tuesday's online edition of Die Welt newspaper, Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the Berlin-based Axel Springer AG newspaper publisher, wrote that Cramer informed the Jerusalem Foundation that Axel Springer was sponsoring a 10-year scholarship program for German and Israeli journalists.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Merkel meets Netanyahu, backs tougher sanctions on Iran government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked and answered his rhetorical questions at the joint appearance with his German counterpart, "If we don't apply sanctions, crippling sanctions against this Iranian tyranny, when shall we apply them? If not now, when? The answer is now."
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Monday, January 18, 2010

With Friends Like Mr. Gehrke You Do Not Need Enemies

By Benjamin Weinthal
Responding to the joint cabinet meeting, Wolfgang Gehrcke, the foreign policy spokesman for the Left Party, the fourth largest party in the Germany parliament, demanded that Israel “abandon its nuclear weapons arsenal.” He justified his criticism by saying it was a product of “solidarity and friendship” for the special German-Israeli relationship. Gehrcke has attended pro-Hamas and pro-Hizbullah rallies where Israel’s destruction was advocated. The Left Party has some of the most openly anti-Israeli positions of the five major parties in the parliament.
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'German scholar belittles anti-Semitism'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT, BERLIN
The feud between Holocaust historian Wolfgang Benz and his critics heated up last week.
"He does not have a clue about Judaism, he does not have a clue about anti-Semitism, and he also does not have a clue about Islam," Henryk M. Broder, a leading expert on modern anti-Semitism in Europe and a widely read columnist in Der Spiegel, wrote about the anti-Semitism researcher Benz in the mass circulation Die Welt daily.
The strife between Benz and his critics revolves around his comparison of anti-Semitism with hostility toward Islam.
Benz's comparison is "unfounded, dubious, if not even dangerous," Julius H. Schoeps, a German Jewish historian who heads the Moses Mendelssohn Center in Potsdam, wrote in a commentary on Friday for the Vienna-based online Jewish magazine Die Jüdische.
Benz provoked outrage among Jews and non-Jews in Germany in early January with an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung equating Jew-hatred with Islamophobia. Critics see Benz as ignoring anti-Semitism in the Islamic world and within the European Union at a time of rising hatred of Jews and Israel.
Schoeps, the historian, wrote, "Anti-Semitism is thriving, from [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's constant tirades to the Turkish blockbuster Valley of the Wolves [a new TV show that portrays Mossad agents as baby-snatchers], preferably with a radical Islamic faith, but that is not a topic for the Süddeutsche newspaper."
The debate on Benz's role in minimizing the severity of anti-Semitism has damaged his reputation, according to German and American observers. Benz, who is the director of the Center for Anti-Semitism Research at the Technical University of Berlin, declined to respond to Jerusalem Post queries.
Dr. Kristina R. Zerges , a spokeswoman for the university, wrote in an e-mail to the Post that it does not wish to comment on the controversy.
Reinhard Mohr, a columnist for Der Spiegel, wrote a widely discussed commentary titled "Debate about Islamophobia" in Spiegel Online on Friday, criticizing Benz and journalists writing in the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for failing to defend Western values and the gains of the enlightenment. Journalists in the two papers, he wrote, view the critics of militant Islam as fundamentalists and "preachers of hate."
Mohr sees a playing down of the extermination of European Jewry and suggested that Benz's comparison between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism could indicate that the "the Muslims are the persecuted Jews of the 21st century."
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kosovo: Christian cemetery vandalized; Serb home bombed

A Christian Orthodox cemetery has been vandalized by unknown assailants in the village of Laplje Selo, reports KiM Radio. Crosses were dug up and thrown all over, pictured on tombs were broken.
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Germany: Disagreements reign over how to end Afghan mission by 2011

The German government intends to secure cross-party support for a plan to end its Afghan mission, although disagreements remain over whether more soldiers should be sent ahead of withdrawal. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, head of the Social Democrats and former foreign minister, have agreed to confer closely on the matter in order to secure the broadest parliamentary support possible. The mandate for the German army to operate in Afghanistan may be altered depending on what the politicians decide.The SPD has spoken out in favour of withdrawing troops starting in 2011, which is when US forces are due to start leaving. Sigmar Gabriel, SPD chairman, said that until then, Germany should “train more policemen and soldiers, and do it faster than is currently being done.”
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Austria: Majority of Turks want Sharia personal law incorporated into legal system

A new study shows alarming results. More than half of Austrian Turks want to see Sharia law implemented. The study, commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior and carried out by Gfk Austria on "integartion in Austria" shows that Turkish immigrants differ from immigrants from other countries. More than half of the approx. 220,000 Turkish immigrants - 2.65% of the 8.3 million people in Austria - want Islamic law introduced into the Austrian legal system. Asked whether some parts of Islamic law (e.g. marriage, family and inheritance laws) should be incorporated into Austrian law, 50% agreed, 16% said it depended on which elements were incorporated and 22% were against it. Responses varied by education level and German language skills, but religion was the most decisive factor. Close to 62% of religious-political Muslims agreed Sharia should be incorporated, compared to 41% of secular Muslims. In both groups, an additional 16% said it depends on what elements were to be incorporated.72% says that following religious commandments is more important than democratic ones. For 57% of the Turks, the laws and regulations of Islam are more important than that of Austria. And almost half of the Turkish immigrants say that crime in Austria is caused by democracy.The study also shows that young Turks are developing a strong tendency towards a sub-culture. They feel more committed to Islam than to the society in which they live, though most were born and raised in Austria. 45% of Turks say they lack understanding of Austrian society, it's way of life and it's dominating values. About half feel more committed to their original homeland than to Austria and 55% oppose their daughter or son marrying a non-Turk.More than half of the Turks feel that Muslims are discriminated by the Austrian authorities. Researcher Peter Ulram says that this might be due to the impression he has that there are few of them in the civil service and they lack a contact-partner with the government.Those with a low level of education and housewives (80%!) feel most strongly attached to Islam. Ulram says these people should be brought together with the majority population, and that Austrian lack the willingness to approach these people.The study also shows that other immigrants - Austria has 1.4 million foreigners - have much less problems with integration. Just 26% of Turks feel integrated, compared with 53% of Poles. This might be linked to media-consumption, as 76% of Turks watch Turkish TV almost every day, compared with 30% who watch the Austrian national broadcaster ORF.Apart from the attitude of many Turks, the study paints a positive picture of integration in Austria. The great majority of immigrants (83%) feel integrated, more than 75% think it's very important that immigrants be forced to learn German. 85% say that the most important thing is that their children will receive good education. Immigrant feel safe in Austria - safer than the majority population. This is remarkable, since immigrants tend to be more affected by crime. Ulram explains that Austrians have a lower tolerance threshold for crime. Regarding further immigration, immigrants want to restrict it as much as the Austrians. Almost two thirds think there should be no further immigration. Ulram says that one reason is that many immigrants fear they would lose their job to newer immigrants. Close to 75% agree with the values and goals of Austrian society - about the same as the majority population.Bayernkurier points out that it appears that Austria does not have a 'foreigner problem', but rather a problem with Turkish immigrants. It also points to a a recent study of Turkish attitudes in Turkey, which shows that 40% of Turks don't want to live next to a Jew, a third don't want Christian neighbors. More than half of Muslim Turks oppose having non-Muslims employed in the legal system, army, police or the security services. More than 40% opposed having Jews or Christians in important positions in the sciences or health services. 57% did not want atheists as neighbors, 20% were principally opposed to having foreigners as neighbors. Deputy Prime Minister said the results of the poll were appalling. 'Moderate' PM Erdogan did not comment.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pat Condell on Anjem Chaudary

German companies enable Iran’s nuclear program and infrastructure

Germany continues to be Iran’s largest trading partner in the EU and critics believe Merkel’s main coalition partner, the pro-business FDP will favor commercial ties over the West’s security interests.
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German police training Taliban fighters

Suicide of the West Alert: Jihad Watch reader Olschak sends along this German-language article „Wir bilden Kämpfer für die Taliban aus!" in Bild, January 16.

The title, of course, translates to "We train fighters for the Taliban!" The article is an exclusive interview with Rainer Wendt, the head of the German Police Union (DPolG).

Wendt says that the Afghans who receive police training from the German Police do not all join the police; instead, thousands have joined the Taliban. Wendt says that in giving Afghans police training, "we are training our own enemies."
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Politicians reject immigrant quota for public service sector

Politicians on Friday rejected legally mandated quotas to increase the number of people with immigrant backgrounds in public sector jobs.The federal government's integration commissioner, Maria Böhmer,on Thursday announced she backed an initiative to make sure civil service employment better reflected the population of Germany – where every fifth resident has an immigration background. But on Friday politicians from her own conservatives as well as those from the opposition centre-left Social Democrats rejected any sort of affirmative action to boost recruitment.“A quota is not compatible with our constitutional and legal culture,” SPD deputy parliamentary group leader Olaf Scholz told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.Scholz said that the goal was admirable, but a target was not suitable for its achievement. Instead personnel management in the public sector should be more active in bringing people from immigrant backgrounds into their fold, he said. Meanwhile conservative MP Hans-Peter Uhl also said he rejected legal requirements to employ a certain sector of the population. “It’s a legal automatism that leads to abuse,” he told the paper, adding that such a measure would only be suitable for cities, because rural areas had a lower proportion of immigrants. But the head of the TGD Turkish advocacy group Kenan Kolat told daily Berliner Zeitung that he was in favour of the initiative.“Only a quota can insure that the population structure mirrors itself in public and administrative offices,” he said, rejecting the assumption that too few immigrants possess the skills to qualify for such jobs. Kolat also pointed out that there had already been successful programmes in Berlin and Hamburg to integrate people with immigration background into public jobs.
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Germany: Integration official says 20 percent of public jobs should go to (Mohammedan) immigrants

Every fifth public service position in Germany should go to people with immigrant backgrounds, the country’s integration commissioner told daily Rheinische Post on Thursday.

“We need more people from immigrant families in
public service,” commissioner Maria Böhmer told the paper.

We beg to differ: This is the kind of hairbrained scheme that has brought Britain to its knees. No matter how liberal our own ideas are, Mohammedans don’t share them.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Germany: Oettinger faces anti-Semitism accusations at EU hearings

Günther Oettinger, Germany's designated EU commissioner, on Thursday defended himself against suspicions of anti-Semitism, stressing that he had "very strong relations" with the Jewish community.
Oettinger was responding to questions from members of the European Parliament who are vetting all 26 nominated members of EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso's new policy cabinet.Asked by one MEP about his involvement with one group "known for its anti-Semitic declarations," Oettinger responded he had merely become the member of a controversial foundation upon becoming the premier of the state of Baden-Württemberg."I then refused to take part in meetings of the foundation," he said. "I have very close and very trusting relations with the Jewish community," he assured his interlocutors, underlining his "Christian values."In 2007, Oettinger was at the centre of a row over a eulogy he made defending the record of former Baden-Württemberg premier, ex-Nazi Hans Filbinger.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Graz: Family sentenced for death threats

The statements, unheard of before in the Graz Provincial Criminal Court, are quiet, but piercing. "In our cultural circle," says a 19 year old with a Graz dialect, "it's not common to marry an Austrian." "You are also Austrian," prosecutor Hansjörg Bacher reminds her.Yes, but she is also a Turk and a Muslim. And: 'people would rather stay amongst themselves'.She sits next to her father and mother on the dock. Her older sister (20) fell in love with an Austrian, a Christian. "We couldn't envision our daughter marrying an Austrian," says the father. - "You are also Austrian!"The mother and father are accused of threatening the daughter and her friend, mentioning 'death' and a 'killing spree'. They then agreed that the two would get married, but the father had to leave the country for losing face. And they couldn't vouch for their relatives.The little sister wrote a threatening SMS because she feared that the shame would hurt her own marriage. The threatened sister left for Switzerland. Did she freely go to live by relatives? Did she freely leave her boyfriend? Who knows? Against her father and mother she stays silent. "We are not extreme Muslims," says the father. The mother says little. The little sister got married just before New Year's. "Tolerance and integration are not a one-way street," says the prosecutor. "Our rules of the game apply here."According to those rules, judge Andrea Hacker sentenced the father to 12 months on probation, the mother to ten. The sister was sentenced to a fine.
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UNHCR criticises Austria over ongoing asylum feud

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Austrian officials to "disarm in language" as the debate over construction of a third asylum seekers’ centre continues.Michael Lindenbauer, the UNHCR representative for Austria and Germany, said today (Tues) the apparent establishment of the public opinion in Austria that asylum seekers were "generally suspected of being criminals" was "regrettable".Lindenbauer also stressed the UNHCR was against the suggestion of putting asylum seekers in detention while authorities check if they were permitted to stay in the country as suggested by People’s Party (ÖVP) Interior Minister Maria Fekter.Fekter caused public outcry when she said she was contemplating a "compulsory attendance" rule for asylum seekers up to a month at Austria’s two asylum seekers’ centres. The minister said she was reacting to "apparently existing fears among people".
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Honor killing in Austria: Turkish murder suspect admitted to psychiatric clinic

A Turkish man suspected of tying up his ex-wife and stabbing her to death has been admitted to a psychiatric clinic after he was pulled over by cops as he drove down a motorway just hours after the killing.Police said today (Tues) the 30-year-old had been stopped on the motorway between Wels and Linz in Upper Austria on Sunday evening and taken to the Wagner-Jauregg clinic in Linz by officers who claimed he had been acting strangely.But it later emerged that the body of his 28-year-old ex-wife had been found in Wels that morning. She had been tied up with a cable and repeatedly stabbed until she died.Police said today (Tues) the man, who has been diagnosed with "psychiatric anomalies", had since told officers he had hit his ex-wife but could not remember anything else.They added that there had been no sign of a break-in at the dead woman’s apartment. Her three-year-old son was apparently in his bedroom when his mother was murdered. She was found by his grandmother who came to pick him up on Sunday.A court will now decide whether the man will remain in the clinic or remanded in custody in prison.
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Dumb & Dumber: Guttenberg invites Käßmann to Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has invited the leader of Germany’s Protestant church to join him on a visit to Afghanistan after she recently called for a complete withdrawal of the country's troops.
Guttenberg offered the invitation to Margot Käßmann on Monday during a meeting between the two, but she has not yet accepted, a ministry spokesperson said. The head of the Protestant Church Council has been the subject of intense criticism by politicians and the DBwV German Military Association after condemning the country’s military operation in Afghanistan as immoral in late December. "Even by the loosest possible standards of the Protestant church, this war is unjustifiable. That is why there needs to be an end to the violent conflict as soon as possible," she told the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung at the time.She called it "infuriating" that "military methods had once again taken priority" before other methods. "The population will only accept a peaceful new beginning if peaceful methods are used," she said. Käßmann also called for peace talks with the Taliban.The bishop defended the use of chaplains in the military as support for soldiers. "They are not blessing the war, but providing spiritual companionship for human beings," she said. As the head of the church umbrella organisation the EKD, Käßmann represents 22 branches of Protestantism in Germany. Her appeal came as Germany's parliament prepares to consider sending another 2,000 troops to Afghanistan, adding to the 4,400 already on the ground. A decision is expected late January.
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Muslim Europe

by Jamie Glazov
The goal of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation is to create a new Greater European Union encompassing both Europe and North Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea becoming a domestic Eurabian sea. The goal is to establish a “comprehensive political partnership,” including a “free trade area and economic integration”; “considerably more money for the partners” (that is, more European money flowing into North Africa); and “cultural partnership” — that is, importation of Islamic culture into post-Christian Europe.
According to the SIOE, in the Euro-Med plan, “Europe is to be Islamized. Democracy, Christianity, European culture and Europeans are to be driven out of Europe. 50 million North Africans from Muslim countries are to be imported into the EU.”
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Osama bin Laden visited Croatia, report

Osama bin Laden stayed in Croatia for days in the 1980s says Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji.hr.
The then 29-year old Osama was part of a 3-men delegation that came to Zagreb, Croatia, seeking to purchase weapons for the Afghan fighters.
Vecernji.hr cites a document by the Yugoslav Federal Department of Commerce from 1986 that was a classified document marked as a “military secret”.
The document’s Notes section describes that Osama bin Laden arrived in Croatia on October 25, 1986 along with Fathi Muhammed Ali, Afghan mujahedeen representative, Osman Kaldirim, an ethnic Turk from the US. The men were accompanied by Yugoslav-born Zorica Ridjesic and Milica Karadzoglu. Karadzoglu was married to a Turkish national. Aleksandar Markovic, representative of the Yugoslav export company Genex, was also part of the crowd.
Yugoslav military Colonel Stankovic ordered that the men be first debriefed. Lieutenant Colonel’s Jovanovic and Jurisic interrogated the three visitors.
Vecernji.hr says that Osama and the men said that they had $100 million to spend and that besides conventional weapons they also wanted to buy poison.
The report says that Osama had talks with bankers at the Zagreb-office of Beobanka. It is unclear how much money he deposited there but the report says that the negotiations after the deposit quickened up.
Vecernji.hr says that Osama then flew to Belgrade where he asked the Yugoslav communist politicians for help in the fight against the Russians; that Osama visited the weapons factory in Capljina and wanted to buy poison that was produced in the Potoci factory near Mostar.
After reviewing his requests, the communists decided not to sell him the poison because Yugoslavia had a policy that poison is sold only to governments.
Vecernji reminds that in 1992 bin Laden created a “humanitarian” organization in Croatia, Al-Kifah, located in the street Krizni Put 105 and that the organization was ran by the Algerian national Kamr Ad Din Khirbani who lived in Vila Velebit 5, Zagreb.
Khirbani then moved to Bosnia, then Albania and became the chief suspect in the attack on the US assets in Rome.
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Daniel Pipes resigned „in protest“ from Journal for the Study of Antisemitism

by Dr. Daniel Pipes
„With regret, I announce my resignation from the advisory board of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. I have done so for the following reason:
Clemens Heni, a fellow member of the board, published an article in the first issue of the journal, “Antisemitism as a Specific Phenomenon,” that deals with the Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA).
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Germany’s Role in the Balkans

by Stella L. Jatras
Although it is important to defend Serbs against unjust accusations, it is first necesary to go back to World War II in order to understand Germany’s role in the Balkans when in 1941, Hitler recognized Croatia as an Independent State for being his loyal ally. Over a million Serbs, Jews and Gypsies were exterminated in Croatia’s Ustashe (Nazi) death camps so brutally that even the German Gestapo was appalled. Fast forward. As part of the Maastricht Netherlands Treaty of 1991, Germany pressured European Community (EC) to recognize the independence of Croatia, Germany’s ally in World War II. “From a position where the EC members were 11-to-1 in favor of maintaining the unity of Yugoslavia, Germany succeeded at 4 a.m. in forcing approval for the recognition of Croatia and Slovenia as independent states (German and U.S. Involvement in the Balkans, Defense & Foreign Affairs Publications London, 1995). In 1993, Uno Mas Uno, in a report entitled, German Finger In The Yugoslav Crisis, wrote, “Those who believed that defeat in two world war had diminished Germany’s expansionist ambitions were certainly wrong. More than ever before, Germans need territories and they want to expand.” Germany knew that by recognizing Croatia, it would foment a civil war to its advantage. In two world wars, Serbia prevented Germany from gaining access to the Adriatic Sea. It was now payback time.
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Islamic jihad to target Balkans next, Israeli foreign minister says

Islamic Jihad organisations that already had infiltrated countries in Africa and South America intended doing the same in the Balkans, through similar methods including huge transfers of funds and the establishment of cells, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
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'Jew-hating, Islamophobia incomparable'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
Germany's largest Jewish community has sharply criticized the parallel drawn between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia by historian Wolfgang Benz.
Maya Zehden, a spokeswoman for the 12,000-member Berlin Jewish community, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that "Benz's position has not changed. It is not beneficial when one compares anti-Semitism with Islamophobia."
Benz, the first non-Jewish head of the Berlin Center for Anti-Semitism Research, has been embroiled in an international controversy since he introduced his thesis that "the fury of the new enemies of Islam parallels the older rage of anti-Semites against the Jews."
In last Monday's edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, which reaches more than 1.1 million readers each day, Benz wrote an article equating anti-Semitism with hatred of Islam.
Critics see Benz as mounting an academic campaign to conflate anti-Semitism with Islamophobia, and argue that there was no pressing news event to disseminate his thesis. Benz declined to respond to multiple Post queries.
He has argued in media interviews that "there are only structural parallels" between anti-Semitism and hostility toward Islam. In connection with bias hatred of Islam, he has said that "the exclusion of something unknown is as dangerous as anti-Semitism."
Jewish community members, however, see Benz as merging anti-Semitism with discrimination against Muslims. Critics in the US, Israel and Germany have argued that the Berlin Center is marginalizing the Holocaust and failing to understand the seriousness of murderous anti-Semitism.
His unwavering endorsement of the Islamophobia thesis has strained his relations with Jews in Germany. The 86-year-old head of the Nuremberg Jewish Community, Arno Hamburger, told the Post last week that he rejected the Berlin Center's parallel and saw it as a form of "schizophrenia."
"There is no acute danger coming from Jews," in contrast to radical Islam, he said.
Hamburger is the longest serving chairman of a Jewish community in Germany; he has overseen the Nuremberg community since 1972.
Last March, the Berlin Jewish community met with Benz and expressed its disappointment and misgivings over the Center's shift away from anti-Semitism research, his comparison between Jew-hatred and discrimination against Muslims, and the failure of the Center to publicly criticize the anti-Israeli Durban II UN anti-racism conference.
A widely read German pro-Israel blog, Lizas Welt, deemed Benz's comparison as "unspeakable" and a mockery of the attempted murder of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard by a political Islamist on January 1.
Writing in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Benz deplored that "Islam is associated with terror and extremism" and that an entire religion and culture is subjected to discrimination.
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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Germans trace Hezbollah-cocaine smuggling money trail

German investigators are uncovering the drug-smuggling business of the Syrian-backed Lebanese militant organisation Hezbollah, moving cocaine from Beirut into Europe via Frankfurt airport.
A report in Der Spiegel magazine this weekend says initial suspicions that Hezbollah was raising funds by smuggling cocaine were raised in May 2008 when around €8.7 million in cash was found in the luggage of four Lebanese men at Frankfurt airport. A further €500,000 was found in the flat of one of the suspects, in the Rhineland Pfalz town of Speyer. Two Lebanese men were arrested in October 2009 when customs officers and federal criminal police agents raided a house in Speyer. The magazine says the suspicion is that family members have been regularly moving millions of euros raised in the European cocaine trade, via Frankfurt to Beirut. Those receiving the money in Lebanon are said to be members of a family with contacts with the highest levels of Hezbollah command including leader Hassan Nasrallah. A close relation of the suspects has rejected all the allegations, the magazine says.
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Friday, January 08, 2010

Got a new one: “JUSTIFIABLE INDIGNATION”

by sheikyermami
Thief allowed to destroy police car
What happens to a presumed thief, carrying a wallet that does not belong to him, who is held by police? Correct. He is allowed to keep the money and smash the police car, as happened at the Praterstern (Vienna). Why was there no arrest?
Reason: The “indignation” was justified.
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Bosnia new Nazi graffiti urges Serb killing

“Knife, Swastika, Banjaluka” is the latest Bosnian outburst of Nazi-love in the Muslim dominated Sarajevo that clearly associates the instruments of death (knife) with an ideology Muslims allied with in the WWII (Nazi) and the administrative capitol of Bosnian Serbs (Banja Luka).
The graffiti also conveniently appeared on the eve of the Serbian Orthodox Christmas, January 6.
Just above the Swastika, the authors left some poetry in which they lyricize of how Serbs were once a penis but now are testicles… topped off with their traditional Sieg Heil.
The Bosnian Muslim police say that the graffiti was written on the Dutch-donated trolley and that they are searching for the culprits but arresting them does not mean that they have arrested the nostalgic Nazi emotion that the Bosnian Muslim society is rebuilding.
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Westerwelle urges Turkey to pursue EU reforms

Picture: A house in Germany during the last Soccer World Cup
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Turkey Thursday to press ahead with reforms to bring it closer to the European Union and denied Berlin was blocking Ankara's bid to join the bloc.
Westerwelle, on a two-day trip to Turkey, dismissed fears that Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right government was throwing up hurdles for Turkey."Some have asked whether the new German government wants to close the door to (EU) membership for Turkey," he told a conference of Turkish ambassadors. "I will tell you quite clearly: what the EU and Turkey have agreed stands. And that applies to this German government too. I am committed to that."Merkel's conservative Christian Union would prefer to see Turkey granted a "privileged partnership" with the EU while Westerwelle's pro-business Free Democrats are seen as more open to Ankara's ambitions.Westerwelle, who is also vice-chancellor, quoted from the October coalition pact in which Berlin pledges its support for "open-outcome" accession talks with Turkey.Asked later at a press conference with his counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu whether his statements meant Merkel had dropped her opposition to Turkey eventually joining the EU, Westerwelle said he spoke for Berlin."I am not here as a tourist in shorts - I am the German foreign minister and what I say counts," he said with a smile. "We are reliable partners. That is why Germany has such a good reputation in the world."He noted that Turkey had as yet failed to meet key EU criteria such as opening its borders to member country Cyprus but also called on Nicosia to contribute to a solution, and praised Ankara for its democratic reforms.
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Copenhagen Post refuses to publish Iran-critical advertisement

A statement of STOP THE BOMB about the decision by the Copenhagen Post not to publish an advertisement denouncing the Iranian regime and its pursuit of a nuclear bomb, its continued support of terrorist groups across the Middle East, and its ongoing violence against its own people can be found here.

While Europe Sneered

by Bruce Bawer
Yesterday, a friend sent me a link to an article entitled “Eurabian Follies” on the website of the journal Foreign Policy. The author, Justin Vaïsse, took to task several authors, including me, who have warned in recent years of the Islamization of Europe. Vaïsse countered these authors’ mountains of hard facts with a big helping of the usual supercilious sneering. His thesis: Europe is chugging along just fine; Islam poses no real challenge to the continent’s freedom and prosperity; after all, the “experts” say so. Never mind the draining of European welfare systems by Muslim families, the explosion in rapes and gay-bashings and Jew-baitings, the proliferation of honor killings and forced marriages and no-go zones; never mind the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh by fanatics who objected to those men’s positions on Islam; never mind the threats directed at critics of Islam, such as Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Robert Redeker, which have obliged them to live in hiding or with round-the-clock bodyguards.
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Protests against business with Iran at Siemens shareholders' meeting in Munich

A rally will be held on the occasion of Siemens' annual shareholders' meeting at the Olympia Hall in Munich on Tuesday January 26th, 2010 to protest the company's strong business ties with Iran. Protests will start at 8:30 am. In 2008 alone, Siemens exported goods worth 438 million Euros to Iran. Siemens Nokia supplied the Iranian regime with the surveillance technology that is now being used against the freedom movement. More details soon at stopthebomb.net

Sanctions instead of EU delegations -- STOP THE BOMB demands of European Parliament to support sanctions against the Iranian regime

In light of the postponement of a visit to Iran by European parliament members, the European coalition STOP THE BOMB that meanwhile is active in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Austria, has published an advertisement in the "Wall Street Journal Europe". STOP THE BOMB urges the European Parliament to support the immediate implementation of European sanctions against the Iranian regime. Instead of giving legitimacy to the Iranian regime by visits of European parliamentarians, it is time now to impose severe sanctions, specifically against the Revolutionary Guards Corps, which will send the regime a clear message that Europe rejects the brutal oppression of the people and that it stands against Iran's quest to build a military nuclear program, which threatens Israel, the region, the West and the Iranian people.Given the possibility of further visits of EU delegations to Iran, STOP THE BOMB strongly opposes any measures that could be portrayed by the Iranian regime as supportive. STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Simone Dinah Hartmann hints at an alternative to visiting the regime in Tehran: "If it really was about talks with the people who are currently engaged in a life-endangering struggle for democracy, the rule of law and secularism, there would be a simple solution: Invite them to the European Parliament for official talks!"The advertisement published in the "Wall Street Journal Europe" can be found here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Clemens Heni: Barry Rubin fails to address Lithuania’s hunt against Jewish anti-Nazi partisans

On human suffering
In addition to my own article on Barry Rubin, published on this page yesterday, I am posting a letter, written by Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Center Paris
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Berlin close to decision on troops for Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg vowed on Wednesday Germany would decide by the end of the month whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, while warning the eventual decision was likely to disappoint the United States.
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Kosovo Albanian cousins jailed for vicious Munich U-Bahn beating

Two cousins who beat a young man nearly to death at a Munich U-Bahn station 13 years ago were sentenced on Tuesday to five and seven years’ prison for the savage attack.
The Munich regional court found the two men, who were aged 18 and 19 at the time of the attack, guilty of attempted murder, sentencing the younger man to seven years and his older cousin to five years’ jail.Together with another man, who has already been sentenced, the pair knocked down a 23-year-old carpenter in July 1996 after he took them to task for smoking in the station, where it was forbidden.The younger man then stabbed the victim with a knife 10 times in the upper body, including one thrust aimed right at the man’s heart, which was stopped only by his wallet.The victim fell onto the train track and had to use his last strength to climb back onto the platform. He had to undergo several operations and was in a critical condition for weeks. He remains limited to 60 percent of normal movement.Both the perpetrators sentenced Tuesday are Kosovo Albanian asylum-seekers.

2009 in Review

by Nebojsa Malic
In October, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, leaving a lot of people, both those sympathetic to the emperor and especially those critical of him, scratching their heads in puzzlement. What had he done to actually deserve it? The award had gone to some questionable characters in years past – in 2008, it was Martti Ahtisaari, who led the farcical "negotiations" about the occupied Serbian province of Kosovo – but Obama seems to have received it just for, well, being Barack Obama.
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Monday, January 04, 2010

Bosnia hails Qatar Charity initiatives

Source: QNA/Sarajevo
Chairman of the Bosnian Islamic Scholars’ authority and the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Mustafa Tseritch yesterday hailed the efforts made by Qatar Charity Society to meet the needs of the Bosnian people since 1992.In a letter written to the Board of Directors of Qatar Charity, the mufti said the Bosnian people will never forget the great support and generous assistance provided by Qatar Charity since the early days of their ordeal in the period between 1992 -1995, and the ongoing support in the years following the signing of the peace agreement. The total value of projects carried out by Qatar Charity in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1994 amounted to QR62mn.These included urgent relief projects, the resettlement of the displaced persons, helping orphans and the people with special needs and the construction and renovation of schools, mosques and health centres.
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CIA reportedly ordered murder of 9/11 suspect in Hamburg

A CIA assassination team reportedly targeted a Syrian-German man living in Hamburg after he was connected to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to the latest edition of Vanity Fair magazine, the US spy agency wanted to liquidate Mamoun Darkazanli, who is thought to have been a financier for the Islamist terror network Al-Qaida. Intelligence officials in Washington even farmed out the hit to a squad of contract killers, but the deed was never carried out.“The CIA team supposedly went in ‘dark,’ meaning they did not notify their own station – much less the German government – of their presence,” the magazine wrote in article about Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious security firm Blackwater. “They then followed Darkazanli for weeks and worked through the logistics of how and where they would take him down.”Vanity Fair reported CIA officials contend the assassination was called off because the killers were not in the position to pull it off, however, a source familiar with the mission said it never happened due to lacking “political will.” Darkazanli is believed to have had contact with several of the terrorists involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington DC since they lived or studied in the northern German port city.German officials probed Darkazanli’s terrorist connections for several years, but had to close their investigation in 2006 after they failed to uncover incriminating evidence.
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The Prague Declaration: Antisemitism with a democratic face…

by Dr. Clemens Heni
We are facing two substantial antisemitic movements today. Anti-Zionist action and propaganda against Israel from one side, and a rewriting of the history of the Holocaust from the other. The latter has been named the “Holocaust Obfuscation movement” by Yiddish Professor Dovid Katz, Vilnius.
I was recently invited to Jerusalem to take part in the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, and spoke at the workshop on “Nationalist Trends in Central and Eastern Europe and in the CIS: New Challenges Facing the Jewish Communities”. My topic was the Prague Declaration. As Efraim Zuroff pointed out in the JPost (23 Dec), the Global Forum was very controversial this year because it invited as opening session guest speaker the foreign minister of a leading country in the Holocaust Obfuscation movement — Lithuania. Barry Rubin, who has written many insightful and frankly vital articles and books on the Middle East, the Arab World, and Israel, argued against Zuroff in the East European arena with some truly remarkable statements: “One important element here is teaching about the costs and crimes of Communism in Western schools as well as the depredations of Nazism.” Well, “depredations”? Is this an adequate word for the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah? No, it is not. It obfuscates the Holocaust and I will explain why. Rubin does not mention the Prague Declaration, though the condemnation of this declaration is central to Zuroff’s article.
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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Egypt Alleges Germany Stole Nefertiti Bust, Demands Return

by sheikyermami
Who looted whom?
The hide, the chutzpah of these Mohammedans is astounding. These are the same pirates who terrorized Europe for more than 1300 years, raided the coast’s of Europe and took more than a million white slaves. Why don’t western nations demand reparations?
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Berlin dismisses Iran ultimatum

"The international community has just one month left to decide" whether or not it will accept Iran's conditions, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying on state television. "This is an ultimatum."Reacting to the statement, Germany, one of six world powers engaged in United Nations-backed talks to ensure Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful, said the ultimatum changed nothing.The "situation has not changed," a German foreign ministry spokesman told news agency AFP. "The proposal of the international community remains valid. Iran must seize this opportunity."The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had proposed Iran ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing into fuel for the research reactor.
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Saturday, January 02, 2010

“The Unfinished State,” The Other Side of the Story

By Stella L. Jatras
Since the beginning of the 1990’s war in the Balkans, the Serbian people, collectively, have been accused of (and punished for) committing some of the worst atrocities since those of the Nazis in World War ...»
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Iran interferes with German news satellite

The German state foreign broadcasting network Deutsche Welle (DW) was the target of a deliberate jamming signal originating in Iran, according to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel. According to the report, the French national radio regulatory agency Agence Nationale des Fréquences wrote to the Iranian Ministry of Communication saying that on December 7 and December 8 signals had been detected that looked like "deliberate interference" with the DW satellite.The affected satellite was the Hot-Bird satellite belonging to Eutelsat. The satellite operators apparently reacted to the disturbance by increasing the broadcasting power, whereupon the disturbance signal was also strengthened, cutting out an Arabian language TV broadcast from DW.The origin of the disturbance was traced to the area of Tehran. Similar disturbances coming from Iran were already detected by the French authority in May and June 2009.
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Shocker: Muslim who tried to kill Motoonist has "links to Islamic terrorists"

Big surprise here. But will this lead American and European leaders to begin to see the "terror" threat more comprehensively, involving the attempts to intimidate free Western non-Muslims into silence about Islam and jihad as well as jihad acts themselves? Don't bet on it.
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Friday, January 01, 2010

Hedy Epstein's European media sex appeal: Anti-Zionism and survivor of the Holocaust

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, BERLIN
There is a tried and true Jewish method in Europe to garner instant media coverage and awards of recognition: Scream the trendy anti-Israeli slogans equating the Jewish state with Nazi Germany and the former Apartheid regime in South Africa while highlighting one's background as a Holocaust survivor.
According to seasoned media observers in Germany, the formula of Shoah survivor coupled with anti-Israeli activism helps to explain the public relations coup of Hedy Epstein, an anti-Zionist 85-year-old German Jew who fled the Nazis in 1939, and is now promoting her hunger strike in Egypt to advance the so-called "Free Gaza movement."
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Austria: Radical Muslims threaten women's minister

A banned radical Islamic organisation has sent a threatening letter to Social Democratic (SPÖ) Women’s Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek after she called for a ban on burkas, according to the Österreich newspaper.The newspaper reported today (Weds) that the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation based in Lebanon had sent it a three-page email after Christmas in which it condemned the minister’s remarks last week and threatened her using the sentence from the Koran: "And know that Allah is strong in punishment."The organisation’s Vienna spokesman Shaker Assem also called "on Austrian Muslims to cease supporting the SPÖ".Österreich said it had handed the document to the Federal Crime Office (BK), adding that to date there had been no serious investigation of Islamic fundamentalists in Austria.Hizb ut-Tahrir – which experts say is the first transnational organisation dominated by Palestinians calling for a caliphate or world-wide Islamic state - is considered dangerous and was banned in 2003 in Germany for its support of violence.A spokesperson for Heinisch-Hosek said her ministry had been in contact with the Office for Protection of the Constitution and the Fight against Terrorism and was taking the matter very seriously.Some Austrian media have reported that the Office for Protection of the Constitution and the Fight against Terrorism has had Hizb ut-Tahrir under observation.In her comments in several interviews on 23 December, Heinisch-Hosek had said: "I consider the burka a sign of the submission of women. It greatly hinders women from finding jobs in the labour market. If more women wearing burkas appear in Austria, I will test a ban on them and enact administrative fines for women wearing them in public buildings."She added that Islam was a danger to women’s rights when it led to "politically fundamentalist-oriented policies" such as the mandatory wearing of burkas.
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