Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Europe Will Never Forgive Israel For The Holocaust

by Benjamin Weinthal
Wolfgang Benz, the controversial director of the Berlin Center for the study of anti-Semitism, neatly summed up this incongruity on German television when he insisted that "anti-Semitism is different from anti-Zionism."Benz embodies the European wish to alleviate guilt by denying the weight of the Holocaust. (As the head of a center for the study of anti-Semitism, he's a particularly strange case; the German political scientist Dr. Clemens Heni discovered that Benz's beloved academic mentor was the now-deceased Karl Bosl, an outspoken Nazi who contributed enormously to spreading Hitler's ideology.)
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Karadzic: Germany withholding proof of Bosnian weapons trade

Serbian political prisoner Radovan Karadzic is reportedly accusing the German government of holding back explosive documents that show NATO conducted illegal weapons deals during the Bosnian war.Daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday that Karadzic, facing genocide charges before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, wrote to the German embassy in the Netherlands calling on them to “redouble efforts to retrieve these documents.”But Ambassador Thomas Läufer recently told the court, which sits in The Hague, that Germany did not have the documents Karadzic was seeking.The former Bosnian Serb president claims German archives contain records that show NATO supplied weapons to Bosnian Muslims to use against Serbs during the war in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995. This would have been a breach of the weapons embargo enforced at the time by the United Nations.Karadzic, acting as his own lawyer, claimed before the UN tribunal that Serbs needed to be able to defend themselves against Muslim attacks that were backed by NATO.Among other things, the documents demonstrated the supply of weapons from Britain and France, which passed through Frankfurt airport, Karadzic said. The tribunal ordered the German government to investigate and hand over any such documents.In his letter to the German embassy, dated June 28 and made public by the tribunal, Karadzic claimed that former Federal Minister for Post and Communication Christian Schwarz-Schilling had told broadcaster Deutsche Welle that the government “possibly” had at its disposal compromising documents about weapons supplies from France and Britain.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Explosion rocks another Bosnian Muslim city

Bosnian Muslim city of Zenica was rocked by an explosion at 11:03 pm last night (June 28) and the entire city felt the explosion, media says.
The explosion went off near a junk yard in the city. This is a second bombing attack in several days.
Earlier, Bosnian Muslim terrorists were arrested for planting a bomb at the police in Bugojno.
Bosnian terrorism expert Dzevad Galijasevic says that the Bugojno attacks was “expected and it is just the beginning”.
Italian media Adnkronos International based in Rome says that “Galijasevic claimed radical Islam had a strong supporter in wartime Bosnian Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic and current Muslim member of the joint state presidency Haris Silajdzic, who condemned Sunday’s bombing as an attack on the state.”
In an unrelated matter, Bosnia’s long time chief of the Muslim TV, Vladimir Bilic, committed suicide. The 57-year old Bilic also worked for the Voice of America which, as we know, is the US spy instrument.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Berlin: Two Israelis hurt at club in what police call an anti-Semitic attack

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
A Berlin police spokesman told the Jerusalem Post on Monday that two young Israelis were violently attacked in a Berlin disco (Matrix Club, Picture) because of their nationality. The spokesman said the attack prompted the police to issue a statement terming the attack as “anti-Semitic.”According to statements from two male Israelis aged 18 and 22, a Palestinian man was responsible for the assault. He asked the 22-year-old Israeli about his nationality, who replied that he is a citizen of Israel. The Palestinian perpetrator choked the 22-year-old and punched him in the face. A Berlin police statement said that as the 18-year-old Israeli rushed to help his friend he was also struck by the Palestinian. The assault took place in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain, a location popular among young Germans and Israelis for its lively bar and club culture.The Palestinian fled the disco and tossed a beer glass at the 18-year-old Israeli. The police spokesman told the Post that the authorities are searching for the alleged assailant. In a bizarre twist, the disco's 43-year-old bouncer used pepper spray against the two Israelis,who eventually fled to their hotel and notified the police about the assault. The injured Israelis received treatment in a hospital.The number of attacks on Jews in Germany has risen dramatically in June. Dr. Juliane Wetzel, a controversial member of a federally funded commission devoted to researching and combating anti-Semitism, prompted criticism by suggesting Israel is partially responsible for the attacks.In late June, according to Die Welt newspaper, German pupils of Lebanese, Palestinian and Iranian origin tossed stones at Jewish dancers and shouted "Jews out!" at a dance performance in Hannover. In a statement to the German wire service Juliane Wetzel, said "It's been true for years that violent attacks on Jews in Germany occur mainly when something happens in the Mideast conflict." Dr. Clemens Heni, a political scientist who has written about Islamic anti-Semitism in Germany, told the Post that "Wetzel's comment is absurd" because she makes "Israel quasi responsible for agitation and attacks against Jews in Hannover." Anti-Semitism experts such as the German Jewish journalist Henryk M. Broder have also sharply criticized Wetzel because she frequently plays down the severity of Muslim-based anti-Semitism and has ignored Iranian anti-Semitism while focusing on bias against German Muslims.
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Germany: Conservatives suggest intelligence tests for immigrants

Conservatives said on Monday that humanitarian concerns should no longer be the only criteria in accepting immigrants into Germany and suggested they also be required to take an intelligence test. Peter Trapp, domestic policy spokesperson for the Berlin chapter of the Christian Democrats, told daily Bild that the country needs new immigration rules.“We must define immigration criteria that really serve our country,” he said. “Besides a good education and professional qualifications, the benchmark must also be intelligence. I am for intelligence tests for immigrants.” The idea should no longer be taboo, he added. Markus Ferber, a member of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party the CSU and a member of the European parliament, echoed Trapp’s concerns, and pointed to alleged Canadian immigration policies as an example.“We need a unified policy in Europe,” he told Bild. “Canada is much further ahead with this and requires immigrant children to have a higher IQ than native-born children. Humane reasons such as reuniting families cannot be the only immigration criteria in the long term.”
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

German Mujaheddin in Waziristan find jihad too hard, seek help to go home..

by sheikyermami
German jihadists in the crisis zone of Pakistan Waziristan find themselves under substantial pressure. The secret services intercepted emails, Internet chat and listened in on telephone calls show increasing fear and resignation, as reported by “focus news”.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

“Nothing to do with Islam… lets not talk about it…”

Everybody hates Jews anyway, so why not stone them?
Aiman Mazyek (Germany’s Keysar Trad)
When young Arabs attack a Jewish dance troupe (we reported) we must understand that it has nothing to do with Islam. Incidents like that may not under any circumstances become politicized, which happens obviously automatically, if one speaks about it. In addition Muslim federations cannot be held responsible for something like that, because anti-Semitism occurs in every society. Aiman Mazyek explains the position of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yemen question German after suicide attack on UK ambassador

Yemeni authorities are questioning a German, an Iraqi and two Yemenis in connection with a failed suicide attack on the British ambassador in Sanaa, the ministry of defence website said on Thursday. The criminal prosecution dealing with terrorism issues is leading the interrogation, said the 26sep.net website, citing judicial sources."The criminal prosecution dealing with terrorism affairs began interrogating the four suspects in connection with the assassination attempt on the British ambassador, who include a German, Iraqi and two Yemenis," the website said.It quoted its sources as saying that the German suspect is the son of a German businessman married to a Yemeni and has been living in Yemen, but did not provide details of the other suspects.British envoy Timothy Torlot narrowly escaped an April 26 bomb triggered by a suicide attacker who hurled himself at the ambassador's two-car convoy in a Sanaa street as it neared the British embassy compound.Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on May 12 on jihadist forums, according to the US monitoring group SITE.The group identified the bomber as Othman Nouman al-Salawi - confirming the identification given by Yemeni police - and provided his picture, SITE said.The four suspects are part of a group that plotted to attack vital facilities and interests, the judicial sources said.Yemeni authorities claimed most of the group's members had been arrested.Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and AQAP's home base.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Unelected EU Politburo votes against burqa ban, minarets….

by sheikyermami
Sure thing. The Herman van Rompuy brigades are totally in the Arab pocket. Just like the UN.
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Germany: Jewish dance troupe forced off stage

Hannover. Jewish dance troupe forced off stageMembers of a Jewish dance troupe were pelted with stones and insulted during a neighborhood festival in Sahlkamp, Hannover (Germany).Politicians and local associations responded in outrage and disbelief to the antisemitic attacks in Sahlkamp. A dance troupe of the Liberal Jewish Community in Hannover was pelted with stones and insulted on Saturday during a district festival. After correlating pictures, 30 children and teenagers of mostly Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi, Iranian and possibly also Turkish origin, were involved in throwing pebbles and calling insults at the eight adult dancers. The Jewish folklore group were forced to leave the stage, one dancer was hit in the leg and suffered a bruise. The international cultural festival continued after a break, the police were not notified.
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From Vienna With Love

by Benjamin Weinthal
According to Ariel Muzicant, the Haifa-born head of Austria’s Jewish community, Chancellor Faymann resisted pressure from Social Democratic party members to pull the plug on his diplomatic trip to Israel because of the outbreak of violence aboard the vessel Mavi Marmara. Muzicant, a member of the Austrian Social Democratic party, will accompany Faymann on his whirlwind tour of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pakistan police arrest German man in burka

"A German man, wearing a burka, was intercepted at a checkpoint in Bannu while coming from Miranshah with a six-year-old girl," local police station chief Farid Khan told AFP.Two tribesmen travelling with him in the vehicle were also detained, he said.Miranshah is the main town of lawless North Waziristan tribal district, a known hotbed of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants.Most women in the area wear a burka, which covers the body from head to toe, if they are out in public.A pistol was also recovered from the man and he was handed over to an intelligence agency for further investigation, Khan said.An American construction worker armed with a pistol and sword was arrested last week further north in the mountains of Chitral who purportedly told police he was on a mission to hunt down and kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and adjoining northwestern districts are out of bounds for foreigners and they require special permission to visit these restive areas.Washington has branded Pakistan's northwestern tribal area a global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and officials say it is home to Islamist extremists who plan attacks on US-led troops in Afghanistan and on cities abroad.Waziristan came under renewed scrutiny when Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American charged over an attempted bombing in New York on May 1, allegedly told US interrogators he went there for bomb training.
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Niebel’s comments on Israel draw fire from German Jews: Minister had called blockade "evidence of unspoken fear"

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – Stephan J. Kramer, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, sharply criticized on Sunday Germany’s federal minister of economic cooperation and development, Dirk Niebel (Picture), for exacerbating the issue of Israel’s denying him entry into Gaza.Niebel had said the blockade of the Gaza Strip “is not a sign of strength, but rather evidence of unspoken fear.” This is “the last chance” for Israel, he said.
Kramer told the Neue Ruhr/Neue Rhein newspaper that Niebel’s statements and posture toward the Israeli security situation are “childish and cynical, given the Israeli victims in Sderot and elsewhere from missile attacks from the Gaza Strip.”Writing in the daily Die Welt on Monday, foreign affairs commentator Clemens Wergin noted, “Apparently the minister has learned from his former party colleague, Jürgen Möllemann, that it’s possible to get into the headlines with even minor teasers on slow-news weekends. In fact, Niebel was able to present himself on [on the television news show] heute journal as a humanitarian fighter for justice and to score points with the Israel-skeptical German population, which would hardly have noticed the minister’s trip without this staged scandal.”Jürgen Möllemann died in what appeared to be a skydiving suicide in 2003. His mass-mailing of election flyers bashing former prime minister Ariel Sharon caused a political nadir between the Free Democrats, Niebel’s party, and Israel during the 2002 Federal election.Möllemann’s campaign strategy was widely viewed as the first public use of anti-Semitism to win over voters since the Hitler movement. The Free Democrats have made efforts to rid their party of hardcore anti-Israeli sentiments since Möllemann.Niebel is vice president of the German-Israeli friendship society, and told the Post in 2008 that he supports a ban of Hizbullah, which remains a legal political organization in Germany and has 900 active members.Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday there is “no strain” in the “close and very trusted” relationship with Israel. However, she and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle supported Niebel’s decision to travel to Gaza.Niebel’s recent statements resonated with the liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, which noted in an editorial on Monday that Israel’s decision to deny Niebel entry to Gaza is “an imperially arbitrary act of an empire.”
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'Brodsky claimed refugee father'

Alleged Mossad agent Alexander Verin (aka Uri Brodsky) along with another man going by the name "Michael Bodenheimer" discussed acquiring a passport for Bodenheimer in late March 2009 with a German lawyer in Cologne, weekly Der Spiegel reported on Monday.With Verin's assistance, Bodeheimer claimed that his father, Hans, had emigrated to Israel to escape persecution under Nazi rule and provided his supposed parents' marriage certificate and his "father's" passport. Verin is currently awaiting extradition proceedings that seek to transfer him from Polish authorities to Germany.
Earlier in late 2008, an old man who identified himself as Hans Bodenheimer appeared at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv and requested German citizenship, claiming he had fled Germany during Nazi rule. His request was approved and he was sent a German passport in the mail."It is our obligation to prevent his extradition," Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Der Speigel. The German government will not stop the investigation of alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky despite Israeli diplomatic pressure to do so, Der Spiegel reported last Saturday.Brodsky was arrested earlier this month in Poland for allegedly forging one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Germany to offer exit programme for Islamists

Germany aims to tackle a growing threat from Islamic extremists with an exit programme modelled on assistance for repentant neo-Nazis, authorities said Monday.
"We plan to offer a hotline and a website for people who have fallen under the influence of fundamentalists, Islamists or terrorists," Heinz Fromm, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the domestic intelligence agency, told reporters.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the news conference that the service would be available in a few weeks' time.
Militants wanting to turn their backs on extremism will be put in contact with "trained personnel who are capable of offering help to people in German but also in Arabic or Turkish," Fromm said.
"We think it will be a useful effort, even though it is modest, to take a preventative approach to this problem," de Maiziere said.
According to Fromm's agency in its annual report, there are 29 Islamic extremist organisations in Germany, with 36,000 members at the end of 2009 -- 1,500 more than the year before.
Some 200 Germans or foreigners living in Germany have spent time in Pakistan with the intention of receiving paramilitary training by Islamist groups.
Authorities have concrete evidence that 65 of them underwent such training, the agency said.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution launched a similar programme for right-wing extremists in 2001.
It said it has received about 1,040 calls to the hotline since it was established, about 300 of them from former extremists seeking help.
About 120 of them have received or are receiving "intensive assistance" in reorienting their lives, the office's website said.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

German minister denied entry to Gaza -- Foreign Ministry spokesman: Decision part of standard policy

BERLIN — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday criticized Israel's decision to deny a German minister entry to Gaza."I regret the decision by the Israeli government to refuse to let German Development Minister Dirk Niebel into Gaza," Westerwelle said in a statement. "It remains the German government's goal to completely end the blockade of Gaza. This is not only Germany's belief, but also that of our partners in the European Union." Israel imposed a blockade of Gaza three years ago after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.Westerwelle said German government officials, including himself, had asked their Israeli counterparts several times to allow Niebel to enter Gaza.Niebel is currently on an official three-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. He wanted to go to Gaza on Sunday to visit a sewage plant financed with German aid, a ministry spokesman said.
"We were in negotiations about the Gaza visit with the Israelis until the very last moment and only got their refusal on Saturday," Sebastian Lesch told The Associated Press.The German daily newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung quoted Niebel as saying that denying him entry "is a big foreign policy mistake by the Israeli government," adding that "Israel is making it hard, even for its most faithful friends, to understand its behavior."Westerwelle and Niebel are members of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats.Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, said the refusal was standard policy."We have a clear, coherent policy. Ministers don't go in. He's not the first not to go in," Palmor said. "We let in people who represent bigger groups ... but not from individual countries. There's nothing new here."
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Serbia: Muslims offended by newspaper demand "symbolic" compensation of just... €100 million

"Daily Blic ran a photomontage of the leader of the Islamic community Muamer Zukorlic dressed in an Orthodox Christian bishop robe," and that's worth 100 million euros. One will recall the observation of the South African Motoon that provoked outrage in that country: "Other prophets have followers with a sense of humor!"
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

German neo-Nazi sides with Palestinian jihadists, denounces Israel

Here again we see that real Nazis hate Israel, as they have always hated Jews. It is only in the sick and libelous fantasies and fabrications of CAIR's Honest Ibe Hooper, Charles Johnson and the like that anti-jihadists, who in fact recognize that Israel is on the front line of the global jihad, align with neo-Nazis.
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Germany's 'growing displeasure with Israeli conduct': Is Germany’s pursuit of ‘Mossad agent’ a bit heavy-handed?

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – Shimon Stein, a former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the decision of Germany’s top prosecutor to issue an extradition order for an alleged Israeli spy – reportedly involved in the forgery of a German passport used to travel to Dubai to assassinate Hamas arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh – should not be seen “in isolation but in a broader context of growing displeasure with Israeli conduct.”On June 4 in Warsaw Polish authorities arrested a man using the name Uri Brodsky who is suspected of working for the Mossad in Germany.Stein said that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle “spoke at an early stage for clarification” in connection with the murder of Mabhouh.“Germany was a bit embarrassed, to put it mildly...there were too many footprints suggesting we are behind it,” said Stein.He added that”incidents in the past could be ironed out” but “someone had an interest to leak” the arrest of the alleged Israeli agent.It is unclear who leaked the capture of the alleged intelligence officer in Warsaw to the magazine Der Spiegel. When asked about reported diplomatic strains between Israel and Germany, Stein said there are “those interested in bringing those frictions to the fore.”When questioned if the extradition order caused diplomatic friction between Israel and Germany, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, in an email to the Post on Wednesday said, “there are no diplomatic tensions between Germany and Israel.”The thorny issue of whether Germany is unfairly clamping down on the intelligence activities of its ally Israel while ignoring the presence of terrorists in the Federal Republic surfaced in the German media. Writing in the large daily Die Welt on Wednesday, Norbert Jessen, a veteran reporter covering German-Israeli relations, noted ,“Even the presence of known international terrorists from Middle Eastern states on German soil does not always lead to their immediate arrest. They are often left alone even without diplomatic passports.”Stein a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel usually “takes a low profile” but called for “an international inquiry” after Israel’s seizure of the Gaza flotilla.“The atmosphere is not conducive” to Israel in the Federal Republic.“While things went well for so many years” with respect to the so-called German-Israeli special relationship , the “winds are not blowing in our direction” at this time, said Stein, a leading authority on German-Israeli relations.When asked about the arrest of the alleged Mossad agent and the role of Germany, the Israeli Embassy in Berlin declined to comment.
A spokesman for Germany’s top prosecutor told the Post on Wednesday that “the Polish authorities will decide” if the alleged intelligence agent will be extradited to Germany.By e-mail to the Post, the German prosecutor’s office wrote that the office “is conducting an investigatory process “ involving “the alleged secret service background of the acquisition of a German passport.” Citing provisions of German law, the prosecutor’s statement said the investigative process is based on the “suspicion of activity of a foreign agent and indirect false certification.”If the Polish authorities extradite the alleged Israeli spy to a court in the German city of Karlsruhe , where the Federal German prosecutor’s office is based, three judicial possibilities would unfold.The agent could be imprisoned during the legal process or the arrest order could be revoked, resulting in the agent’s release. The third possibility is he could be stripped of his passport and the court could set bail to avoid incarceration while he waits for the judicial inquiry to issue its determination.
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A Jew Goes To Bayreuth

by Tuvia Tenenbom
What will happen if you take a Jew, fly him to Bayreuth, and make him attend Wagner's operas in Wagner's own opera house: will he become a Wagner fan or will he get shivers all over and regret the day he ever showed up?
To answer this question, I fly myself to Germany.
In the heavens above the Atlantic, somewhere between USA and Europe, my head is exploding with questions:
There are so many operas in the world that are just fun; why am I getting myself into this Wagner thing? About two months ago I went to see Puccini's La Boheme in Ramallah. Was really wonderful. Everywhere you looked, seats and aisles, you would see the richer of Palestine: women with the most colorful and expensive hijabs, men with shiniest cellphones. The opera, truth be told, was awful, but the audience provided a feast to the eye.
Will there be hijabs in Bayreuth? Should I ask the pilot to change course and fly me to the Middle East, place of my birth? Can a man love Wagner and still be a Jew? Can a man be a Nazi-sympathizer and still hate Wagner? Wagner, the author of "Das Judenthum in der Musik," claimed that Jews, creatures of no passion, lack the ability to create music. Would I have the capacity to at least understand music, to understand Wagner?
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Empire’s Deal

by Nebojsa Malic
Starting with the Balkans interventions, the Empire has consistently invoked the ghost of Neville Chamberlain to justify attacking one country or another. Its enemy du jour would always be likened to Hitler, and anyone who even suggested talks over bombs would be branded an “appeaser.” Yet when Czech officials criticized what was being done to Serbia as comparable to what happened to their own country at Munich, their voices remained alone in the wilderness.
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Nokia-Siemens, For Example

by Benjamin Weinthal
Take the example of the Finnish-German telecommunications giant, Nokia-Siemens Networks, which supplied sophisticated surveillance technology to Iran, enabling President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s security apparatus (the IRGC) to monitor and stifle internet usage, as well as mobile phone communications, among pro-democracy activists last year. Nokia-Siemens Networks is still furnishing the regime with “interception” technology, and bizarrely, even Rolf Timans, the EU’s representative for human rights and democratisation, vehemently opposes legislation which would ban telecommunications deals that bolster’s Iran’s anti-democratic conduct.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mas-Kom-Ya, Erdogan, and Turkey’s Islamic Jew Hatred

by Andrew G. Bostom
As reported by the Jerusalem Post on June 9, 2010, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has revealed the close ties between the most violent operatives from Turkey’s jihadist IHH organization on board the Mavi Maramara ship, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP government.
Salient details of these connections from the ITIC analysis — based upon statements given by Mavi Maramara passengers after the vessel was towed to the port of Ashdod last week, as well as findings from IHH members’ computers seized by the Israel Defense Forces — included:
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Austrian chancellor slams Vienna's anti-Israel resolution: Jewish community to sue over post-flotilla incitement

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
The head of Austria’s Jewish community, Ariel Muzicant, said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Monday that Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had described a Vienna city council resolution that unilaterally condemned Israel’s seizure of the Gaza flotilla as “unbalanced.” According to Muzicant, the social democratic chancellor told him “that he would not have done the resolution.”Members of all mainstream democratic parties from the Vienna city council, ranging from the social democrats to the Greens to the conservatives, formed an alliance on May 31 with the radical right-wing Austrian Freedom Party, which has connections to Austrian Nazis, and blasted Israel’s actions aboard the Mavi Marmara.Muzicant, who was born in Haifa and is a member of the Austrian Social Democratic (SPÖ) party, told the Post that anti-Israeli Social Democrats had attempted to pressure Faymann to cancel his slated June 23-24 visit to Israel, but he had refused. Muzicant complained in a letter to the SPÖ about its decision to hastily condemn Israel.“There will be a debate within the SPÖ; people seem to realize they have been misled and misused... it was not just a humanitarian flotilla. Islamists were on board and decided to commit criminal acts against Israel. [This was] not shown in the first days,” said Muzicant.Asked whether the SPÖ would reverse its support for the anti-Israel resolution, Muzicant said, “We will judge them by deeds and not what they are saying.”The SPÖ is slated to issue a new resolution on Wednesday.Speaking from Vienna, Israeli Ambassador Aviv Shir-On told the Post that he met on Monday with the speaker of the Vienna city council and told him that the resolution was “one-sided... if the the Arab countries in the UN said the earth is flat, they would take it as part of their resolution.”Shir-On said the city council members had not spoken to the Israeli Embassy before issuing their resolution, and questioned whether it was the proper role of a city council to “deal with foreign affairs.” He noted that the Vienna city council had chosen to single out Israel while remaining silent about Iran and the genocide in Darfur.In connection with the Israeli-Hamas conflict, Shir-On said there was “no other example” of a country at war supplying its enemy with “electricity and food.” He said Austrian local politicians made no effort to understand “the reasons for the blockade. Every country has the right, the duty, to protect its citizens.”He cited the Hamas rocket attacks on his hometown of Ashkelon, where missiles had hit the school he attended.According to Muzicant, “the number of anti-Semitic manifestations have risen” since the Gaza flotilla seizure. He added that that the community had registered 2,000 anti-Semitic incidents, including Jews being “spat on and cursed.”The Austrian Jewish community has advised its members not to travel to Turkey because it is “too dangerous.” While stressing that not all Austrian Turks were stoking anti-Jewish violence, he said there were “extremists elements in the Turkish community... [they] switched to anti-Semitic activities.”The 7,500-member Jewish community has assembled a dossier on the outbreak of Jew- and Israel-hatred. Muzicant said the community would submit the material to the public prosecutor because there had been violations “against an Austrian law forbidding anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic acts.”He said the community planned to take legal action against local city councilman Omar al-Rawi from the Social Democratic Party for “inciting hatred.” Rawi, who serves as commissioner for integration, has raised funds for Hamas and spoke at an anti-Israel rally on June 4 attended by between 10,000 and 12,000 people. He told the pro-Hamas rally that the nine dead peace activists “did not die in vain” and declared that their fight must continue.Austrian observers said Iranian and Hizbullah flags were waved at the demonstration.
According to Muzicant, banners equating the Nazi swastika and the Star of David were present at the rallies. A sign stating “Hitler wake up” was displayed at an anti-Israeli demonstration organized by left-wing group the Anti-Imperialist Committee and Austrian Muslims.Karl Pfeifer, an expert in modern Austrian anti-Semitism, told the Post that Rawi’s “activity is anti-Semitic because he singles out the Jewish state” in a discriminatory fashion and “has no problems with posters equating Israel with Nazis” as well as banners and chants describing Israel as a murderer of children. Pfeifer said the the anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli posters and chants met the criteria of the European Union’s definition of anti-Semitism as outlined by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.Writing a guest commentary in the Austrian daily Die Presse, Thomas Schmidinger noted that Rawi’s “true heartfelt concern” was to mobilize against Israel, and he had appeared at Arab and Turkish demonstrations, where solidarity with Hamas was called for.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Albania, Hezbollah and the labyrinth of international illegal arms trafficking

By Ioannis Michaletos
The Balkan region has a colorful recent history regarding the existence of Jihadist and terrorist networks that are directly related to the ones in the Middle East.
The issue has gathered importance in the beginning of 2010 when the Israeli foreign minister, made explicit remarks on the issue, whilst an interesting aspect has emerged through many information channels that relates to the existence of direct Hezbollah ties in the Balkans and most specifically in Albania.
At a meeting with FYROM’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in January, the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the Balkan states were the new target of global jihad.
“Current reports clearly indicate that the region of the Balkans is the new target of global jihad, which intends to establish infrastructure and recruit activists there,” Lieberman said.
“That is seen from the attempts of certain Islamists, in particular Saudi organizations that are transferring their funds to Africa and South America in order to bring them to the regions inhabited by Bosnians and Albanians,” he added.
Lieberman said that the Hezbollah group, which is backed by Iran, had penetrated South America and Al-Qa’idah and was well established in Africa.
He called on Gruefski not to allow those militants to strike roots in the Balkans.
After this statement there came the first reaction from the Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj, who phoned his counterpart Avigdor Lieberman to protest against his statement.
The Bosnian minister told his Israeli counterpart that statements of this kind were baseless and that they harmed his country’s international reputation. He added that Bosnia was engaged in a struggle against terrorism and that its intelligence services had no information or data about terrorists being active in their country.
For its part, the Albanian side has not reacted to this statement yet.
As the Israeli minister stated, the Hezbollah is channeling money for the establishment of terrorist cells in Albanian-inhabited areas. From what it seems this argument was well-established and in fact it has a long history behind it.
The previous years there were quite a few reports in the Albanian media that Ukrainian anti-missile systems were bought by Albania and then illegally re-exported to Hezbollah, via several front companies.
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

German Defence Minister Guttenberg considers resignation

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is thinking about resigning after the Chancellery failed to tell him about an investigation it instigated into evidence he presented over a fatal attack in Afghanistan. The Christian Social Democrat (CSU) is said to be furious about the move by Angela Merkel’s office, according to the cover story of the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Sunday. Although he would only tell the paper, “Such events can hardly be commented upon,” it reports that he has repeatedly ‘told friends’ that he is considering resigning his position. The evidence Guttenberg gave to a parliamentary committee over the bombing of two petrol tankers which had been stolen in Afghanistan not far from a German base was checked by the interior and justice ministries on instruction from the chancellery – without his knowledge, the paper said.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Suspected Mossad agent arrested in Poland for Germany

Polish authorities acting on a German request have arrested a suspected Mossad agent thought to have played a role in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas commander, German prosecutors said Saturday. "He was arrested in Warsaw and is suspected of being involved in illegally obtaining a (German) passport," a spokesman for German federal prosecution said, confirming a report in German magazine Der Spiegel. "It's now up to the Poles to decide if they are going to hand him over to Germany."According to an article to be published Monday in Der Spiegel, the suspect identified as Uri Brodsky was arrested early June on arrival at Warsaw's airport on suspicions that he helped a member of the hit squad get a German passport in June 2009.Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a founder of the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement which controls Gaza, was found dead in his room in the Al Bustan Rotana hotel near Dubai airport on January 20.Dubai police have released extensive surveillance camera footage they say shows the team of suspects from the hit squad they have linked to the Mossad. The Hamas man had been drugged and then suffocated. Twelve British, six Irish, four French, one German and three Australian passports were used by 26 people believed linked to the murder, according to Dubai police. In many cases, the documents appeared either to have been faked or obtained illegally.The issue caused a diplomatic row in which the five countries whose passports were used called in Israeli envoys for talks.
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“Wake up Hitler”

The left-liberal Viennese weekly Falter headlined this photo from a recent anti-Israel demonstration in the city: “Strange demand.”
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hurryupharry.org

Friday, June 11, 2010

German Jews: Break Gaza blockade -- Anti-Zionist group plans to deliver goods to Gaza by sea

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN - Edith Lutz, a member of a fringe group of anti-Israeli German Jews, announced on Thursday in German radio (Deutschlandradio) that members plan to deliver musical instruments and other goods aboard a vessel destined for Hamas in Gaza. According to Lutz, the German chapter of the group European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) stated “there must be talks with Hamas, the elected government.”Members of the anti-Zionist group (EJJP) have frequently compared Israel with Nazi Germany and the former Apartheid government in South Africa. Critics in Germany note that the EJJP are obsessed with Israel and show no interest for the genocide in Dafur or the Iranian government's brutal crackdown of its civilian population. According to media observers, the EJJP attracts vast media attention in Germany because of widespread anti-Israeli sentiments among the population.Stephan J. Kramer, the General Secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told The Jerusalem Post: "The initiative is purely naive, if not a just provocation of Israel and its legitimate right to defend itself and its citizens. With their actions, these activists become naive and willing tools of the terrorists and enemies of Israel."
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Iranian says he was kidnapped

An Iranian dissident who went missing for almost two weeks in Germany told The Associated Press on Thursday he was kidnapped by four Arabic-speaking man who threatened to kill him for a film he made that is critical of the Iranian regime.
In his first interview since his ordeal, Daryush Shokof said he thought the kidnapping was orchestrated by the regime in Tehran even though his captors didn't speak in Farsi, which is spoken in Iran.
"I am convinced that there is a connection between my kidnapping and the Iranian regime," Shokof said in a phone interview from Cologne, where he under police protection. "This was the act of this horrendous regime."
The Iranian Embassy in Berlin did not respond to requests for comment.
Cologne prosecutor Guenter Oehme, who is in charge of the investigation into Shokof's disappearance, said he could not provide any details because the case is ongoing.
"I can't say anything because it would threaten our investigations," Oehme said.
Shokof, a 55-year-old Berlin resident, said one of his captors accused him of blasphemy.
"'You have insulted Islam, you have insulted the regime, we're going to kill you, you have to stop the release of your film,' — that's what he said to me," Shokof said. He described the man as about 40 years old and speaking English with a heavy Arabic accent.
He said he told his kidnapper he was not trying to hurt Islam, but criticizing only the Iranian government.
"I told him what happens in Iran has nothing to do with Islam," he said.
Shokof disappeared May 24 in Cologne, the day he planned to board a train to Paris to promote his new film "Iran Zendan," or "Iran Prison." The small independent movie is highly critical of the Iranian regime and shows scenes of torture and rape in an Iranian prison. It was shown once last month to a closed audience of friends at a Berlin theater and then posted on YouTube, but has since been removed.
On June 5, almost two weeks after he went missing, Shokof was found by a group of teenagers — drenched, exhausted and confused — near the Rhine river in Cologne, and taken to a hospital, police said.
Shokof said the evening he was kidnapped, he was sitting on a bench on one of Cologne's central squares, Friesenplatz, when a man speaking on his cell phone in Arabic sat down next to him.
"Then everything happened at the same moment," Shokof said.
Shokof said a black Audi pulled up next to the bench, two more men got out, and then the man sitting beside him pushed something — "silverish, it could have been a gun" — against his ribs and told him in German: "Come along!"
He said he was pushed into the car, blindfolded, gagged and handcuffed. He said a fourth man drove the car.
Shokof said he remembers being driven for about forty minutes and being taken from the car into a basement. He said he was kept there during his entire time in captivity, with at least two of the kidnappers with him at all times.
Shokof said he remembers most of his time in captivity only vaguely, and said he believes he was drugged.
He said he was blindfolded constantly, and saw his captors only when he was first seized.
Shokof said the man who accused him of insulting Islam seemed to be the head of the group. The other three men were younger, less educated and spoke a mixture of German and Arabic, "like Arab immigrants who grew up in Germany," he said.
He said he was never beaten or abused, and that toward the end his captors seemed increasingly nervous.
"They seemed to be getting orders on their cell phones all the time and there was a lot of screaming and bad-mouthing in the end," he said. He said that he thinks international attention may have eventually triggered his release.
The day he was released, Shokof said, he was driven for about an hour in the car before being taken out of the car at the banks of the Rhine.
"Before they threw me into the river, my kidnappers told me again that they would kill me if I ever showed my movie," Shokof said.
But Shokof said he was able to swim to shore, then collapsed near a group of people.
He said he has nightmares every night about the kidnapping, but vowed to continue his criticism of the Iranian regime and said he will link his film to three new websites in the coming days.
"My only fault was to stand up for freedom and democracy," he said.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Artists & Antisemites

by Benjamin Weinthal
Surrend also received an endorsement from Wolfgang Benz, the controversial head of the publicly funded Berlin Centre for Antisemitism Research, who, commenting on the poster on German television, argued: “Antisemitism is different from anti-Zionism…but it’s so practical to denounce anything one doesn’t like as antisemitism.” But Benz has other troubles, currently finding himself under attack for praising his Nazi academic mentor, Karl Bosl.
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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Islamist threat increasing in Bosnia, Kosovo

Far from anything of the 9/11 scale, Wahhabis in the Balkans area is a low-level operation and sufficiently low so that those in the mainstream media can swipe their hands and dismiss these occurrences as nonsense and brand those who raise concern as extreme nationalists.
Such low-level event occurred yesterday in the Bosnian town of Brcko where local Appeals Court judges got a threatening letter in which they are accused of being infidels who will be punished:
“You know for sure that only Allah has power in heavens and earth. So judge according to what Allah reveals. But those that do not judge by what Allah has revealed, they are nonbelievers. Those that do not judge by what Allah has revealed are thugs. Who then the Allah is a better judge of people? How is it that in one part of the Book you believe and the other you reject? The ones from you that does such will be insulted, and at the Judgment day will be put on the most hardest pain,” the letter to the judge says.
The letter was issued to the judges, Damjan Kaurinovic and Jadranko Grcevic. Grcevic is already under a 24 hour protection from previous threats issued by Bosnian Muslims.
Authorities say that the letter comes from Wahhabis from the village of Gornja Maoca. The village was raided in February this year but nothing has come of the raid.
This latest incident in Brcko is just few miles away from Sarajevo where Spain is sponsoring a “feel-good” fest of local Balkan leaders that will also hear Turkey pleading its case to punish Israel for raiding a Jihad ship where a local Bosnian Muslim and Muslim Albanians were nabbed by the Israelis.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Report: Iran smuggling German-made nuclear equipment via Dubai

Iran has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. According to the report, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany's leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported. The report comes amid growing concerns that though Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, Tehran is in fact working toward manufacturing nuclear weapons. According to the Sunday Telegraph, Iran has smuggled German computers, controllers, communication cards and cables into Iran. The equipment was sold to Iran via a Dubai intermediary, using false certificates for companies in Asia, without the knowledge of the German manufacturer. Last month, U.S. and United Nations officials launched an investigation into Tehran's acquisition of components restricted for sale to Iran under UN resolutions. The investigation, which covered several Western companies suspected of violating said resolutions has now been expanded to Dubai, already under American pressure to prevent the transfer of technology to Iran.
haaretz.com

Monday, June 07, 2010

Israeli envoys slam German pols for joining flotilla

Picture: Karl-Liebknecht-Haus, the Left Party’s national headquarters in Berlin
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
BERLIN – Israeli Ambassador to Germany Yoram Ben-Zeev and Emmanuel Nahshon, the chargé d’affaires at the embassy, took the unusual step last week of publicly criticizing Left Party members of parliament who were aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships that attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.Nahshon told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the “criticism is not against the party but against those members of the Bundestag. They behaved in a way that is not responsible.“They found themselves in violence... The aim was to break the blockade. They are more interested in supporting Hamas, rather than concerned about aid for the Palestinian people.”Nahshon, the embassy’s No. 2 diplomat, was referring to the two Left Party members of parliament, Inge Höger and Annette Groth. Although the IDF captured the attack of its commandos on video and seized weapons from radical Islamists on the vessel, Groth and her colleagues from the Left Party claim that the video footage was fabricated and denied the presence of weapons.“The video was pasted together; who knows where it comes from,” Groth said.“We wanted to bring aid to Gaza. Nobody had a weapon,” Höger said.Höger added that the Israeli seizure of the vessel was “in contravention of international law... It was an act of piracy.”Ben-Zeev, in an interview with the large Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, said, “An operation backed by Hamas, which wants to destroy the Jewish state, is not going to help the peace process... Where were these politicians from Die Linke [the Left Party] and other Germans when Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip?”Israeli officials in Germany usually try to mediate disputes behind the scenes.Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, a Middle East expert in Germany, told the Post he was “astonished “ that the Israeli ambassador issued a stinging criticism of the Left Party.Nahshon, however, told the Post that this is “exactly where an ambassador should intervene,” adding that Ben-Zeev should criticize “anti-Israeli endeavors linked with terror groups.”He termed the attack on Israeli commandos an “organized lynch.”The new chairman of the Left Party, Klaus Ernst, a former Bavarian trade union official who is currently engulfed in a reimbursement scandal, said it is “highly unusual” that Israel’s envoy chose to “intervene in the political debate in the media.”Ernst criticized Ben-Zeev’s comments and said such statements should instead be articulated by the Israeli government’s spokesmanGregor Gysi, a top Left Party MP from the moderate wing of party, met with Ben-Zeev last week.“I asked Gysi where the Left Party was when moderate Palestinians were slaughtered by Hamas in Gaza or shot in the legs as punishment. In these cases I never heard from the Left Party that they had humanitarian objections, and certainly not from those who took part in the convoy,” Ben-Zeev was quoted as saying in the German media.Gysi, who was a prominent attorney in the former East Germany and is the son of a German Jew, had blasted Israel’s naval operation as “criminal” and stressed that “we can’t allow Israel to get away with this.”Von der Osten-Sacken, the Mideast analyst, said that “Gysi unilaterally condemned Israel without having information.”He sees the Left Party as increasingly isolated within German society, largely because the party is now “part of a worldwide jihad movement” that has “aligned with people who want to kill Jews.”Von der Osten-Sacken said there has been a sea change within the party.“The anti-Israeli faction of the Left Party took over... You have an openly anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic party governing federal states,” he said.The Left Party, which co-governs as part of coalitions with the Social Democrats in state governments in Berlin and Brandenburg, has been plagued by an internal conflict over its hostility toward Israel. Some members of the party, such as Gysi and Petra Pau, argue for a moderate approach to Israel and favor its right to exist. Pau and Gysi have not embraced the growing alliance between Left Party members of parliament and anti-Western Islamic movements.But according to political observers, the party is increasingly dominated by a pro-Iranian faction with ties to Hizbullah and Hamas. The foreign policy spokesman of the Left Party, MP Wolfgang Gehrcke, participated in pro-Hizbullah and pro-Hamas rallies, where Israel’s destruction was called for. He has compared Israel’s policies with those of Nazi Germany.
Christine Buchholz, another Left Party MP, appears to be the first parliamentary member since the Hitler era to justify the murder of Jews and Israelis.Buchholz led a faction within the party that supported Palestinian suicide attacks against Israel as a legitimate form of “resistance.” She and the Left Party Vice President Sahra Wagenknecht criticized President Shimon Peres in January for spreading the “untruth” about Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons.Buchholz and Wagenknecht believe Iran is not a threat to global security.The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin, a pro-Israel organization and think tank, along with the editors of Bahamas magazine, a pro-Israel magazine critical of rising modern anti-Semitism in Germany and radical Islam, issued a statement on Sunday, calling for a protest against the Left Party. The demonstration, under the slogan “Against the alliance of the Left Party warmongers and Hamas: Solidarity with Israel!” is slated to take place on Saturday in front of Karl-Liebknecht-Haus, the Left Party’s national headquarters in Berlin.
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Daryush Shokof found alive and well!

Daryush Shokof has been found alive and well in Cologne on June 6 - there are no more details known until now.
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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Religious Muslim boys more violent, study says

A study that shows boys growing up in religious Muslim families are more likely to be violent seems set to reignite the debate over religion and integration, a media report said on Sunday.
The study, which involved intensive questioning of 45,000 teenagers from 61 towns and regions across the country, was conducted by Christian Pfeiffer of the criminal research institute of Lower Saxony.Pfeiffer said he was dismayed by the results, and told the Süddeutsche Zeitung he was a strong critic of political campaigns which painted foreigners as criminals – such as those led by Roland Koch and Thilo Sarrazin. Pfeiffer’s work took into account the level of education and standard of living in the families of the children – aged between 14 and 16 – who were questioned. He also asked them how religious they considered themselves, and how integrated they felt in Germany. Pfeiffer said that even when other social factors were taken into account, there remained a significant correlation between religiosity and readiness to use violence. There were some positive correlations too he said, noting that young religious Muslims were much less likely than their non-Muslim counterparts to drink alcohol – or to steal from shops. The increased likelihood to use violence was restricted to Muslim boys Pfeiffer said – Muslim girls were just as likely to be violent as non-Muslim girls. This led him to conclude that there was not a direct link between Islamic belief and violence – but an indirect one. He pointed to Christian teachings which justified domestic violence and male dominance of society for a long time.His researchers asked the teenagers a range of questions about their ideas of manliness, for example whether they thought a man was justified in hitting his wife if she had been unfaithful. They also asked about what media and computer game violence they were exposed to, as well as whether their friends were involved in crime or violence. The results showed that Muslim boys from immigrant families were more than twice as likely to agree with macho statements than boys from Christian immigrant families. The rate was highest among those considered as very religious, Pfeiffer said. They were also more likely to be using violent computer games and have criminal friends. Added to that, the more religious Muslim boys felt the least integrated into German society, with only 14.5 percent of the very religious Turkish boys (the largest group of Muslims in the study) saying they felt German, although 88.5 percent had been born here. Pfeiffer said he thought the responsibility for the macho culture lay with Imams in Germany, who he said usually come from abroad and often cannot speak German or have much understanding of the culture. “We have to prevent attempts at integration from being destroyed by Imams who preach Turkish provincial stories and a reactionary male image,” said Pfeiffer.
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Saturday, June 05, 2010

'Some agreement on Iran sanctions': In Germany, Medvedev says diplomacy is still the desired path

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
MESEBERG, Germany — Members of the UN Security Council have an agreement over sanctions for Iran, but the path is one the nobody desires, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.Medvedev said at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that "agreement on the sanctions exists," several Russian news agencies reported. The state RIA Novosti news agency later reported that Medvedev said that "practically" agreement exists."But nobody wants sanctions. We hope the voice of the international community will be heard by the Iranian leadership," Medvedev was quoted as saying.Merkel said sanctions could be passed by the United Nations Security Council "in the near future."
"That is a joint position," she said, praising the council for arriving at a consensus on the issue in its recent work.Russia's president arrived Friday for a two-day visit to eastern Germany to discuss a range of issues with Merkel.Russia has been traditionally opposed to sanctions for Iran, a longtime trade partner, but in recent months officials have shown less patience with Teheran's refusal to clarify its nuclear agenda.The West is against an expansion of nuclear nations and suspects Iran is enriching uranium to build a nuclear warhead. Teheran denies this and insists on its right to a peaceful nuclear power program, but has frustrated the West over its failure to prove it.
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A Meeting in Sarajevo: Much Ado About Nothing

by Nebojsa Malic
On the last day of May, an op-ed signed by Hillary Clinton, Catherine Ashton, and Miguel Angel Moratinos appeared on the website of the UK newspaper The Guardian, promoting the upcoming "summit" meeting in Sarajevo. It was filled with standard platitudes about how EU and NATO membership brings peace, prosperity and progress, and how the EU and the Empire really wanted to see the Balkans join their "democratic and unified Europe"… eventually.
No doubt Sarajevo is indeed a symbol of "opportunities and challenges of European and Euro-Atlantic integration," as the authors put it. After all, without the Bosnian adventure, NATO would have perished from lack of purpose, and the EU would have hardly become the transnational bureaucracy with aspirations of statehood that it is today. But for all their promises to "stand ready to assist the citizens and leaders of the region in building a better future together," Empire’s top diplomat and her EU and Spanish colleagues have managed to say a whole lot of nothing.
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Friday, June 04, 2010

Turkey & the Islamic & nationalist card

Bosnian Muslims come out on the streets of Sarajevo in support of the Muslim terrorists captured during the Israeli raid on a Turkish ship
by Lee Jay Walker
The current Prime Minister of Turkey is playing the Islamic and nationalist card in order to boost his image. Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly knows how to garner public attention and Turkish nationalism is very potent in Turkey and others seek Islamization or a more overtly Islamic state. Therefore, Israel is the usual “whipping” nation in the mainly Muslim world and Erdogan is appealing to the most common of all denominators. After all, anti-Semitism or Israeli bashing, or a combination of both, is a common theme throughout many mainly Muslim nations and in Europe many media outlets are clearly pro-Palestinian. Israel appears to be a “whipping boy” for people who are left-wing or supporters of the far-right, and this suits the Islamists because they can use this nation in order to ferment more hatred and to increase their respective power base. Therefore, Erdogan will make the most of any opportunity in order to increase the power base of Islam in Turkey and he can also appeal to nationalists. Erdogan commented in the past that “A Muslim can never commit genocide.”
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Dissident Iranian film maker Dariush Shokouf disappeared in Germany

The exile-Iranian artist, filmmaker and outspoken critic of the Iranian regime Daryush Shokof has disappeared without a trace since Mai 24, 2010. He was last seen at the main train station in Cologne, where he wanted to take a train to Paris. An attack by Iranian regime forces or other Islamist groups has to be feared. You will find all new information on this website. If you have any relevant information about the disappearence of Shokof, please contact us.
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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Israel nabs Bosnian Muslim, Albanians on terror ship

During the raid on the Muslim terror ship, Israeli commandos have arrested a Bosnian Muslim national. His name is Yasser Mohamad Sabbagh and he is of the Syrian origin and he is pictured on the left.
Four additional Balkan Muslims were nabbed by the Israelis and presumably all of them are ethnic Albanian Muslims. One is from Kosovo and the 3 others are from Macedonia where Wahhabism is rampant among the Albanian Muslims
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Deeply Concerned, Again

by Benjamin Weinthal
Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, an author who has written on NGOs in the Middle East and who also heads the relief organization Wadi, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that European countries,including Germany, rushed to issue one-sided statements blaming Israel “without waiting for information from the Israeli side.” He termed it the “Jenin effect,” a reference to false media reports (BBC) and NGO reports (Amensty International) regarding Israel’s operation Defensive Shield in April 2002 against Palestinian terrorists within the Jenin refugee camp. Reports about an Israeli massacre in Jenin turned out to be fabricated, but were promulgated by anti-Israeli activists.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Protest against reception of Iranian Foreign Minister in Brussels

On June 1st the European Delegation for Relations with Iran will receive the Iranian Foreign Minister Manutschehr Mottaki in the European Parliament. The European STOP THE BOMB Coalition strongly condemns the courting of this prominent figure of Tehran’s anti-Semitic regime. Mottaki gave the opening speech at the Holocaust denial conference in Tehran in 2006.Please write to the chair of the Delegation for Relations with Iran to protest against the reception of Mottaki:
barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu
For contact information of further members of the Delegation please check here.