Friday, July 30, 2010

Dodik gives the verdict: give up Kosovo!

Bosnian Serb Prime Minister, Milorad Dodik, says that Serbian Kosovo is “less-and-less” Serbian and that Serbia should use Kosovo as a condition to gain something while in the process of inevitably losing it.
“Serbia will have to come to its senses. Kosovo is less and less part of Serbia. I understand that it is very difficult to give up Kosovo and I believe that no politician can do it,” said Dodik.
Dodik says that Serbia’s UN maneuvers will “be an even bigger defeat, and after that you can do nothing”.
Given that “no [Serbian] politician can do it” it stands to reason that the current Tadic government is seeking to scapegoat his defeat over Kosovo onto UN - or anyone for that matter – so that the final dismemberment of Serbia is not dumped on him.
In the fall, though, Tadic’s ally, the US, is set to introduce a UN Resolution, based on the Serbian recent defeat at the ICJ, demanding that countries recognize Kosovo within some narrow constraints that do not affect China and Russia, or perhaps even give them additional ways to control those around them.
Such UN Resolution will finally deafeat all Serbs because the Western media, that has been portraying Russians as though Serbia’s only allies, will point to Moscow for the guilt.
Such possible mix of events is the Washington’s way of helping Tadic portray himself as not a “traitor” to Serbs but a patriot that “liberated” Serbs from the “throngs of Kosovo”.
Dodik’s recent statements seem to be coaching Tadic as to how to loose Kosovo “with dignity” and paving the way for that.
“Why not come forward with conditions – if you want us to recognize independence of one part of Kosovo we want the north of the province to remain in Serbia, to grant a special status to the Serbian people who remain outside the territory, to protect the monuments and monasteries,” Dodik said.
US diplomat Christopher Dell has delivered such message saying that the “predominantly Serb populated northern part of Kosovo could receive a status similar to that of South Tyrol in Italy” – a statement that means that “north” is up for grabs.
If so, it may be an additional indication that Serbs in Kosovo may soon be attacked by Albanians so that Albanians themselves could claim a piece of history in order to, after Serbian forces enter there, keep on carping at the West that Albanians have been “cheated” off land while Serbs should be greateful to NATO for saving the few remaining Serbs there.
The event would tie up Serbia even more at the UN, EU and everywhere – something Germans have realised is the way to keep Serbia under control.
More importantly for Washington, and Tadic, the attack on Serbs in the “north” can be washed off as a vindication of Tadic’s “principled” policy of peace in the region so he can be glorified even more for working with NATO while trying to preserve “peace” in the region.
Such may be a possibility because just after Tadic’s visit to Montenegro, media noticed that Montenegro’s Djukanovic “ran into” the Kosovo Albanian criminal Hashim Thaci and asked him on the possible land swap. Djukanovic dodged the question but the episode indicates that, Tadic, himself a montenegrin, is willing to rely onto the atavistic tribal connections for deeply secreted political dealings.
Incidently, in Montenegro they will soon no longer learn their own Serbian language but “montenegrin”.
As the dude said, fools always seem to have all the luck!
serbianna/bozinovich

Germany: Foreign policy speaker of Westerwelle's FDP wants to travel to Iran - Protests arise also in the FDP

The German member of parliament Dr. Rainer Stinner, foreign policy speaker of the FDP, has announced that he wants to travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran tomorrow (Saturday, July 31), to talk about the „nuclear program“ and the „situation in the region“.
„That the foreign policy speaker of foreign minister Guido Westerwelle’s party wants to travel to Iran is a fatal political signal. The just imposed UN- and EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran would be undermined und weakened by Germany. Instead of further isolating and pressuring the illegitimate and criminal regime in Iran, such a visit would strenghten the regime diplomatically and flatter it as a partner for dialogue. Stinners visit would also be exploited by the Iranian regime media in order to discourage the opposition. The visit has to be urgently canceled“, says STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle.
Criticism of Stinners travel plans arises also in the FDP. Dr. Nikoline Hansen, head of the FDP Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, writes in a protest letter:
„In my opinion your trip to Iran is in the long run not positive for the German economy, that tries every way to bypass the santions policy. Because someone who does business with the ardent enemies of Israel in the end acts against his own interests.“
In an answer to a protest letter from the German-Iranian publicist Saba Farzan, also a member of the FDP, Stinner writes: „Who denies talking, accepts shooting. I’m an independent parlamentarian and I draw conclusions on my own. I don’t rely on the Iranian propaganda, not on propaganda from elsewhere, and I don’t exclusively rely on your opinion.“
Saba Farzan states: „As a German-Iranian publicist and member of the Free Democratic Party I'm outraged about this planned trip. The critical dialogue with this regime is fortunately over now – actually it never really existed. This week Iran's largest trade partner, the European Union, has passed finally very tough sanctions. Travelling now to Iran and playing little Chamberlain is extremely dangerous and shows a lack of analytic expertise.“
Stinner self description as „transmission belt between politics and economy“ arouses the suspicion that for him the export interest of the German economy are more important than the dangers posed by the Iranian regime. Stinner in the end of 2009 already spoke out against putting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the EU terror list because of their economic power: „If you would put he Revolutionary Guards on the EU terror list, this would factically mean a broad economic embargo, which in this form is neither wished by Germany or the other EU member states.“
After protests Stinner explained in an email that he wants to meet „among others“ UN officials in Iran, to talk with reference to Afghanistan about drugs, crime and refugees. But these topics don’t justify the visit of a regime that has no shared interests in Afghanistan and which instead arms the Taliban and maintains contacts to al-Qaeda, as the recently published documents on WikiLeaks show.
Stinners trip, which would not take place without knowledge and approval of the German government, once again shows the German unwillingness to break with a regime that uses „dialogue“ only to gain time for its nuclear program, that continues to support Islamist terror worldwide, that steadily threatens Israel with destruction and which inmidst of its hardest internal crisis uses brute force against any opposition. Just a month ago an Iran trip of the head of the foreign affairs committee of the German Bundestag Ruprecht Polenz (CDU) has been canceled after protests, officially for health reasons.
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Enemy ideology from the mosqe into German classrooms

BERLIN – German-Turkish theology teacher Bülent Ucar demands that the German Federal states employ and pay for Islamic prayer leaders (imams) to conduct Islamic indoctrination in Germany’s public schools.
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sheikyermami.com

Thursday, July 29, 2010

German soccer gets ruling on Ramadan fasting

BERLIN — A Muslim group and German soccer authorities said Wednesday they have determined that professional Muslim players may break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The announcement followed a dispute involving second-division club FSV Frankfurt, which last year gave a formal warning to three of its players for fasting.
During Ramadan, devout Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The club had a clause in contracts stating that wasn't allowed without its express permission.
Germany's Central Council of Muslims said it sought advice from Al-Azhar in Egypt, the pre-eminent theological institute of Sunni Islam, and elsewhere.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Italian lawmakers: Put IHH on EU terrorist list -- German NGO also seeking Turkish group’s inclusion

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – A group of lawmakers in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies are pushing for the Turkish IHH relief organization to be added to the European Union’s list of terrorist entities, Sharon Nizza, a spokeswoman for Italian legislator Fiamma Nirenstein, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.“The Islamic fundamentalist nature of IHH has been documented by numerous declarations praising martyrdom and Israel’s destruction,” said Nirenstein, a member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party who is spearheading the effort. Citing the EU’s definition of terrorism as “participation in the activities of a terrorist group, including by funding its activities or supplying material resources,” Nirenstein said in a statement that the IHH sponsors terrorism, according to the EU’s criteria.Nirenstein is vice president of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Chamber of Deputies and chairs its committee for inquiry into anti-Semitism.“Several investigations and reports testify to the involvement of IHH in global terrorism, and many videos and documents attest to its jihadist attitude... the Turkish organization IHH (Insani Yardim Vafki) [is] one of the main promoters of the Mavi Marmara and responsible for its violent implications.”The Turkish-sponsored vessel, whose passengers included radical Islamists, attempted along with five other ships to break the blockade of Gaza on May 31. Israel Navy commandos seized the ships. Activists on the Mavi Marmaraattacked the commandos and nine Turkish men were killed.People of Freedom deputies Nirenstein, Enrico Pianetta, Guglielmo Picchi, Antonio Martino and Gennaro Malgieri last week submitted their parliamentary question to outlaw IHH within the EU to the Italian Foreign Ministry.A sixth deputy, Massimo Polledri from the Northern League, also supported the parliamentary initiative. The Northern League is part of the governing coalition along with the People of Freedom party.Nizza, the spokeswoman for Nirenstein, told the Post the ministry could provide an answer to the inquiry on Thursday or next week.According to the text of the parliamentary initiative, IHH has ties to Hamas and the Union of Good, an organization that is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and supports Hamas. The US Treasury has designated the Union of Good a financial supporter of terrorism.“Germany has recently banned IHH, and in the USA, a bipartisan group of senators appealed to President Obama with a request to enter the IHH in the US list of terrorist organizations,” the legislative query states.Meanwhile, the Coordinating Council of German Nongovernmental Organizations against Anti-Semitism called on the Merkel government and Bundestag lawmakers to move to place IHH on the EU list of terrorist organizations, because “like Hamas the IHH is an anti- Semitic organization that promotes terrorism.”In a separate statement earlier this month, the Coordinating Council slammed the Bundestag for its “one-sided motion” singling out Israel for blame because of its seizure of the Gaza flotilla on May 31, which “fails to mention Hamas anti-Semitic agitation, their anti-democratic rule in Gaza and the connections between Turkish entities and the Hamas terrorist organization.”
jpost.com

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

'Gaza cannot remain a prison camp': In Turkey, UK's Cameron makes harsh comments against Israel

Israel's May 31 interception of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla was "completely unacceptable," British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday during an address to Turkish businessmen.In a reference to Israel's blockade of the Strip, he said: "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."He also commented that the world needs Turkey's help in pushing Iran to address international concerns about its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Cameron went on to declare that Britain was a staunch backer of Turkey's troubled bid to join the European Union. His visit early in his term was a measure of Britain's acknowledgment of Turkey as a critical ally in a conflict-prone region, much as US President Barack Obama traveled to Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, in 2009 to boost a partnership despite differences on key issues. Cameron's strong reference to the flotilla was likely to please his Turkish hosts, though he said an Israeli inquiry into the May 31 incident should be swift and transparent. That comment differed from Turkey's public stance that any inquiry should be international.New EU and Canadian sanctions, targeting Iran's foreign trade, banking and energy sectors, were taken Monday in an attempt to thwart Iran's nuclear program. The EU's measures also blacklist Iran's shipping and air cargo companies."New sanctions the EU announced yesterday are designed to persuade Iran to give the international community confidence that its nuclear program really is peaceful as Iran claimed," Cameron said.
jpost.com

UK judge to be probed for anti-Israel speech: George Bathurst-Norman compared IDF conduct in Operation Cast Lead to Nazis

LONDON – A British judge who acquitted a group of anti-Israel activists who smashed up an arms factory near Brighton last year, causing damage of around £180,000 ($275,000), is being investigated for comments he made in summing up the case.The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC), which supports the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice in their responsibility for the system of judicial complaints and discipline, has confirmed that it launched an investigation following comments Judge George Bathurst-Norman made in the trial of the anti- Israel activists, who attacked the factory to prevent “Israeli war crimes in Gaza.”The activists, from a group called “Smash EDO,” claimed they had been legally justified in breaking into and sabotaging the factory of EDO MBM Technology near Brighton, Sussex, in January 2009, at the time of Operation Cast Lead.In his summation, the judge compared Israel’s conduct during Cast Lead to the Nazi regime and commended the group’s leader, saying he should be awarded the George Medal – normally awarded for acts of civilian bravery. He also used language such as “war crimes,” “colonialization” and “ethnic cleansing” to describe Israel.“It may be as you went through what I can only describe as horrific scenes, scenes of devastation to civilian population [sic], scenes which one would rather have hoped to have disappeared with the Nazi regimes of the last war, you may have felt anger and been absolutely appalled by them, but you must put that emotion aside,” Bathurst-Norman told the jury.According to a spokesman for the OJC, the office “has has received a number of complaints in relation to Judge Bathurst-Norman’s summing up in a case at Hove Crown Court on 28 and 29 June.Those complaints will be considered under the Judicial Discipline Regulations in the usual way. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”Using the “lawful excuse” defense – committing an offense to prevent what they said was a more serious crime – the activists claimed EDO was “complicit in war crimes.”The protesters threw computers and file cabinets out of windows and smashed machinery with hammers, believing that the company was sending arms components to Israel, and aiming to “slow down” the manufacture of components allegedly being sold to the Jewish state.The seven admitted to breaking in and causing the damage, but were acquitted when the jury found them not guilty of conspiring to cause criminal damage, despite videotaped interviews in which the activists outlined their intention to cause criminal damage and “smash up” the factory.
“The judge’s summing-up seemed to be more of a character reference for the defendants and an account of the iniquities of Israel and America than a dispassionate appraisal of the evidence,” said Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. “Rather than test whether the defense of lawful excuse was available to the accused, he appeared more intent on telling the jury why they would be morally wrong not to acquit them.”Jonathan Hoffman, vicechair of the Zionist Federation, said that “Judge Bathurst-Norman behaved more like the defense counsel than the neutral officer of the court that he was supposed to be.”He added, “This opens the door to any group which thinks the British presence in Afghanistan is wrong to go and smash up plants supplying British forces.”After the acquittal, the activists celebrated outside the court with a banner saying, “Shame on Sussex Police for protecting child murdering scum.”
jpost.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nine die as Al-Qaeda attacks OMV oil field in Yemen

Al-Qaeda terrorists are suspected of being behind an attack on soldiers protecting a oil drilling site in Yemen run by Austrian firm OMV.The country’s defence ministry announced today (Mon) six soldiers and three attackers died in yesterday’s incident in the province of Shabwah.Ali Abdullah Salih, President of Yemen, only recently pledged to increase efforts in fighting terrorism in the country which has been labelled a popular hideaway for Al-Qaeda to recruit and train its troops.OMV, one of Europe’s biggest oil and gas companies, operates in countries all over the world. Its net profit dropped by 58 per cent year on year to 572 million Euros in 2009, while annual turnover fell by 30 per cent to 17.92 billion Euros.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

ICJ Ruling: Blow to Serbia, Boon to Tadic

By Srdja Trifkovic
Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer declared in 2007 that “We are working with Boris Tadić and his people to find a way to implement the essence of the Ahtisaari plan.” and the essence is the break up of Serbia and independent Kosovo.
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Cry Havoc -- World Court Demolishes International Law

by Nebojsa Malic
The decision of the International Court of Justice, made public on July 22, that the unilateral declaration of independence by the provisional government of Kosovo "did not violate any applicable rule of international law" was both predictable and shocking.
Predictable, because the ICJ panel considering the case included judges from nine countries that had already recognized the "independent republic of Kosovo." As deliberations began in December 2009, ICJ president Hisashi Owada even blurted out that the decision would be vague — which was interpreted at the time as confirmation that the court was under tremendous political pressure.
Shocking, because the actual decision (PDF) — that the declaration "did not violate general international law, Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) or the Constitutional Framework" — was reached by cheating.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

UN united all separatists

By M. Bozinovich
Earlier this year, Sri Lanka saw the writing on the wall in regards to the precedent that the so-called International Court of Justice was about to make on the issue of Serbian Kosovo and dully rounded up their guns, got themselves a winning general and killed all of the separatists in the Tamil province that were threatening the demise of that country. Since then, judging by their stock market, Sri Lanka is prospering… and good for them.
Serbia never did this in Croatia, Bosnia nor in its own province of Kosovo… and it is now paying for it because of some sixth rate bureaucrats in the State Department that probably can not tell their own house on the US map let alone Kosovo where Albanians are murdering Serbs.
Across the world, others, like Serbia, did not do what Sri Lanka wisely chose, and as a result they are standing on an international precedent, by judges no one elected, to swallow a break up of their own country as legitimate.
Unlike Sri Lanka, Milosevic is seen practicing "principled" diplomacy with the Albanian separatist Rugova.
Granted, break up of the US along ethnic lines is still in the future, but it is hard not to imagine that Mexicans are not rejoicing at the ICJ Kosovo ruling because Mexicans will, finally, get their land back… sometimes in the future and calling on this Kosovo precedent.
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Germany says UN court ruling on Kosovo does not apply to Cyprus

Germany’s foreign minister said Friday that a UN court ruling affirming Kosovo’s declaration of independence as legal from Serbia does not apply to the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus or any other country.Guido Westerwelle said the ruling by the International Court of Justice on Thursday “has nothing to do with any other cases in the world.”“This is a very specific case and it is a unique decision concerning a specific historic situation,” he said.Cyprus has been been divided since 1974 into an internationally recognised Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, after Turkey invaded the northern third of the island in response to a Greek-inspired coup.The Turkish Cypriot north declared itself an independent state in 1983, but is only recognised by Turkey.The UN’s highest court ruled that Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 did not violate international law, rejecting Belgrade’s argument that the declaration had no legal basis.Pristina hopes the outcome will lead to more nations recognising its independence.Sixty-nine countries have so far recognised Kosovo as independent, including Germany and the United States. Five of the 27 EU member states, including the internationally recognised Greek-Cypriot government and Greece do not.After nearly two years of UN-led peace talks Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have made little progress in finding a solution to reunite the divided island.Westerwelle said the “German people feel a great understanding towards Cypriots because they too were part of a divided country for many years.“We will never forget the feeling when the wall came down and we hope that the same will happen to you.”Greek Cypriot voters overwhelmingly rejected a 2004 UN reunification blueprint in a referendum, despite a Turkish referendum approving the plan.European Union officials have said that progress at the Cyprus reunification talks is essential to helping Turkey’s slow-moving EU accession process move forward.Although the peace talks and Turkey’s EU membership negotiations are separate processes, a breakthrough on one is likely to have a positive impact on the other.
serbianna/michaletos

Germany’s Surrender

by Stephen Brown
It is another dismal capitulation on Europe’s sad road to dhimmitude.
The police union for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) stunned Germans this week when it announced it would bring policemen from Turkey to help patrol the turbulent streets of some immigrant neighbourhoods in NRW cities. With this announcement, the state’s police administration is admitting domestic police forces can no longer handle violent Turkish and other youths of immigrant backgrounds inhabiting these quarters.
“It can’t go on like this any longer,” said the union’s chairman, Erich Rettinghaus, in the German national newspaper, Die Welt. “Perhaps it is a good measure. One should try it out. The new NRW Interior Minister is from Duisburg and knows the problems.” According to Die Welt, the Turkish police would patrol the immigrant Turkish areas in their own uniforms together with German policemen.
There are 3.5 million Muslims in Germany and those of Turkish background constitute 2.3 million of that number. With 18 million people, North Rhine-Westphalia, located in western Germany, is the most populous and economically powerful of Germany’s 16 states. NRW’s most important cities, such as Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen have large numbers of residents of different ethnicities that make up about 25 per cent of their populations. Overall, of Germany’s 82 million people about 20 per cent have a non-German background.
Many Germans do not view their police as the guilty party in this shameful surrender. Rather, they view the police’s admission regarding their loss of control of German territory as a failure of Germany’s politicians. Having failed to enact measures to deter or control such criminal behaviour and to enforce existing laws that would allow the police to take a tough stand against the hoodlums and criminals of immigrant background, they have allowed the security environment in these neighbourhoods to deteriorate to the point where gangs of violent youths now rule the roost.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Will Germany Continue to Prop up Iran's Financial Terror Entities? Angela Merkel has a choice

By Benjamin Weinthal
The European Union is slated this week to wrap up a new round of sanctions. Their goal is to force Iran to suspend its illicit nuclear program. After years of inaction, the European Union is now amenable to inflicting real economic pain on the Iranian regime where it is most vulnerable – particularly, to Iran’s financial and energy sectors. Disturbingly, Germany, the key EU economic force trading with Iran (roughly 4 billion euros annually), has thus far thrown a wrench into the works by blocking sanctions against Iranian banking institutions who are involved in financing its nuclear weapons program on German soil. In short, Germany is the key to effective EU sanctions against Iran's rulers.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the Hamburg-based Iranian EIH bank “has done over a billion dollars of business for Iranian companies associated with Iran's conventional military and ballistic missile procurement programs.” That should serve as a powerful wake up call for Germany to drop its resistance to shutting down the four Iranian banks operating in Germany. Statements from Germany's finance ministry and its bank regulatory agency BaFin suggest that the authorities are doing their best not to draw much undue attention to Germany's role in financing Iran's nuclear program and simply want to contain the damage.
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Essen: German students bullied by Muslims

Often they're ridiculed, often they're even beaten. In class barely anybody speaks to them, they keep back, rarely voice their opinion - in short, they're not integrated in school. But these are not immigrant children in a German school, but German children in a secondary school (5th-9th grades) in Essen.German TV channel Das Erste reports.
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Southern Germany segregates Christian and Muslim asylum seekers

The government of Lower Bavaria in southern Germany has segregated Christian and Muslim asylum seekers into different residential homes. The Bavarian Refugees Council called the measure an “inhuman act of reallocation”.
The government confirmed that they had moved 40 asylum seekers of Christian background due to rising numbers of incoming Muslim asylum seekers from Somalia. The office’s spokesman said that asylum seekers of different faiths usually got along well, but there were often a few troublemakers, which is why the measure was necessary.
The Refugees Council criticised that the displaced refugees were no longer able to attend their courses, therapies or advisory services, while the government claims not to be responsible for these issues.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hamburg: See No Terror

The decision to send a Gitmo detainee to the city where the 9/11 plot was hatched displays willful blindness on the part of German authorities, and the Obama administration.
by John Rosenthal
“Hamburg is always being mentioned in connection with September 11, 2001, and for this reason we feel we have a special responsibility to support the U.S.A. in this case.” This is what Kristin Breuer, a spokesperson for the Hamburg municipal government, told Germany’s ARD public television after it was announced that two Guantánamo detainees who had been slated for transfer would be coming to live in Germany — one of them in Hamburg. According to German news reports, it is the Obama administration that took the initiative in asking Germany to accept detainees.
Note Breuer’s exact words: it is because “Hamburg is always being mentioned in connection with September 11, 2001,” that the municipal government felt it had to “support” the U.S. The formulation gives off more than just a faint whiff of denial. What, after all, would one say of a German official who commented that Germany should take some given measure because Germany is merely “always being mentioned in connection with” the Holocaust?
It is as if there were perhaps not any legitimate reason for mentioning Hamburg in connection with the 9/11 attacks. As if Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah, Marwan al-Shehhi, and the other members of the eponymous Hamburg cell did not precisely hatch the 9/11 plot in Hamburg. As if Hamburg resident Ramzi Binalshibh did not continue to facilitate the plot from Germany after the three suicide pilots from Hamburg had already arrived in the United States. As if other key al-Qaeda operatives have not also made their homes in Hamburg.
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pajamasmedia.com

Jews quit Austrian Social Dem party: Anti-Israeli resolution coupled with anti-Semitism causes exodus

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN - A prominent Jewish member of the Austrian Social Democratic Party, Ernst M. Stern, announced earlier this month that he was resigning from the party in protest of its support for “completely biased solidarity resolutions with the corrupt functionaries of the PLO as well as with Islamic fanatics from Hamas...”Dr. Kurt Stürzenbecher, a member of the Vienna city council from the Social Democratic party (SPÖ), told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that “we very much regret that Mr. Stern” resigned from the party and are seeking to “engage in a dialogue” with him. Stürzenbecher voted for a SPÖ-initiated city council resolution blasting Israel for its seizure on May 31 of the Mavi Marmara protest ship, which tried to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip. The anti-Israeli resolution coupled with rising anti- Semitism in Austria triggered Stern and other Jews to pull the plug on their party memberships.Samuel Laster, the editor-in- chief of the Vienna-based online Jewish news site Die Jüdische, first published Stern’s resignation letter on his Web site. Stern has been a leading member of the Social Democrats since the 1970s.After the letter appeared on Die Jüdische, the daily Die Presse newspaper headlined a story, “SPÖ loses Jewish members.”Stürzenbecher told the Post that Stern “overreacted” to the criticism of Israel, which is “balanced and in the mainstream of Europe’s reaction” to the raid on the Mavi Marmara.“Our Jewish friends were not enthusiastic about the resolution,” Stürzenbecher added. He declined to comment on how many Austrian Jews have left the party.“Each resignation is too much,” he said.Stern wrote in his resignation letter: “We find it to be a scandal when ‘comrade” [Omar] al-Rawi and other Social Democratic [city] council members introduce such a resolution, which promotes solidarity with the sworn enemies of Israel – the FPÖ [Freedom Party of Austria] and neo-Nazis, and not one voice of reason is raised against the resolution, at least from our own ranks.”Jewish community calls Rawi's resignation for inciting hate Austria’s 7,500-member Jewish community has called for Rawi’s resignation for allegedly inciting hate against Jews at a pro-Hamas demonstration in Vienna. A series of pro-Hamas demonstrations in early June saw signs reading, “Hitler, wake up” and other posters equating Israel with Nazi Germany.At one of the rallies, Social Democratic Councilman Omar al-Rawi called for the “continuation of the struggle” of the nine anti- Israel activists killed on the Mavi Marmara.When asked about Rawi’s statements, Stürzenbecher told the Post “he should not resign” and that one can interpret his call for “continuation of the struggle” against Israel as either “negative” or “ordinary rhetoric.”Pressed further about Rawi appearing at a pro-Hamas rally and calling for violent struggle against Israelis, Stürzenbecher said Rawi could have been more “measured” with his language.Stürzenbecher said there is no anti-Semitism among the Social Democratic party leadership but could not rule out “latent anti-Semitism “among some of the 300,000 members of the Austrian Social Democrats.”Samuel Laster, a veteran observer of Austrian-Israeli relations, told the Post that the “SPÖ has a problem with Israel and the resolution is a disgrace.”He added that the Social Democrats have not done anything against the anti- Israeli activity within the party, and the Vienna city council should not interfere in foreign policy. Laster sees a city council that is shifted in the direction of political Islamists.Stern ended his resignation letter by writing that within the Social Democrats, “what do a few thousand Jews count for against hundreds of thousands of Muslims.”Stürzenbecher told the Post that “is unfair from Mr. Stern. The Jewish community is very important.”According to Die Presse, Ariel Muzicant, the head of the Austrian Jewish community, who is himself a member of the SPÖ, said many Jewish Social Democrats have rejected the party because of anger about the quick condemnation of Israel and... the anti-Semitic demonstrations against Israel.”
jpost.com

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Berlin backs reconciliation with Taliban

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said at an international conference in Afghanistan on Tuesday that Germany supported efforts to reconcile with the Taliban and end NATO's military mission in 2014. Westerwelle said the meeting of leaders from more than 70 countries was a “very important day not just for Afghanistan, but also for the international community.”After the seven-hour meeting, officials agreed to start shifting more responsibility for the country's security to Afghan forces by the end of 2010. NATO's military deployment could then end by 2014.The first four provinces ready to go it alone in 2011 will be announced at a NATO summit in Lisbon this autumn, Westerwelle said, adding that one would likely be in the north where German Bundeswehr troops are currently deployed. Another part of the plan includes an agreement to channel at least 50 percent of development aid through the Afghan government. Leaders agreed to this request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in exchange for pledges of fiscal reforms and more effective corruption prevention. The Afghan government also aims to reconcile with the Taliban, a goal Westerwelle said he supported.“Besides civil and military engagement, Afghanistan also needs a political process,” he said at the conference. Reintegrating Taliban insurgents will be a foundation for the development of a reliable state structure, he added, pointing to Germany’s contribution of €50 million to finance programmes to help members lay down their weapons. Westerwelle also insisted that the strife-torn country remain committed to human rights, without which the political process would fail, he said.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Iran uses German bank to skirt sanctions

Picture: wikipedia
Tehran has used a small Iranian-owned bank in Germany to circumvent sanctions slapped on firms blacklisted for involvement in the Islamic republic's missile programmes, a newspaper report said Monday. Citing unnamed Western officials, the Wall Street Journal said the European-Iranian Trade Bank AG (EIH) had done more than a billion dollars of business for firms subject to US, UN and EU sanctions.The German finance ministry said Monday it was not aware of any such infringements but that the country's financial regulator, Bafin, and the Bundesbank central bank were looking into the claims made by the newspaper."At present we are not in possession of any information ... about these reported infringements. But the Bafin and the Bundesbank are currently investigating all allegations against this bank," spokesman Michael Offer said.Contacted by AFP, the bank, known in Germany as the Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG, declined to comment.The UN Security Council slapped a fourth set of sanctions against Iran in June for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment work, the most sensitive part of Tehran's atomic drive.They authorise states to conduct high-seas inspections of vessels suspected of ferrying banned items to Iran and add 40 entities to a list of people and groups subject to travel restrictions and financial sanctions.Meanwhile, the US administration added Iranian individuals and firms to a blacklist as part of US and European efforts to tighten the screws on Iran.The new US sanctions target insurance companies, oil firms and shipping lines linked to Iran's nuclear or missile programmes as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran's Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi.The Journal said that EIH's business partners include units of Iran's Defense Industries Organization, the Aerospace Industries Organization and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.In 2009, EIH appears to have been involved in a broad sanctions-evasion scheme, conducting transactions on behalf of Iran's Bank Sepah that has been sanctioned for facilitating Iran's weapons trade and proliferation activities, the paper said.EIH was founded by a group of Iranian merchants in Hamburg in 1971, according to The Journal. It operates openly under the supervision of German bank regulators, but the US Department of Treasury blacklisted it for alleged illicit business with Iran, the report noted.
AFP

Germany: Islamists offered way out of extremist groups

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has started an opt-out programme for Islamists trying to leave extremist groups, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced on Monday.
Participants and their family or friends can now find help via email or telephone with the new “HATIF” service, which stands for Heraus Aus Terrorismus und Islamistischem Fanatismus, or “Leaving terrorism and Islamist fanaticism.” “Hatif” is also the Arabic word for telephone.“The main goal of HATIF is to prevent violence in the name of Islam,“ the intelligence agency the Verfassungsschutz said. The service, offered in both Turkish and Arabic, will not try to lead people from the religion of Islam, but instead provide safe options for those hoping to extract themselves from extremist circles, the agency said. Candidates and their families will receive help changing locations, seeking occupational qualifications and deflecting threats. Experts believe that danger to those looking to turn away from Islamist extremists is extremely high. According to de Maizière, Islamists continue to keep Germany in their sights, with more than 29 such organisations active within the country.Meanwhile the number of people thought to be Islamists has risen to 36,270 – up from 34,720 in 2008.Germany began a similar programme for right-wing extremists in 2001.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

UN Goldstone Commission Member Equates Israel with Terrorists

By Benjamin Weinthal
The anti-Israel, UN sponsored Goldstone Report enters its second phase of its assault on Israel, aiming at stripping that nation of its right to self-defense and legitimacy. (Anne Bayefsky detailed this move here.)
The head of the commission, the German jurist Christian Tomuschat, has a personal background that offers a window into the UN's position toward Israel.
Consider these remarks he gave in a 2007 interview to a German newspaper: "Israel killed the spiritual leader of Hamas in 2004, Sheikh Yassin with a missile, killing eight...Targeted killings are as ruthless as the attacks of terrorists."
When asked in the same interview if Israel's targeted killings constitute “state terrorism,” Tomuschat said: “It is very much in that direction.” Tomuschat also considers Israel's security fence to be unlawful in its efforts to stop Palestinian terror attacks against its population.
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Germany: Mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan tries to sue government

The mother of a German soldier killed while on duty in Afghanistan is trying to sue the government over his death, accusing the army of having sent his unit into danger without sufficient equipment or backup. Karola Rosendahl, 53, has presented a five-page legal complaint to the state prosecutor in Potsdam, hoping to persuade officials to take up her case and investigate against the Defence Ministry, Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.Her son Nils Bruns was the 38th German soldier to be killed in Afghanistan when his unit was sent to help mine-clearing comrades who had came under attack near Kunduz in April. He was fatally wounded when an explosive buried in the road was detonated, probably by remote control.Rosendahl has spent months researching the details of what happened during the attack, and claims in her complaint, that the soldiers should not have been sent on that mission, and were not properly equipped.She says her son’s unit was not supported by helicopters, even though it had been specifically sent on the mission to help other soldiers who were under attack. And she wants questions to be answered including, why the fight continued so long, why were further reinforcements not sent, and why soldiers were using guns which got so hot when fired repeatedly that they stopped working?“After thorough consideration and extensive research [she is] convinced that the death of her son under those circumstances could have and should have been prevented,” says her letter to the prosecutors. It continues, “The unit of first sergeant Nils Bruns was left to come to a miserable end amid known failure of military aid.” Der Spiegel reported that the Defence Ministry knew of Rosendahl’s complaint, but would not comment on it. The Potsdam prosecutor has sent her case to prosecutors in Berlin and Oldenburg, but the magazine suggested the chances of it leading to a trial were slim.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Goldstone follow-up panel slammed: German jurist has termed Israel’s targeted killings state terrorism

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – An American UN expert on Thursday slammed the appointment of German jurist Christian Tomuschat as chairman of the UN committee responsible for implementing the findings of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead, and an Israelbased expert blasted all three of the committee’s members for their affiliation with an “anti-Israel” NGO.In a 2007 interview with the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger daily, Tomuschat said, “Israel killed the spiritual leader of Hamas in 2004, Sheikh Yassin, with a missile, killing eight... Targeted killings are as ruthless as the attacks of terrorists.”
When asked in the interview if Israel’s targeted killings constitute “state terrorism,” Tomuschat said, “It is very much in that direction.”Anne Bayefsky, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, told The Jerusalem Post that “Aside from the moral repugnancy of such an equivalence, such words twist international humanitarian law beyond recognition.“His objection to the killing of Yassin – a vicious anti-Semite who was actively promoting the murder of Jews – on the grounds of simultaneous and unfortunate civilian deaths (four of the eight being Hamas terrorists), is unsustainable.The overriding legal limit on the conduct of war and the targeting of terrorists like Yassin is the rule of proportionality,” Bayefsky said.“In the words of the Geneva Conventions, an attack on a military target ‘which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life’ is prohibited if ‘excessive.’ The likelihood of civilian casualties must be carefully considered prior to taking action, but it does not render the action illegal in itself.“So what we know about Tomuschat is exactly why the UN system selected him – to render Israel defenseless against the realities of modern warfare and to delegitimize the Israeli judicial system despite its very high standing in democratic legal circles,” Bayefsky said.Last month, the UN human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, appointed three members of the panel that will conduct a follow-up probe to the Goldstone Report. The other two committee members are Malaysian Param Cumaraswamy and American Mary Davis. The panel is charged with examining the efficiency, independence and professionalism of Israel’s court system and its adherence to internationally accepted standards.Gerald Steinberg, the head of the human rights watchdog group NGO Monitor, told the Post that the committee’s members are affiliated with the International Commission of Jurists, and the “ICJ has had a long history of anti-Israel bias going back to Jenin [after the IDF’s Operation Defensive Wall in 2002]. Involving ICJ officials in an UN-related commission is another illustration of the link between the UN [Human Rights] Council and ideological NGOs.”Bayefsky, who has written extensively on the anti- Israeli conduct of the UN, said, “The United Nations human rights apparatus did not select Tomuschat in a vacuum. The mandate of this latest committee is to dissect and discredit the entire Israeli judicial system – to trash the idea that Israel respects the rule of law and is a credible democracy.“Tomuschat was selected because his distorted and erroneous views of international humanitarian law and the right of self-defense mean he is a willing partner in this legal assault.”Calls and e-mail queries to Tomuschat were not immediately returned.In an e-mail, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry wrote on Thursday, “The UN high commissioner for human rights decided the composition of the committee.The federal government declines to comment on the decision.”According to German media reports, Tomuschat has said, “The terrorist is not a combatant, he is not participating in a military conflict.He is a serious criminal who should be brought to court.”Bayefsky said, “Such a statement indicates that Tomuschat is incapable of understanding and applying the law so that it makes any sense for democratic societies faced with the realities of modern-day evil. Imagine the Western military being forced to traipse around Afghanistan or Iraq with nothing but police cars and handcuffs.“To paraphrase others, international law is not a suicide pact. Sadly, Tomuschat will interpret it to work in favor of terrorists who have no interest in the rule of law.One might have hoped that as a German he would appreciate the imperatives of the Jewish people’s need for selfdefense against an enemy that is committed to their genocide,” Bayefsky said.Tomuschat, 73, is emeritus professor of public international law and European law at the Humboldt University in Berlin and is a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN’s International Law Commission.In December 2008, with Germany bringing proceedings against Italy in the International Court of Justice, Tomuschat was appointed co-agent representing Germany. The case alleges that Italy has violated the principle of sovereign immunity by allowing civil claims by victims of Nazi crimes against Germany to proceed in Italian courts.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Austrian Jewish community calls for gov’t to ban IHH branch: Also call for ouster of Social Democratic Councilman who supports IHH

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – The Austrian Jewish community issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the Austrian Interior Ministry to replicate the German ban of the International Humanitarian Relief Organization and outlaw the Austrian branch of the Turkish IHH NGO.The German Interior Ministry shut down the Frankfurt- based IHH Germany this week because of its financial support of Hamas.
The 7,500-member Austrian Jewish community also called for the resignation of Social Democratic Councilman Omar al-Rawi, because of his “agitational politics” in support of the IHH activists who attacked Israeli naval commandos aboard the Turkish- sponsored Mavi Marmara protest ship on May 31.In a reference to the German ban, the Austrian Jewish community wrote that the Interior Ministry in Vienna should “become active in similar ways with respect to the Austrian branch of IHH.”Rudolf Gollia, a spokesman for the Austrian Interior Ministry, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that there was “no recognizable behavior” that warrants “measures” to ban IHH’s local branch. Gollia declined to comment about whether the security authorities were monitoring IHH’s activities.Samuel Laster, a long-time observer of Austrian-Israeli relations and editor-in-chief of the Vienna-based online Jewish news site Die Jüdische, told the Post on Thursday that “Austria should ban the IHH because it is one of at least four Hamas front-organizations known to the authorities. Terror networks like to maintain infrastructure and accounts in Austria, which they call a ‘rest area.’ Austria does little unless Austrian interests are affected.”Laster added that “the close of the investigation of two Hamas organizations around 18 months ago suggested that the German IHH would move to Austria. That is why experts are urging a ban on IHH. In addition, Vienna is a control center for the Muslim Brotherhood and the focus of Wahabi-influenced propaganda.”Laster’s news site and the Austrian Jewish community have charged Rawi with inciting a new round of jihadists to murder Israelis.In June, Rawi called for the “continuation of the struggle” of the nine dead activists on the Mavi Marmara, speaking at a pro-Hamas rally in Vienna. His party, the Social Democrats, sponsored a city council resolution that unilaterally condemned Israel on May 31. Aviv Shir-On, the Israeli ambassador to Austria, told the Post that the resolution was one-sided and devoid of facts.According to a report on Wednesday in the Die Presse daily, Rawi said, “My political criticism of the storming of a Gaza solidarity ship by the Israeli army has nothing to do with ‘fundamentalism and agitation.’” He added that “I have nothing to do with either the Turkish or the German IHH, let alone being their representative.The confusion between these two organizations is apparently aimed at criminalizing the Turkish aid organization, and thus also the Gaza solidarity flotilla.”
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bosnian Muslim leadership is manipulating Srebrenica

By Lee Jay Walker
French General Philippe Morillon, the UNPROFOR commander who first called international attention to the Srebrenica enclave, is adamant that the crimes was quite extraordinary in the region.” committed by those Muslim soldiers made the Serbs’ desire for revenge inevitable. He testified at The Hague Tribunal on February 12, 2004, that the Muslim commander in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, “engaged in attacks during Orthodox (Christian) holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region.”These paragraphs alone paint the real picture because Srebrenica had witnessed many massacres of Serbian Christians within the surrounding region and the Muslim Bosniak forces were clearly not innocent.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why is German Public Television Courting Ahmadinejad's Media? About that "special relationship" between Germany and Israel

By Benjamin Weinthal
Last week, executives from two public German television channels hosted Ezzatollah Zarghami, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Zarghami allegedly has ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp, an organization designated as a global terrorist entity by the U.S. government. Regardless, the IRIB's 'news' website has done its part to help propagate lies about the Jewish state.
There has not been a bleep on the media cardiac monitor in Germany about the rather unsavory form of cooperation between Zarghami and the heads of Germany's highly viewed public television stations.
The Wadi blog in Germany appears to be the only Web site to have chronicled last week's meeting. “It is not clear which is more bizarre and scandalous: that ARD and ZDF, personally represented by ARD chairman Peter Boudgoust and ZDF director Markus Schächter, received a delegation from the state broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by its head, Ezzatollah Zarghami, as well as the Iranian ambassador in Berlin, Ali Reiza Sheik Attar, for a nice chat at Lerchenberg – or that no one in Germany was interested in this chat. As if it were completely normal,” author and journalist Oliver M. Piecha on Monday, wrote on the popular Wadi blog site.
There is also YouTube video that shows a cordial meeting between Zarghami, ARD’s Boudgoust and ZDF’s Schächter. According to the video, Zarghami and the German TV executives plan to expand their work together.
By way of background, on July 4, 2009, Zarghami told the press that the videos of Neda Agha Soltan’s death during the 2009 Iranian election protests were all fake and were produced by the BBC and CNN. Zarghami has been the head of IRIB, the corporation controlling Iranian national radio and television broadcasting since 2004. His predecessor was Ali Larijani, now speaker of the Iranian parliament.
Channeling Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, IRIB’s German-language web site contains a report from last Wednesday in which Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei describes “Zionism as the new form of Fascism” and in June the IRIB site termed Israel a “cancer” that needs to be “ removed.”
It is a topsy-turvy world when German politicians can issue a cross-party resolution blasting Israel because of its seizure of a vessel carrying Jihadists, but remain silent about the cooperation between taxpayer-funded German television and IRIB. Is that how one is supposed to understand the “German-Israeli special relationship”?
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Germany: Authorities concerned about Neo-Nazi/Muslim alliance

Following an anti-Semitic attack in Hanover, German authorities have identified a new source of anti-Semitic hatred in Germany: An informal and accidental alliance has been developing for some time between neo-Nazis and some members of a group they would normally despise: Muslim immigrants. The two groups seem to share vaguely similar anti-Semitic ideologies.Right-wing extremists and Islamists, says Heinz Fromm, the president of the German domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), are united by "a common bogeyman: Israel and the Jews as a whole." While German right-wing extremists cultivate a "more or less obvious racist anti-Semitism," says Fromm, the Islamists are "oriented toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and support "anti-Zionist ideological positions, which can also have anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic overtones." Both extremist movements, says Fromm, "ascribe extraordinary political power to Israel and the Jews, and their goal is to fight this power."
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

German public television hosts Iranian broadcast boss : Two channels invite president of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – Executives from two public TV channels last week hosted Ezzatollah Zarghami, the president of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, who allegedly has ties to the Revolutionary Guards, prompting criticism on Monday.On July 4, 2009, Zarghami told the press that the videos of Neda Agha Soltan’s death during the 2009 Iranian election protests were all fake and were produced by BBC and CNN. Zarghami has been the head of IRIB, the corporation controlling Iranian national radio and television broadcasting, since 2004. His predecessor was Ali Larijani, now speaker of the Iranian parliament.“It is not clear which is more bizarre and scandalous: that ARD and ZDF, personally represented by ARD chairman Peter Boudgoust and ZDF director Markus Schächter, received a delegation from the state broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by its head, Ezzatollah Zarghami, as well as the Iranian ambassador in Berlin, Ali Reiza Sheik Attar, for a nice chat at Lerchenberg – or that no one in Germany was interested in this chat. As if it were completely normal,” author and journalist Oliver M. Piecha on Monday, wrote on the popular Wadi blog site.Piecha, a co-editor of the book Betrayed Freedom: The Revolt in Iran and the West’s Response, has written extensively on the persecution of dissidents and the pro-democracy movement in Iran.The state-controlled Iranian Press-TV wrote last week that “The German ZDF and ARDTV had invited Zarghami to Germany, where they made their request for stronger ties.”According to Zarghami, “It was a good opportunity to hold talks with the heads of the channels..., visit their facilities and become more familiar with their media activities.”
A YouTube video shows a cordial meeting between Zarghami, ARD’s Boudgoust and ZDF’s Schächter. According to the video, Zarghami and the German TV executives plan to expand their work together.The cooperation between taxpayer-funded German television and IRIB has triggered outrage among such groups as the German chapter of Stop the Bomb, which aims to combat Iranian genocidal anti-Semitism.IRIB’s German-language Web site contains a report from last Wednesday in which Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei describes "Zionism as the new form of Fascism."
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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Islamic Republic of Iran: A global threat - and the solution

Lecture and discussion with Dr. Fariborz Saremi
July 18, 2010, 7.30 pm
Berlin
, Filmbühne am Steinplatz, Hardenbergstr. 12 (U/S Zoologischer Garten)
Please invite your friends on Facebook!
On July 18, 1994 85 people were murdered in an attack on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The Quds brigades of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were responsible for the attack. Today, the Revolutionary Guards have taken hold of most of the power in the Islamic Republic. Ahmad Vahedi, an Interpol wanted terrorist suspect, has even become defense minister. The anniversary of the terror attack is a sad occasion, but also an opportunity to adress the network of terror of the Islamic Republic, which has been extended, especially in Latin America. In Germany, the Iranian backed Hezbollah can operate undisturbed and poses a threat for the Iranian exile opposition, among many others. It has to be remembered that terror and expansion of the Islamic revolution is a danger that reaches far beyond the region and with nuclear weapons in the hand of the regime, this threat has the potential to magnify in severity.Dr. Fariborz Saremi (Hamburg) will speak about the ideologically motivated terrorist foreign policy of the Islamic Republic and about the Iranian freedom movement as an alternative to the current system, which deserves every support. He is an expert on foreign- and security policy, political-military analysis and international terrorism. He is a member of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA) in Washington D.C., author and commentator for numerous international media as well as European speaker of the Azadegan Foundation, which stands for a democratic and secular Iran.
Moderation: Jonathan Weckerle (Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Srebrenica: The Sacred Lie

by Nebojsa Malic
In February 1991, Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic declared, "I would sacrifice peace for a sovereign Bosnia-Herzegovina." He was true to his word; his government’s declaration of independence in March 1992 sparked off a civil war, pitting Bosnia’s ethnic communities — Serbs, Muslims, and Croats — against each other over the following three and a half years.
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The Genocide Myth: Uses and Abuses of “Srebrenica”

By Srdja Trifkovic
The contention that as many as 8,000 Muslims were killed has no basis in available evidence; it is not an “estimate” but a political construct. The magnitude of casualties at Srebrenica and the context of events have been routinely misrepresented in official reports by the pro-Muslim governments, quasi-non-governmental institutions, and the media.
As for The Hague Tribunal, an Orwellian institution with which I am well acquainted, its “unanimous decisions” are as drearily predictable as those in Moscow in 1936. It is not known to the public, however, that those “decisions” are now disputed by a host of senior Western military and civilian officials, NATO intelligence officers and independent intelligence analysts who dispute the official portrayal of the capture of Srebrenica as a unique atrocity in the Bosnian conflict.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

What Drives Gays and Lesbians to Bash Israel?

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
In yet another bizarre example of queer progressives aligning themselves with reactionary homophobic Islamic organizations, Judith Butler, in a late June interview with the Tageszeitung, a left-liberal German daily, said of Hamas and Hezbollah, “These movements could be described as left,” repeating early praise for the two groups.Speaking at the Berlin’s Brandenburger Tor, Butler said she would refuse the Civil Courage Award at the city’s Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade — an event attended by 600,000 people under the motto “Normal is different” — because the organizers were guilty of stoking “Islamophobia.” Adhering to a rigid social and political correctness, Butler ignored recent evidence of Muslim violence against Jews and members of the LGBT community in Germany.That blindness explains why Jan Feddersen, a gay editor at the Tageszeitung, in a blistering commentary in June — with a sub-head reading, “In bed with Hezbollah” — exposed Butler’s confused thinking.“That Butler gives a thumbs-up to the concept of narrow self-righteousness is actually consistent,” Feddersen wrote. “She who cannot and will not think in civil rights categories favors, in a global perspective, alliances in which homosexuals cannot be interested. Hezbollah and Hamas, she recently decreed in a speech, should be positively rated from the leftist perspective [as] organizations that fight misery and poverty and oppose what she sees as the Zionist impertinence called Israel. “While in Berlin, Butler helped promote an alternative Christopher Street Day Parade in the Kreuzberg district, at which Israeli flags had previously been removed.To understand the expressions of European and North American LGBT hostility against Israel, Eike Geisel, an undogmatic leftist author (1945-1997), neatly captured the justifications for modern hatred of Israel, ones that are useful in understanding hostility toward the Jewish state by LGBT Westerners: “To be against Israel in the name of peace is something new. For this hostility has cast off any practical or political motives… This new anti-Semitism does not arise from base instincts, nor is it the product of honorable political intentions. It is the morality of morons. Anti-Jewish… hostility arises from the purest human needs; it comes from the yearning for peace. It is therefore entirely innocent; it is as universal as it is moral. This moral anti-Semitism completes Germany’s restoration to goodness, in that it heralds the perfection of inhumanity: the banality of good.”
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Former Lebanese Minister Wiam Wahhab : I Like the Germans in the World Cup because They Burned the Jews

Interviewer: "Who do you support [in the World Cup]?"
Wiam Wahhab: "My children and I supported Brazil."
Interviewer: "Me too."
Wiam Wahhab: "Brazil lost. My wife supports Germany. We drive the kids mad. Now I am supporting Argentina."
Interviewer: "You have become subordinate to your wife when it comes to soccer?"
Wiam Wahhab: "No. I support Germany in politics and Brazil in soccer. I like the way Brazil plays. But I like the Germans because they hate the Jews and they burned them." [...]
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Friday, July 09, 2010

Srebrenica, Canada, and the Politics of a Tragedy

By Bojan Ratković
Are Serbian lives important? Does anyone care that Bosnian Muslims killed thousands of Serbs in and around Srebrenica? Harper did the right thing.
Earlier this month, The Honourable Robert Oliphant, Member of the Liberal Party of Canada and M.P. for Don Valley West, introduced Bill C-533 into the House of Commons, “calling for the establishment of a national day of remembrance in Canada called Srebrenica Remembrance Day”.
In what is clearly a blatant attempt to turn the complex and multisided human tragedy of the Yugoslav Civil Wars into a one-dimensional political talking point, the Hon. Robert Oliphant ignores completely the full context of the Srebrenica Massacre and the countless brutal war crimes committed by Bosnian Muslim forces and their Al-Qaeda-linked Mujahedeen allies against Serbian civilians and other ethnic minorities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Whether intentionally or simply due to a lack of proper information and first-hand insight, the Hon. Robert Oliphant and all those supporting Bill C-533 are attempting to simplify a multisided, multiethnic civil war in order to portray one side in the conflict as victims and the other as aggressors, while at the same time completely ignoring and thereby shamelessly insulting the tens of thousands of innocent Serbian civilians who were brutally murdered during the Yugoslav Civil Wars.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Syrian al-Qaeda recruiter arrested in Germany

Eurabia Alert, as jihad comes to... Montabaur, of Westerwaldkreis district. "Syrian arrested in Germany over Qaeda propaganda," from Agence France-Presse, July 7:
German authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Syrian suspected recruiter for Al-Qaeda who allegedly used the Internet to fish for new members for the militant Islamist network. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the accused, identified only as Hussam S., had been detained Sunday in the western German town of Montabaur."The accused is strongly suspected of working to recruit members or supporters for Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb and the Islamic Jihad Union," the statement said.
"The purpose of his activities was allegedly to recruit new members and supporters for the cited organisations and their 'jihad'."
Hussam M. is believed to have used Internet forums and blogs belonging to the German section of the "Global Islamic Media Front" and the "Al-Ansar Media Battalion" since 2007 to attract militants to the various Al-Qaeda groups.
And since February 2009, he allegedly distributed audio, video and text propaganda from "Islamist terrorist groups" as the administrator of a German-language Internet forum. Prosecutors said he was suspected of about 100 counts of posting criminal propaganda material online.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners

Germany has agreed to take in two Guantanamo Bay prisoners after months of wrangling over security concerns following a US request, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced Wednesday.Officials said Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration and German state governments, whose co-operation was needed in settling the men from the US prison camp in Cuba, had cleared the impasse. The decision brings to an end a months-long struggle with Washington over the issue.The prisoners will be settled in Hamburg and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.De Maizière said they would strictly be the last prisoners from the notorious US prison for global terrorism suspects that Germany would accept.“Further requests will be declined,” he said.De Maizière said the United States had originally asked Germany to take three cleared prisoners from Palestine and Syria. But after “intensive checking,” only two of the prisoners satisfied Germany’s demand that they pose no risk.US President Barack Obama pledged to shut down the disputed US military prison in southeastern Cuba after it became a symbol, in many people's minds, of excesses in the "war on terror" under former US President George W. Bush.Washington asked allies to help resettle prisoners who have been cleared of all charges but cannot return home, often over fears they may be tortured.According to US government figures from early May, 181 prisoners remain there including dozens already cleared for release. Most have been held without charge or trial.Germany has previously accepted one other Guantanamo prisoner, Murat Kurnaz, in 2006 because he was a long-time German resident. But it has rejected a US call to accept Chinese Uighur detainees. And Germany last year refused a request to take in two ex-detainees, arguing that Washington had failed to provide sufficient information on any threat they might pose.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Germany bashing Israel to expiate Holocaust guilt

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
"Most stalwart ally on the European continent" is also undercutting the Jewish state’s security by refusing to reduce its huge trade with Iran
BERLIN – Where do boundless enthusiasm for soccer and and turning Israel into a diplomatic punching bag cross paths? In Germany, where preoccupation with its team’s chance to win the World Cup in South Africa is coupled with last week’s precedent-setting parliamentary resolution condemning Israel.The conventional wisdom among Israeli diplomats, Jewish non-governmental organizations, and even some mainstream German commentators is that the Federal Republic is Israel’s most stalwart ally on the European continent.However, since Israel’s interception of the Mavi Marmara, a vessel packed with radical Islamists and three anti-Israel German Left Party members, as it attempted to violate a legal naval blockade, Germany’s posture toward Israel has become increasingly biased, if not downright hostile.All of the mainstream German democratic parties – ranging from the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union and its governing coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP) to the Social Democrats and the Greens – formed an alliance last week with the fiercely anti-Israel Left Party to blast Israel in a rare show of legislative unanimity.The German Parliament called on Israel to agree to an independent investigation of the seizure of the Mavi Marmara and end its blockade of Gaza; it also termed the Jewish state’s effort at self-defense a “violation of the principle of proportionality.”Rainer Stinner, foreign policy spokesman for the FDP, the party of Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, said, “The cross-party motion that we are considering today has already had a public effect; that has been reported on, correctly. Because what we are experiencing is really a new quality in joint German foreign and security policy. I very much appreciate that.”His counterpart from the Left Party, foreign policy spokesman Wolfgang Gehrcke, noted a dramatic shift against Israel in Germany and said “This means that, for the first time in the Mideast question, all parties in the chamber have a joint motion.”According to observers, Gehrcke is an energetic supporter of Hamas and Hizbullah, who has equated Israel with Nazi Germany.Gehrcke received praise from deputy Phillip Missfelder from the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel.“Even if the impression often arises in outside portrayals that the Left Party has a fundamentally different opinion, I do believe, Mr. Gehrcke, that the statements you have made at various times leave no doubt that you find yourself on similar, common ground as us, “said Missfelder.According to Missfelder’s Web site, he believes the resolution has “strengthened the security of Israel.”Missfelder is on the board of the Coordinating Council of German Non-Governmental Organizations Against Anti-Semitism. When asked about Missfelder’s legislative alliance with an advocate of Hamas and Hizbullah and whether the Council plans to sack him, Klaus Faber, a top-level member of the council, wrote in an e-mail to The Jerusalem Post on Monday that “Mr. Missfelder is known to us and others for his determined attitude in combating anti-Semitism and opposing positions that delegitimize Israel.”By invoking the Jewish state’s security interests as a pretext to justify the anti-Israel resolution, German politicians deflect attention away from a flourishing German-Iranian trade relationship that, according to experts, is undercutting Israel’s security.The roughly €4 billion annual German-Iranian trade volume props up the Holocaust-denying government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei. Stinner, from the FDP, has defended trade with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated global terrorist entity.“If we would include the Revolutionary Guard in the EU terror list, this would result de facto in a broad economic embargo that neither Germany nor the other EU member states want,” said Stinner.Dr. Matthias Küntzel, an authority on German-Iranian relations, wrote in June on his Web site, that “The FDP clientele – terror or no terror – would like to continue doing good business.”The major German media have ignored Stinner’s statements about his support for an organization, the Revolutionary Guard, that is decisively contributing to Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program and international terror against Jews and Israelis.Critics see last week’s resolution singling out Israel for blame in the Gaza flotilla incident as an expression of German parliamentarians applying double standards to Israel’s self-defense measures.The term “double standard” is a core element of the European Union’s definition of contemporary anti-Semitism. According to the EU, anti-Semitism includes “Applying double standards by requiring of it [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”The German Bundestag has not issued cross-party resolutions blasting the United States for its blockade of Cuba or members of the United Kingdom’s armed forces who were involved in human rights violations in Iraq. Unanimous German parliamentary resolutions targeting Hamas’s firing of over 8000 missiles on Israel in recent years are conspicuously missing from the orders of legislative business.Nor has the German parliament issued a resolution condemning the rearming of Hizbullah since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. According to the UN brokered cease-fire agreement, Germany is supposed to help block the delivery of weapons to Hizbullah.How can one explain that Israel’s most reliable partner in Europe approved a parliamentary resolution that endangers Israel’s security interests? There is no other country that in Germany can arouse such intense emotional feelings of loathing as Israel.
The Dutch Jewish author Leon de Winter, writing in The Wall Street Journal in June, attempted to explain this outbreak of hatred.De Winter noted that Europeans “have grown tired of carrying the guilt for the destruction of the Continent’s Jews. They have started to long for some form of historical release.”So Germany’s obsession with targeting Israel for blame is largely an effort to cleanse its deeply anchored guilt about the crimes of the Shoah. Israel and Jews represent a permanent living reminder of the Holocaust.Thus, the anti-Israel Bundestag resolution is not an expression of prudent foreign policy criticism, rather an act of absolution for a guilt-ridden country that frequently views Israel as a disturber of the peace instead of a liberal democracy with shared Western values.In short, it’s German guilt, stupid.
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Monday, July 05, 2010

Iran Air says Germany not refusing refuelling

The German office of Iran Air, the national carrier, dismissed Iranian reports Monday that Germany had refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions. "It is not correct," Mohammad Reza Rajabi, the head of the airline's operations in Germany, told AFP when asked about the reports by Iran's ISNA news agency.ISNA said earlier that airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates had denied fuel to Iranian passenger planes since last Thursday, after Washington imposed the sanctions on Tehran. IRNA, the official state news agency, said in a separate report that Kuwaiti airports have also turned down fuel for Iranian planes.But Rajabi said flight - and fuelling - service had continued without interruption in Germany."We have not had any problems," he said. "Yesterday we had flights and today and tomorrow again we will fly."The German Transportation Ministry said in a statement that neither US nor United Nations sanctions covered the refuelling of Iranian passenger planes, without a specific reaction to the Iranian reports.ISNA had quoted Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of Iranian Airlines Union, as saying "airports in England, Germany, the UAE have refused to give fuel to Iranian planes."Aliyari said their refusal has so far impacted Iran Air, the national carrier, and a leading private airline, Mahan Air, as both operate several flights to Europe. According to its website Iran Air flies into Germany’s major international hub of Frankfurt, as well as airports in Hamburg and Cologne. Mahan Air flies into Düsseldorf.Pervez Sorouri, a lawmaker and member of Iranian parliament's committee on foreign policy and national security, warned of a retaliatory action by Tehran, especially towards the United Arab Emirates.Last Thursday, US President Barack Obama signed into law the toughest ever US sanctions on Iran, which he said would strike at Tehran's capacity to finance its nuclear programme and deepen its isolation.The measures, on top of new United Nations and European sanctions, aim to choke off Iran's access to imports of refined petroleum products like gasoline and jet fuel, and to curb its access to the international banking system."With these sanctions - along with others - we are striking at the heart of the Iranian government's ability to fund and develop its nuclear programmes," Obama said before signing the sanctions into law."There should be no doubt: the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."World powers led by Washington suspect Tehran is making nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian atomic programme. Iran says its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes.On June 9, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth set of sanctions against Iran, which was followed by unilateral punitive measures by the European Union and later by the United States.Iran could lodge a complaint to the United Nations and the International Civil Aviation Organisation over the action of these airports, lawmaker Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying by the English-language Iran News."A special committee has been set up in the Iranian majlis (parliament) to study the US sanctions on jet fuel," Jalali said. "The US president has done his best to isolate the Islamic republic of Iran but to no avail."On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again dismissed the sanctions imposed on Iran."The sanctions that they have imposed do not strike a blow at Iran ... They have imposed these sanctions to defend themselves and they know they cannot do anything," the hardliner said in the northwestern city of Bonab.All the four set of UN sanctions have been imposed on Iran under the presidency of Ahmadinejad who has defiantly pursued Tehran's nuclear programme.
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Germany threatens Zimbabwe after German-owned farm seized

by sheikyermami
Germany’s government says it will cut off aid to Zimbabwe unless illegal and violent occupiers leave a farm owned by a German national.
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Albanian Wahhabis take over Skopje mosque violently

In a not a precedent setting incident given the annals of Islamic history, bunch of violent Albanian Muslims booed off the “legitimate” Imam out of the Isa Beg Mosque in Skopje. The violent mob then went on to attack believers inside the mosque choking, fist-beating, wrist slapping… well, just another splendid Muslim party time in a mosque – see video below.

Islamic Religious Community (IVZ) of Macedonia says that a radical Wahhabists are planning a total takeover of the IVZ in Macedonia.
On Saturday, Skopje Mufti Ibrahim Sabani told the media that a “criminal Wahhabist bandits” are active in the Skopje region.
IVZ asked the authorities to investigate and put a stop to the radical islamists.
For the first time, the official IVZ is acknowledging the existence of radical Muslims among the Albanian faithful in Macedonia.
IVZ accuses Albanian Ramadan Ramadani for instigating the incident in the mosque in the above video.
The above video is being distributed by the opposition Democratic Party of Albanians and visitors to the YouTube page of the video have written in Albanian to remove the video saying “The Mosque is for all, prayers to Allah do all, so remove this video …!”
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

One of the goals of the German 1968 “revolution” was the sexual liberation of children

by sheikyermami
Germany’s left has its own tales of abuse. One of the goals of the German 1968 movement was the sexual liberation of children. For some, this meant overcoming all sexual inhibitions, creating a climate in which even pedophilia was considered progressive.
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Friday, July 02, 2010

Waiting for Dr. Wetzel

by Barry Rubin
After an attack by German-Arabs on a local Jewish dance troupe in Hanover and an assault by a German-Palestinian on two Israelis in a Berlin nightclub, Juliane Wetzel, of the German Parliament’s panel on anti-Semitism, told a newspaper that the issue of antisemitism from young Muslims in Germany had not been thoroughly examined. You think? And guess what? It gets better. Wetzel has reportedly played down antisemitism even though she works for a center researching antisemitism, insisting the real problem is Islamophobia and attacking those who are really telling the truth about the issue.
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Germans To The Front!

by Benjamin Weinthal
The German parliament was slated on Thursday evening to discuss and vote on resolutions slamming the Jewish state for its interception of a flotilla heading for Gaza in open violation of a naval blockade. In what appears to be precedent-setting German parliamentary action against Israel, the major parties – ranging from the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union and its governing coalition partner the Free Democrats, to the Social Democrats and the Green Party – drafted a resolution urging Israel to agree to an international inquiry and end its blockade of Gaza.
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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Antisemitism and celebrating the Holocaust -- German-Turkish propaganda and a Latvian court: brothers in arms?

by Clemens Heni
We are facing a new movement in Europe: celebrating the Holocaust. We know that Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is a bestseller in the Arab world. However, it is a new development in Europe and the European Union that people can publicly applaud Nazi Germany. Latvian-Turkish axis? Celebrating and not denying the Holocaust: What does this mean?
Before explaining this new and dangerous phenomenon let’s have a short look at the history of some types of anti-Semitism after the Shoah.
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