Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Honor killings in Germany: Couple gunned down in Cologne street shooting

The 29-year-old woman and her boyfriend were shot by a Turk named Mustafa Tilki (Picture) in the snowy parking lot of an Ergo insurance building around 7 pm in the western Braunsfeld district, local daily Kölnische Rundschau reported on Tuesday. Police received several calls from witnesses in the area reporting people bleeding on the street, and emergency services rushed to the scene. But the woman succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital, and her boyfriend died several hours later. “A lot of shots were fired,” a police officer told the paper.Cologne police have formed a murder investigation team and believe the motive may have been jealousy.“
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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Unreported Merkel

By Samuel Gregg
It's not often senior European political leaders make politically-incorrect statements, but Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has recently made a habit of it. The subject has been the touchy question of Muslim immigration and the challenges it poses for European identity. Not only has Merkel upset the European political class (especially the Left and the Greens) by saying what everyone knows -- that multiculturalism has "utterly failed" -- but she also argued that the issue was not "too much Islam" but "too little Christianity."
"We have too few discussions about the Christian view of mankind," Merkel claimed in a recent speech. She then stressed that Germany needs to reflect more upon "the values that guide us, about our Judeo-Christian tradition." It was one way, Merkel maintained, of bringing "about cohesion in our society."
On one level, Merkel is surely stating the blindingly obvious. How can Europeans ask Muslim immigrants to integrate into European society and respect European values without Europeans themselves being clear in their own minds about what values are at the core of European identity and where these values come from?
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Germany: Exploding Anti-Semitism

by Fiamma Nirenstein
If we take Germany, and look at the excellent indicator of the web network, we can see that neo-Nazi websites have increased from 800 last year to 1872 this year, and it is not over yet. One fifteen-year-old out of every 20 belongs to a neo-Nazi group. The German neo-Nazi messages that are broadcast to children and young rock music fans, and that are based on hatred for the Jews have increased on the relevant websites from 750 to 6000. One also has to pay close attention to what his children read on Facebook or hear on Youtube. In East Germany, neo-Nazis are even organizing ideological kindergartens under their own management. The neo-Nazi rap music that incites listeners to kill Jews and blacks is hugely popular, as are the messages that claim the Holocaust is a Jewish invention to justify their "crimes" and the illegal existence of the State of Israel, which has now become the focus of their attacks.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Switzerland: Exit polls show majority for deportation of criminal foreigners

The Swiss have voted to tighten regulations on the deportation of criminal foreigners.Projections issued by the gfs.bern polling institute showed 53 per cent voting in favour of a rightwing initiative. The initiative also appeared to have won the backing of a majority of cantons.Turnout was higher than usual - at 52 per cent - a sign of how controversial were the issues being voted on.In a complex nationwide vote on Sunday, the electorate were faced with a choice between a hardline option and a compromise version; or approving or rejecting both proposals.
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Graz: Yodeler fined for disturbing prayer service

A man in Austria was fined for yodeling while mowing the grass. The man was singing Friday afternoon, and bothered his Muslim neighbors who were listening to the muezzin just then.The police was called in and brought the 63 year old pensioner to the court in Graz. "The complaint boiled down to the fact that my yodeling resembled their muezzin. But it wasn't my intention at all to imitate him," the perplexed man told Australian newspaper Krone Zeitung Saturday.The court didn't believe the man and fined him 800 euro. The relations with him Muslim neighbors hadn't gotten better.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Switzerland Votes on the Expulsion of Criminal Foreigners

by sheikyermami
Black sheep posters return before deportation vote (Yahoo News)
That’s not the issue. Swiss citizens have every right to protect themselves from criminal foreigners. Why should the free citizens of Switzerland put up with criminal welfare seekers who have no intention to respect the law of the land?
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Israeli might be elected head of German Jewish council

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Sixty-year-old Dieter Graumann critical of German-Iranian relations, calls to combat "Muslim and Islamic anti-Semitism."
BERLIN – Dieter Graumann is slated to be the first Israeliborn Jew to be elected on Sunday to the presidency of Germany’s roughly 105,000-member Central Council of Jews.Though Central Council insiders told The Jerusalem Post prior to the election that outgoing President Charlotte Knobloch might mount a challenge to Graumann, the 78-year-old Knobloch did not announce plans to run for a second term.
Knobloch, who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Bavaria in the house of a Catholic family as a young girl, served from 2006 to 2010 as head of the umbrella organization and will continue to be president of the Munich Jewish community.Last week, Germany’s Federal President Christian Wulff, who is currently visiting Israel, awarded Knobloch Germany’s Highest Order of Merit for her “struggle against right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism.”Running uncontested for president of the Central Council, the Haifa-born Graumann will take over the Jewish community’s leadership at a time in which many observers consider the council to be immersed in an organizational crisis marked by breakdowns in communication and skewed priorities.Michael Wolffsohn, a prominent German Jewish historian based in Munich, criticized Knobloch last week for taking over the role of a “theological-spiritual-religious” figure rather than serving as “the political representative of German Jewry.” He lambasted Knobloch’s attendance last week in Rome alongside the heads of Germany’s Catholic and Protestant churches at a ceremony to elevate German Bishop Reinhard Marx to cardinal in St Peter’s Basilica.Critics also say that there has only been sporadic communication among Knobloch and the two vice presidents of the Central Council, Graumann and Salomon Korn, leading to policies that appear to be working at cross purposes.In an exclusive interview with the Post in September, 60-year-old Graumann said his agenda would offer “renewal” and stressed “solidarity with Israel in these difficult times” and the continued efforts to combat “Muslim and Islamic anti-Semitism” in Germany. Graumann has highlighted over the last year that one has “to always be conscious of the Holocaust but not incessantly Holocaust-centered.” As a one-and-half-year old child, Graumann’s immediate family left Israel for Germany. He is the son of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust, and operates a real estate management company in Frankfurt.Sacha Stawski, a long-term member of the Frankfurt Jewish community, told the Post on Saturday that the election of Graumann “is a very wise choice” because “we will gain a stronger overall leadership, under which the Central Council will once again speak with one voice, on the one hand, and at the same time there will be someone at the top who will use his warm and gentle approach to reunite a community, which has faced a lot of internal turmoil. Dieter is a respected friend of the older generation, a view of hope for the younger generation and a supportive ally for Russian immigrants.”The demographic change unfolding in Germany involves the influx of Jews from the republics of the former Soviet Union who represent an overwhelming majority of the council’s membership. Estimates of Jews living in Germany range between 105,000 and 200,000, but the exact figure beyond the 105,000 registered in the council’s membership is not considered to be accurate.Stawski, who heads the pro-Israel media watchdog organization Honestly Concerned, which tracks anti- Semitic and anti-Israel reports in the German media, organized the first pro-Israel conference last month in Frankfurt. Graumann spoke at the event and sharply rebuked German politicians Peter Gauweiler from the Christian Social Union party, Monika Grütters of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Luc Jochimsen from the Left Party, Claudia Roth from the Green Party and the Social Democrat’s Günter Gloser, for traveling to Iran to meet with leading Iranian Holocaust deniers in October.Stawski said Graumann “warned the audience about the Iranian nuclear threat in the strongest terms; decried the Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the Iranian mullah regime and similarly adamantly condemned German business and political dealings with the Iranian mullah regime.“His vivid description of Claudia Roth, a hypocritical human rights advocate for the Green party, who humbly sat in front of some of the nastiest Holocaust deniers and regime supporters – with a head scarf on her head – during her recent visit to Iran, with a delegation from the Bundestag, will remain in listeners’ memories,” Stawski added.During his tenures as vice president of both the Frankfurt Jewish community and the Central Council, Graumann has made determined efforts to combat the hatred of Israel propagated by the German Left Party, which is represented in the German parliament and driven by a strong anti-Zionist political agenda. Right-wing anti- Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiments have also been targets of his wrath.Graumann blasted conservative writer Lorenz Jäger of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, who, according to critics, has stoked anti-Israel and anti- Jewish conspiracy theories.In a previous interview with the Post, Graumann called on the paper’s publishers to crackdown on Jäger’s tirades against Jews in Germany.Writing in the daily Die Welt on Saturday about Graumann taking over the reins of Germany’s Jewish community, Richard Herzinger, a prominent commentator on German Jewry and the rise of modern anti- Semitism in the Federal Republic, noted that the “worries that concern German Jews are not only rightwing extremism but also an aggressive anti-Semitism, which is frequently disguised as ‘criticism of Israel,’ and is spreading among Muslim immigrants and in left-wing ‘anti-Zionist’ circles.“How much support the Central Council receives from the entire German society in combating these forces will determine how well, in the long run, Jews in Germany feel they are in safe hands.”
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Germany: Minister slams 'macho' Muslim culture

Family Minister Kristina Schröder slammed on Friday what she sees as a growing tendency to violence stemming from a “macho culture” among young Muslim men.
The minister told daily Wiesbadener Kurier that while discrimination and disadvantage were partly to blame, there were also religious and cultural roots to this propensity to violence, which was revealed in two studies commissioned by her ministry due to be released on Friday.“We must not construct any false taboos here: there is a macho culture among young Muslim men that glorifies violence and which also has cultural roots,” she said. “The tendency towards violence among young, male Muslims is clearly higher than among non-Muslim, native youths,” she said.It stemmed from perceived slights upon their honour, which they defended with violence, Schröder said.“Social disadvantage and discrimination are important factors, but they are not sufficient as an explanation,” she said. “There is a co-dependence between religiousness, macho norms and tendency towards violence.”Her comments came amid an ongoing debate about immigration, integration and Islam in Germany. Former central banker Thilo Sarrazin kick-started the issue with the publication of his book, “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy,” which argued partly that Muslim immigration was dragging Germany down. Chancellor Angela Merkel later declared that multiculturalism had “failed utterly,” while Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer went so far as to suggest immigration from Muslim countries should be stopped.Schröder indicated that discussion of the issue had been hampered by political correctness. Religion was part of culture and culture shaped behaviour, she said.“If someone made an issue of the disproportionate tendency to violence among young Muslims, it was always said that this was a blanket judgement. But that’s not the case,” she said.It was also striking that there was a growing hostility towards Germans being reported, she said.“German children are not infrequently bullied in schools just because they are German. We must put up with that no longer,” she said.Schröder called for stronger efforts for the education of Islamic religious leaders in German universities – something the federal governments has already embarked on by creating university courses for Imams.“We have to make those who shape values in the Muslim community responsible. That is first of all the Imams,” she said. “Then another picture of society, of the roles of men and women and of violence, would soon be communicated in the mosques.”
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Germany: Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst

As police brace themselves for a possible terrorist attack, the ruling conservatives have called on Germany’s Muslim community to root out extremists at mosques and report them to authorities. Stefan Müller, integration spokesman for the Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union’s parliamentary group, said members of the 2,500 mosques in Germany should co-operate with anti-terrorism authorities more closely.“In the face of the intensified situation, the mosque communities are called on to be especially watchful and keep an eye out for possible fanatics in their own ranks,” Müller told the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung’s Thursday edition.The great majority of Muslims in Germany had nothing to do with terrorism, Müller stressed.“It is also in their interests to prevent the abuse of Islam by radicals.”Müller, of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU, appealed to mosque-goers to “intensify co-operation with security services and pass on evidence quickly in cases of suspicion.”The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, has previously said that many Muslims in Germany feel they are under suspicion because of their faith alone. Mosques had been subject to hate mail and material damage, he said.Amid the debate about the sharpened terrorism threat Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has also warned against holding a “general suspicion” of Muslims. He has also cautioned against hysteria and abusing the debate to pre-judge Muslims.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nazi uproar in the European Parliament: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer”

BRUSSEL – (EIP) The german EU-socialist Martin Schulz, once again was the target of a Nazi comparison in the European Parliament.
Seven Years ago, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had called Schulz the ideal candidate for a “Capo” (concentration camp guards) in a Nazi film.
Today during a debate, the British Euro-skeptics UKIP/EFD MEP Godfrey Bloom, confronted the German socialist with the Nazi slogan “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer” (One people, one Reich, one leader).
“That’s going too far,” said the leader of the conservative European People’s Party, Joseph Daul. And when the Frenchman asked Bloom to apologize, he answered: “The views of Herr Schulz make the case. He is an undemocratic fascist”.
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Is US Bosnian group behind Bosnian Serb, Croat death threats ?

An organization “Patriotic Front of Bosnia” has sent death threats to the Bosnian Serb leader, Milorad Dodik, pictured above, and Croat leader Dragan Covic in which they refer to them as “fascists that will be killed very soon.”
The letters sent to these two leaders also identify another individual that they sentence to death but the scanned photo of that person is not clear.
The Patriotic Front told Covic that “If the court does not sentence you, we have sentenced you already – death fast for Covic”.
Letter also shows a picture of the Jasenovac Memorial where Croatians and their Bosnian Muslim allies took part in extermination of Serbs, Jews and Roma. Next to the Jasenovac photo the letter states “Only these kinds of traces remain after such fascists”.
Patriotic Front of Bosnia has no web site but it is mentioned as one of the active participants of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (KBSA), a forum Bosnian Muslims use to lobby politicians. The group has, for example, recently connived the state of Michigan to establish a Srebrenica day.
Patriotic Front of Bosnia also took part in the KBSA convention in February 2009 in which it signed a protest letter, along with other extremist Bosnian Muslim front groups, to the EU over the issuance of a certificate to the former President of the Serb Republic Rajko Kuzmanovic.
Pattern in language use also points to a possible nexus between the North American Bosnian KBSA and the terror group that issued the death threat. For example, in 2007, KBSA featured an attack text on Serbian terror-expert Darko Trifunovic in which the KBSA uses the word “fascist” that is also flaunted in the death threat issued to Dodik and Covic.
“Confirmation of all this evidence from the recent Balkan history, where the Serbian-Montenegrin fascists led by Belgrade and Podgorica complete political and military leadership…,” writes KBSA.
Like all Muslim extremist groups in the US, the KBSA is skillful at masking their nefarious intent but it is yet to be more thoroughly investigated and the existence of the Patriotic Front of Bosnia inside its umbrella ought to be the reason for a closer look at this Bosnian Muslim group.
M. Bozinovich Blog

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Terrorism suspects arrested in Germany

Terrorism suspects were arrested in Germany on Tuesday as part of a Europe-wide swoop that netted a total of 10 alleged Islamic extremists in three countries.
The arrests were part of "an inquiry into international jihadist terror," a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution office said. The alleged extremists were plotting an attack in Belgium, the prosecutor's office said."In total 10 people suspected of preparing an attack in Belgium were arrested in Belgium, Holland and Germany," he said.The target of the plot had "not been determined yet" when the raids took place, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.The suspects are from Belgium, the Netherlands, Morocco and Chechnya, the statement said. Most live in Antwerp.The arrests came as Germany remained on high alert amid fears of a terrorist attack. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stressed that authorities were watching the “potentially dangerous people.”“We know rather a lot,” he said on Monday night to broadcaster ARD. Authorities were “not so naïve” as was the case at the time of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, he added.However security services are now particularly worried about what they call the “quiet observers” among Islamists in Germany, sources told news agency DAPD.“They could exploit our security gaps and therefore, despite all our efforts at defence, hit us with attacks,” a security source said.Among the hundreds of people regarded as “dangerous” are “experienced observers” who “are the best informed about the weak points in our security architecture,” unnamed security specialists said.In the Belgian led arrests, the alleged extremists used the website Ansar Al Mujahideen as part of its plot. The arrests followed a months-long investigation that was launched by authorities in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp in late 2009, the statement said.The investigation focused on recruiters, would-be "jihadists" and the financing of a Chechen "terrorist organisation," it said.Several other people have already been arrested in Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia as part of the probe, the Belgian authorities said.The investigation was conducted in collaboration with several countries and the European Union's judicial cooperation unit Eurojust. Europe has been on high alert for several weeks over heightened fears of terrorist attacks. Western security officials have warned that al-Qaida may be planning attacks in Europe similar to those in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008.The United States issued a travel alert on October 3 for its citizens travelling in Europe, citing the risk of potential terrorist attacks on transportation systems and tourist attractions.Similar alerts were issued by Japan, Sweden, Britain and France. A plot to blow up cargo planes was uncovered at the end of last month after booby-trapped parcels were found at airports in Dubai and Britain.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Germany on High Alert

by Ryan Mauro
Germany has gone on high alert until next year due to a suspected impending terrorist attack on the country. It has been reported that the Reichstag parliament building is one target, but it could easily be any number of shopping centers, airports or trains. This plot may or may not materialize, but the country will have to remain on guard for the foreseeable future, as dozens of its residents have traveled for terrorist training, and Al-Qaeda has its sights set on Germany. The German Interior Minister has confirmed that there are “concrete indications” of a terrorist attack headed Germany’s way, the first time the country has used such language. The Germans received information from a terrorist informant overseas that six operatives have been dispatched to carry out the attacks, including a German, a Turk, and a North African. According to his information, two of the operatives already arrived in Berlin between six and eight weeks ago. However, the informant says the attack is planned for February or March, contradicting other intelligence claiming the end of the month was the timeframe.
Germany also received intelligence from the United States two weeks ago about a radical Shiite terrorist group in India called “Saif.” The group has supposedly linked up with Al-Qaeda and sent two operatives to carry out attacks in Germany. They are said to be arriving in the United Arab Emirates on November 22, where other terrorists will give them new travel papers. A senior German intelligence official says there is additional intelligence which demonstrates that threat reporting has grown in quantity and specificity recently.
“We are pretty sure that there is a great danger and an attack is imminent in Germany,” the anonymous official said. A report by Spiegel Online alleges that the terrorists want to carry out a shooting rampage on the Reichstag and take hostages.
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The Bizarre Case of Nietzsche: The Pro-Jewish Writer Who Inspired a Million Anti-Semites

Perhaps the most pro-Jewish German writer of his time, his ideas were adopted by Hitler and Nazism.
by Barry Rubin
No serious thinker has done more harm to the Jewish people than Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings were an important inspiration for Adolf Hitler and Nazism. Yet far from being an anti-Semite, Nietzsche was one of the most pro-Jewish German writers of his time. How can this paradox be explained, and does it have any lessons for the present day?
Nietzsche was the son and grandson of Protestant ministers. He became an academic expert on ancient Greece, yet his poor health forced him to resign his professorship at a young age. He spent most of the rest of his life on a pension, traveling from spa to resort town trying to avoid the extremes of weather that gave him such physical discomfort.
A massively productive and self-consciously iconoclastic writer, Nietzsche never attained a large readership in his lifetime, though his fame did grow. His life and works are too complex to summarize here, but one constant feature of his worldview was his friendliness — even admiration — towards Jews.
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U.S. diplomat knows more about minaret ban than a the Swiss Parliament

Disturbing conclusions from the U.S.: A senior government official has made astounding statements about the ban on minarets in Switzerland. Before the assembled world press, he explained clearly that the Federal Council was working to overturn the result of the referendum. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA), according to the “Sonntag” newspaper, reacts with surprise.
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Reichstag dome closed amid terrorism fears

Police have closed the dome and roof terrace of Berlin’s Reichstag in a dramatic security clampdown following reports that Islamists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on the building. The press office for the German parliament or Bundestag announced Monday morning the dome and roof, popular tourist attractions that offer panoramic views of the capital, would be closed indefinitely.The announcement followed a weekend report in news magazine Der Spiegel that said Islamic extremists were planning an armed raid on the 116-year-old building, which houses the parliament, in the style of the 2008 Mumbai attack, in which at least 175 people were killed.Security around the Reichstag had been strengthened “to a considerable extent,” Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhart Körting said. He said there were extra barriers and 60 extra police stationed around the building. The extra layers of security come on top of a previous security boost last week.Visits to the Reichstag will still be possible for groups that have registered in advance.Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that German security authorities had received information from an extremist who has been phoning the federal criminal police (BKA) with information.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Germany in fear of Islamic terror, Muslim thug-in chief calls for “better protection”- of mosques…

by sheikyermami
Beyond parody. Cry me a river:
A German Muslim leader on Saturday called for better protection of mosques across the country in the wake of the latest arson attack on Berlin’s largest mosque, IRNA office in Berlin reported.
Talking to reporters, the Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims Aiman Mazyek said, “Rarely does a week go by without an attack on a mosque.” “The current terror hysteria exacerbates this climate … and strengthens those people who plans such attacks,” he added.
Mazyek was referring to Friday’s arson attack on the Sehitlik mosque, the fourth of its kind on the worshipping house over the past six months.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Propaganda event for the Iranian regime at the Marriott Courtyard Hamburg Aiport Hotel

STOP THE BOMB protests against an event to promote German-Iranian trade in the Courtyard Hamburg Airport Hotel (Marriott), which is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2010. Address: Flughafenstraße 47, 22415 Hamburg.
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Germany: Reports warn of attack on Reichstag

Reports are flying through the German media that al-Qaida has sent armed terrorists to Germany to storm the Reichstag, take hostages and kill as many people as possible in a Mumbai-style attack. Der Spiegel reported on Saturday morning that German security authorities had received information from an extremist who has been phoning the federal criminal police (BKA) over the last few days. He supposedly wants to defect, and is therefore offering information about his jihadist colleagues’ plans. It was his information which prompted Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to publicly warn of a possible impending attack. The caller, who is not in Germany, although Der Spiegel did not say where he is, said a terrorist commando of six people has already been formed, and that two of the men concerned went to Berlin at least six weeks ago.Four more terrorists including a German, a Turk, and a North African, are allegedly waiting to come to Germany for the attack, which is planned for February or March. The Interior Ministry received a second warning two weeks ago from the FBI, talking of a pact between the Indian Shiite group Saif and al-Qaida, which involved Saif sending two men to Germany to carry out an attack.They are said to be expected to enter the United Arab Emirates on November 22, be furnished with new identity papers there and then come to Germany, travelling on visas for the Schengen area which they allegedly already have. One of the men behind this plan to attack Germany is said to be Dawood Ibrahim, a man considered by the UN to be a supporter of terrorism, and one of those behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Germany on guard against Mumbai-style attack

Another update in the current wave of threats against Germany. Prior reporting named the country's Christmas markets as a possible target for such a mass-casualty attack. The symbolism is obvious, as is the potential economic impact. "Germany says guarding against Mumbai-style attack,"...
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Germany outsources its Israel hatred now

By Benjamin Weinthal
The Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth's decision to invite hardcore anti-Israeli academic Alfred Grosser to deliver the keynote speech at last week's commemoration of Kristallnacht, a wave of state-sponsored violence against German Jews on November 9, 1938, triggered a bitter public row in Germany and Israel. What's more, this outsourcing of hatred of the Jewish state to anti-Israeli Jews has become an annual fixture.
Last year, then-German president Horst Köhler issued the Federal Merit Cross, one of the country's most prestigious awards, to Israeli lawyer Felicia Langer, who has equated Israel with Nazi Germany and the former South African apartheid regime.
Mr Grosser, a French intellectual born to a German-Jewish family, is cut from the same cloth as the late British-American Historian Tony Judt, who argued that a cause of antisemitism was Israel and Jews. Mr Grosser, like Mr Judt, lacks credentials in the Middle East debate (and an understanding of modern antisemitism), but has German media outlets spreading a thesis that, if propounded by a non-Jewish German, would be labelled as being infected with antisemitism.
By comparing Israel's treatment of the Palestinians to the Hitler movement's persecution of Jews, critics argue that Mr Grosser panders to majority resentments against Israel and helps sanitise German guilt about the crimes of the Holocaust. Mr Grosser also argues that, "Criticism of Israel and antisemitism have nothing todo with each other. It is rather Israel's policies that promote antisemitism globally."
There is a tendency to shower anti-Israel Jews with awards
The German Jewish Frankfurt–based professor Micha Brumlik has strongly criticised Mr Grosser for embedding the Israel-equals-Nazi Germany equation in "popular historical awareness".
By contrast, Mr Grosser sees himself as a "moral role model" in Germany and France.
The disproportionate attention devoted to a fringe group of anti-Israeli Jews has emerged in Germany as a tried and trusted method of inoculating politicians, academics and journalists against the charge of antisemitism while "saying what the Germans want to hear", according to Salomon Korn, a vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Indeed, the tendency to shower anti-Israel Jews with speaking engagements and awards is, following the logic of Mr Korn and other critics, a barely concealed cover for modern antisemitic attitudes toward Israel.
Mr Grosser's longstanding loathing of Israel is clear. In 2008, a B'nai B'rith official testified on Mr Grosser's crude views at a Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing in the Bundestag. According to the hearing, Mr Grosser's statements could be construed as meeting the EU's definition of contemporary antisemitism.
Several years ago, the German daily FAZ (along with a regional paper, Badische Zeitung) outsourced anti-Israeli hostility to an obscure German Jew, Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, who considers herself to be an "anti-Zionist Jew" and is a carbon copy of Mr Grosser. The intense coverage of Ms Hecht-Galinski prompted a columnist for Die Welt to write that "it is shameful that there are so few non-Jews who attack the dumb criticisms of Israel from Hecht-Galinski".
Based on the overwhelmingly pro-Grosser reception in the German media, the Federal Republic appears to be keeping up the tradition.
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Suspected bomb meant for Munich-bound flight

Namibian police have hindered a possible terrorist attack on a flight from Windhoek to Munich, federal police said Thursday. A suspected explosive device was found in a piece of luggage discovered as the LTU flight was being loaded.
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Germany: Minister wants more police in Muslim districts

Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann on Wednesday said more police were needed in predominately Muslim districts in Germany and Islamists should be banned from using mobile phones and computers to combat terrorism.“A mobile and computer ban for Islamist agitators would hinder their communication,” Schünemann told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. Speaking ahead of a meeting of German state interior ministers in Hamburg this week, Schünemann also said known Islamists should be forbidden from visiting radical Mosques and problem areas.
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Bush Says Schröder Betrayed Him on Iraq

By Benjamin Weinthal
Berlin — No real surprise here: Former president George W. Bush’s discloses in his new memoir that former chancellor Gerhard Schröder violated Bush’s trust (and the American people’s) by supporting the Iraq war, then backing out. According to Bush, Schröder assured him in a January 2002 Oval Office meeting that “what is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you.”
“I took that as a statement of support,” Bush writes. “But when the German elections arrived later that year, Schröder had a different take. He denounced the possibility of using force against Iraq. His Justice Minister said, ‘Bush wants to divert attention from domestic problems…Hitler also did that.’
“It was hard to think of anything more insulting than being compared to Hitler by a German official.”
Last week, Schröder — who is now an executive with Russian energy giant Gazprom — responded to the charge: “The former American president is not telling the truth.”
Schröder is well-versed in political Volksnähe, which means he has a populist touch that can connect with a kind of groupthink mentality shared by many Germans — in this case, a mentality of radical German pacifism and anti-Americanism. His Social Democratic party’s come-from-behind victory in 2002 has been attributed to Schröder’s aggressive anti-American campaign. As Malte Lehming put it in the Wall Street Journal, “They saved themselves with thunderous anti–Iraq war propaganda, playing upon strong anti-American resentments.”
The contrast between Bush and Schröder in terms of democracy promotion could not be starker. Bush advocates a “freedom agenda” for anti-democratic countries; Schröder has aligned himself with Vladimir Putin, whom he terms a “flawless democrat,” and last year intensely courted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an effort to advance German-Iranian trade.
In light of Schröder’s cheerleading for anti-Western forces and Russian gas interests, the late Democratic congressman and Holocaust survivor Tom Lantos once called him a “political prostitute.” That might be a sentiment on which Bush and Lantos could reach a bipartisan agreement.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Germany: De Maizière warns of imminent terror attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday warned the government had indications Islamists were planning terrorist attacks in Germany later this month.
“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.“There’s reason to be worried, but no reason for hysteria,” he said, mentioning “concrete leads” being followed by the authorities.De Maizière said he had put federal police on alert and ordered heightened security at German airports and train stations."From today, there will be a more visible police presence. I thought it should be explained to citizens," he said.The announcement is a marked departure from the German government’s warnings in recent weeks of an abstract terrorist threat.Only last month, de Maizière criticized reports Islamists were planning imminent attacks in Germany as "alarmist" and said there was no reason to change the country's security threat level. But the minister said on Wednesday security services had noticed growing signs that the terrorist network al-Qaida was planning attacks in the United States, Europe and Germany since mid-2010."We now have more details and indications of danger," he said. "It is the unanimous assessment of the security services that we are currently dealing with a new situation."He said Berlin had been tipped off by overseas authorities following the discovery of two US-bound parcel bombs originating from Yemen last month. One of the packages travelled undetected through Cologne-Bonn Airport before being stopped in Britain.Daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported the United States had warned German officials that between two and four al-Qaida operatives were on their way to Germany and Britain to attempt attacks.Security sources cited by the paper named Germany's popular Christmas markets among potential targets and said the terrorists were expected to arrive in the country on November 22 via India or the United Arab Emirates.But de Maizière said Germans should not be cowed by the threat of possible attacks.“We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,” he said.Although Germany has nearly 5,000 troops in Afghanistan under NATO command, it has never experienced an attack by Muslim extremists on its own soil. But authorities say the country, which once was home to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States, has a large and dangerous Islamist scene.The closest it has come to being attacked was in July 2006 when Islamic militants placed suitcases containing homemade bombs on two regional trains at Cologne's main station. But they failed to detonate, averting an almost certain bloodbath.
The Local

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Germans held in Iran accused of espionage

Two Germans arrested in Iran last month as they tried to interview the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery came for "espionage," an Iranian justice official claimed on Tuesday. "These two Germans came to Iran claiming to be tourists," said Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the justice department chief of East Azerbaijan province in the northwest of the country, quoted by Fars news agency."But the work of these two tourists in Iran and Tabriz and the way they reported in Tabriz shows that they came for espionage," he said."In fact these two came here for espionage and, thank God, they were identified and arrested ... The evidence for espionage was in their hands when arrested and they were planning a smear campaign against the Islamic Republic."Sharifi said "the crime of espionage for the two Germans who came to Iran to make smear campaign and for espionage has been proved."On Monday, Iranian state-run television showed blurred footage of the two German men "confessing" that they had been "tricked" into coming to Iran. According to the Farsi voiceover of the footage, the two detainees pointed fingers at Mina Ahadi, an Iranian human rights activist living in exile in Germany.Ahadi, founder of the Germany-based International Committees against Execution and Stoning, has launched a global campaign to halt the impending execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani by stoning.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

That Treasured German-Iranian Friendship

The Bundestag's Tehran travellers see no evil in their trip to the mullahs.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Berlin
Germany has a bizarre way of working through its history. While the government, rhetorically at least, opposes Iran's nuclear weapons program as a threat to Israel's security, members of its parliament courted Tehran's Holocaust deniers just last month.
Five German law makers—including members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties—traveled to Iran in October to meet with a motley crew of leading human-rights violators, misogynists, and anti-Semites. The five MPs sought to promote "cultural cooperation" between the two parliaments and countries. Ironically, the five legislators went from a closed society in Iran to a closed-door parliamentary session in Germany last week to report on their journey.
While the European Parliament recently refused to visit Iran because of the regime's wretched human-rights record, the German legislators saw nothing wrong with schmoozing with the mullahs. Peter Gauweiler, chairman of the Bundestag's foreign affairs cultural and education committee, told Spiegel Online during his tour of the Islamic Republic that "Germany understands its foreign cultural politics as a contribution to crisis prevention, the protection of human rights and encouragement of freedom."
When asked whether his visit may have had the opposite effect by lending legitimacy to an oppressive regime, Mr. Gauweiler seemed surprised at the thought: "No. Why?," he answered. German language course and university exchange programs could supposedly be enjoyed by Iranian people from all different segments of society, Mr. Gauweiler claimed. Even if true, and it certainly isn't for the thousands of dissidents and persecuted minorities languishing in Iran's prisons, how studying German would improve Iran's human-rights record remains unanswered.
How were German taxpayer euros spent for the six-day trip? The legislators, which apart from Mr. Gauweiler included also Monika Grütters of Mrs. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, Luc Jochimsen from the Left Party, Claudia Roth from the Green Party, and the Social Democrat's Günter Gloser, met with Ali Larijani, the head of Iran's parliament. That's the same Larijani who at the 2009 Munich security conference caused for uproar when he said his country has "different perspectives on the Holocaust." The German law makers also met Ali Larijani's brother, Mohammad Javad Larijani, who is the head of the Iranian human-rights council. It did not seem to upset the Germans that Mohammad Larijani in 2008—during a German Foreign Ministry-sponsored event close to Berlin's Holocaust memorial, no less—denied the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction.
The German law makers also talked to Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who delivered a key speech at Tehran's 2006 Holocaust denial conference. Another dialogue partner was Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the head of Iran's parliamentary cultural committee, who famously supported Iran's fatwa calling for the murder of British novelist Salman Rushdie.
Mr. Gauweiler and his fellow travelers though found no time to publicly criticize the regime's oppression of religious and ethnic minorities, women, gays or trade unionists. There was no word of support for the Bahai, who are being persecuted for the crime of following their peaceful religion. German law makers apparently also found it impolite to publicly draw attention to the planned execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani for alleged adultery.
Instead, according to Iran's regime-controlled Press-TV, Mr. Gauweiler even complained about "Western propaganda against Tehran," and praised his hosts. "During our trip to Iran," Mr. Gauweiler was quoted as saying, "we gained useful experience on the peaceful coexistence of different religious groups within the Iranian society, which is incomparable to what is seen in other regional countries."
When asked about this quote by Der Spiegel, Mr. Gauweiler's response was not exactly an outright denial. "I am not familiar with the details of the reports . . . We have had not only good experiences with the Iranian press," before adding that "one cannot deny that Christian churches [in Iran] can follow their religion more freely than at some of our Arab allies." Sounds like Iran's state media did get the gist of Mr. Gauweiler's statements right.
And this was not an isolated trip by some renegade lawmakers. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and the German ambassador in Tehran, Bernd Erbel, facilitated the visit. Mr. Erbel is typical for Germany's not particularly "critical" dialogue with Tehran. At his appointment in 2009, shortly after the repression of the pro-democracy movement and the discovery of a new uranium enrichment plant, he said how much he was looking forward to "preserving the historical treasure of the German-Iranian friendship."
And the trips of German politicians to Iran just keep coming. Elke Hoff, a lawmaker from Mr. Westerwelle's Free Democratic Party, is slated to arrive on Nov. 20 to meet with "senior Iranian officials," the Tehran Times reports. Ms. Hoff, as the Iranian newspaper points out, is a member of the Bundestag's Defense Committee and Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. She is also member of the German-Iranian parliamentary group and serves on the board of the German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV), a pro-Iranian business trade organization. NUMOV's honorary chairman is former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who last year met President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad in Tehran to promote German-Iranian trade.
It appears that for Berlin, promoting its flourishing trade relationship with Tehran and preserving the "historical treasure of the German-Iranian friendship" trump concerns for human rights and nuclear proliferation.
Mr. Weinthal is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Swiss monument against minarets causes ‘hurt feelings’ to the Muslim minority…

by sheikyermami
… which provokes the global ummah of 1.5 gazillion peaceful Muslims to explode in a violent jihad to remedy this insolent act of non-submission by the filthy kuffars:
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bush vs. Schröder

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Observers of U.S.-German relations were probably not startled by former President Bush’s disclosure in his memoir, Decision Points, that former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder deceived the U.S. government about his pledge to support America’s toppling of Saddam's regime in Iraq.
According to Bush, Schröder told him in January 2003 that "What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you.”
Bush added, "Once that trust was violated, it was hard to have a constructive relationship again” with Schröder. Schröder violated that trust by ultimately reneging on his support for the war in Iraq.
The German chancellor responded by saying that President Bush is “not telling the truth” in his memoirs. “As we know today, the Bush administration's reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies,” added the current Gazprom oil executive Schröder, who maintains that Putin was a "flawless democrat" during his tenure as Russian president. He has also gone to great lengths to make Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad politically and socially respectable, visiting him in 2009 to expand business ties between Iran and Germany and Russia and Iran.
That explains why the late Democratic congressman Tom Lantos called Schröder a “political prostitute.”
The anti-Americanism of Schröder’s Social Democrats was captured by his former spokesman Uwe-Karsten Heye, who commented on Bush’s memoir: "We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low. For this reason it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world. He was so fixated on being a Texan.” Heye was the editor in chief of the Social Democratic newspaper Vorwärts between 2006-2010.
Schröder was arguably the most anti-American post-World War II German chancellor. His Social Democratic election campaign in the summer of 2002 revolved around a wave of mass anti-U.S. hysteria in the former East German Stalinist states. He crudely exploited the widespread radical pacifism of the population in the now defunct German Democratic Republic (and in West Germany) to garner votes for election victory.
As Malte Lehming, the opinion page editor of the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, wrote about Schröder’s red alliance with the Green party in the Wall Street Journal: “But then they saved themselves with thunderous anti-Iraq war propaganda, playing upon strong anti-American resentments.”
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Austria: Turkish ambassador to keep post

The Turkish ambassador in Vienna will not be removed from office – despite stressing he would relocate the United Nations (UN) from Vienna were he leader of the international organisation.Turkish newspapers reported today (Fri) that the country’s government had no plans to dismiss Ambassador Kadri Ecvet Tezcan. The 61-year-old took over as Turkish ambassador in Austria just one year ago, but infuriated political leaders with a string of controversial claims made in an interview with daily newspaper Die Presse earlier this week.Tezcan said children from families with a Croatian background were mostly doing better at schools in Austria "because they are welcome in the society for being Christians. Turks aren’t – that’s why they are constantly being pushed to the corners of society."The diplomat also attacked Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Interior Minister Maria Fekter. Tezcan called on Fekter to "stop interfering" in the integration process. The ambassador said it was no surprise there were just "police solutions" to the issue as long as the current interior ministry was in charge.All five parties represented in the Austrian parliament but the Greens generally criticised Tezcan for his remarks. Alexander Van der Bellen, the Green Party’s foreign affairs spokesman, however praised the ambassador for his "refreshingly undiplomatic approach" and called on political rivals to openly discuss raised issues.
austrian times

Underground Guerrillas: Review of Undercover (1943)

The subject of Undercover was the Yugoslav guerrilla movement in German-occupied Yugoslavia. There were, in fact, two rival guerrilla movements in Yugoslavia. Which one does this movie depict? The movie was produced by Sir Michael Balcon and directed by Sergei Nolbandov. The movie starred John Clements as Milosh Petrovitch, Mary Morris as Anna Petrovitch, his wife, Stephen Murray as Stephan Petrovitch, his brother, Michael Wilding as Constantine, and Stanley Baker as Petar. Clements had appeared as the Airman in H.G. Wells’ Things to Come (1936) and the 1939 classic The Four Feathers. The movie was re-released in the United States in 1944 by Columbia Pictures under the title Underground Guerrillas. The Ealing movie was similar to the 20th Century Fox wartime film Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943) made in the U.S. The plot revolves around a resistance movement that emerges in Yugoslavia after the German invasion in 1941.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

German mayor nixes ‘one-sided’ Nakba exhibit

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – The mayor of Freiburg, Dieter Salomon, pulled the plug on a Palestinian “Nakba” exhibit, which was slated to open on Friday in the local library, because “from the perspective of the city of Freiburg, the presentation is one-sided,” Edith Lamersdorf, the mayor’s spokeswoman, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.The Café Palestine group filed a law suit against the municipality, and on Wednesday a court there ruled that the exhibit can be displayed. “The exhibit does not violate penal law with regard to content and is protected by freedom of speech,” the court said in a statement.“We accept the decision,” Lamersdorf said.It is unclear why the city of Freiburg will not appeal the court's ruling.“We will show the exhibit, but we stand by what we said about the content, that it is a one-sided presentation,” Salomon told the Badische Zeitung local newspaper.“One-sided accusations and friend-foe paradigms do not promote insight into the complicated relationships in the Middle East or contribute to understanding and peaceful development in the region,” the Green Party’s Salomon said in a statement last week.“Palestinian Arabs do not appear in the presentation as responsible and active actors in this conflict. There is, for example, no discussion of the anti-Semitically motivated Arab pogroms that took place since the mid-19th century, and especially after 1945, in the Jewish settlement areas in the Arab regions. The other ‘Nakba’ [catastrophe] meant flight and expulsion for hundreds of thousands of Arab Jews, who had to leave their homes and were taken in by Israel,” the mayor said.Dr. Gabriele Weber, one of the organizers of the exhibit, told the Post on Tuesday that “there is no reason to cancel the exhibit,” because there “was an exhibit about Baden Jews who were deported” during the Holocaust, which was displayed in the city library.Freiburg is a university town in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.According to Weber, the “Israel Lobby” in Germany is responsible for the cancellation, because there is a “mechanism that applied pressure to cancel the exhibit.”Weber named the media watchdog organization Honestly Concerned, which tracks anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reports in the German media, as “part of the Israel Lobby.” She declined to provide names.Andrea Lauser, from the board of the German-Israel Friendship Society in Freiburg, told the Post that “‘Israel Lobby’ is a typical term that is applied in an anti-Semitic manner to show that the Jewish state is behind everything.”The society did not play a role in the removal of the exhibit; the city of Freiburg initiated the cancellation of the slanted pro-Palestinian exhibit, Lauser said.Elisabeth Burkard and Ursula Fiedler, also from the Friendship Society’s board, said in a statement that the society “is relieved that the city of Freiburg has canceled the exhibition ‘The Nakba – Flight and Expulsion of the Palestinians 1948’ at the city library. The cancellation was explained by the fact that the exhibit would have ignored historic facts and replaced them with emotions that incite hatred and deepen the gulf between Israelis and Arabs.”Weber, a leading member of the group Café Palestine, cast doubt on Israel’s right to exist and moderated and supported a conference in Stuttgart whose program stated: “We want to investigate the one-state solution, which we consider to be a realistic and humane model,” according to the local newspaper Der Sonntag.
Weber told the Post that her “husband is Palestinian.”Pro-Israel observers welcomed Salomon’s decision as an important effort to counter growing hatred of the Jewish state and attempts to delegitimize Israel in Germany.Salomon further justified the decision to not show the exhibit by saying, “Also unmentioned is the fact that Hitlerite Germany wanted to prevent the founding of the State of Israel and thus closely cooperated with the Palestinian Arabs, above all with the spiritual and political leader and grand mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Amin al-Husseini, and supported him both ideologically and substantively. And there is no mention of the fact that the neighboring Arab states called on the Palestinians to evacuate the battle areas before the attack on Israel in 1948. For decades, the Palestinian refugees have constituted political pawns, serving the Arab states as political and moral leverage against Israel.”
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Europe's most dangerous man

In a series of interviews and statements, Schäuble has openly criticised the United States over its trade policy proposals and the Fed’s new round of ‘quantitative easing’. He has also confronted his European colleagues with his hard stance on further bailouts within the eurozone. Schäuble’s bluntness may be unusual on the international stage, especially as it comes from one of Germany’s most experienced politicians. This makes it all the more hazardous, not least for the future of the euro.
Public servants working for the federal government in Berlin have long known that their finance minister takes no prisoners. He is famously as tough with himself as he is with others.
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The Hour of the Hanging Judges: Demonizing Israel and Pretending It Is Ordinary Criticism

By Barry Rubin
This is getting to be a pretty common kind of story. The mayor of Frankfurt invites a Jewish intellectual whose family left Germany in 1932 to speak on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. The problem is that this man, Alfred Grosser, is a ferocious critic of Israel.Grosser claims the Gaza Strip is a concentration camp (possibly true, but if so it is a concentration camp owned and run by Hamas); calls for ending Israel as a Jewish state; urges Germany to be more critical of Israel; and blames Israeli policies (rather than the deliberate lies about them) are responsible for increasing antisemitism (isn’t that what George Soros said?)
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Kosovo Albanian politician threatens debaters with a gun

Leader of the Kosovo Albanian political party of Dardania, Gani Geci seen in the photo, broke into the studio of the TV Klan with a gun in his hand issuing threats to the political opponents with whom he was suppose to have a televised debate as part of the election campaign among separatist Albanian parties in Kosovo.
“The show Debate Zone was stopped because of the attack by Gani Geci who violently stopped the show and precluded the partaking of representatives of other parties,” said TV Klan statement.
After the incident, the “police” came to the scene and nothing happened.
Geci is a rival to Thaci with bad blood among them.
Although a member of the terrorist Albanian KLA, Geci was a target of an assassination attempt in 2001 when an ambush on his car near village of Laush killed his companion Bekim Kastrati, a reporter for Boka Sot.
The assassination attempt came after Kastrati wrote about KLA atrocities, especially KLA rapes of Albanian women. Kastrati’s text showed evidence that Hashim Thaci and his deputy Suleyman Selimi known as the Sultan, organized rape attacks on Albanian women. Western media and some “scholars” in the US blame Serbs for these rapes.
Selimi is now the chief commander of the NATO-sponsored Security force of Kosovo.
Geci later testified to the EULEX deputies and the testimony led to an arrest of the Albanian assassin, Nazim Blace, who admitted of being a hired killer for Thaci and the KLA.
M. Bozinovich Blog

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Jewish Critic of Israel Chosen to Speak at Frankfurt’s Kristallnacht Commemoration

Picture: Mr Grosser and the German minister Mr Schäuble, two persons with the same ideology
The keynote address at Tuesday’s commemoration of the pogrom at Paulskirche, a former church in Frankfurt that is a symbol of German democracy, will be delivered by Alfred Grosser, who was born in the city 85 years ago, before fleeing to France with his family at the age of 8. Last year, he published a book called “From Auschwitz to Jerusalem,” in which he suggested that Germany was not critical enough of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians because of the legacy of the Holocaust.
“From the German side they don’t say anything because of Auschwitz,” Mr. Grosser told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle last year. He added, “When the Israelis want something from the Germans, they like to remind them of Auschwitz.”
Mr. Grosser, a retired professor of political science who was considered one of the architects of postwar reconciliation between France and Germany, also said last year that he was pro-Palestinian, “because the Palestinians are despised, are occupied, and I think that the majority of Israel’s citizens despise Palestinians.”
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Wilders accuses Merkel of copying his politics

by sheikyermami
She would like to pick and chose, but hijack his agenda? No. Merkel simply hasn’t got what it takes:
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders says German Chancellor Angela Merkel is copying his politics. In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, the anti-Islamic MP said Chancellor Merkel is scared that a charismatic figure able to attract 20 percent of the vote will emerge in Germany.
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Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Visits Gaza With a Bleeding Heart For “Palistanians”- elevates Hamas to status of ”government”


Picture: Titanic
German Foreign Minister Westerwelle calls Gaza blockade “unacceptable”
GAZA CITY (BNO NEWS) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (a homosexual who -somehow- realized that its not cool to take his boyfriend along to Mohammedan countries) during his visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday criticized the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the region, calling it unacceptable.
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Austria: Majority oppose Turkish EU move, study shows

Fewer than one out of five Austrians want Turkey to join the European Union, new research has shown.A poll presented by the Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGfE) today (Mon) shows that 17 per cent of Austrians would welcome the accession of Turkey, while the vast majority of 69 per cent were found being against such a development.Turkish leaders have held talks with representatives of the European Union (EU) about becoming its 28th member for years.Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said on a recent visit to the country he "appreciated" that Turkey and the EU have been holding negotiations about the country’s possible accession – but stressed these talks were "open-ended". Spindelegger, who has spoken out in favour of faster moving accession talks between Serbia and the EU, added Austria may hold a referendum on a possible joining of Turkey.Many political decision-makers across Europe have shown growing hesitation on speaking out in favour of Turkey joining the EU, while the number of those backing a so-called privileged partnership is rising.
Austrian Times

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Diplomat knocks Frankfurt mayor for honoring anti-Zionist: French academic Grosser plans to bash Israel during speech at Kristallnacht commemoration

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN – The city of Frankfurt’s decision to honor French academic Alfred Grosser “casts an unfortunate and unnecessary shadow on the event” to commemorate the persecution of Jews in Germany because his views “regarding the State of Israel are illegitimate and immoral,” Emmanuel Nahshon, the deputy chief of mission for the Israeli Embassy in Germany, said on Thursday.Mayor Petra Roth defended her invitation to Grosser to deliver a speech at next week’s commemoration of Kristallnacht, a wave of state-sponsored violence against German Jews on November 9, 1938.In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, Nahshon said Grosser’s “extreme opinions are tainted by self-hatred.”The Israeli Embassy has gone on the offensive to counter the growing efforts in Germany to delegitimize the Jewish state.German governments – including local and regional ones – frequently give anti-Zionist and anti-Israel Jews prizes and speaking engagements to vent criticism of Israel. Last year, then- German president Horst Köhler issued the Federal Merit Cross, one of the country’s most prestigious awards, to Israeli lawyer Felicia Langer, who has equated Israel with Nazi Germany and the South African apartheid regime.Speaking from France, Grosser, a sociologist, political scientist and historian born to a German- Jewish family in Frankfurt in 1925, told the Post in a telephone interview that he stands by his statement that “criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism have nothing to do with each other.It is rather Israel’s policies that promote anti-Semitism globally.”Grosser has compared his treatment by the Nazis in the early 1930s with Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. His family fled to France in 1933.The “Palestinians are despised by Israel” and Israel has “no feeling for [the] suffering in Gaza and in the territories,” He told the Post.“It’s all about understanding the suffering of others,” he said.“This understanding generally does not exist on the part of Jews.”Grosser said he plans to “criticize” Israel during his speech on Tuesday and to reference Theodor Herzl in saying that there should be “no discrimination by sex and religion” in Israel.The speaking invitation has frayed relations between the city of Frankfurt and Germany’s Jewish community. The Central Council of Jews in Germany called for Grosser to be disinvited.The Frankfurt Jewish community issued a statement, saying, “In recent years, he has represented escalating positions that are unacceptable for us.”The Frankfurt Jewish community wrote that Grosser has issued a sweeping attack on the Central Council of Jews in Germany – the main umbrella organization for Germany’s 106,000 Jews. According to members of the Jewish community there, the Haifa-born Dieter Graumann and Salomon Korn, both vice presidents of the Central Council and residents of Frankfurt, plan to attend the Kristallnacht event but to walk out if Grosser engages in tirades against Israel.Grosser previously called the Central Council one of the “worst” defenders of Israel because Graumann, who is expect to be the next president of the organization, and the Council have labeled outbreaks of hatred in Germany against Israel as anti-Semitic.In a letter to Mayor Roth, Stephan J. Kramer, the generalsecretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, wrote that “Grosser does not tire of equating the situation of the Palestinian population with the fate of millions of Jewish men, women and children during the Shoah... and for this reason plays down the Holocaust and the unspeakable suffering of the victims of National Socialism.”Kramer added that a speech from Mr. Grosser at this location on this occasion is “impious and raises doubt about the until now authentic engagement of the city of Frankfurt.”Roth has refused to withdraw the invitation to Grosser. In a statement issued on Thursday, she said, “I am especially happy about the growing relations with our partner city Tel Aviv and the many personal contacts with people in Israel. Precisely from this history grows Germany’s special responsibility for the security of Israel. Israel has my personal unconditional solidarity as well as that of the city of Frankfurt.”
Roth defended Grosser’s invitation to speak because of efforts to promote “international goodwill,” particularly between Germany and France.She declined to answer queries from the Post about why the city intends to honor a known Israel-basher and did not specifically respond to the criticisms of diplomat Nahshon.Grosser, professor emeritus at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and a former research and studies director at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques, frequently voices his anti-Israeli positions in the German media and academic journals.In 2008, a B’nai B’rith official testified on Grosser’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments in Berlin at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. According to the OSCE hearing in the German Bundestag, Grosser’s statements could be construed as meeting the European Union’s definition of contemporary anti-Semitism.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Aiman Mazyek; STFU!

by sheikyermami
The soldiers of Allah hate it, hate it (!) when the kafirs smell the coffee:
“German Muslim leader worried over growing anti-Islam hysteria”
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Germany: Police arrest Islamist bomb threat suspect

German police arrested a man on Friday over videos published on the Internet threatening bomb attacks unless an Islamist jailed earlier this year is released, authorities said.
The man, who has not been named, was arrested in Neunkirchen in western Germany. Police were due to release more details at a news conference at around 4:00 pm.Last month, three videos appeared on the Internet calling for Daniel Schneider to be released or sent to Afghanistan by the end of November. If not, the videos warned of bomb attacks in Germany.A German convert to Islam, Schneider was one of four members of the so-called Sauerland cell jailed in March for a thwarted plot to attack US soldiers and civilians in Germany.Schneider, who was jailed for 12 years, released a statement through his lawyer distancing himself from the videos and saying he did not know who was behind them.News of the arrest came as two people went on trial in Berlin for allegedly disseminating Islamic extremist propaganda on the Internet and raising funds for banned groups.One of those on trial was Filiz Gelowicz, 29, the wife of another member of the Sauerland cell, Fritz Gelowicz. She appeared in court wearing an Islamic dress covering everything except her eyes.The other defendant was named only as Alican T., 21. The two were charged in August.
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Vienna: 38% of Muslim youth think Hitler did a lot of good

The Austrian Institute for Youth Culture Research recently polled 400 youth (16-19 years old) in Vienna on politics, antisemitism, sexuality and ring-wing radicalism. In addition they polled 80 Turkish and Arab youth.
They found the following:
* 37.9% of Turkish and Arab youth (14% of all youth) agree that 'Hitler had done a lot of good for the people'. 17.6% of all immigrants agree, as do 21.3% of Freedom Party (FPÖ) youth. More than 70% of all youth disagreed.* 45% of Turkish and Arabic youth (15% of all youth) say that 'Jews have too much influence on international finance'.* 35% of Turkish and Arab youth (22% of all youth) said homosexuality was 'an unnatural way of life'.Youth researcher Bernhard Heinzlmaier says that the problem of sexist, antisemitic and radical right-wing attitudes is still widespread among Vienna youth, and there's no reason to point fingers at the immigrants, rather it's necessary to see the problem, discuss it and deal with it.He says the reason for such views among immigrants are obvious: the youth live in an authoritarian-patriarchal environment and have fewer problems with dictatorships.
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Friday, November 05, 2010

German Public Broadcasters Promote Newspaper of Controversial Muslim Publisher

Abu Bakr Rieger regretted lack of “thoroughness” of Holocaust, defends “justified doubts” about the “official version” of 9/11 attacks
By JOHN ROSENTHAL
Last month, the joint “Media Academy” of Germany’s two public television networks, ARD and ZDF, hosted a three-day seminar in Wiesbaden on the topic of “Islam in the Media and in Society.” As reported in Germany’s Islamische Zeitung, or “Islamic Newspaper,” the final day of the seminar featured presentations by representatives of the Turkish newspaper Zaman and the Islamische Zeitung itself. According to the account in the Islamische Zeitung, the newspaper representatives...
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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Germany: Muslims want immigrant quota in public service

Germany’s top Muslim group called on Thursday for an immigrant quota in public services such as the police and the bureaucracy.Central Council of Muslims chairman Aiman Mazyek told Thursday’s edition of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that people with foreign names and immigration backgrounds were often passed over for public service jobs despite having the same or even better qualifications than native German candidates.A quota would be an appropriate way to level the playing field, he said.Germany’s police forces had already opened themselves up to immigrants, which had benefited the services – and could be improved with quotas – he said.“Why should the experiences of the police not be applied elsewhere?” Mazyek asked.His remarks followed a national “integration summit” held on Wednesday and attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel, immigrant community leaders – including Mazyek – and state and municipal officials.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dershowitz: Goldstone follow-up commission head a ‘bigot'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL AND JONNY PAUL
UN Watch urges Christian Tomuschat to resign; German law professor says writings reflect view Israel is bound by int'l law like any other country.
Legal experts in the United States and a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization are criticizing and questioning the credentials of the German law professor appointed to implement the findings of the UN’s Goldstone Report.Christian Tomuschat, a German jurist and academic from Humboldt University in Berlin, has been appointed to implement the findings of the controversial report which accused Israel of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead.UN Watch, an NGO that monitors bias at the UN, issued a scathing report last month questioning the impartiality of the Tomuschat Committee, accusing the German jurist of prejudice after he penned an essay in 2007 comparing Israel’s actions during the Second Lebanon War to “the barbarism which was the particular hallmark of World War II.”The 30-page UN Watch report – based on Tomuschat’s legal writings in German and English – noted that “Professor Tomuschat’s extensive record of prejudicial actions and statements gives rise to actual bias, or the perception of bias.”
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Germany’s Freiheit Party Joins the Fray

by Daniel Pipes
A new German political party, Die Freiheit (The Freedom), had its inaugural meeting on October 28 in Berlin. I was in town, so its leadership invited me to be the only non-member of the nascent party to witness and report on its founding constituent assembly.
As a reminder of how freedoms have eroded in Europe in this age of Islamist terror, a political party that resists Islamization and supports Israel cannot come into existence in broad daylight. So, like the other 50-plus attendees, I learned of the event’s time and location only shortly before it took place. For good measure, the organizers operated undercover; the hotel management only knew of a board election for an innocuously named company. Even now, for security reasons, I cannot mention the hotel’s name.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Germany: Minister criticizes Muslim youths for hostility towards Germans

German Family Minister Kristina Schroeder on Tuesday criticized Muslim youths for displaying hostility towards Germans.'Such abuse is unfortunately commonplace amongst youths in certain areas - in the school yard, but also in the underground,' Schroeder told daily tabloid Bild.'We are dealing with fundamentally hostile attitudes towards other groups - particularly against Germans and Christians,' the minister continued, adding, 'We need to act as decisively against this as against xenophobia.'(...)Schroeder emphasised that she was criticizing a small group of Muslim youths, and said their hostile behaviour was down to 'poor education and bad friends, as well as macho norms and family violence.'
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German speaking countries: Muslims are welcome!

The leaders of four German-speaking countries on Monday proclaimed Muslim immigrants as being welcome in their nations, as long as they learn to speak the language and adapt to local customs.German President Christian Wulff, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Swiss President Doris Leuthard and Prince Alois of Liechtenstein made the comments at the end of an informal annual meeting in Germany's Baltic port of Luebeck.(...)
'However, we do expect a willingness to adapt to the law and customs of the host country. That includes learning the language,' said Leuthard, whose nation last year voted in a referendum to ban minarets when new mosques are built.
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Monday, November 01, 2010

Mainz, Germany – Molotov Cocktail Against Synagogue

A petrol bomb which was thrown towards a brand-new synagogue in Germany hit a tree and did no damage, police said Sunday.
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