Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Germany: Hamburg Islamist to Stand Trial

In the beautiful new world of Ahmad Wali Sidiqi, there were no more bills to pay. Rent, electricity, even weddings -- the "baet-ul-mal," or people's treasury, paid for all of these things for him and the others. And thanks to his computer skills, he even had his own office and staff working for him, he bragged in a telephone conversation. When his father asked about his health in a conversation in February 2010, he replied that where he was now living, "there is a cure for all illnesses." For the family, which lived in a high-rise apartment development in Hamburg, it sounded as if Sidiqi had discovered a sort of Islamic Shangri-La in the Hindu Kush region, a paradise on earth.
But the world intelligence agents reconstructed, with the help of wiretapped telephone conversations and statements Sidiqi made later on, was completely different. It was dusty and bleak, full of hardships, threats and arduous training. It was the world of the terrorist training camps run by al-Qaida and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), where Sidiqi learned the art of killing. In fact, for Sidiqi, life in the training camps was more hell than heaven. He was afflicted by a knee injury, and he also contracted malaria.
The Higher Regional Court in the western German city of Koblenz will address this reality on March 19. The case against the 37-year-old German of Afghan descent will revolve primarily around al-Qaida attack plans that triggered a wave of terror alerts in Europe. In the fall of 2010, the German interior minister at the time, Thomas de Maiziere, stood in front of the TV cameras and explained, with great concern, that terrorists were planning an attack in Germany "before the end of November." De Maiziere sent armed federal police officers to airports and train stations, and he had barriers erected around the Reichstag, the building in Berlin where the German parliament meets.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

German soccer body rails against anti-Semitism

A small group of fans verbally abuse Itay Shechter, calling him "dirty Jew," gesturing at him with Nazi salute; incident sparks wave of criticism in German media.
BERLIN - Germany's football federation (DFB) announced Tuesday that it will not tolerate anti-Semitic or racist attacks, after a small group of people verbally abused Israeli player Itay Shechter during a Kaiserslautern training session earlier in the week.

Right-wing extremist soccer hooligans called Israeli soccer player, Itay Shechter, a "dirty Jew" on Sunday. The outbreak of anti-Semitism in the soccer stadium prompted a wave of criticism and coverage in the German media.

The incident took place on Sunday, a day after relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern's 4-0 defeat at Mainz 05 left them in 17th place, level on points with bottom-placed Freiburg.

A small group of people attended training, shouted anti-Semitic insults at Schechter and gestured at him with the Nazi salute. A few hundred fans had met with players and officials to discuss the club's sporting situation.

"Together with the president we want to underline that the DFB will not tolerate such actions and we must act decisively," Wolfgang Niersbach, who will take over from DFB boss Theo Zwanziger next month, told reporters. "Racism and anti-Semitism have no place in football. We must defend ourselves against this and we hope that the authorities chase up this incident."

Alex Feuerherdt, a German journalist who reports on anti-Semitism in the field of soccer, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that "anti-Semitism in German soccer is still a serious problem. While the number of anti-Semitic and racist incidents in games in the top German leagues of the Bundesliga as a whole has dropped, there continues to be anti-Semitic incidents in the second league and in amateur soccer, particularly in East Germany." He said the word "Jew" is used with the intention of insult.

According to Feuerherdt, the "example of Kaiserslautern has now shown that anti-Semitism is an entirely serious problem at the highest league." Feuerherdt, who referees German soccer matches, said the German soccer federation (DFB) stresses that its regional and state clubs are strictly against anti-Semitism and racism and rigorously act against it. But in practice, noted Feuerherdt, the federation does too little and its penalties are too mild." Campaigns against anti-Semitism are not useful when there are no consequences," he said

According to German media reports on Monday, the police, who were present on the game, did not eject the participants due to "deescalation reasons." It is unclear why the police retreated and did not intervene at the scene of the alleged crime. German police frequently employ a deescalation strategy to combat protests. Critics see the tactic as a way to tolerate greater violence and allow perpetrators to escape prosecution. German journalist Feuerherdt said it is "completely inexplicable that the police did not intervene. He said the police should have intervened when the hooligans called Schechter a "dirty Jew."

Police have launched an investigation to identify those involved, while the club - which has called on fans to help identify the people involved - condemned the incident saying those responsible were not football fans.

"The players understood the feelings, views and fears of the fans," Kaiserslautern chairman Stefan Kuntz said on Tuesday at a meeting with the Kaiserslautern fans.

"As a conclusion, it is this meeting with 300 club fans that should be in focus and not the inexcusable behavior of a handful of radicals," said Kuntz.

Stefan Frank, a German journalist who has written about modern anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that many of the anti-Semitic slurs and racist comments are heard not in the stadiums of the professional clubs but on the way to the stadiums in trains and other forms of public transportation.

Frank noted that rule Number 58 of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Disciplinary Code, says "anyone who offends the dignity of a person or group of persons through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions concerning race, color, language, religion or origin" can face sanctions.

The display of Nazi symbols is banned in Germany and there have been growing concerns since the revelations last November that an extremist right-wing cell calling itself the Nationalist Socialist Underground lay behind the killings of 10 people, eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman.

Germany's Nazi past makes right-wing militancy a particularly sensitive subject in the country. Experts have long warned of extremism among disenchanted young people in eastern regions of the country where unemployment is high and job prospects poor.

"The club's fan representatives want to distance themselves from any racist, discriminatory or anti-Semitic comments of any kind," Kaiserslautern fan clubs said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
Read more: jpost

Germany: Court rules rapid euro crisis group illegal

Germany's top court ruled on Tuesday that a small fast-track committee set up to approve emergency steps for fighting the eurozone crisis was illegal.
The Federal Constitutional Court in the south-western city of Karlsruhe decided the nine-member body violated the rights of the 611 other Bundestag lawmakers, chief justice Andreas Vosskuhle said.Budgetary policy, which includes decisions about the euro since it involves public money, "is the responsibility of the whole Bundestag", Vosskuhle said, adding the committee therefore constituted unfair treatment.However, the judges did concede that decisions about the buying of sovereign bonds on the markets could be made by the nine-member body because of the need for confidentiality.The Bundestag created the panel, comprised of members of all the parties in parliament, in October, with the aim of enabling Germany to take quicker action to fight the crisis.In particular, it was to have made decisions on the use of the EFSF bailout fund for debt-wracked European nations after the fund's head, Klaus Regling, insisted on Germany creating a rapid-response body to head off turmoil while markets await action.Depending on the urgency of the measures, the entire Bundestag, the 41-member budgetary committee or the nine-member panel would have been tasked with providing approval.But two opposition MPs filed a complaint to stop the nine-member body from taking any decisions on the European rescue fund arguing it infringed their parliamentary rights.

Germany: Fans gave Nazi salute to Israeli soccer player

The German soccer team Kaiserslautern has reported a group of fans to police for allegedly giving Nazi salutes to an Israeli player.
The struggling Bundesliga club says the salutes toward striker Itay Shechter were made during practice Sunday, one day after a 4-0 loss at Mainz dropped Kaiserslautern to next to last.
Kaiserslautern says fewer than 10 people took part, and they belong to a group of hooligans that has been banned from games for years.
The club has asked police to investigate and possibly file charges and has urged fans to identify the perpetrators. The team adds says in a statement it "distances itself expressly from any form of racism, discrimination or anti-Semiticism."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Former German president honors ‘anti-Semitic’ pastor

Row goes straight to heart of Germany’s willingness, especially among prominent former politicians, to confront, combat anti- Semitism.
BERLIN – Despite weeks of international and German-based protest letters and statements from Christian and Jewish NGOs, Roman Herzog, the former president of the Federal Republic of Germany, defied his critics and on Friday delivered a keynote speech in praise of a fiercely anti-Israel Palestinian Lutheran pastor.Critics see the dispute as more than a mere spat over political opinions. The row goes straight to the heart of Germany’s willingness, especially among prominent former politicians, to confront and combat modern anti-Semitism.The Bethlehem-based pastor Mitri Raheb, who studied in Germany, advocates boycott measures against Israel and an extremist form of Christian liberation theology that seeks to deny Jewish sovereignty in Israel.Writing in last week’s mass-circulation Berlin daily BZ, the popular columnist Gunnar Schupelius slammed Raheb’s hostility to Israel. Based on his meeting with Raheb in Bethlehem several years ago, Schupelius observed how he met a pastor who delivered a “one-hour tirade against Israel.” His “wild look and tone could not be separated from hate. His words corresponded to half-truths or no truths at all.”Schupelius, one of the few journalists in Germany to critically scrutinize Raheb’s statements, added that the pastor has frequently used inflammatory language. According to Schupelius’s account, Raheb “compared Israel’s security wall between Israel and West Jordan with the Berlin Wall. He did not mention that many children, women and men were murdered in Israel before the wall was built.” The German columnist wrote that Raheb “compared Israel with the racist state of South Africa during the time of apartheid.”Schupelius wrote, “No, this pastor does not belong to those who work with Israel for peace.”The German NGO Media Control defended its award to Raheb because he created “places of meeting” in Bethlehem and “an alternative to violence and radicalization.”Herzog refused to respond to The Jerusalem Post’s queries in advance of the event. According to a report in a German Christian online news outlet, Christliches Medienmagazin, Herzog commented on the controversy in his keynote speech, saying that Christian-Jewish organizations asked him to not attend the award ceremony. Herzog added that other groups opposed the Christian-Jewish groups. As a result, he did not want to intervene and decided to appear.German-Israeli friendship societies protested to Herzog that he had spoken against anti-Semitism but intended to honor a pastor who stokes Jew-hatred and seeks to strip Israel of its legitimacy. Herzog declined to comment on the apparent disconnect between his rhetoric and action to honor Raheb.Gottfried Bühler, the head of the German section of the Jerusalem-based International Christian Embassy, urged Herzog not to attend and to ensure that the award ceremony not honor Raheb because the pastor “throws oil into the fire of the Middle East conflict with his radical theological views” and “rejects Israel’s right to exist.” Bühler wrote that Raheb “represents anti-Semitic intentions” with his views.The German Coordination Board of the Associations for Christian-Jewish Cooperation (DKR), charged Raheb with reviving “hostile stereotypes toward Jews” in a letter several weeks ago. Ricklef Münnich, the head of the DKR, issued a fresh statement on Thursday, detailing the reasons why Raheb “is not a promoter of peace.” Bühler sharply criticized Raheb for asserting that “Israel’s occupation is to blame for the root of all evil” in the region. Bühler wrote that Raheb ignores the fact that young Christians are leaving Muslim-dominated areas and slams Raheb for shifting the blame to Israel. The head of the German section of the ICEJ notes that there are no Israeli soldiers in control in Bethlehem.Israel, in contrast to the West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip, has experienced a growth of its Christian population. Arab Christians are fleeing Muslim-majority countries because of heightened persecution.Raheb told German news outlets that he is a victim of “right-wing Christian Zionists” in Germany.The pressure on Herzog’s to change his decision was hamstrung because there is little appetite for confronting contemporary Palestinian anti-Semitism in Germany, according to observers. Leading former politicians in Germany have frequently aligned themselves with pro- Palestinian positions. Last year, former German president Richard von Weizsäcker joined former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in a petition to call on the EU to sanction Israel for settlement construction in the disputed territories. Both Schmidt, from the Social Democratic party, and von Weizsäcker, from the Christian Democratic Union party, served in Hitler’s army as young men.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Merkel's Switch to Renewables: Rising Energy Prices Endanger German Industry

Last spring, Chancellor Angela Merkel set Germany on course to eliminate nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources. Now, though, several industries are suffering as electricity prices rapidly rise. Many companies are having to close factories or move abroad.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

EU: Plurality see Islam as threat to identity

French polling agency IFOP published the results of a survey on Europeans and Islam. The survey 'How Europeans see Islam' was conducted April 9-18, 2011 through online questionnaires in Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK, with relatively low samples of 600-800 people in every country.In those four countries, a plurality think that the presence of a Muslim community in their country represents a threat for their country's identity (47% in the UK, 44% in the Netherlands, 40% in Germany, 42% in France). In France and more so in the UK, a higher proportion of youth under 35 tended to regard the presence of Muslims as a factor of cultural enrichment. In Germany the Netherlands the youth were more critical of Islam then those over 35.But IFOP says the results hide a more nuanced reality: more than 50% said they either thought the Muslim community was an enriching factor (19% in the UK and Netherlands, 24% in Germany, 22% in France) or that it was neither option (34% in the UK, 37% in the Netherlands, 36% in Germany and France .

Friday, February 24, 2012

Germany: Muslims Displeased New President is Not a Muslim

Wulff the reach-out man: Wulff reached out to Muslims during his 20-month presidency whereas Gauck has been silent about accommodating Islam in Germany’s heritage, telling one interviewer that integration was not about Muslim or foreign identity but only about helping the have-nots.
“We are naturally hoping that Gauck will continue the integration efforts of his predecessor which gave Muslims the feeling they belonged in Germany,” said Ali Kizilkaya, a member of the Turkish Milli Görüs Nazis and chairman of the Council of Muslims, in remarks to appear in the newspaper Tagesspiegel.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Germany: The Dangerous Success of Radical Young Clerics

None of his words are arbitrary. It is a show he has performed many times before. Sheikh Abdul Adhim knows which verses of the Koran appeal to his listeners, and which subjects they want to hear about. "Satan will tempt you with money and drugs" he tells the faithful at Berlin's Al-Nur Mosque. "Only faith in Allah can protect you." The members of the congregation nod. "No one preaches as beautifully as Abdul Adhim," they say.
The 34-year-old Berliner is the most prominent figure in a community of young, radical imams who are gaining importance among German Muslims. They appear in mosques and civic centers, they live in cities like Frankfurt, Bonn and Mönchengladbach, and the Internet is their most important platform. Web-based videos have meant a rapid increase in both popularity and influence in the community. Hundreds of followers regularly make the pilgrimage to Adhim's live rallies, or to those held by 33-year-old Pierre Vogel, from the town of Frechen near Cologne.
Supporters of these young imams say that they are reaching youth who would otherwise be lost to the streets. Critics, however, see men like Adhim and Vogel as foes of democracy, because of the strictly conservative form of Islam they preach. Many are Salafists, adherents of a fundamentalist movement that strictly follows the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Salafists reject innovation, frown on interactions with infidels and believe that the only legitimate laws come from God.
Political Salafism, the fastest-growing radical Islamic movement in Germany, primarily attracts second and third generation immigrants. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence agency, estimates that there are 3,000 to 5,000 Salafists in Germany. The Berlin arm of the BfV has warned that their ideology is almost identical to that of the al-Qaida terrorist network. The debate over how society should deal with the Islamist agitators has re-intensified after Arid U., the man who killed two American servicemen at the Frankfurt Airport in 2011, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month. The man reportedly had ties to Salafism.
Followers of Salafist imams consist mainly of "young men, usually unstable individuals from broken families, who are especially likely to have a criminal record," says Mathilde Koller, the head of the BfV branch in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. "For young people who are seeking guidance, contact with imams of this sort can be the first step down a slippery slope to Islamist violence," says Rauf Ceylan, an expert on religion from the northwestern city of Osnabrück. According to Boris Rhein, the interior minister of the state of Hesse and a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), almost all violence-prone jihadists known to German authorities can be linked to Salafist imams.
But German authorities, from local and state officials to Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, are unsure what to do about the Salafists. So far, their strategy has been to keep a close watch on them, issue warnings and, if necessary, ban them. As yet, however, there has been no effective effort to examine the motives of those young Muslims flocking to the sermons of imams like Adhim and Vogel.

Iran dodges oil embargo using Swiss office

Iran’s state-owned oil company, Naftiran Intertrade Company (Nico), may be able to get around EU sanctions by continuing to trade from an office in the canton of Vaud, according to a Swiss media report.
The company is able to trade from its office in Pouilly because Switzerland does not fall under the EU oil embargo that was adopted in January, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported.
The local Jersey government recently pressured Nico to give up its Channel Island office because of its relationship to the Iranian state. It is unclear whether Switzerland will follow suit.
The Federal Council has decided not to take immediate action and is waiting for EU guidance.
National Council member Liliane Maury Pasquier, from the Social Democratic Party, thinks it unnecessary for Switzerland to follow the EU ruling when it is not required to do so.
“If it came from the UN, that would be something different,” she said.
But others disagree.
“We should follow the EU embargo against Iran in order to give a clear sign that we are against the development of nuclear weapons,” Luc Recordon, member of the Green Party, told Tages Anzeiger.
Iran’s talks with the UN failed on Tuesday night, following Iran’s refusal to allow inspectors access to the Parchin military base.
“No obstacle can stop Iran's nuclear work,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced on Tuesday on Iranian state television.
The EU slapped an embargo on Iran's oil exports in Januery as part of a package of new sanctions aimed at blocking funds for Tehran's suspect nuclear drive and pressing it to return to talks.
The oil ban, along with sanctions against Iran's central bank and other measures, came amid mounting concerns of confrontation after the UN atomic agency reported Tehran was inching ever closer to building a nuclear bomb.
Iran expressed defiance in the face of the sanctions by declaring no more crude was being exported to France, Britain and several other EU countries, in retaliation for the EU-wide ban on its oil that will come into full effect from July 1st.

Germany: Anti-Islamization float in carnival

A papier-mache frog with the text on its tongue 'Islamization' and a butterfly with 'Arab Spring' on a float is pictured during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf on Feb. 20, 2012.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Europe: A Tale of Three Presidents

by Peter Martino
Europe's presidents usually do not figure much in the press. Last week, however, was exceptional. Two presidents whom most people outside their own countries had never heard of made the international headlines: President Karolos Papoulias of Greece, and President Christian Wulff of Germany. Last week was also the week in which French President Nicolas Sarkozy of France officially announced that he will stand for reelection.
Unlike in the U.S., in most European countries the head of state is not the head of the government. The kings and queens of the various European monarchies have only limited political powers, and the functions they fulfill are mostly ceremonial. With the exception of France, Europe's presidents have also mainly ceremonial functions, while the political leaders of their countries are the prime ministers or, in Germany's case, the chancellor.

Croatian communists, sexual perverts ruled Serbs

If one is to listen to the WWII stories of the Serb Chetniks, many of them retell that Tito’s communists were never fighters, no patriots but just bunch of womanizing hoodlums who loved banditry.
One hears how Serb girls were swayed by an accordian-playing drifters who came to the village, singing songs, whose motivation is to have sex with as many innocent Serbian girls as they could. Nazis and liberty were secondary.
Many Serb girls, after being attracted then hoisted by many communist perverts, elected to commit suicide rather then be alive amongst the perverts who have been hoisting them. Some of those girls elected to drop themselves, alive, with bombs, on German tanks, not that she loved the “fatherland” as communists afterwards sang the song about her, but to save herself some humility because too many communists hoisted her for her to feel any other man would desire her as his companion.
My father, a ten-year old shepherd who watched his sheep and cows and whom Germans shot in the eye, tells me that communists always came with an orchestra while Chetniks came with guns, ready to fight Germans.
My mother tells me the drama of a “partizan” who was hiding in the mountain, but sent his accordion man to test Serb females in her village so him and his communists could do them.
Communists, the bandits of WWII, were led by a Croatian Tito, and he himself is said to be a pervert to whom countless females were brought so he can do them.
Once Tito became a “statesman”, with help of Washington, Tito, it is said, also screwed Indira Ghandi and Bandaranaike, rumors unconfirmed but ones that anyone in the former Yugoslavia knew because Tito and Bandaranaike spent days after days together supposedly planning the “nonaligned” movement.
This weekend, though, we hear that Tito, the Croatian leader of the Yugoslav communists, was in fact, a bisexual pervert who, unsatisfied that he was able to hoist up endless amount of Serbian women, went up to his capos and demanded they share their wives with him.
Croatian media says that Tito proposed to his first in command, Slovenian Edvard Kardelj, to bring his wife over so them three could fornicate one another. Presumably, Tito wanted to also hoist up Kardelj.
Kardelj refused but none of that makes a difference because it shows that sexual perverts and bandits, indeed, were the leaders of the communist takeover in Serbia and that Serbs had have to endure the dictatorship of banditry, thanks to the West – America and NATO – who endorsed Tito and betrayed General Mihailovich and paved the way for the communist sexual perverts and bandits to decide over the Serbian country, life and the church.
M Bozinovich

Austrian Jewry gets new leader

VIENNA – With Oskar Deutsch slated to be elected president of Austria’s Jewish community on Tuesday evening, a new generation will take over the reins.Deutsch will become the first president born in the country after World War II of the roughly 8,000-member community. The departure of his predecessor, Dr. Ariel Muzicant, who was born in Haifa in 1952 and served as president for 14 years, has brought a mix of transition and continuity.Seated in a Vienna restaurant, Deutsch told The Jerusalem Post ahead of the election that he “it is very important for me to maintain the unified Jewish community.” Austrian Jewry encompasses members from Central Asia, Georgia, Russia, Israel, Hungary and Western Europe.Deutsch has served the community for the past 14 years as vice president, and has been active in it for 20. He played a key role in organizing the 2011 European Maccabiah Games in Vienna. “There were 2,000 athletes and 3,000 attendees” at the event, he said. “We sang ‘Hatikva.’ An Israeli flag hung over city hall.”The Maccabiah sports event was the first to take place in a German-speaking country since the destruction of European Jewry. Spectator turnout culminated in the largest Jewish presence in Vienna since the end of Nazi era.“We are here. Hitler lost. I can feel Jewish religious life in Austria,” Deutsch said in reference to the success of the Maccabiah games. The Austrian and German Nazis eliminated a flourishing Jewish community of 200,000.Asked about the platform of his party, Atid, for the Jewish community, Deutsch said he “want[s] to engage the membership and make folks more active in the Austrian Jewish community.

Muslims Plan "Parallel Parliament" In Switzerland

by Soeren Kern
Leading Islamic groups in Switzerland are seeking to establish a single national representative body that will enable all of the country's Muslims to "speak with one voice."
The organizers say their new "parliament" will be called "Umma Schweiz" and be based on the principles of Islamic Sharia law. The headquarters of the organization will be located in Basel with "representatives" in all 26 cantons (or "states") of Switzerland. The first "test vote" of Umma Schweiz will be held in the fall of 2012; the group will be fully functional in 2013.
Ummah, an Arabic word that means "nation," refers to the entire Muslim community throughout the world. In recent years, Muslims have stepped up efforts to unify the globally fragmented ummah in an effort to revive an Islamic Caliphate or empire. Many Muslim scholars view the political unification of the ummah as a prerequisite to the consolidation of global Muslim power and the subsequent establishment of an Islamic world order.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Echoes of Hitler's Mufti

"The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews," the grand mufti of Jerusalem told the crowd. "The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: 'Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' Except the Gharqad tree [which will keep silent]."

These were not the words of the infamous Palestinian Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the one who visited Hitler during the Holocaust to plan the extermination of Palestine's Jews. These words - taken from an Islamic Hadith - were spoken last month - on the 47th anniversary of Fatah, by today's grand mufti, Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, spiritual head of Mahmoud Abbas' "moderate" Palestinian Authority.

Two days later, the Palestinian Authority's TV station aired the speech. That caught the attention of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli research center, which posted Hussein's sermon on YouTube. YouTube took it down a day later - and froze PMW's account - calling the posting "inappropriate" because of hate speech. But caving to the pressure of PMW supporters (myself included), YouTube almost immediately reinstated the account and the video.

US, Germany differ on Israeli ability to hit Iran

Competing analysis articles appeared Monday in The New York Times and last week in the German daily Die Welt outlining vastly different conclusions about Israel’s military capability to knock out Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
While The New York Times report cast doubt on Israel’s success chances, Hans Rühle, who directed the planning department of the German Defense Ministry between 1982-1988, expressed confidence that Israel’s air force could decimate Iran’s principal nuclear installations.
The core differences surround the number of Israeli jets and bombs required to destroy Iran’s primary nuclear facilities, as well as the challenge of refueling fighter planes to travel a distance of more than 1,000 miles into Iranian airspace and return safely to Israel.
The Times titled its rather pessimistic analysis “Iran Raid Seen as a Huge Task for Israeli Jets,” and wrote that an Israeli mission to annihilate Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would require a minimum of 100 fighter jets.
According to a sample of US defense and military analysts, it would be a Herculean challenge for Israel to penetrate Iran’s air space and launch attacks on the country’s nuclear complexes.
The Times cited Michael V. Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009, who explicitly declared that pulverizing Iran’s nuclear facilities is “beyond the capacity” of Israel.
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula told the Times that, “All the pundits who talk about ‘Oh, yeah, bomb Iran,’ it ain’t going to be that easy.”
Deptula, served as the US Air Force’s top intelligence official until last year, and oversaw the air military strikes conducted in the 2001 Afghanistan War theater in 2001, and during the first Gulf war in 1991 in Iraq.
The Times offered a bleak assessment of Israel’s capability to refuel its fighter planes, saying “Israel would have to use airborne refueling planes, called tankers, but Israel is not thought to have enough.”
In a sharp contrast to the Times analysis, Hans Rühle, a leading German security expert, asserted last week in a lengthy article in the Die Welt that a comprehensive Israel-based bombing campaign could significantly set back, perhaps a decade or more, Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In the article titled “How Israel can destroy Iran’s nuclear program” Rühle analyzed the number of Israeli fighter jets and bombs necessary to obliterate Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Citing experts, Rühle writes that an extensive bombing campaign is within Israel’s capability to decimate Iran’s ability to continue to make progress on developing nuclear weapons.
According to Rühle, there are 25 to 30 facilities in Iran used for its atomic program, of which six are primary-bombing targets.
He cites the nuclear enrichment plant Natanz, the conversion facility in Isfahan, the heavy water reactor Arak and the weapons and munitions sites in Parchin. In addition, he notes the deep underground enrichment facility Fordow and Iran’s operational nuclear plant Bushehr.
The popular PJ Media news website columnist, David P. Goldman, wrote last week that “Hans Rühle was one of the toughest and most perspicacious analysts in those heady days” during the Cold war period.
Goldman added that “Rühle is highly confident that Israel could knock out Iran’s nuclear program for a decade or more with about 25 of its 87 F-15 fighter-bombers and a smaller number of its F-16s. Each of the F- 15s would carry two of the GBU-28 bunker busters, with the F-16s armed with smaller bombs.
Rühle writes that surveillance “information about Natanz is solid,“ adding that the “project has been observed from satellites and from the location from 'Israeli tourists.'”
He added that Israel strongest bunker buster bombs GBU-28 could destroy the roof of the facility. If the damage is not sufficient, a second GBU-28 could be launched to complete the aim of destruction.
According to Rühle, Israel’s successful obliteration of the Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 laid an important precedent. He writes that “many experts believe “ that strikes against Iran’s nuclear operations could set back the program 10 years, or possibly longer, based on present knowledge.
The fighter plane requirement would entail 20 F-15 machines each accompanied with two GBU-28s. He estimates that Israel’s air force has over 87 F-15 planes at its disposal. The conversion Nuclear Technology Center of Isfahan, which is largely vulnerable to attack because its buildings are not underground, could be eliminated with GBU-27 bombs. Isfahan converts the yellow cake process into uranium.
The least difficult challenge for Israel’s air force is the heavy-water reactor Arak, observes Rühle. The above-ground facility could be razed with 10 GBU-10 bombs, wrote Rühle. The strike would require 10 F- 16 fighter jets.
According to Rühe, the most difficult obstacle to destroy is the underground Fordow enrichment plant. He notes that special team forces would have to attack the facility.
The alternative would be to strike the tunnel openings with GBU-28 bombs to plug the entry points for a period of time.
The complex Parchin site remains beyond the International Atomic Energy Agency inspections and it is unclear how many bombs it would take to destroy the over 100 buildings, many of which are buried underground. Nuclear warheads are believed to be worked on in the Parchin plant.
Rühle views the nuclear power plant Bushehr as a possible primary military target, largely because the plants plutonium can be used for weapons. In contrast to the United States State Department, which views the Bushehr plant as a civilian-energy program without a military dimension, Rühle writes that “the destruction of Bushehr should not be a problem for Israel’s army – 10 GBU-28 or GBU-27 bombs would be sufficient.”
He quotes a high-level representative of the Israeli nuclear expert class who was in Berlin last year. The Israeli expert said “we cannot live with this reactor” in Bushehr because it is not immune to stopping the spread of proliferation-related material.
Rühle adds that if Israel can wipe out essential pieces of Iran’s nuclear program, then the problem is solved for a generation.
His essay is filled with a kind of supreme confidence about the ability of Israel’s military systems.
“Israel’s Air Force is first class, “ writes Rühle. “Their pilots are conditioned from the history of Israel and the constant dangers faced by the Jewish state.”
Though Rühle identifies the refueling of Israel’s fighter jets to be a thorny problem because Israel only has five tankers of the type KC-130H and four of the category B- 700, he said he believes the number to be higher.
He calls the public refuel tanker number a “rather lean supply, “ but notes that Israel’s government had requested to buy or lease from US President George W. Bush’s Administration additional refueling tanks. He adds that Israel’s Air Force has expertise over the “buddy refueling“ process among F-15 and F-16 planes. There is also the possibility of a temporary landing to refuel in Syria, Turkey, or Iraq, noted Rühle.

US Kosovo policy – bad for Israel

By Srdja Trifkovic
Israel’s position on Kosovo is a matter of vital national interest on which no government should ever compromise.
February 17 marks the fourth anniversary of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia. The UDI has been recognized since by the United States and its key NATO partners, as well as 80-odd other countries. The majority of the world’s sovereign states have refused to do so, however, including two permanent Security Council powers (Russia and China), two budding giants (Brasil and India), five European Union members (including Spain) – and Israel.
Successive Israeli governments have come under pressure from Washington to change their mind, but on this issue the raison d’etat has wisely prevailed across the political spectrum. The similarities between Kosovo and Judea-Samaria are not obvious to the uninitiated, and Israeli diplomats prefer not to spell them out and risk needless tiffs with the Americans. On closer scrutiny those similarities turn out to be significant.
In both cases there’s a small piece of disputed real estate – rich in history, poor in everything else, and badly mismanaged by the local Muslim majority chronically hostile to its non-Muslim neighbors. In both cases that majority craves internationally-recognized statehood, and in both cases the demand is based on a bogus claim of distinct nationhood (“Kosovar” or “Palestinian”) that conceals the broader expansionist agenda – greater- Albanian and Palestinian Arab-Islamic, respectively.

Monday, February 20, 2012

German-Tunisian footballer Khedira shocked by Tunisian arrests over sexy pics

German-Tunisian footballer Sami Khedira has expressed regret that three Tunisian journalists were arrested because their paper printed an erotic photo of him and his model girlfriend Lena Gercke.
“I learned of the business on Thursday evening, and I think it is very, very sad and a great shame that something like this could happen,” Khedira, whose father is from Tunisia, told Die Welt newspaper on Sunday. “I respect the different religions that there are, and the faiths people have. But I can’t understand why people aren’t allowed to express themselves freely.”Tunisian paper Attounissia re-printed the photo of Khedira and Gercke embracing in their home last week. In the picture, Gercke, who won the 2006 season of casting show “Germany’s Next Topmodel,” is almost naked, while Khedira, wearing a black suit, is covering her breast with his arm.The Tunisian justice ministry announced last Thursday that this was a contravention of the country’s morality and tradition laws. Police then arrested the paper’s publisher, Nasreddine Ben Saida, its editor-in-chief and one journalist. The two employees of the paper have since been released, but the publisher is still in custody. He could face up to five years in jail and a fine of around €600.The organization Reporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of Ben Saida. The journalists’ rights group says he is the first journalist to be arrested in the country since the fall of its dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali last year.The group also accused the justice ministry of hypocrisy, since similar photos are regularly to be seen in foreign publications on sale in Tunisia. Ben Saida and the entire editorial team of Attounissia have gone on hunger strike in protest at the arrest.

Rhinelanders go mad for Rose Monday

Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday, is when the Rhinelanders show off their satirical side with the traditional parade of bizarre Karneval floats. Check out our photo gallery of the best pics of the day.
The Karneval is nominally celebrated in many places, but it's Germany's Rhineland where people really take silliness seriously.
The traditional Rosenmontag parades in the towns of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mainz, Aachen and Bonn can be a kaleidoscopic spectacle of satire indeed. This year's favourite subjects were President Christian Wulff (of course), the "Merkozy" alliance, and ... erm ... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran soccer team cancels game over Israeli coach

Iranian soccer group Sepahan Isfahan cancelled an upcoming training match after learning that its rival team's coach is Israeli, the Serbian Cafe website reported on Monday.
The group was scheduled to play against Serbian team Partizan Belgrad on Friday.
"I'm disappointed that the game was cancelled," Partizan Belgrad coach Avram Grant said. "They told me it was cancelled because I'm Israeli. I don't mix sports with politics and I'm not going to start now."
The Serbian team previously cancelled its participation in a training camp in Dubai because of difficulties in obtaining a visa for Grant and moved the games to Israel instead.
Grant managed the Israeli national soccer team for four years before moving to England and becoming the manager of the Chelsea Football Club. Grant steered Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final and was in contention for the Premier League title to the last day of the season after taking over from Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 2007.
Grant's contract was terminated at the end of the season after he conceded both titles to Manchester United and after an eight-month stint at Portsmouth, he failed to save West Ham United from relegation last season.
Grant replaced Aleksandar Stanojevic as Partizan Belgrad's coach in January.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

World War II Overrun Nations Stamps: First Day of Issue Covers

by Carl Savich
On October 26, 1943, the U.S. issued a stamp to honor Yugoslavia in the Overrun Nations series of thirteen postage stamps. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been a stamp collector who had participated in the choice of subjects for stamps and their designs. He requested in 1942 that the U.S. Postmaster General Frank C. Walker contemplate the issuance of a series of stamps to honor the European nations which had been overrun or occupied by the Axis.
Yugoslavia had been invaded, occupied, and dismembered by Nazi Germany and the other Axis countries on April 6, 1941. A guerrilla resistance movement emerged under Draza Mihailovich who conducted a guerrilla war against the Axis occupation. Yugoslavia was an ally of the U.S., Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. during World War II. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had acknowledged the value of the Yugoslav resistance movement as early as 1941 in the context of American national interests. As a result, in 1943 Roosevelt sponsored the issuance of a U.S. postage stampt to honor and to commemorate Yugoslavia and the resistance movement in what was known as the “Overrun Nations” or “Occupied Nations” series of stamps.

Comedy Gold: Islamic Headbanger Haitham al-Haddad Claims Women Are Begging Him to Get Stoned

They must be the hookers he supplies with hashish or heroin. Its rather doubtful they want to be dug in the ground and stoned to death. al-Haddad is the prototype of the primitive, murderous zombie and to think that we have tens of thousands of his clones in the west is something that should fill every civilized westerner with horror.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

“Swiss umma” project takes shape

An initiative to create a democratically elected body representing Switzerland’s 400,000 Muslims, a so-called “Swiss umma”, is steadily gaining ground.
The organisers say the parliament could be up and running by next year. But certain critics question whether the Muslim body will see the light of day or actually makes sense.
“Our goal is to create a legitimate democratic believers’ community that represents all of Switzerland’s Muslims,” Farhad Afshar, president of the Coordination of Islamic Organisations of Switzerland (KIOS), told KIOS and the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland (FIOS) are the two leading groups behind the “Swiss umma” idea, which has been circulating since 2009, and which they claim could be in place by as early as 2013. They believe a new grassroots community would improve understanding of Muslim issues among the authorities and the general population. “The parliament should agree on social and political questions that concern Muslims so that we can talk with one voice,” FIOS president Hisham Maizar told the Südostschweiz newspaper. It would also be an important step towards the formal recognition of Islam as an official religion, says Afshar. “Whenever this question is raised the answer is always that you are not democratically organised and your groups do not represent the Swiss Muslim community. With such an organisation we can speak on the same level,” he commented.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Germany: The "Islam belongs in Germany"- President Wulff resigns following corruption allegations

"The events of the past days and weeks have shown that this trust and therefore my influence have been lastingly damaged," he said. On Thursday, public prosecutors had applied to lift Wulff‘s immunity following allegations over favours accepted from wealthy friends while he was premier of the state of Lower Saxony during 2003-10.Chancellor Angela Merkel, who cancelled planned talks in Rome with the Italian premier, thanked Wulff, saying he had worked tirelessly for an "open, modern Germany."Wulff‘s resignation places more pressure on Merkel and her coalition government, currently at the forefront of a battle to contain the eurozone debt crisis. The chancellor picked Wulff for the post from relative obscurity in 2010. "He made it clear to us that the strength of this country lies in its diversity," Merkel said. Her comment was a reference to Wulff‘s stance on integration and a statement early on in his presidency that "Islam belongs in Germany."Wulff‘s stance was welcomed by immigrants but put him at odds with conservative members of Merkel‘s Christian Democrat party (CDU), of which the president was formerly a member. Wulff also highlighted his work on promoting integration in his resignation speech. "I‘m convinced that Germany can best develop its economic and social strength and make a good contribution to European unity when integration succeeds at home," he said.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eichmann exhibit gives glimpse of Israel's Mossad

Lifting a half-century veil of secrecy, Israel's Mossad spy agency is opening its archive this week to reveal the story behind the legendary 1960 capture of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann.
The "Operation Finale" exhibit, curated by a Mossad officer who can't be fully identified, displays never before seen items, names and documents that led to Eichmann's nabbing in Argentina. It also discloses new details, such as how forensic experts identified Eichmann by his ears.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Switzerland: Another town denies Islamic group rally

The controversial Islamic Central Council Switzerland, or IZRS, has been denied a place for a rally for the second time.

Spreitenbach in the canton of Aargau has cancelled permission for “Islam Unity 2012” saying the permit was given by way of deception.

The town claims the forms were filled out as “private gathering in a circus tent for IMS Zurich,” which the town assumed was a local school.

It was instead a production company.

Spreitenbach officials also claim a gathering of more than 1,000 people needs a special permit.

The IZRS balked at that, saying there is nothing in police regulations about special permitting.

The group threatened a protest action “against racism and Islamophobia” if permission was pulled.

An attempt for IZRS to meet in Bülach in the canton of Zurich was also denied.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Iranian Holocaust Denial and the Internet -- Why Facebook's permission to deny the Holocaust is wrong

By Matthias Küntzel
Iran’s policies now lie at the center of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous.[1]
Holocaust denial is certainly the cruelest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Holocaust kills the victims a second time. The denial of the Holocaust is also its most bewildering aspect – no other crime in history is better documented.
It is human nature to shy away from things that are especially cruel or incomprehensible. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first embarked on his Holocaust-denial campaign, there were protests and even expressions of outrage. Subsequently, however, the issue was quickly dropped. It plays next to no role in the current controversy over the Iranian nuclear weapons program, as if Holocaust denial were no more than a temporary mental aberration of the Iranian president.

Germany's 3rd biggest newspaper: Sweden ignores its growing anti-Semitism problem

Where there are Muslims, there is Islam. Where there is Islam, there is Sharia. Where there is Sharia, there is anti-Semitism. In Sweden, there are a lot of Muslims. Die Welt is absolutely right about the way the Swedes turn their politically correct eye away from how their immigration policy is leading to increasing Nazi-style anti-Semitism. I have written extensively about Sweden recently:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Video: Sarrazin´s Germany

Interesting left-wing documentary about the german social-democrat, Thilo Sarrazin, who whent on an anti-PC rampage about a year ago with his brilliant book "Deutschland Schafft sich ab" ("Germany does away with herself".)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Body Blow To German Global Warming Movement! Major Media Outlets Unload On “CO2 Lies!”

“THE CO2 LIES … pure fear-mongering … should we blindly trust the experts?”
That’s what Germany’s leading daily Bild (see photo) wrote in its print and online editions today, on the very day that renowned publisher Hoffmann & Campe officially released a skeptic book – one written by a prominent socialist and environmental figure.
This is huge. More than I ever could have possibly imagined. And more is coming in the days ahead! The Bild piece was just the first of a series.
Mark this as the date that Germany’s global warming movement took a massive body blow.
Today, not one, but two of Germany’s most widely read news media published comprehensive skeptical climate science articles in their print and online editions, coinciding with the release of a major climate skeptical book, Die kalte Sonne (The Cold Sun).
Germany has now plunged into raucus discord on the heated topic of climate change
What has set it all off? One of the fathers of Germany’s modern green movement, Professor Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, a social democrat and green activist, decided to author a climate science skeptical book together with geologist/paleontologist Dr. Sebastian Lüning. Vahrenholt’s skepticism started when he was asked to review an IPCC report on renewable energy. He found hundreds of errors. When he pointed them out, IPCC officials simply brushed them aside. Stunned, he asked himself, “Is this the way they approached the climate assessment reports?”
Vahrenholt decided to do some digging. His colleague Dr. Lüning also gave him a copy of Andrew Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion. He was horrified by the sloppiness and deception he found. Persuaded by Hoffmann & Campe, he and Lüning decided to write the book. Die kalte Sonne cites 800 sources and has over 80 charts and figures. It examines and summarizes the latest science.
Conclusion: climate catastrophe is called off
The science was hyped. The book started hitting the bookshops today and has already hit no. 1 on the list for environment books. Indications show that it will climb very high in the overall bestseller charts. It’s published by a renowned publishing house and is now sending shock waves through the German climate science establishment. The first printing will produce 20,000 copies. I expect they will sell out rather quickly.
Today Germany’s national tabloid Bild (which has a whopping circulation of 16 million) devoted half of page 2 on an article called:

Renowned team of scientists claim the climate catastrophe is
fear-mongering by politics“

The widely read Bild will follow with the rest of the series in the days ahead. In part I today Bild presents “What the IPCC of the UN doesn’t tell you.” Bild asks “what if the IPCC is wrong? Can we really blindly trust these experts? Are they really independent?”
Bild then writes:

The phenomenal prognoses of heat from the IPCC are pure fear-mongering.”

The Bild series is sure to cause radical environmentalists to seethe and lash out. Expect an all-out assault in the days and weeks ahead. Already the reaction from activists has been swift and virulent – though they have yet to read the book.
They never wanted the debate – and now the dam has broken
And the floods of skepticism are sweeping over the country. Worse, Germany’s flagship weekly news magazine Der Spiegel today also featured a 4-page exclusive interview with Vahrenholt, where he repeated that the IPCC has ignored a large part of climate science and that IPCC scientists exaggerated the impact of CO2 on climate. Vahrenholt said that by extending the known natural cycles of the past into the future, and taking CO2′s real impact into effect, we should expect a few tenths of a degree of cooling.
At a press conference today in Berlin, Vahrenholt, Lüning and publisher Hoffmann & Campe introduced the book and answered reporters’ questions. When asked why Hoffmann & Campe decided to publish “such a book”, the spokesman simply answered that the time is right – and there’s a real audience for the book. Even the weather timing was right! Germany is now experiencing it’s worst cold snap in 26 years. That makes it hard to deny lack of warming.
It needs to be pointed out Vahrenholt and Lüning are not skeptics; they are lukewarmers who have not been able to find any evidence of a coming climate catastrophe. They believe that man should switch to renewables, but do so in a rational manner: “Work fast, but don’t hurry.”
Skeptic readers should not think that the book will fortify their existing skepticism of CO2 causing warming. The authors agree it does. but have major qualms about the assumed positive CO2-related feed-backs and believe the sun plays a far greater role in the whole scheme of things.
The book cites more than 800 sources – including the latest peer-reviewed literature. It includes more than 80 graphics that clearly illustrate that all is not well with the claims made by alarmist science. It is written so that laymen can easily digest the material and it provides a comprehensive overview of the science and where it stands today.
The book has also infuriated the AGW leadership in Germany. For example, academia. University of Osnabrück took the step of dis-inviting Professor Vahrenholt who was scheduled to give a speech on February 8. The University claimed that Vahrenholt’s skeptical views were “provocative”. Also the centre-left SPD party, where Vahrenholt is a member, has been deafeningly silent.
This cat is out of the bag – and it’s not going back in.
The authors have set up a website for Die kalte Sonne here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

US seeks Albania to control the Adriatic Sea, sources

Serbian investigative reporter, Marko Lopusina, tells me that Washington strategists are in advanced stages of planning to form a unified large Albanian state in the Balkans and anoint it with the most modern navy so that it will control the Adriatic sea.
Sources tell Lopusina that the large Albania is to be comprised of captured Kosovo and, eventually Macedonia which could be completely absorbed by the Albanian criminal entrepreneurs.
Once formed, Albania will be armed and its navy strengthened so that it could control the Ionian sea. That, sources say, is so that Montenegro and Croatia could be cut off and made dependent on Germany, while Greece would be surrounded by the Turkish military from all sides, including to the north, in the Albanian held territories of Kosovo and Macedonia.
Tells Lopusina:

New Year’s headline that got the attention of the Serbs were media reports that Americans are leaving Kosovo by the end of 2012 as part of the general austerity measures in the U.S. armed forces.The report came from the Albanian NLA agency, quoting sources from the high U.S. administration and confirmed by the Albanian lobbyist in Washington, Joe DioGuardi, and the Congressional House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon.
NLA also said that Washington plans to hand over Bondsteel to the Turkish military, termed by the NLA as “loyal allies” of the independent Kosovo.
US military denied the pullout and the hand over but noted that the US military will not remain in Kosovo forever but will, one day, pull out. The grand idea here is to carve up Balkans so that Russian influence is contained inside rump Serbia which will
be kept under tension of violence, threats and ultimatums so that the US presence in the Balkans could be justified.

Once Albania and Turkey establish land and sea domination, sources tell Lopusina, then Serbia will be made member of NATO and the EU so that Russia will be, once and for all, kicked off the Balkans.
But what will be done with the massive military site at Bondsteel?
Lopusina says that sources tell him that Kosovo Albanians and the Turks are lobbying Washington to hand over Bondsteel, and in return, the Turks will help US to overthrow Syria’s Assad.
M. Bozinovich

Friday, February 10, 2012

German mayor criticized for anti-Semitism

‘It must be possible to criticize the policies of Israel,’ Aachen municipal head says
BERLIN – Dr. Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, on Monday slammed Aachen Mayor Hilde Scheidt for her defense of an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel cartoon and her efforts to denigrate two prominent German-Jewish writers because they criticized modern anti-Semitism and radical Islam.
In an exclusive statement to The Jerusalem Post, Graumann wrote in connection with the Green Party’s Scheidt, “Accusing someone of right-wing radical incitement because he criticizes a disgusting, anti-Semitic caricature and denounces the fact that it is tolerated under the pretense of criticism of Israel makes the accuser culpable of failing to act against anti-Semitism, of inverting the facts, of unreliability in the struggle against hatred and violence.”
The cartoon depicts a man sporting a Star of David on his bib as he devours a young Palestinian boy with a fork draped in an American flag and a knife with the word “Gaza” written on it. A blood-filled glass sits next to the plate.
Scheidt defended the cartoon late last year. “It must also be possible to criticize the policies of Israel — and a government that damages the Israeli people,” she said.
Scheidt resigned from the German- Israeli friendship society (DIG) last year, to protest against a DIG event scheduled for late December to honor Jewish journalist Henryk M. Broder and against Holocaust survivor and author Ralph Giordano’s scheduled speech at the event.
She told the Aachner Zeitung newspaper that Broder invoked “malicious agitation” against critics of Israel, including Walter Herrmann, the initiator of the Cologne “Wailing Wall.” The Cologne exhibit in the heart of the city’s bustling pedestrian zone showed the anti-Semitic cartoon.
Scheidt mounted a campaign in the local press to prevent Broder and Giordano from speaking in Aachen, including leveling, according to critics, a classic expression of German anti-Semitism against Broder, saying he sows discontent in the Federal Republic.
German observers of the local press told the Post that the Aachen news outlets served to advance an anti-Jewish campaign against Broder and Giordano, as well as one-sided attacks on Israel.
Scheidt said that another reason she resigned from DIG was because Broder had said that in Aachen there is an “alternative red pack peace movement that always demonizes Israel.”
Broder was alluding to the Aachen Peace Prize group, which has awarded prizes to haters of Israel, and of which Scheidt has long been a member.
Speaking from Aachen on Monday, Alex Drehmann, a representative of the city’s Jewish community, told the Post that the Aachen Peace Prize organization is filled with “anti-Semites and anti-Israeli” activists. The Jewish community “regrets that Scheidt resigned from DIG but continues to be a member of the Aachen Peace group,” he said.
Drehmann, who said he was speaking for the head of community, Dr. Robert Neugröschel, termed Scheidt’s efforts to label Broder and Giordano as rightwing as “ridiculous and naïve.”
He continued that both authors are “famous personalities” and are in no way to be described as right-wing.
Drehmann said Scheidt’s position on Israel and the German Jewish authors was “not smart” and that she fails to understand Israel’s security interests.
In an e-mails to the Post on Tuesday and Wednesday, Scheidt wrote, “I would like to sharply reject the accusations leveled against me by Mr. Broder and others, because they are without merit. I have publicly voiced my criticism of DIG many times and do not wish to repeat it.”
Scheidt added that she had “sharply criticized the cartoon” demonizing Jews and Israel and resigned from the board of directors of the Aachen Peace Prize club.
Dr. Elvira Grözinger, a member of the German branch of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), which aims to present a balanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, told the Post on Monday that Scheidt’s approach is “anti-Semitism with a detour” because she blasts the Israelis but really means Jews.
Broder told the Post on Wednesday that Scheidt is a “Green anti-Semite” and Aachen is contaminated because of her diatribes.
Broder writes for the daily Die Welt and is one of Germany’s leading authorities on contemporary anti-Semitism in the country.
Scheidt declined to answer Post questions about allegations that she has failed to fight the rising level on neo-Nazi activity in the Aachen area.
One member of the Aachen Jewish community told the Post that Scheidt is bashing Israel because she wants to please the German Turkish population and secure votes for her party.

Germany: Shooter of US airmen in Frankfurt gets life

A German court handed down a life sentence Friday to a man who has confessed to killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport in what has been called Germany's first deadly jihadist attack.
Arid Uka, 22, from Kosovo, was convicted of killing two soldiers and wounding two others when he opened fire outside the airport on March 2 last year on a group of US soldiers on their way to serve in Afghanistan, said the higher regional court in Frankfurt.Presiding judge Thomas Sagebiel told the court: "The accused has been convicted to a life sentence for two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder."Uka, wearing green trousers, a black jumper and a brown hooded top, appeared relaxed as the verdict was handed down, even smiling occasionally.US soldiers Nicholas Alden, 25, and Zachary Ryan Cuddeback, 21, were killed in the shooting. Two other soldiers were wounded.Sagebiel told the court: "He would have shot at a third, but the weapon got jammed."The verdict had already been postponed twice since the trial opened with Uka apologising to his victims and their families."On March 2, I killed two people and opened fire on three others. Today I can't understand myself how I could have acted this way," he said.He said he had been influenced by "lies" and "propaganda" after seeing a video on the Internet purporting to show US soldiers in Afghanistan raping a local woman.Defence lawyer Michaela Roth had not contested Uka's guilt but argued that extenuating circumstances should allow him to be eligible for release after 15 years in jail."A jihadist would never have asked for forgiveness as Arid Uka has done from the first day of his trial. On the contrary he would have been proud of himself," Roth told the court earlier.Roth also argued that the video had probably brought back a childhood trauma to Uka, who she said was molested at the age of six.A "saddened and outraged" US President Barack Obama said the day of the killings that Washington would "spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place."Prosecutors believe Uka, who was born in ethnically divided Mitrovica in northern Kosovo but who grew up in Frankfurt, acted alone and did not belong to a terrorist network.Germany opposed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq but has more than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan, and has never suffered an attack by Islamic extremists, but a number of suspected bomb plots have been uncovered.The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were planned in part in the German port city of Hamburg by an Al-Qaida cell led by Mohammed Atta, the hijacker of the first plane to strike New York's World Trade Centre.In March 2010 a German court jailed four Islamic militants who dreamed of "mounting a second September 11" for a thwarted plot to attack US soldiers and civilians in Germany.

UN Court Ruling Assures Impunity for Nazi War Crimes

The ICJ upholds Germany’s “state immunity," but the individual perpetrators have not been punished either.
by John Rosenthal
In a decision that has been little noted by the American news media – and misreported by those news outlets that reported it at all — the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled last Friday that Germany enjoys immunity from liability for crimes committed by German forces on foreign soil during WWII. (The full text of the ICJ decision is available here.)
The ruling stems from several recent cases in which Italian courts ruled that Germany must pay indemnities to Italian victims of Nazi war crimes or surviving family members. The ICJ found that Italy had “violated its obligation to respect” Germany’s “state immunity.”
The most sensational of the Italian cases involves the Civitella Massacre, so-named for the village in Tuscany that was at the center of a series of indiscriminate “reprisal actions” undertaken by German forces on June 29, 1944. The “reprisals” were carried out by units of the German army’s “Hermann Göring” Division after Italian partisans shot and killed two German soldiers and mortally wounded a third days earlier. Over 200 civilians were killed in the massacres, including women and children. Many of the victims were killed at the Santa Maria church in Civitella, where they had gathered to celebrate mass. Most of the parishioners are reported to have been shot in the back of the head. Germany does not contest the facts of the case.

Turkish Jihad against "German Karneval"

A Turkish newspaper and the Foreigners’ Advisory Council in the German state of Hesse have expressed outrage at a televised Karneval monologue that made several jokes at the expense of Turkish Germans.
“Humour is when you laugh despite yourself – but in this case the laughs stuck in our throats,” said Corrado Di Benedetto, head of the Foreigners’ Advisory Council in Hesse. “The freedom of the Karneval is valuable. And satire is allowed to do anything – except degrade others. This violated all the rules of decency.”The council called the show “prime-time racism.”The monologue, aired nationally on state TV on February 2, but reported Thursday by the European edition of Turkish paper Hürriyet, was part of the “Frankfurt: Helau” sitting at the Karneval season in the Rhineland.According to a report in Bild newspaper, 39-year-old Mainz dentist Patricia Lowin took to the stage in a headscarf and announced in an exaggerated Turkish accent and broken German, “Here on Döner TV, I will show you what is integration,” and then revealed she was wearing a Bavarian dirndl dress in her “favourite colour: Turk-oise.”As her assumed persona “Ayse,” Lowin proceeded to make a number of “Döner”-related puns, along the lines of “Döner for One,” after Germany’s favourite New Year’s Eve comedy sketch “Dinner for One.”Another gem from Lowin’s comedic efforts included this: “I have some experience in the media – I worked as a cleaner at the [state TV channel] ZDF. And my brother Ahmet works in a closed (broadcasting) institution in Weiterstadt. He has a full-time job there for ten years without bail.”While the audience in the large studio of the Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), the local state broadcaster, cheered Lowin enthusiastically, the Foreigner’s Advisory Council is demanding an apology from HR.An HR spokesman said there had been no intention of offending Turkish Germans, and said that using clichés was part of the Karneval tradition. He added that opinion is always divided on whether a particular joke works or not.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Muslim Parliament In Switzerland

Muslims in Switzerland are founding their own parliament to campaign for greater rights and representation in the Alpine country. Two local Muslim groups have got together to set up a 'Swiss Umma' which will represent all Muslims living in Switzerland. Umma is an Arabic word which means "A community of Muslims". The first test election is set to take place in Autumn 2012 in Basel. The parliament - named Umma Schweiz - could be fully functioning by 2013 according to Farhad Afshar from the Coordination Islamic Organisation (KIOS) in Switzerland. The organisation will be open to the 400,000 Muslims living in Switzerland. Announcing the plan the organisations confirmed that the aim is to campaign to enable Muslims to have more of a voice in Switzerland.

Germany: Reporters face trial for ‘invading’ Nazi’s privacy

Two Dutch journalists will stand trial in Germany for allegedly invading the privacy of the escaped Nazi war criminal whom they helped expose.
Journalists Jelle Visser and Jan Ponsen are to report on Thursday morning to the courthouse in Eschweiler, a sleepy border town in western Germany. They will have to answer charges that they had violated the privacy and trust of Heinrich Boere, a Dutch Waffen-SS assassin.
The journalists for the investigative show Een Vandaag secretly filmed Boere in September 2009 at his home in Eschweiler, where he was also born. A German court sentenced Boere in March 2010 to life imprisonment for his wartime crimes.
He filed a complaint against the journalists for violation of privacy from prison. The investigation into the journalists’ actions began that year.
German authorities began preparing an indictment against Boere in 2008. The Dutch government repeatedly sought Boere’s extradition since the 1980s, to no avail.
“This case is ridiculous,” Visser told The Jerusalem Post. “The German authorities took more than 60 years to prosecute Boere, but they took less than two years to prosecute the reporters who filmed him at large.”
If convicted, the journalists face up to three years in jail.
Accompanying the journalists will be representatives of the journalist unions of the Netherlands and Germany, as well as family members of people whom Boere had murdered.
One of them is the daughter of Fritz Bicknese, a pharmacist and father of 12. Boere executed him near Breda in July 1944. Also present will be Anny Schröder-Schilte and her sister. Her father hid people wanted by the Germans and their collaborators in his home until Boere reported him to the Nazis. Mr. Schilte, father of five, died in a German concentration camp.
“I was relieved to see the broadcast,” Anny Schröder- Schilte told the Post. “Finally the person who killed my father had a face. I knew who had done it. I was 12 when it happened and it all happened very fast. It is unbelievable that he [Boere] dares file complaints after what he did.”
“The judge in this case will need to balance the public’s best interests with those of the individual,” said Esther Voet, deputy director of CIDI, Holland’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, and former editor-in-chief of the country’s Jewish journal, NIW. “The public’s interest here clearly outweighs the individual’s.”
Along with Boere’s extradition, the Netherlands is also seeking that of Klaas Carel Faber, another convicted Dutch Nazi who fed to Germany. Faber is still at large.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

German Bank Offers ‘Islam-Compliant’ Investment

Last month, German bank WestLB rolled out a new “Islam-compliant” investment product named the Islamic Strategy Index Certificate. The value of the certificate is based on the value of the WestLB Islamic Deutschland Index, consisting of shares of ten German firms “whose business activities are consistent with the ethical rules of Islam.” The WestLB product prospectus explains that the Islamic Strategy Index Certificates “are certified by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany as Islam-compliant [Islam konformes] investment.” The Central Council of Muslims in Germany is an umbrella group of twenty-two Muslim organizations.
The prospectus goes on to explain that “for the selection [of stocks] it is in principle not permitted that the business activity of the chosen firms involve interest-bearing financial services or derivatives, insurance, alcohol, tobacco, pork, armaments, gambling, gold and silver hedging transactions, or the entertainment industry.” The firms making up the Islamic Deutschland Index are some of the biggest names in German industry, including the sporting goods manufacturer Adidas, the engineering group Siemens, the software maker SAP, the chemical giant BASF, the pharmaceutical company Bayer, and the energy companies E.ON and RWE. Deutsche Post, of which the German state remains the principal shareholder, also forms part of the index. In addition to providing postal services in Germany, Deutsche Post is the parent company of the international package sender DHL.
According to Frank Haak, WestLB’s managing director for equity markets, three scholars undertook the certification of the product on behalf of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany. Germany’s Islamische Zeitung – “The Islamic Paper” – names the three scholars as Mufti Abdul Kadir Barkatullah, imam of the Finchley Mosque in London, Sheik Haytham Tamim of the Utrujj Foundation in London, and Michael Saleh Gassner, an Islamic Finance expert from Zürich. Regarding one of the firms in the index, the Islamische Zeitung ironically remarks, “it must have escaped the attention of the financial scholars that ThyssenKrupp, by virtue of its participation in…ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, counts as one of the most up-to-date producers of maritime military technology.”
The investment also involves a charitable component: whereas 95 percent of yearly dividends are to be reinvested, five percent are to be donated by WestLB to a charitable organization. According to the Islamische Zeitung, citing WestLB’s Haak, the beneficiary is to be chosen by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.

Zurich investigates Turk's genocide comment

The Zurich public prosecutor’s office has launched an initial investigation into Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s European Union minister, over alleged racist remarks.
At a Zurich concert on his way home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bagis reportedly told journalists that there had been no Armenian genocide and that the Swiss authorities could come and arrest him if they wanted to.
Such comments are in violation of Switzerland’s anti-racism laws. The public prosecutor of canton Zurich is now looking into the matter to determine whether Bagis has indeed committed a criminal offence. As the authorities told the Swiss News Agency on Monday, it is still unclear exactly what Bagis said and whether he qualifies for diplomatic immunity. The story was first published on Sunday in the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. It has also made headlines in Turkey. Turkey has summoned the Swiss envoy to complain about the investigation. It rejects historical findings that up 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed under the Ottoman empire nearly 100 years ago.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

German University of Tübingen, Mustafa Cerić, Islamism and Antisemitism

Mustafa Cerić, the Grand Mufti of Sarajevo, spoke on January 16, 2012, at the ceremonial opening of a new Center for Islamic Theology at the University of Tübingen based in an old and typical University town in the south-west of Germany. It will be the first of four such planned centers in Germany. With the German minister of education and research, Annette Schavan from the Conservative Party (CDU), the Baden-Württemberg minister of science Theresia Bauer (party of the Greens), the President (“Rektor”) of Tübingen University, Bernd Engler, the General Director of Foreign Affairs of the Office for Religious Relations of Turkey, Mehmet Pacaci and the major of the city of Tübingen, Boris Palmer (party of the Greens) in attendance (see a picture of the event and these six persons below), he clearly has an official seal of approval and presumably represents the type of Islam that Germany and Turkey hope to foster in Germany.[1] Germany is in the middle of a debate about Islam, Islamism, terrorism, head scarves, ‘honor’ killings, Sharia law and antisemitism. So what theology does Cerić recognize as Islamic?

Syrian spy suspects arrested in Berlin

German police arrested two men in Berlin Tuesday accused of spying on opponents of the Syrian regime in raids involving some 70 officers, federal prosecutors said.
The suspects were identified only as 47-year-old German-Lebanese citizen Mahmoud El A. and 34-year-old Syrian national Akram O., the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement."They are strongly suspected of regularly spying on Syrian opposition figures in Germany for the Syrian intelligence service for several years," it said.The prosecutor's office said around 70 federal and state police officers searched their homes and those of another six suspects.The two suspects taken into custody will appear before a judge Wednesday who will present them with the arrest warrants dating from January 31.It is not known whether the suspects are connected to the attack on Syrian opposition member Ferhad Ahma in his home in Berlin in December. Ahma took the attack as an attempt to intimidate him by “henchman of the regime.”He has been living in Berlin since 1996 and is a member of the Green party. He represents the Kurdish minority in the Syrian National Council, the opposition organization not recognized by the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad, since last October. According to the United Nations, more than 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since unrest began last year.

Germans jailed in UK for owning terrorist material

Two German men were jailed in Britain on Monday after pleading guilty to possessing articles from an al-Qaida magazine.
Police seized a hard drive and laptop from Christian Emde, 28, and Robert Baum, 24, both from Solingen in western Germany, when they arrived in the southern English port of Dover on July 15 last year.Emde received a 16-month term, minus 193 days he has already spent in custody, and Baum received 12 months after they both pleaded guilty to having material which could be of use to someone preparing an act of terrorism.Emde admitted four offences under the Terrorism Act for possessing online copies of the al-Qaida magazine "Inspire", which contained titles such as 'Destroying Buildings' and 'Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.'Baum admitted one charge under the same act of having an article entitled '39 Ways Of Participating Or Serving In Jihad.'Their lawyers had argued that Emde, who is unemployed, had been studying extremism but was not a terrorist and was not going to pass the documents to anyone, while Baum was studying Islam while searching for a purpose in life.Both men are now likely to be deported.

Protest against event of the Iranian Embassy in Vienna

While the Iranian regime is brutally prosecuting the Iranian opposition and participating in the crackdown of protests in Syria, Vienna is providing premises for the regime's self staging. On Friday, February 12th, an event is taking place organized by the Iranian embassy at the Vienna Adult Education Center VHS Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus. Despite numerous protests, the City of Vienna sustains its plan to rent its facilities to representatives of the Iranian regime.Please voice your protest against the City of Vienna hosting the Iranian regime: (Mayor of Vienna) (City councillor for Education) (Director VHS Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus) (Chairman of the board VHS) (Mario Rieder, Managing Director VHS) (Spokesperson VHS)

Facebook Page of Vienna Adult Education Center:

Monday, February 06, 2012

German politicians: Sharia law should be introduced in Germany - 'good for integration'

German politicians once again make room for totalitarian barbarism:
Most politicians in Germany have gotten the message: The quickest way to spark a career-damaging controversy is to make a facile comment about Nazis or the Holocaust. Media critics and political opponents are quick to pounce.
But that isn't the only way to attract unwanted attention, as Jochen Hartloff, the interior minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, found out this week. In an interview with the Berlin tabloid BZ, Hartloff said that Sharia law, in a "modern form," would be acceptable in Germany. In comments published on Friday in the center-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, he added that using the Islamic moral code "is certainly conceivable when it comes to questions pertaining to civil law."
Hartloff, a politician from the center-left Social Democrats, made clear that he was referring specifically to family law issues such as divorce settlements and alimony, but also certain instances of contract law in which devout Muslims seek to avoid paying interest. Applying Sharia rules, he said, could help avoid hostility in such cases. ....
He was seconded by Stephan Mayer, a parliamentarian for the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. Mayer, a legal expert, demanded Hartloff's resignation. "It is inconceivable that a justice minister fosters such ideas," he told Bild. "There is no room in Germany for Islamic law. The Sharia is barbarous and inhuman in all its forms." ...
Michael Frieser, expert on integration issues for conservatives in German parliament, said that Muslim justices of the peace could perhaps be used to prepare the groundwork for a civil law judgement. He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that he has nothing against immigrants seeking judgements according to the legal systems they are used to. "That can ultimately serve the cause of integration," he said.

Switzerland: Special centres for immigrants mooted

The federal authorities say they are considering a proposal to set up special housing for criminal asylum seekers under restraining orders.
Mario Gattiker, head of the Federal Migration Office, said he was open to the idea from canton Ticino, which has been bearing the brunt of a wave of asylum seekers entering from neighbouring Italy.
The plan was launched by a prominent member of the Lega dei Ticinesi movement in the Ticino government. In an interview with the SonntagsZeitung newspaper Gattiker said the proposed containers outside the town of Chiasso were not detention camps, but it made sense to separate criminals from the vast majority of law-abiding asylum seekers. He said the government was also funding a special activity programme for immigrants. Residents in the border region have regularly complained about incidents allegedly committed mainly by young asylum seekers from North Africa. However, a senior representative of the Catholic Church has expressed concern about a perceived increase in xenophobia among the Swiss public over the past few years.

Yet another Kosovo Albanian Muslim planned terror in the US

Sami Osmakac is yet another Kosovo Albanian Muslim arrested by the authorities for planning terror attacks against innocent Americans.
From Fox News:
Authorities say Osmakac planned to use a car bomb and other weapons in an Islamist-inspired attack on various locations around Tampa.
A senior official in Kosovo said last month that Osmakac met with radical Islamists during visits to his native country.
But wait… didn’t the US bomb Serbs in 1999 so that these “moderate” Albanian Muslims could declare an independent country that US was t recognize?
That is all rhetorical because now that yet another Kosovo Albanian was nabbed for planning attacks on America, US will now increase its support for the “independent” Albanian Kosovo as a strong hint to the Albanian bandits running things there to, hey, murder more Serbs, we don’t care, but get your terrorists away from the US.
M Bozinovich