Sunday, September 30, 2012

Grass' new poem lauds Vanunu

Gunter Grass is lashing out at Israel again: The German writer's new collection of poems includes more criticism of the Jewish state and goes a step further – praising nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu as a hero. The Nobel Prize laureate dedicated a poem in his new book to the atomic whistleblower. Titled "A Hero of Our Time" the verse extols Vanunu's decision to reveal details of Israel's nuclear work and hails him as "role model." The book, titled "Eintagsfliegen," was released in Germany on Saturday. Grass' work drew fire earlier this year, after he published a poem saying Israel "threatened world peace." Various world leaders – including top German politicians – expressed their disapproval of the work's tone, and both President Shimon Peres Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called its "shameful." In April, Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared the 84-year-old poet persona non grata. In his new poem, seeking to detail Vanunu's life story, Grass called the spy a "paragon" and a "modern-day hero": "Only heroes such as that are needed in the world, which utters words of peace while planning destruction." Grass describes Vanunu as a "righteous man, who has remained loyal to his country the entire time," further comparing him to the Biblical character of Joseph – who was betrayed by his brothers and thrown into a cistern. Despite his scathing criticism of Israel, Grass has vehemently denied that he is an anti-Semite, but his moral authority has never fully recovered from his admission in 2006 that he once served in Hitler's Waffen SS. Germany's media was not oblivious to Grass' new "Israeli campaign": The German daily Die Welt reported that "Grass provokes Israel with new book of poem"; and Berlin's N-TV announced that "Grass attacks Israel again" – to name just two examples.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

German writer Grass attacks Israel in new poem

Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize laureate in literature who is barred from entering Israel because of his anti-Israel writings and his membership in the Nazi Waffen SS at the end of WW2, launched a second poetic attack on Israel. In a new book of poems titled Eintagsfliegen, which was released on Saturday in Germany, Grass terms Mordechai Vanunu a "hero" for his decision to transfer secret information about Israel’s nuclear program to British newspaper The Sunday Times in 1986. Vanunu, a former worker at the Dimona nuclear facility, was convicted of espionage for transferring photos and internal information about Israel’s nuclear program. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Grass garnered fierce criticism from Israel’s government, including German politicians and many journalists, for his April poem titled What Must Be Said. Grass blamed Israel for endangering world peace and accused the Jewish state of seeking to obliterate Iran. In the poem titled Hero of Our Days, Grass praises Vanunu as a "model" because of his behavior. Grass writes he is called a hero because "he helped to bring the truth" to the public. In their new book, Spies Against Armageddon, the Israeli journalist Yossi Melman and the CBS news correspondent Dan Raviv, wrote after Vanunu’s release from prison in 2004, Shin Bet and Malmab claimed that he continued to be a security risk because of the knowledge in his head. Thus, they insisted that he banned from leaving Israel and his movements were restricted. German media blanketed its Saturday coverage of Grass’s new attack on Israel. The German television station N-TV wrote on its website: "Grass attacks Israel again” and the daily Die Welt wrote on its website “Grass provokes Israel with new book of poems.” Grass writes about Vanunu’s upbringing in Beer Sheba as the son of a Rabbi, who “pursued the study of the Torah’s rules and then decided to convert to Christianity." He depicts Vanunu as in the same predicament as the Biblical Joseph and how his brothers tossed him into a cistern. According to Melman and Raviv’s extensive chapter on Vanunu, a Moroccan-born Jew, he can be “spotted strolling the streets of Tel Aviv or sipping coffee at an outdoor table—almost always alone.” The then-prime minister Shimon Peres directed the Mossad to locate and apprehend Vanunu who was living in London at the time. The Mossad invoked the famous “Honey trap” tactic to capture Vanunu and bring him back to Israel for a trial. An American Jewish woman, who relocated to Israel, lured Vanunu from London to Rome based on a prospective sexual relationship. A team of intelligence agents stormed an apartment in Rome and knocked out Vanunu and placed him on a ship bound for Israel.

Berlin: Taxi driver refused to drive a Jewish family to a synagogue

On Wednesday (26.09.2012), the Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan Kramer, was threatened with an attack. On the same day, a taxi driver in Berlin refused to drive a family to a synagogue. Both cases have been picked up by the police for investigation. The two incidents took place only about a month after an attack on a rabbi that made the headlines across Germany - 53-year-old Daniel Alter was beaten up by a group of teenagers and verbally abused for being Jewish. The victim said the attacks were of Arab origin. But Levi Salomon, spokesman for Berlin's Jewish community, does not think that Berlin has become more anti-Semitic. "This city is a mirror of society in general," he said. "I believe that anti-Semitism is simply deeply rooted in Germany."

German court rules Muslim girl must take swim class

An German court on Friday refused to allow a Muslim student to skip swimming lessons after she said she was uncomfortable being so close to bare-chested boys. The 12-year-old, originally from Morocco, is going to school in Frankfurt. She had refused to take part in swimming lessons and had been marked down. She filed to be given the right to skip the classes, her lawyer arguing that according to the Koran, she was not only forbidden from showing herself to boys but also from seeing boys topless. An administrative court in Kassel, near Frankfurt, rejected her application. It said in its ruling that she could wear the full-body swimsuit, known as the "burkini" already used by several girls at her school, which would be enough to guarantee her religious freedom. The court added that the family had chosen to live in Germany where mixed swimming classes were the norm. One of the aims of the school system was to promote integration and tolerance, the court added, citing a ruling by Germany's constitutional court. The applicant would have to put up with the sight of her classmates in their swimming costumes, the court said.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sixty years later, recalling the historic agreement for German restitution

As the founding executive director of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, I remember just how difficult the issue of negotiating with Germany was within the Jewish world 60 years ago. In Israel in particular, it was a subject of enormous controversy, political and moral. Yet as far as we in the negotiating delegation were concerned, we did not come just to seek financial help to assist the victims of the Shoah. For the first time in the history of the Jewish people, we came forward to advance legal and moral claims on the country that had perpetrated crimes against us, in this case the successor state to the Third Reich. For the Jewish people, persecuted and homeless for two millennia, this was indeed a unique moment in history.

Germany: Merkel Urges More Tolerance Towards Muslims

Germany should be more tolerant of its Muslims, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday night, calling the religion part of the country's makeup. "We should be very open about this and say: Yes, this is part of us," Merkel said during a teleconference with some 7,000 members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union party. In view of the violent protests that have taken place in recent weeks across the Muslim world against a controversial anti-Islam film and offensive Muhammad caricatures, Merkel said Germans should be careful to differentiate between Islamists and the religion itself. "We must be incredibly careful that we don't lump everyone together," the chancellor said. "The Islamists are not the Islam of Germany."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

German Jewish leader says victim of anti-Semitic abuse

A top member of Germany's Jewish community said Thursday he was verbally abused on the streets of Berlin in what he said was an anti-Semitic attack, a month after a rabbi was beaten in the German capital.
The general secretary of the Central Council of Jews, Stephan Kramer, told AFP the incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon as he walked home with his four children near the Kurfuerstendamm, one of the main streets in central Berlin.
"The man obviously felt provoked by the open prayer book I was carrying and my beard," Kramer said, adding he was on the way back from the synagogue.
He added he could not be sure the man had seen the book he was carrying was a Jewish prayer book but charged: "It was definitely xenophobic."
According to Kramer, the passer-by told him several times "to get out of here" in a very aggressive fashion.
Kramer said he had shown the man he was carrying an unspecified weapon in what he said was a bid to calm the situation. "The weapon never left the holster," he told AFP.
A nearby fast-food vendor called the police and both men pressed charges on the other. The police said it had launched an investigation into a "reciprocal threat."
Authorities could not confirm the abuse was xenophobic in nature.
Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit said that "threats against Jewish citizens on the streets are disgraceful and absolutely not acceptable."
In August, Rabbi Daniel Alter was attacked in broad daylight by four youths who also threatened to kill his young daughter, apparently because he was wearing traditional Jewish headgear, police said.
The American Jewish Committee called on politicians to take "concrete measures" against anti-Semitism in what the group said was "a social climate in which negative portrayal of Jews is increasingly acceptable."
The association said a recent high-profile debate about circumcision in the country, after a court ruled it was tantamount to grievous bodily harm, had made the situation worse.

Will Europe outlaw Hezbollah?

The previous month, Philipp Missfelder, the Bundestag foreign policy spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party, said that "[i]t is long overdue to place Hezbollah on the EU's list of terror organizations."
Germany's foreign ministry is "considering" a measure to push the EU to include Hezbollah in its terror list. Traditionally, the Federal Republic has gone to great lengths to block efforts to designate Hezbollah as a terror entity. The number of Hezbollah members has increased in Germany from 900 in 2010 to a current figure of 950 in 2012. Hezbollah remains a legal political organization in the Federal Republic.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A man of Moroccan origin stabs German job centre employee to death

German police say a woman has been stabbed and killed at a job centre, and a suspect  was arrested shortly afterward.
Police said the suspect walked into the job centre in Neuss, on the outskirts of Duesseldorf, early Wednesday morning and stabbed the 32-year-old employee multiple times before fleeing. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died there of her injuries.
Authorities have detained a 52-year-old man nearby. His name is being withheld in accordance with German privacy laws but he was identified as a local Neuss resident of Moroccan origin.

Authorities investigating call for terror attacks in Germany

A group of Islamist extremists has called for terrorist attacks to be carried out in Germany. The letter also claims that a German plays the leading role in a video that has caused outrage in the Islamic world.
The news of the call for attacks in Germany was first reported in the Tuesday edition of the daily newspaper Die Welt.
The Hamburg-based paper reported that it had obtained the text of the document in which a German Islamist who goes by the name of Abu Assad calls on his fellow Muslims to carry out attacks in revenge for the video about the Prophet Muhammed that recently turned up on the Internet
The statement calls on Muslims to behead their enemies and film such acts "so that Germany, yes even all of Europe, knows that their criminal games will be stamped out by the sisters of Islam."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Swiss federal court - Public request against Islamic expansion is no verbal racism

The party leader of the Junge SVP from canton Thurgau has publicly requested to stop the expansion of Islam. The highest court does not consider these statements as racist, because there is no global disdain for members of Islam.
Defending the values of a Christian influenced Swiss cultural identity against further spread of Islam may not be considered racism. That has been decided by the Swiss federal court in a legal dispute between the president of the Junge SVP canton Thurgau, Benjamin Kasper, and the foundation against racism and anti-Semitism.
The latter had published a report under the category "verbal racism" about a speech of the JSVP president in 2009 on the implementation of prohibition of minarets in a public meeting in Frauenfeld. The mentioned category is now to be deleted, since the Swiss federal court had refused a complaint by the foundation and thereby affirmed the judgement of the cantonal high court of Thurgau.

Secret Nazi Tapes Show Savage Murder and Rape by Ordinary German Soldiers

Recordings of conversations had between German POW’s during World War II reveal the senseless and disturbing acts of murder and rape conducted by the Nazi fighting force, separate from the SS, which is generally associated with the horrific war crimes of Nazi Germany.
“There was an event in the market square, crowds of people, speeches given. We really sprayed them. That was fun,” a German soldier said while being held at London’s Trent Park detention center.
Over 10,000 German POW’s were bugged between 1940 and 1945 by British and American forces, in hopes of attaining valuable military secrets of the Nazis. A series of conversations between the German war prisoners have been made public in the book entitled Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs.
“I loved dropping bombs,” said another German POW. “It makes you feel all tingly, a great feeling. It’s as good as shooting someone down.”
German historians Soenke Neitzel and Harald Welze’s book, which has been translated into English, lies in stark contrast to the dispelled narrative that the Wehrmacht (Germany’s armed forces) were not significantly active in committing acts of barbarism during the second world war.
A passage from the book reads as follows:
Zotlöterer: “I shot a Frenchman from behind. He was riding a bicycle.”

Weber: “At close range?”

Zotlöterer: “Yes.”

Heuser: “Did he want to take you prisoner?”

Zotlöterer: “Nonsense. I wanted the bicycle.”
In another recording, one of the German prisoners describes an event where a female spy was caught “running around the neighborhood”, so she was beaten, raped, and then thrown out onto the street.

“When she was lying there on her back, we threw grenades at her. Every time one of them landed near her body, she screamed. And just think, there were eight German officers sitting at that table with me, and they all broke out laughing.”

Monday, September 24, 2012

Germany considering ban of Lebanon's Hezbollah

A spokesman for Germany's foreign ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the Federal Republic was examining whether the criteria exist to outlaw the Iran-sponsored Hezbollah within the 27-member European Union. The spokesman's comment appears to be the first public acknowledgement that Germany is contemplating a move to ban the Islamist group. "We are examining very carefully at this time in the EU the preconditions which could lead to a listing of Hezbollah as a terror group," the spokesman wrote. "We take very seriously the concerns of our Israeli partner over possible activities of Hezbollah in Europe. That affects also the questions of the financing of Hezbollah and the possible involvement in worldwide narcotics trade." The number of Hezbollah members has increased in Germany from 900 in 2010 to 950 in 2012. The organization remains a legal entity there. Israeli and US intelligence sources attribute the July suicide bombing in Bulgaria targeting a bus filled with Israeli tourists to a joint Hezbollah-Iran operation. The terror attack caused the death of an EU citizen - ­ a Bulgarian bus driver -­ and five Israeli tourists. In the last month, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and 76 US senators have all urged Catherine Ashton, the EU's top foreign policy representative, to include Hezbollah in the EU terror list.

German FM stresses diplomacy, sanctions on Iran

While conceding that international talks with Iran have not been substantial, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reiterated the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday, stressing that the Federal Republic seeks a negotiated solution to the nuclear crisis.

In an interview with Die Welt am Sonntag, Westerwelle said everything possible must be done “to prevent war between Iran and Israel. We want a political and diplomatic solution” and a nuclear-armed Iran is not acceptable.

The foreign minister added that the Islamic Republic’s work on nuclear weapons threatens more than the security of Israel. If Tehran develops nuclear weapons, it would set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, he said.

Asked by Die Welt am Sonntag journalists if the window had closed for negotiations with Iran, Westerwelle answered, not yet.

“I personally told Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and Defense Minister [Ehud] Barak a few days ago in Jerusalem that, on the one hand, we understand the concerns of Israel for its security.

On the other hand, I advised [them] to seek a political solution from the international community,” he said.

Westerwelle noted that the negotiations with Iran are not substantial and that is why he, British Foreign Minister William Hague and France’s top diplomat, Laurent Fabius, sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, asking that the EU prepare a new round of sanctions.

German Troops Riot in Italy over Disney Film!

WASHINGTON (Routers) Outraged over the insult to their Fuehrer by a film recently released by RKO, German troops reportedly engaged in violent attacks on Americans attempting to consolidate a beach head in the area of Salerno, Italy, today. The attack was seemingly sudden and spontaneous, waged against the 36th and 45th Divisions near the villages of Altavilla and Battipaglia.
The casualties are severe. The 1st and 3d Battalions, 142nd, and the 3d Battalion, 143rd, have been thrown back from Altavilla. Company K, 143rd, has been cut off. The 1st Battalion, 142nd, has lost all except some sixty of its men. The 2nd Battalion, 143rd, has been smashed in the Sele-Calore corridor and the 1st Battalion, 157th, has been hit hard as well. The American line has been dented, even pierced, and only the artillery is preventing a complete break-through. Worst of all, there are almost no reserves available to mend the line.
Titled Der Fuehrer’s Face, the short film that caused the uprising mocks not only Adolf Hitler, but also his aides Goering and Goebbels, and the Nazi belief system itself, and is clearly intended to do so. Featuring an insulting Donald Duck, it seems like crude propaganda, depicting Germans as cruel and stupid. It also makes fun of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. It also includes a racist depiction of General Tojo, the Japanese military leader. It features a silly and insulting song released last year by the so-called “comic” musician Spike Jones that mocks the Nazi Party.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Philadelphia man accused of being SS Auschwitz guard

Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against an 87-year-old Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, The Associated Press has learned, following years of failed US Justice Department efforts to have the man stripped of his American citizenship and deported.
Johann “Hans” Breyer, a retired toolmaker, admits he was a guard at Auschwitz during World War II, but told the AP he was stationed outside the facility and had nothing to do with the wholesale slaughter of some 1.5 million Jews and others behind the gates.
The special German office that investigates Nazi war crimes has recommended that prosecutors charge him with accessory to murder and extradite him to Germany for trial on suspicion of involvement in the killing of at least 344,000 Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in occupied Poland.
The AP also has obtained documents that raise doubts about Breyer’s testimony about the timing of his departure from Auschwitz.

Hamburg mosque may have violated anti-hate contract

The Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg, widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic, appears to have violated the spirit – and perhaps the terms – of its contractual partnership with the city of Hamburg. The mosque and its parent organization are said to have mobilized anti-Israel activists to call for the destruction of the Jewish state. The city of Hamburg’s interior ministry sent the Green Party politician Antje Möller a list of responses to her September 10 queries about the role of the Imam Ali Mosque. Möller questioned whether the Iranian religious institution mobilized groups and associations to travel to Berlin in August to participate in the annual al-Quds day march, which calls for the violent destruction of Israel. According to Hamburg’s domestic intelligence agency – Germany’s version of Shin Bet – efforts to recruit for the anti-Israel al-Quds march have taken place since 2009 in “the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH) association, which operates the (Shia) Imam Ali-Mosque.” The intelligence agency added that “two buses with roughly 90 people traveled to Berlin this year. The costs for the travel were paid for by the IZH.” The al-Quds day rally was attended by over 1,000 Islamists, including pro-Hezbollah members, who promoted the obliteration of the Jewish state in the heart of Berlin’s shopping district. According to a report in the liberalleft taz on Wednesday, the IZH is a member of the council of Islamic communities (Schura) and a main partner of Hamburg’s senate contract between the city and Muslim associations. The legal agreement provides that the Schura, which includes the IZH, is to actively outlaw discrimination and violence because of religion, national origin and religious views. The taz reported that Möller is looking into the meaning of the IZH’s calls to abolish Israel based on the anti-violence and anti-discrimination language of the partnership agreement. Hamburg has the largest German-Iranian and Iranian community in the Federal Republic. The northern city is believed to have the second largest European Iranian community. The Imam Ali Mosque has raised eyebrows over the years, largely because the center advances the anti-Semitism of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, including selling anti-Jewish literature in the IZH building. Dr Wahied Wahdat Hagh, a German-Iranian expert on the Islamic Republic, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that IZH is “directly under the control of the leader Ali Khamenei” and for a period of time adhered to German laws, but then continued to work clandestinely. “And that is the real scandal,” he said. Wahdat Hagh, who serves on the German interior ministry’s anti-Semitism commission, said the IZH “mobilize and finance hate-filled demonstrations” in order to organize the “anti-Semitic demonstration in Berlin.” Wahdat Hagh , who is widely viewed as the leading expert on Iranian anti-Semitism in Europe, said “this should be a sign…actually a warning that money is raised secretly here for hate-filled demonstrations against Israel” and could flow into “terror funds and money for spy networks “ operated by Iran’s regime.

Iran: Siemens sabotaged nuclear equipment

Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Saturday accused German company Siemens of sabotaging its nuclear program, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported. According to the news agency, citing Boroujerdi, Iranian security experts discovered small explosives embedded in equipment Tehran bought from Siemens for its nuclear program. DPA quoted Boroujerdi as claiming, “the equipment was supposed to blow up after installation in order to destroy our [nuclear] systems.” Siemens immediately dismissed the allegations, with DPA quoting company spokesman Alexander Machowetz as saying, “we have no business dealings related to the Iranian nuclear program.” The United Nations has banned the sale of nuclear-related equipment to Iran. Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a German-Iranian expert, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday that the Iranian press is filled with coverage of the accusations against Siemens. He said that Boroujerdi is not only a lawmaker but the chairman of Iran’s commission of national security. Wahdat-Hagh reviewed the Iranian state-controlled Persian-language press reports and said that Boroujerdi accused the International Atomic Energy Agency–the Vienna-based nuclear watchdog group–of “always reporting false things about Iran’s atomic program.”

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pat Condell: A word to rioting Muslims

Guardian Recommends Germans Learn Turkish to Aid Integration

One in five people living in Germany now comes from an immigrant background, according to figures released on Thursday. They show that the minority community grew by more than 1.3% last year at a time when the overall population is falling.

Figures from the German Federal Statistical Office show that the number of people with immigrant backgrounds living in Germany increased by 216,000 from 2010 to 2011. Multiculturalism has been a fiercely controversial topic in Germany in recent years, engendering vigorous debate over the integration of immigrants, many of whom moved to the country in the 1960s as guest workers from Turkey. There are now 16 million people with an immigrant background living in Germany – 19.5% of the country's population.

Terrorist Islamist threat in Bulgaria

By Ioannis Michaletos/ In July 2012 Bulgaria’s main tourism destination, the Burgas coastal city, was hit by a suicide bomber that killed a group of five Israeli tourists in the local airport, signaling the first attack of such type in the Balkans and bringing once more time into the surface, the issue of extremist Islam in the region, which has flourished over the past 20 years, especially in the Western Balkans.

Bulgaria’s issues with radical Islam have been noted for the past few years, although little media attention was paid until recently.
On October 2010, the “Sheikh Abu Sharif Aql”, spokesperson of the Jihadi group in the Middle East, named “Osbat Al Anshar” commented to the Bulgarian paper “24 Hours”, that “Bulgaria is a legitimate target for Jihadists due to its continuous support for USA and NATO forces both in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

Friday, September 21, 2012

German magazine pokes fun at Islam video row

A German satirical magazine has entered the row over an anti-Islam video by printing a picture of the former German first lady in the arms of a turban-clad man with a dagger. The move comes during protests across the Arab world. The magazine Titanic presented the front page of its October edition showing a photo montage of Bettina Wulff – wife of former German President Christian Wulff – being embraced by a Muslim fighter wearing a turban and brandishing a dagger. The headline reads, "West Rises Up: Bettina Wulff Makes Film About Mohammed." The magazine, which prints 100,000 copies a month, gained notoriety in July for printing a picture of the pope with yellow stains down his cassock. "Now Mohammed is on everybody's lips, we are reacting," editor Leo Fischer said in an interview with weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine decided not to include religious caricatures published in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, but said it supported Hebdo's decision to do so. Meanwhile, police said that German embassies and consulates in Arabic countries would be on high alert after Friday, a religious holiday, as some experts fear that violence could again escalate. Several German cities are also expected to host protests against the amateurish US-made film "The Innocence of Muslims" on Friday and over the weekend. Around 800 people are expected to gather on Friday in Freiburg in the southwest. Up to 500 in the northern city of Hannover on Sunday; and others in the northern city of Cuxhaven over the weekend. Police are acting on the basis that these will be peaceful protests but were ready for any possible trouble, a spokesman said. An opinion poll carried out by the N24-Emnid institute said Thursday that 72 percent of Germans were against the film being shown in public and just 21 percent were in favour. The poll was taken among 1,000 people on Wednesday. The German interior ministry meanwhile announced that a government poster campaign against the radicalisation of some young Muslims had been delayed. Following federal police warnings "about the current dangers" the start of the campaign, scheduled for Friday, had been put off and no new date had been set, the ministry said.

Israel raps Berlin Jewish Museum for boycott event

Israel’s embassy in Germany on Thursday sharply criticized Berlin’s Jewish Museum for hosting an anti-Israel US academic, who urged an audience of roughly 700 people to boycott the Jewish state. Stressing the importance of the protest, the diplomatic statement was posted as the top notice on the Israeli embassy’s electronic newsletter, stating: “We regret that the Berlin Jewish Museum decided to hold a discussion event, which posed the question, about the identity of the Jewish state. Similar discussions are not conducted about any other state on the planet.” The Israeli embassy continued that it was “astonished that exactly this museum would provide a stage to a person who called for an academic and cultural boycott against Israel…In the name of freedom of opinion the Jewish Museum offered a forum to a person who supports a boycott against Israel and therefore calls for Israelis to be boycotted because they are Israelis.” The embassy added that it hoped that the Berlin museum, with a view toward the future, would invite speakers who refrain from calls to boycott Israel. According to the Israeli statement, the speaker, Dr. Judith Butler, uses “anti-democratic methods against the Israeli government” to make her points. The Jewish Museum’s decision to host a pro-boycott Israel event with Butler on Saturday prompted Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, to term the cultural institution the “Berlin anti-Jewish museum.” Butler, a professor in the rhetoric and comparative literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley, told a sold out audience in the courtyard of the museum the she advocates a“version of a boycott” against Israel, and repeatedly cited her support for the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement targeting the Jewish state. She expressed ideas about creating a bi-national state and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel, which would lead, according to critics, to the dismantling of the Jewish state. The mainly non-Jewish German audience expressed euphoria for her ideas. The embassy wrote that the “Berlin Jewish museum decided at the end of the Jewish year 5772 to hold a podium discussion on the topic of ‘Does Zionism belong to Judaism ?'" “The Shoah, which led to the murder of six million Jews across the world, is the clear proof that there must be a Jewish state whose most important goal is the security of the existence of the Jewish peoples,” noted the embassy statement. Israel’s diplomats added that “Zionism as an expression of the Jewish striving is the guarantee of the continuation of the Jewish people. Without Zionism and its realization in the form of the State of Israel, Jews worldwide as Jews and communities could not continue. The question, whether Zionism belongs to Judaism, is answered by history on a day-to-day basis." Writing on his micro-blog twitter feed, Jeremy Newmark, a prominent British Jew and CEO of the Jewish leadership council in the UK, wrote ”Judith Butler calls for destruction of Israel at Berlin Jewish Museum in Germany.” The embassy added that because of the fact that ”Israel sees the responsibility to secure Jewish life in the diaspora, Jews in the world can live in peace and quiet.” The Jewish museum spokeswoman Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday that the museum would post a video on Sunday of the Butler event on YouTube. The spokeswoman declined to return repeated Post queries about the video, suggesting that the event is a great source of embarrassment for a museum devoted to 2,000 years of German Jewish history, including documenting the boycott movement against Jewish businesses that started in Germany and led to the Holocaust. In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Friday, Werner Cohn, who was born in Berlin in 1926, wrote "I am a Jew who fled Germany with his parents in 1938. My father was a physician in the Wedding district. I went to both public and Jewish schools in Berlin, and have kept up my interest in the city of my birth by visiting it occasionally, the last time last October. And it was in October that I last visited the Jewish Museum.” He continued “I cannot express how deeply hurt I am by seeing this museum give a platform to someone who agitates against Israel, and indeed urges a boycott against Israel. I remember the Nazi-organized boycott of Jewish businesses in April of 1933. I was only seven at the time, but I can never forget the Nazis, in uniform, standing in front of Jewish shops and terrorizing the Jewish population. We did not know it at the time, but it was a dress rehearsal for the Holocaust.” Cohn added that, “Obviously, Ms. Butler has a right to voice her opinions as she sees fit, but I can see no moral right of an ostensible Jewish institution to give her this platform. As I wrote to the museum, they will not see me again on their premises.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Columnist calls German journalist ‘pure anti-Semite'

Popular Die Welt columnist Henryk M. Broder launched a piercing attack on Tuesday against Jakob Augstein, owner and editor of the Der Freitag weekly, for spreading Nazi-style anti-Semitism on Spiegel Online, the website of the Der Spiegel magazine, where Augstein blogs. Writing in his own blog, Die Achse des Guten (The Axis of Good), Broder, regarded as Germany’s leading expert on contemporary anti-Semitism, said: “A few days ago, I wrote here that the editor of Freitag, Jakob Augstein, was a ‘salon anti- Semite.’ Now I have to correct myself. Jakob Augstein is not a salon anti-Semite, he’s a pure anti-Semite, an anti-Semitic piece of work, an offender by conviction who only missed the opportunity to make his career with the Gestapo because he was born after the war. He certainly would have had what it takes.” In his Monday Spiegel Online blog article, titled “To whose advantage is the violence?,” Augstein wrote: “Fires are burning in Libya, Sudan, Yemen, all countries that are among the poorest in the world. But the arsonists are elsewhere. The furious young men burning American, and now also German, flags are just as much victims as the dead in Benghazi and Sanaa. Who profits from this violence? Only the crazies and the unscrupulous. And this time also – as if incidentally – the American Republicans and the Israeli government.” Broder, who has testified as an expert in the Bundestag about German anti-Semitism, wrote on his blog that Augstein’s text showed a “classical anti-Semitic model” that connects the Nazis and neo-Nazis who argue that “the Zionists cooperated with the Nazis and accepted the death of millions of Jews in order to establish their state.” Broder added that this was the logic behind Augstein’s article and that he was a “little Streicher,” referring to Julius Streicher, the raging anti-Semitic editor of the Nazi-era publication Der Stürmer. According to observers of German-Israeli relations, Augstein has gone to great lengths to stoke hostility against the Jewish state. He passionately defended writer Günter Grass’s poem that blamed Israel as being the main impediment to world peace, although the majority of German journalists slammed Grass for his biases against Israel and his pro-Iran position. In a telephone conversation with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, Broder said commentaries in Der Freitag, Augstein’s weekly, were packed full of comments supporting anti- Semitism. Writing in his blog, Broder taunted Augstein to file a legal suit against him. Augstein told the Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday that he would not sue, saying, “I very much value and respect Henryk M. Broder, also in his errors.” Broder responded that Augstein had “wimped out.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Muslim Riots Reach Europe -- Free Speech Under Threat

In Germany, major Muslim umbrella organizations have warned that the movie could "endanger the public peace" and lead to "street massacres" in German cities. The chairman of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, Aiman ​​Mazyek, has also called for a legal ban on the film within the Federal Republic. "I do think that we must use all legal means to ban the film," Mazyek said in an interview with ARD television. Mazyek continued that the video had the goal of "sowing discord and hatred," and therefore "I would use all means possible to outlaw the film."
German political leaders are now equivocating about their commitment to free speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, commenting on the anti-Islam movie, said, "I can imagine there would be good reasons to outlaw the film" – a reversal of her statement of just two years ago, when, commenting on the Danish cartoon controversy, she declared: "Free speech is one of the greatest treasures of our society."
Separately, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said he would consider all legal options to ban public showings of the anti-Islamic film. He said Islamic extremists such as the Salafists are likely to incite violent protests within Germany, which Friedrich called a "highly dangerous" situation.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has also pleaded for a ban on the movie, arguing that freedom of expression has its limits. "The abuse of a religion that is likely to disturb the public peace is forbidden to us," he said in an interview on Deutschlandfunk German radio. He also argued that a ban on the film would send the message that "Germany does not stand behind right-wing radicals who insult other religions."
Section 166 of the German Penal Code already restricts free speech when it involves "insulting religion or belief." In a landmark Section 166 case in 2006, for example, a German retiree in Lüdinghausen was sentenced to 12 months in prison for writing the words "Koran, the holy Koran" on toilet paper and mailing it local mosques.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Germany Cracks Down on Terry Jones and Innocence of Muslims

Germany's Interior Ministry Sunday banned the entry into the country of internationally-known Koran burner Terry Jones upon the invitation of the "fringe right-wing party" (Deutsche Welle) Bürgerbewegung Pro Deutschland (Civil Movement Pro Germany), as against the "interest in maintaining public order." Jones was to travel to Germany in conjunction with a Berlin screening by Pro Deutschland of the film promoted by Jones, Innocence of Muslims, whose trailer on the internet has caused an international uproar in recent days in conjunction with often violent Islamic unrest around the world. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, whose ministry had proposed the entry ban to the Interior Ministry, commented that "preachers of hate have nothing to seek in Germany." Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich in turn condemned the screening intention of Pro Deutschland as a provocation of Islamist groups in Germany akin to "pouring oil into the fire with gross negligence" and announced a determination to stop this screening with "all legally permissible means."
While much attention in recent days has gone to Muslim demonstrations at American diplomatic facilities, Germans have their own particular reasons to be concerned about Islamist violence, for Muslim protesters ransacked the German embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, on September 14, 2012. For this particular attack local Khartoum imams had in the preceding days urged their congregations to protest before the embassy due to German acceptance of groups like Pro Deutschland publicly demonstrating before German mosques with copies of the 2005 Danish Muhammad cartoons. Indeed, the Sudanese foreign ministry called upon the German government on September 13, 2012, to prohibit such public use of these caricatures.
Similarly, many observers believe that the various Muslim attacks on, and demonstrations in front of, American interests following the release of the Innocence of Muslims trailer were well-orchestrated, with the trailer merely serving as a pretext for incitement. The well-executed, heavily-armed terrorist attack upon the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and his entourage in Benghazi, for example, was most likely an act of revenge by Al-Qaeda affiliates for the American killing of top Al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya Al-Libi. Islamist groups in Egypt also deliberately played the trailer on Egyptian television in order to provoke riots in front of the Cairo American embassy on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks upon the United States. Already on August 30, 2012, before these broadcasts, Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, had called for protests before the Cairo embassy to oppose the continued American imprisonment of Jamaa Islmiya's spiritual leader, the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdul Rahman of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has even suggested that a number of the embassy protestors were paid.
As noted Islam-watcher Robert Spencer of the website Jihadwatch argues, the "video did not provoke the riots. The riots were orchestrated and planned long in advance, to get the Blind Sheikh freed -- and to intimidate the West into destroying the freedom of speech." The evidence is increasingly proving Spencer and others right, showing that Innocence of Muslims has about as much to do recent Muslim outrage (and outrages) as the killing of German diplomat by a Polish Jew in Paris had to do with the November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht nationwide pogroms in the Third Reich.
The refused entry of Jones, following on a similar 2009 denial of a British entry permit to Dutch politician Geert Wilders (later overturned), and the official German intention to seek to stop any screening of Innocence of Muslims indicate that Spencer is right to claim that "terrorism works."
While free societies around the world accept or even approve of gratuitous attacks upon faiths such as Christianity (consider the 1987 American photograph Piss Christ or, more recently, the Austrian film Paradise: Faith) or outlandish historical theories (e.g. Abraham Lincoln was gay), many Muslims around the world are demanding a special, untouchable status for Islam. The ever-present threat of violence backing up such demands is what gives such eminently forgettable individuals and films such as Jones and Innocence of Muslims international prominence in the first place.
As the Khartoum German embassy attacks demonstrate, though, once free societies placate Muslim demands with respect to one issue such as Jones' Koran burning or a film, there will always be yet another demand for submission to Muslim mores, with no logical stopping point in these demands before ultimate obsequiousness. The sooner free societies realize that appeasing such calls for Islamic censorship only whets the appetite for further aggression, no matter how disreputable the person or object in question , the earlier they can develop the firm, ultimately unavoidable resolve to defend freedom, no matter the short-term cost.

Europe’s Multicultural Nightmare

The beautiful, rosy multicultural paradise Europe’s leftists promised in the 1960s and ’70s manifested itself brilliantly again recently at a Kurdish festival in Mannheim, a German city in the south-western state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Almost as soon as the festival began, German police were set upon by hundreds of young Kurds who were encouraged “with words and applause” by thousands of others. When the shocking, hours-long savagery ended, eighty policemen were injured, one seriously, while “more than a dozen vehicles were destroyed” before order could be restored. Martin Boll, a spokesman for Mannheim’s police, said he had never seen such violence in his 30 years of police service. “The outbreak of violence by the attackers was enormous,” said Boll, who was described by German newspapers as “visibly shaken” by the events. “Hundreds, if not more than a thousand Kurdish assailants stormed towards the police and threw stones at officials.” One German newspaper said policemen had to “throw themselves down behind vehicles” in order to avoid the pavement stones, glass bottles, bricks, barricades and even firecrackers that were being thrown at them. It was estimated 40,000 people, of whom 2,500 were regarded as “violent or violence-prepared,” attended the twentieth holding of this annual “multicultural” event. Most of the previous 19 Kurdish festivals had been held in the German state of Rhineland-Westphalia. An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 Kurds live in Germany, but Kurds had travelled from all over Europe for this year’s festival in Mannheim.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rosh Hashanah in purgatory

My father, Alexander Breuer, fled the Nazis in 1938, only to return several years later with the US Army. He was among the first Americans to enter Buchenwald and witness, firsthand, the decimation of European Jewry. And on the scorched earth of occupied Germany, in 1945, he celebrated the High Holidays.

Germany: Israel has no veto on Egypt sub deal

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed Israeli pressure not to sell two submarines to Egypt, while acknowledging the country was “not as stable” as he would like in an interview published Saturday. “No country in the world has the right of veto to decisions taken by the German government,” the minister told the Frankfurter Rundschau when asked to comment on the probable sale of two Type 209 attack submarines. Questioned specifically about Israeli pressure not to go through with the deal, he repeated: “Nobody has the right of veto.” However he admitted that Egypt “is not as stable as I would like”, while stressing this was a “personal point of view” and had “nothing to do with any possible transaction over submarines.”

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Berlin Jewish Museum event calls for Israel boycott

BERLIN - The internationally renowned Jewish Museum in Berlin hosted a podium discussion on Saturday with US academic Judith Butler, who renewed her calls to boycott Israel. It appears to be the first anti-Israel event held in the Jewish museum since its opening in 2001 with the aim of exhibiting the 2,000- year history of Germany’s Jews. At least 700 people attended the event. The German taxpayer-funded museum’s decision to showcase a speaker in the capital city, which during the Nazi period served as the launching pad for a boycott movement against German-Jewish businesses, has raised eyebrows about the management’s direction of the museum. In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Saturday, Professor Gerald Steinberg, who heads the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, termed the cultural institution the “Berlin anti-Jewish Museum.” Butler, a professor in the rhetoric and comparative literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley, told a sold out audience in the courtyard of the museum that she accepts a “version of a boycott” against Israel, and stressed that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is “non-violent resistance” against Israel. She claimed that “1,000 Jewish groups” agree with her. The largely German audience frequently showered Butler with applause during the two hour podium discussion titled “Does Zionism belong to Judaism?” The panel discussion with Butler sparked controversy ahead of Saturday, prompting the scheduled moderator Jacques Schuster, a journalist with the daily Die Welt, to walk away from the event because a “balanced discussion” with Butler is not possible and her views toward Israel are more than “odd.” The city of Frankfurt has been engulfed in a nearly three week row over the city’s cultural agency decision to honor Butler on September 11 with its prestigious Theodor Adorno award for excellence in the field of humanities. Steinberg, whose organization serves as a watchdog of publicly and privately funded anti-Israel organizations, wrote to the Post that “the award of the Adorno prize to Judith Butler is a moral travesty, and the Berlin Jewish Museum's decision to host her is an additional gross insult to the Jewish people." He added: "Butler espouses causes such as the BDS campaign, erasing mass terror (‘ her version of non-violence‘) and, like Hamas and Hizbollah, explicitly seeking Israel's destruction. This platform embodies the antithesis of the universal human rights principles adopted in the shadow of the Holocaust." In an email to the Post, Cilly Kugelmann, the museum's director, wrote "We understand ourselves... as a forum for discussion and debates with respect to historical and relevant topics.“ She wrote that the museum views its mission to address "Jewish life at home and abroad, as well as the relations between Jews and non-Jews.” When queried by the Post about Butler’s support for boycotts against Israel and her ostensibly cordial words for Hamas and Hezbollah, Kugelmann added that “in our team there are certainly many attitudes and positions.” She declined to return calls and additional email queries about whether museum team members share Butler’s pro-BDS views and descriptions of Hamas and Hezbollah as progressive left-wing groups. Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin, the Jewish museum’s spokeswoman, told the Post on Friday that attendees are not allowed to ask Butler questions about Hamas and Hezbollah. She wrote the Post on Saturday that ”audience questions” will not take place. The museum did , however, collect written audience questions at the end of the event and assessed which questions to permit. Butler triggered intense criticism in Germany, Israel and the US because of her 2006 comment at a “Teach-in Against War “ event that “Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.” In an August email to the Post, she watered down her assertions and said her description does not mean she endorses Hamas and Hezbollah and she rejects violent movements. “I have never taken a stand on either organization,” wrote Butler. She declined to answer Post queries about her exact view of the two radical Islamic organizations. In a letter to the Post, Michael Blumenthal, the American who oversees the executive direction of the museum, wrote "the museum takes no positions on political issues, whether in Germany, Israel or anywhere else.“ He added that "we believe a balanced and fair discussion of issues related to our mission is important and in the public interest. The Berlin Jewish Museum always makes it unmistakeably clear, however, that the opinions they express are the speakers’ own—and only their own. " Steinberg responded that “Blumenthal's attempts to justify such behavior on the grounds of‚ balance, democratic debate and free speech are as morally hollow as Butler's defense. As long as Blumenthal remains, this institution will be known as the Berlin anti-Jewish Museum.” Blumenthal noted in his letter that the appearance of Dr. Micha Brumlik at the discussion serves as a counterweight to Butler. Brumlik, a liberal German Jewish professor of pedagogy, argued against BDS actions targeting Israel at the event but was drowned out and not taken seriously by the largely pro-Butler audience. A German Jewish academic at the event expressed dismay over the discussion at the museum. She told the Post that “Anti-Zionism is enormous in Germany,” and the political and historical context is different in Germany. Critics in the Federal Republic have long argued that non-Jewish organizations and politicians frequently award prizes to anti-Zionist and anti-Israel Jews to vent their biases against the Jewish state and thereby avoid accusations of anti-Semitism or prejudice. Phyllis Chesler, an emeritus professor of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York, wrote the Post via email ,”What Berkeley and the Adorno Prize committee do understand are her very high profile and public anti-Zionist politics which, in these historical times, constitute part of what the ‘new anti-Semitism‘ is about.” Chesler, who has written about anti-Israel professors, added that academics like Butler “are being rewarded for their political views—which is their real work.”

German Interior Minister Says Provocateurs Who Upset Muslims "Must be Stopped"

The German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has announced that measures will be taken against provocateurs who upset Muslims:
"Groups and organisations who want to provoke the Islamists in Germany, by wanting to disseminate this unspeakable Mohammed film for example, need to know that they are pouring oil on the fire with gross negligence. For that reason they must also be stopped."
 The German foreign minister Westerwelle also condemned the film.
“I understand the outrage in the Islamic world," Westerwelle said of the amateurish US-made film, which portrays followers of the Islamic faith as immoral and gratuitously violent.

Westerwelle insisted however that the mob that had stormed the diplomatic missions in Khartoum did not represent "the majority of citizens".
 Who do these fools not realise that condemning the film only emboldens the Muslims further? They are the ones who are pouring fuel on the fire. It will ensure similar outrages further down the line, years from now, over some issue that doesn't exist yet. The appropriate response to this savagery is to be resolute and say, "The principle of free speech is inviolable for us. If you don't like something that someone else says, either respond with contrary speech of your own or toughen up psychologically and learn to deal with it. No one is required to respect the opinions, beliefs or even passionate convictions of another. Respect must be earned on the plane of open debate. Once you Muslims have grasped that core principle, you will have taken a big step forward towards becoming civilised."

New shocking details emerge in Kosovo human organ trafficking

The illegal sellers of human organs in Kosovo organized the horrible business very well. The criminals would lure the gullible citizens from Russia, Turkey, Moldova and some other countries into Kosovo. Those people were willing to sell their kidneys for 15,000 euros. After the surgery performed in anti-sanitary conditions, patients would receive nothing of what they were promised. Many of them would die soon afterwards, while the criminals would sell the organs to their customers in other countries for $80,000 – 100,000. The captured Serbs were also used the “donors.”
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, became particularly interested in this problem. She published a book about this subject, which caused quite a stir in the world. In 2004, she visited a camp in Albania, where the inhuman operations were performed. Serbian prosecutors filed a criminal case into the trafficking of human organs.
The activities of illegal transplant surgeons received international publicity in 2010 after the report from Dick Marty, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In the report, he unveiled the facts about the activities of the “black transplantologists” from Kosovo in the 1990s. The report also stated that the people from the team of Hashim Thaci, an Albanian, the current Prime Minister of the unrecognized “Republic of Kosovo,” were involved in those crimes. Thaci’s patrons from the U.S. and its NATO allies were aware of his blood-chilling activities. Britain’s The Guardian wrote in October 2011, that the criminal activity of Hashim Thaci was described in a secret document of NATO. However, they do not hurry to prosecute the Albanian, apparently out of narrow political considerations.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Draza Mihailovich in Film and TV: On the Set of the TV Series Ravna Gora

By Carl Savich
Ravna Gora is a Serbian television series produced by Radio Televizija Srbija (RTS) and Contrast Studios which will debut on November 2, 2013 on Serbian television. The series began filming on July 24, 2012 on location in Mokra Gora in western Serbia. The series will be a trilogy entitled “1941-1945″. The first part, Ravna Gora, will consist of 15 episodes each an hour in length. It is a historical dramatization of the events that occurred in Yugoslavia during World War II when the country was invaded, occupied, and dismembered by the Axis. The series focuses on the rival guerrilla movements led by Draza Mihailovich and Josip Broz Tito. This television drama breaks new ground and is unique in that it seeks to present a balanced, objective, and factually accurate depiction of those events. Stripped are the Communist propaganda and ideological falsifications, distortions, and manipulations.

Friday, September 14, 2012

German Police Investigate Jewish Officer Who Wore Kippah

A senior Jewish police officer in Berlin is facing disciplinary proceedings for wearing a skullcap in public while on duty. Chief inspector Tuvia Schlesinger was said to have violated police neutrality rules when he donned a white kippa during a demonstration in solidarity with recent victims of anti-Semitic attacks in the city. On September 2, Schlesinger, 59, was sent by his superiors to police a demonstration in central Berlin. During the event, some 1,000 people marched in solidarity with Rabbi Daniel Alter, who had been injured by attackers because of his faith, and in solidarity with Germany’s Jewish community, which is currently battling a court ruling outlawing ritual circumcision. At the demonstration, during which many people wore skullcaps, a journalist asked Schlesinger if he was Jewish. When he responded in the affirmative, the reporters asked him to don a kippa. “I usually don’t wear a kippa, but I granted his request,” Schlesinger was quoted by Berliner Zeitung as saying. “As soon as I donned the kippa and the cameras started clicking, I realized that it was the wrong thing to do.” Schlesinger, a prominent member of the local Jewish community, also wore buttons with slogans supporting the right to perform religious rituals. An often-fierce debate on the matter has been raging since June, when the Cologne District Court declared circumcision tantamount to causing illegal bodily harm. Speaking to journalists at the demonstration, Schlesinger said that the situation for Berlin’s Jews was becoming increasingly difficult due to rising anti-Semitism. The episode spurred controversy in Berlin. While some officials said Schlesinger was justified in expressing solidarity with the Jewish community, others argued that civil servants should refrain from making ideological statements. Authorities also noted that by donning a kippa, Schlesinger had violated the neutrality law of 2005, which bars policemen, judges and teachers from displaying religious symbols in public. In the days immediately following the incident, German papers wrote that the Berlin police would not seek to punish Schlesinger, aiming to avoid headlines about the prosecution of a Jew for wearing a kippa. This week, however, police spokesman Stefan Redlich said that “the neutrality law applies to everyone.” Still, it remains to be seen whether Schlesinger will actually be sanctioned for his offense. Before making a decision, Schlesinger’s superiors would have to conduct a personal hearing with him, to establish how the events transpired and what his motives were. Schlesinger said he knew that he was violating the rules and generally agreed with the neutrality regulations. Still, he told Der Tagesspiegel, it was “ludicrous” to cite this regulation in this particular instance. “I don’t want anybody to forbid me from wearing a kippa — not even my superiors,” he said. “I am Jewish and I stand by that, and that’s it.” However, wearing a kippa together with the police uniform was not planned as a political act, he added. The son of Holocaust survivors, Schlesinger was born in Haifa. Besides serving on the Berlin police force for 32 years, he is also a member of the board of governors of the Jewish community and a former longtime chairman of local Jewish sports club TuS Makkabi. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, hundreds of young Jews and Christians staged a “flash mob” rally in support of religious freedom for Jews in Germany, donning kippot and then walking in silent protest to a Holocaust memorial. “With this flash mob we set a sign of Christian solidarity with our Jewish fellow citizens and we stand determined against any form of anti-Jewish violence. We campaign for unrestricted religious practice for Jews in Germany,” said Gottfried Bühler, the national director of the German branch of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ), one of the organizers of the demonstration. “I believe that this event had a positive signal effect for our Jewish fellow citizens. In a responsible attitude toward our past, we can learn and help to build a better future.”

Sudan: Protesters set fire to German embassy over film

Sudanese demonstrators broke into the German embassy in Khartoum on Friday, raising an Islamic flag and setting the building on fire in a protest against a film that demeaned the Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said. Police had earlier fired tear gas to try to disperse some 5,000 protesters who had ringed the German embassy and nearby British mission. But a Reuters witness said policemen just stood by when the crowd forced its way into Germany's mission. Demonstrators hoisted a black Islamic flag saying in white letters "there is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet," They smashed windows, cameras and furniture in the building and then started a fire, witnesses said. Firefighters arrived to put out the flames. Employees of Germany's embassy were safe "for the moment," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin. He also told Khartoum's envoy to Berlin that Sudan must protect diplomatic missions on its soil, a foreign ministry statement said.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vienna: Rally against father of the Iranian bomb in Vienna

Stop Abbasi-Davani, father of the Iranian bomb!
Rally against the Iranian regime   
September 17th 2012, 09:00 AM

Vienna International Center, Muhammad-Asad-Platz, 1220 Vienna (U1-Kaisermühlen/VIC)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Germany warns Israel Iran strike 'unwise'

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the Israeli government should stop talking about attacking Iran. “In terms of military action against Iran this action is not illegitimate, but not wise,” de Maiziere said on Tuesday at the European Israeli Dialogue conference in Berlin. “It’s not only a question of what will happen the day after in Tel Aviv, it’s a question of what will happen elsewhere in the world.” He also said that an additional result of an Israeli strike would be the emergence of new alliances with Iran. “Of course, silent applause among some Arab countries will take place,” he said, adding that it could be in the interest of the Iranians to present themselves as victims, and that was not in Israel’s interest. De Maiziere admitted that a military strike could delay Iran’s nuclear program for years. “A delay is quite important,” he said. “There’s a lot of talk about winning time, and that’s not to be underestimated.” Asked if Germany was going to follow Canada’s lead and cut off diplomatic relations with Iran, he said it was a pragmatic issue, not one of ethics. “Canada chose the easiest way,” he explained. “We would not be allowed to stop diplomatic relations. On several occasions we have been asked by our friends to get information.” De Maiziere said he had expressed his skepticism to Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other Israeli officials about the effectiveness of a military strike.

Phyllis Chesler accused the Germans of “hiding behind Butler”

Speaking to the Post on Monday from New York, Phyllis Chesler, an emeritus professor of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York, accused the Germans of “hiding behind Butler,” saying that “by valorizing her anti-Israel views they justify and elevate their own anti- Israel views.”
Jewish organizations and pro- Israel leftist groups demonstrated on Tuesday at the location of the award ceremony, St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt am Main.

Butler triggered worldwide criticism in 2006 by saying, “Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.”

Speaking from the rally on Tuesday against the decision to award Butler the prize, Sacha Stawski, the head of the pro-Israel media watchdog group Honestly Concerned, told the Post via phone that 150-200 people were at the demonstration. He said “a mix of Jews and non-Jews and the pro-Zionist left group” turned out under the motto “No honor for hatred of Israel.” He also said a rabbi from Frankfurt will address the group.

Stawski was also scheduled to speak and to announce that his group no longer plans to use Frankfurt for pro-Israel events because of the city’s honoring of Butler, who, he says, supports Hamas and Hezbollah.

Circumcision in Germany

Four months ago, a German regional court issued a ruling on the circumcision of boys for religious reasons. The decision sparked a vivid public debate in Germany, as well as here in Israel. But the discussion has also been subject to a considerable amount of confusion and misinterpretation regarding the legal status of circumcision in Germany. Has Germany “banned” circumcision, as some commentators claim? Is religious circumcision now considered a crime under German law? None of the above, is the short answer.

What has actually happened? On May 7, 2012, a regional court in the western city of Cologne found that the circumcision of under-age boys for religious reasons was an unlawful act that caused bodily harm. Contrary to some comments in the press, this ruling has no binding force. It does not mean that other German courts will have to rule in the same way in the future. Moreover, this singular decision stands in contrast to the previously broad acceptance of male circumcision as a religious act and the hitherto unchallenged practice of religiously- motivated circumcision in our country.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Israel’s envoy to Germany slams ‘anti-Israel’ US academic

Berlin - Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman on Monday ratcheted up Israel’s criticism of the decision by the city of Frankfurt to award its Adorno Prize to US academic Judith Butler, who advocates boycotting the Jewish state.

Handelsman wrote that he was “disappointed “ by Frankfurt’s decision, because “in the center of [Butler's] agenda it states that Israelis should be boycotted because they are Israelis.”

Handelsman added that “it is disconcerting that a prize that memorializes the victims of the German Nazi boycotts will be presented to someone who sees a boycott as a legitimate method.”


Monday, September 10, 2012

German Muslims Offended In Wake of Muslim Violence

Muslims are offended a lot. Statistics say that 40 percent of Muslims are offended at any given time, but 80 percent of Muslims found that statistic offensive, conclusively proving it wrong. Talking about how offended Muslims are is also offensive which creates a cycle of offensiveness that leads to riots and bombings by people who are not at all Muslim or offended, let alone offended Muslims. After several Muslim attacks on German Jews, the Muslims are offended because German authorities want to put up posters for family members who want to report a family member who may be going Jihad. “Muslims are always regarded as a potential threat,” said Aydan Oezoguz, a Turkish-German member of parliament and integration commissioner for the opposition Social Democrats. “This is a very important issue, but it risks alienating an entire religious community.” And if you alienate the community they become a threat. So the only way to end the threat is by pretending they’re not a threat, even when they’re a threat or they might become a threat. That’s how the Cycle of Appeasement works. However, four of the six interest groups involved in the confidence-building initiative have since withdrawn their support. “Constantly associating Islam with issues of violence and security policy can only lead to false perceptions,” the groups said in a joint statement. Yes, best to have the suicide bombers associate Islam inconsistently with issues of violence and security policy. Erol Puerlue from the Association of Muslim Cultural Centres, one of the groups involved in the initiative, said too much focus was placed on extremism among Muslims rather than in German society as a whole. “Addressing extremism only among Muslims risks putting them under a general suspicion,” he said, adding that more classes on religion in schools would be a more effective way of combating radicalization among young people. Yes, if there’s one thing that can solve this it’s Islamic studies in school. Also shop classes on how to build bombs.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

German FM: Nuclear Iran would pose threat to entire region

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle emphasized the concerns his country shared with Israel over Iran's nuclear program, following a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday. "A nuclear-armed Iran would not only pose a threat to Israel but to the stability of the entire region. A nuclear-armed Iran is not an option," he said. "We share the concern in Israel about the nuclear program in Iran," Westerwelle told reporters before his meeting with Barak. He added that Germany would maintain sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iran, adding that there was still room for diplomacy. "We urgently call on Iran to enter into substantial negotiations," he said. "Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran is not an option," he added. At a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Cyprus on Friday, Germany, Britain and France called for new EU sanctions against Iran.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Israeli sprinter relives Munich terror

When a loud knocking jerked Esther Roth-Shachamorov out of her sleep at the Olympic Village in Munich in the early hours of a September morning 40 years ago, the Israeli sprinter was afraid. Afraid she was late for her race, that is. At that point, she had no way of knowing that two members of the Israeli delegation to the 1972 Munich Olympics were already dead, and that nine more – including her coach Amitzur Shapira – were being held hostage.

The Rat Lines, the Holocaust in France, 1940-1944, and the Klaus Barbie Case, Part III

By Carl Savich
Croatian Roman Catholic priest Krunoslav Draganovic was the organizer of the Vatican Rat Lines that allowed wanted Ustasha and Nazi war criminals to escape from Europe to South America. He helped not only suspected Croatian Ustasha war criminals escape prosecution for war crimes. He organized Klaus Barbie’s escape to Bolivia as an employee of the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC) in 1951. Klaus Barbie was known as the “Butcher of Lyon”, or “boucher de Lyon”. As a Gestapo leader stationed in Lyons from 1942 to 1944, he was wanted for complicity in the murder of French Resistance leader Jean Moulin and 44 Jewish children from Izieu. He was implicated in the deaths of 4,000 civilians in France during World War II. In 1987, he was tried and convicted in France of committing “crimes against humanity” and sentenced to life in prison.

Crisis Used To Pressure Greek Recognition Of Kosovo: Envoy

BELGRADE: Greece will not recognize Kosovo, Greek Ambassador to Belgrade Dimosthenis Stoidis told Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanovic on Thursday in Belgrade.
This, the Greek diplomat explained, is true despite the fact that the economic crisis affecting Greece “was used in order to pressure Athens to recognize the authorities in Priština”, Beta news agency is reporting.
Serbia rejected as illegal the unilateral declaration of independence of its southern province, made in early 2008 by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians. Five out of EU’s 27 member-states, Greece included, have also not recognized it.

Rethinking Draza Mihailovich

By Carl Savich
Shadows on the Mountain by Marcia Christoff Kurapovna is a new reevaluation and re-examination of the role of Draza Mihailovich in World War II. It is a reappraisal and a new analysis of the historical record and the factual documents in the light of all that has happened since World War II. It is a rethink of Draza Mihailovich, a rethinking of his place in the history of World War II and his role in the Yugoslav resistance movement. For this reason alone, it is an invaluable addition to our understanding of World War II.

Friday, September 07, 2012

J'Accuse: Shame on Germany for Circumcision Ban

By Alan M. Dershowitz
Why do countries with long histories of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry seem to care more about the so-called rights of young children not to be circumcised than do other countries in the world with far better histories of concern for human rights? The same rhetorical question can be asked of countries, such as Norway, that care so much about the rights of animals not to be slaughtered according to Jewish ritual. These questions are entirely rhetorical because every thinking person knows the answer. It's not because Germans or Norwegians are better people and care more about children and animals than do Americans. It is because they care less about Jews. Or more precisely they care a lot about Jews. They just don't like them very much and don't care if they are forced to leave the country because they cannot practice their religion there.
So let no one praise a nation that murdered a million Jewish babies and children for shedding crocodile tears over the plight of the poor little baby boy who, following a many thousand year old tradition, is circumcised 8 days after birth. Every good person should condemn Germany for what really lies at the heart of efforts to ban circumcision—old-fashioned anti-Semitism, a term coined by Germans for Germans and against Jews.
History is not irrelevant in assessing current policies. The history of Germany (and Norway) in prohibiting Jews from practicing their traditional rituals goes back to a time when overt anti-Semitism was not only acceptable, it was de rigeur. Today, new words replace discredited old ones. Anti-Zionism instead of anti-Semitism. The welfare of children instead of the banning of religious rituals. But it's all the same. Anyone who falls for the new pseudo-scientific nonsense about the evils of circumcision or ritual slaughter is as naïve or bigoted as those who fell for the old pseudo-scientific racial claims of Nazism.
Indeed, there is an ugly whiff of "racial superiority" in the implicit assumption underlying these bigoted laws: Namely, that Germans and Norwegians are somehow morally (if not racially) superior to other countries that permit such "barbaric" practices.
So let's call a spade a spade and let's call anti-Semitism by its true name.
How then should reasonable people respond to these unreasonable efforts to make it difficult to practice traditional Judaism? Some have called for a legal response. Perhaps. But fighting these bigoted practices in court plays into the hands of those who are proposing it. In Nazi Germany, respected jurists were able to use the law to justify the most primitive forms of racism. Indeed Nazism operated through the Nuremberg laws and other such anti-Semitic legal enactments, which were declared entirely lawful by the German courts. Efforts to use the law against these manifestations of racism backfired, by legitimating the Nazis' legalistic undertakings. So let those who seek to challenge these laws do so but not without understanding the downside of such action.
Some may suggest that the alleged science purporting to support these bans be challenged on the basis of scientific truth. Perhaps. But that too may play into the hands of those who would argue that even acknowledging a possible scientific basis for these bigoted proposals lends some legitimacy to them. "Science" too was used to support Nazi racial studies. Should German scientists now conduct "twin studies" on circumcised and uncircumcised siblings? Why is Germany not willing to accept the conclusion reached by the American Academy of Pediatrics following a five year review of the best research, that "the health benefits" of circumcision – including reduction of HIV and papillomavirus transmission – "outweigh the risks?"
The best response is to shame the Germans into rejecting this new form of left-wing anti-Semitism, by showing them how similar it is to the Nazism they now claim to abhor. This approach will not work in Norway, because Norwegians have forgotten their history and still believe they were victims of Nazism rather than collaborators. Norway's anti-Semitic laws preventing kosher slaughter of animals date back to the pre-Nazi period and have remained in force since that time. Norway seems to have no shame nor is it capable of being shamed. Many Germans, on the other hand, seem willing to remember the past—at least up to a point. They must confront that past and look into the historical mirror before they once again go down the road of treating their Jewish citizens as second class or worse.
Shame on those Germans who would ban circumcision. Shame on those Germans who do not care enough to rise up in anger against the pseudo-scientific bigots who falsely claim to be interested in the sensitivities of children. Praise for those Germans who do stand against the bigotry of their countrymen.
Let other countries with cleaner hands take the lead in conducting real scientific research and in seeking to protect the rights of children and animals. The dirty hands and filthy past of Germany forever disqualifies that country from leading the effort to ban Jewish rituals. For shame!
This article was published in German by the Juedische-Allgemeine

New Attack in Berlin: Vandals Desecrated Jewish Cemetery

Unknown vandals desecrated six Jewish tombstones at a cemetery in the northeastern German city of Rostock with graffiti including Nazi swastikas, police announced Wednesday. The attackers also scrawled slogans in blue paint including "Shit Jews" and the Nazi rallying cry "Sieg Heil" on the exterior walls of the graveyard, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. The desecration took place on Monday. "We are tracking one suspect in particular. There was probably a group with him but I cannot say for sure," a police spokeswoman told AFP. Last year, 30 Jewish gravestones were desecrated in the western city of Essen on the night of April 20, Adolf Hitler's birthday. Last week, Rabbi Daniel Alter was beaten in broad daylight on a Berlin street by four youths of Arab descent who also threatened to kill his six-year-old daughter. The assailants approached Rabbi Alter and asked him if he is a Jew. Upon hearing him answer in the affirmative, the men proceeded to hit him, while hurling anti-Semitic curses. The attack caused a rabbinical college in Berlin to advise their students to refrain from wearing kippot in public.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Arab Youths Attack Rabbi with Daughter in Berlin: Muslims Attack Daniel Alter for Being Jewish

The Godmother: Germany's New Dictator, Angela Merkel?

For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth. That is what Gertrud Höhler, a former advisor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl fears. Höhler has published a book to warn the Germans about Merkel, who, Höhler says, wants to establish a dictatorship in Europe.
The 58-year old Angela Merkel began her political career in 1991 as a junior minister under Chancellor Kohl. After the German reunification of 1990, Helmut Kohl needed some ministers from the former East Germany, the so-called "German Democratic Republic" (GDR). Although Kohl made Merkel his Minister of Women and Youth, he did not seem to have a high opinion of her; he derisively called her, "das Mädchen" – "the girl."
Kohl's contempt for "the girl Angela" is shared by his former confidante, Gertrud Höhler. The 71-year old Höhler has just published a Merkel biography called "Die Patin: Wie Merkel Deutschland umbaut – The Godmother: How Merkel Is Reconstructing Germany." Patin is also a derisive term. It is the female version of Pate, godfather. Francis Ford Coppola's movie "The Godfather" is called Der Pate in German. In Höhler's view, Merkel is the real life version of what Marlon Brando was in the movie.

Berlin police probing second anti-Semitic incident in a week

A second anti-Semitic attack in Berlin within a week has prompted the launch of a state police investigation. Berlin police said Monday that 13 girls from the Chabad Or Avner primary school were verbally abused with anti-Semitic slogans by four teenage girls fom the neighboring public school before their physical education class was to begin, according to the German news agency dpa. The Jewish school shares the gym with the secular school. The four alleged attackers, aged 15 and 16, also reportedly photographed the Jewish pupils with their cell phones. Two young men accompanied the attackers. A teacher tried unsuccessfully to intervene and speak with the teens, but they fled. At least one was wearing a Muslim headscarf, dpa reported. The incident follows a brutal attack on Berlin Rabbi Daniel Alter, who was beaten by several men after they asked him if he was Jewish. Alter required emergency medical treatment. The attackers also reportedly threatened Alter’s 6-year-old daughter. Reaction was swift from political leaders and the head of the Jewish community in both cases. Following the latest incident Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said that Muslims must confront anti-Semitism within their community. Some 11,000 Jews officially belong to the Berlin Jewish community, and it is estimated that another 10,000 to 20,000 live in the German capital. For some Berlin Jews, the incidents are a disturbing reminder of underlying tensions with Arab neighbors. Ayala Goldmann, who lives in the same neighborhood where Alter was attacked, told JTA that her first reaction was to consider “wearing a silver star of David pendant out of solidarity because I don’t agree that Jews should have to hide their identity in public.” “But then I thought about my 3-year-old son, and the fact that I don’t want any trouble with the Arab youth who live in the social housing near the commuter train station. I decided not to follow through on this idea because of [my son]. I just don’t want to take any risks.” Rabbi Josh Spinner of Berlin told JTA that “taunts and comments from young people of Arab background are regular in the neighborhoods where they live in considerable numbers.” Spinner said he advises his yeshiva students to “exercise caution” in what they wear in certain neighborhoods. Violent attacks such as on Spinner’s friend Alter are “thank God exceedingly rare,” added Spinner, who is executive vice president and CEO of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. The real problem is not “German-ant-Semitism but … Germany’s ability to integrate immigrants from Arab countries. In this respect, Germany is in a better situation than much of the rest of Western Europe,” he said. “The problem is the same, but the will to find a response, prompted by the special moral responsibility of Germans to ensure that Jews are treated decently, is far greater than in France or Sweden, for example.”

German intelligence agency bars pro-Israel event

The University of Rostock consulted the state’s domestic intelligence agency to justify the refusal of space for a pro-Israel event sponsored by the German-Israel Friendship Society.

With Israeli media detailing an increasingly hostile attitude by German authorities toward Israel, the involvement of a regional intelligence agency in the cancellation of a pro-Israel lecture has sparked claims of increased bias toward the Jewish state.

Sacha Stawski, who heads the pro-Israel NGO Honestly Concerned in Frankfurt, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the involvement of the intelligence agency with the university in pulling the plug on the Israel event is “an absolute scandal.”

Alex Feuerherdt, a German journalist who writes extensively about anti-Israel attitudes and contemporary anti- Semitism in the Federal Republic, told the Post that the intelligence agency and the university have “criminalized de facto engagement for Israel and this is a particularly huge scandal in light of German history.”

The Post conducted telephone interviews and email exchanges over a one-week period in late August and early September to shed light on the highly unusual form of government intervention to bar a pro-Israel speaker from delivering an early July lecture on the property of the University of Rostock, located in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The German-Israel Friendship Society had planned a lecture with Justus Wertmüller titled “How are things going with ‘Israel Solidarity?” Wertmüller is a popular author among pro-Israel left-wing Germans and his philosophical and analytical texts are published mainly in the magazine Bahamas.

The Bahamas organization has set up pro-Israel rallies and conferences over the years, and is considered to express a form of unconditional solidarity with Israel.

In a statement issued to the Post on Wednesday by the university’s spokesman, Dr. Ulrich Vetter, the management of the university wrote, “There is no legal obligation to provide a room outside of the university’s research and teaching activities.”

The “lecture of Mr. Justus Wertmüller at the university appeared to be problematic to the management because Wertmüller is known for statements hostile to the constitution” in Germany, the university wrote.

According to Rostock’s management, his statements “could have produced disturbances,” and “the domestic intelligence agency shared the fear of the university management and recommended to the rector that the event not be permitted in the room at the university.”

The university did not provide the Post with examples of statements from Wertmüller hostile to the German constitution.

Wertmüller wrote the Post, “It is a fiction of the university to assess Bahamas or me, personally, as hostile to the constitution. The university is lying and the domestic intelligence agency has never said that.”

He continued that the intelligence agency told the University of Rostock that his appearance could cause serious trouble. The authorities interpreted “the troubles as Zionist and answered in a Nazi way,” he said.

“The problem is not only that the intelligence agency provided the justification based on the sensitivities of the population... rather it is those who do not want stress and who reference the intelligence agency.”

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, a current board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told the Post, “When such an incident occurs one should always look for other somewhat similar ones to put it into perspective. The one which comes to mind is when in Duisburg [in North Rhine- Westphalia state] in January 2009 the police removed two Israeli flags from a flat after participants in an anti-Israel demonstration organized by the Turkish extremist group Mili Gorus had started to pelt the flags with objects. Rather than confront the perpetrators, the police tried to accommodate them. Fortunately enough, this scandalous attitude was heavily criticized and the police apologized.”

Gerstenfeld, who has written extensively about modern anti-Semitism in Europe, said, “The Rostock case is even worse. Israel’s enemies reach their goals through fear of their violence without having to resort to it. This attitude only encourages additional violence such as the recent attacks on Jews in Berlin. It also encourages extremists to shout on the streets, ‘Kill the Jews.’ They risk little.

“All these are signs that aggressive members of the Muslim community in Germany and their allies have managed to impose their fear on the German authorities.

The only way to fight against this is to expose and shame these authorities thoroughly after each incident.”

An employee of the Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania intelligence agency told the Post via telephone that the “university made the decision” and turned to the agency for advice before terminating the Israel lecture.

The employee said that Wertmüller is not mentioned in their reports as being dangerous.

Alex Feuerherdt, the German journalist who writes about anti-Israelism in the Federal Republic, wrote the Post that the “recommendation of the intelligence agency and the approach of the university’s management is a scandal. It cannot and must not be permitted that the organizer of a solidarity for Israel event can be banned simply because forces hostile to Israel are able to disrupt the event.”

Feuerherdt termed the university’s and intelligence agency’s conduct as “not only appeasement toward anti- Semites, but downright capitulation to them.” He said that it is the university and intelligence agency that are creating the anti-Semitic disturbance.

Feuerherdt said it is unsurprising that the intelligence agency is involved in this case. The intelligence authorities have long engaged in surveillance of groups that are “intensively involved in fighting anti-Semitism, that stand on Israel’s side and are critical of German society.”

According to a statement on the website of the German- Israeli friendship group at the University of Rostock, a range of student and labor union groups joined in the German- Israel Friendship Society protest, including the main student organization, AStA Rostock, the GEW teachers’ union at the university, and the young socialists of the SPD (Jusos), as well as the Green Party student group, the liberal group and the university Pirate Party organization.

The pro-Israel lecture was later held at an off-campus location without any disturbances.