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15 April 2012, 23 Nissan 5712
1. German Judeophobia (Anti-Semitism) is Alive and Kicking!!
(a) Guenter Grass, German Poet Attacks Israel.
(b) Extracts from an article by DANIEL JONAH GOLDHAGEN.
2. UK MPs: We speak up for Israel, and get death threats
3. PA Minister Touts Palestinian Unity as a Means to Destroy Israel


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1. German Judeophobia (Anti-Semitism) is Alive and Kicking!!
(a) Guenter Grass, German Poet Attacks Israel.
Israel-Iran History, Holocaust Perverted in Grass's Poem


Guenter Grass, the German writer and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, brought forth last week an odious little poem that focuses on the threat to world peace posed by the Jewish state...
The poem, published in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and elsewhere, was titled 'What Must Be Said,' which is quite a vainglorious title. There is very little in the world that is safer (or less novel) than criticizing Israel in a European newspaper.

In this poem, Grass suggests that Germans haven't been saying 'what must be said' about the various sins of the Jews. Of course, many post-Nazi German intellectuals, and intellectuals across Europe, have been saying quite nasty things about Jews and the Jewish state for some time, without noticeable consequence. (No fatwas have been issued against European critics of Jews, and no opponent of Israel has been murdered for his criticism.)

The German historian Ernst Nolte argued in a 2004 speech that 'the only difference between Israel and theThird Reich is Auschwitz,' a statement exceeded in intemperance by Grass's fellow Nobel Prize recipient, the late Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago, who once compared Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian West Bank, to Auschwitz, and who accused Jews of worshipping a'spiteful' god.

Grass, in his writing, shows himself to be a man tired of hearing about the Holocaust, tired of thinking about the Holocaust, tired of carrying around the moral burden of the Holocaust. This is in some ways an understandable feeling for young Germans, at least, to hold. They didn't commit the deeds, and would like the world to judge them for their actions, not those of their parents and grandparents.

Grass, however, is a former member of the Waffen SS, and being a former member of the Waffen SS means having to say you're sorry. Unfortunately, all the harshness directed against Grass after he revealed this fact in 2006 -- six decades afterward -- seems to have made him angry at the SS's victims. Thus, our poem.

(b) Extracts from an article by DANIEL JONAH GOLDHAGEN
URL: http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/

Grass: Ignorant or Calculating Cynic'

As any student of prejudice knows, anti-Semitism is a great leveler. The professor, in this case, the Nobel Prize winner, and the Ungebildete [ordinary person] speak the same nonsense. From whoever's mouth it spills, it is that nonsense that needs to be exposed.

There is a widespread view in Germany and elsewhere, peddled by anti-Semites, that one may not speak the truth about Israel. But this is manifestly false....

On a regular basis, Israel is attacked and decried for things it actually does and for things invented about it in media across the world, including in the United States, including in Germany, including in Israel itself....

In fact, it is abundantly clear to me ' as someone who is just finishing writing a book on contemporary anti-Semitism ' that there is far more open and thinly coded expression of anti- Semitism in Germany and in Europe than there is any attempt, certainly any success, at preventing its expression or, for that matter, in preventing criticism, just or unjust, of Israel.

There is a widespread view in Germany and Europe that Israel is a Nazi-like state. One hears and reads this again and again. This view finds pointed expression in the widespread belief in Germany that Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians. How do we know? Germans say so. Year after year, scientific surveys of Germans show that 40 percent-50% of Germans believe this. The perversity of this, on so many levels, is stunning.
Do Germans need to be reminded of what the Nazis and Germans of the time actually did? Summary: They created death factories. They slaughtered six million Jews as part of a formal plan to annihilate every single Jew in Europe. They slaughtered millions of non-Jews and would have slaughtered millions more. They sought to turn most of Central and Eastern Europe into a vast slave plantation.

Or do Germans need to be educated about what Israel has done and is doing? Take one salient fact: From 1990 to 2010, the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation more than doubled.

Some war of extermination! Only a deeply prejudiced person, who is either cynically lying or loosely in touch with reality about the object of his prejudicial description, could say that Israel is conducting a war of extermination against Palestinians.

Israel's occupation of the West Bank, and previously of Gaza, can be roundly criticized and even condemned on several grounds, but for anyone to liken it and Israel's practices to Nazi Germany and its exterminationist programs is patent nonsense.

Grass takes the common perversity 'the inversion of the people of the victims into perpetrators' to a new level, though. He says that Germans' responsibility is to prevent another genocide.

Okay. But he says this not with reference to a possible genocide of the people actually regularly threatened, the same people whom Germans once slaughtered, namely the Jews, against whom a nuclear weapon in the hands of the millennial Iranian regime might well be used.

Instead, according to Grass, Germans have the responsibility to turn against the country of the once and potential victim people, in order to stop them from defending themselves and from allegedly committing a future genocide of Grass's invention.

Grass's bald assertion that Israel threatens the preemptive annihilation of the Iranian people, which he cleverly presents as a fact and then argues that it must be resisted, is either an anti-Semitic fantasy or a grotesque cynical fabrication that plays on many Germans projections of Nazism onto Jews and Israel. Israeli leaders have never publicly mentioned or even hinted that they would consider such a monstrous thing as a preemptive nuclear strike against the Iranian people, let alone a barrage of nuclear detonations to wipe out the Iranian people, akin to what Germans actually were doing to Jews while Grass was serving the Nazi regime as a member of the Waffen-SS. There is not a shred of evidence, a whispered word, or any reason to believe that Israeli leaders have for one micromoment contemplated such an act....

(Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just urged Israel on American national television not to take 'unilateral action against Iran.') But it is only discussed and only considered in terms of a surgical mission against Iran's nuclear production facilities with conventional weapons.

The issue of how to do this without killing many innocent civilians is a major consideration, and one of the major reasons ' among others, including the possibility of a wider conflict ' that people, including in Israel, argue against such an initiative.

In demonizing Israel, there is a widespread practice in Germany... of ignoring the context in which Israel exists and acts. That context is that Israel has been existentially threatened for its entire existence and continues to be so today, both by states that wish merely to defeat it or to have it relinquish the West Bank (Gaza it already gave back), and by states, often supported by their publics, that wish to destroy it and eliminate or exterminate its Jews. Why does Grass fail to mention that Iranian leaders, and not just Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have routinely threatened to destroy Israel and kill Jews, and occasionally even hinted that it could be done with nuclear weapons' As the 'moderate' former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani explained already in 2001, 'the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything.' Why does Grass fail to mention that the Iranian leaders speak of Israel using Nazi-like language and metaphors, of cancer and pestilence which must be utterly eradicated' Do I have to say that such speech has been shown to be the rhetorical prelude to genocide' There is no Israeli crime here, no planned crime, no German role in it, no need to finally speak out, no special German responsibility or moral authority in this matter, no 'silence' over the nonexistent truth, no intimidation for not speaking out.

The writer is the author of Hitler's Willing Executioner: Ordinary Germans
and the Holocaust and Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the
Ongoing Assault on Humanity.

2. UK MPs: We speak up for Israel, and get death threats!
Jennifer Lipman - Jewish Chronicle Online, April 4th, 2012

MPs who have spoken in support of Israel have been forced to limit the information they make available to constituents and take other security precautions after being sent death threats or abusive messages by post, by phone or online, a JC investigation has revealed.

Two years after Labour's Stephen Timms was stabbed by a radicalised student, security remains a key concern, especially for MPs who are vocal about controversial topics such as Israel ' and suffer threats as a consequence. Two weeks ago Conservative MP John Howell was forced to seek police protection after becoming the target of a campaign by pro-Palestinians.

Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, has been dealing with death threats for a decade. The problem has worsened in recent years and she now receives emails as well as letters.

'It's very unpleasant and I am concerned ' so I take advice from the police and the CST,' said Mrs Ellman. 'You are vulnerable as an MP, people approach you and you're in public places.'

Lee Scott, Ilford North MP, said he dealt with death threats and abusive communications 'on a fairly regular basis', including a recent email that said he should be 'stoned to death'.

Their cases are by no means unique. Former Labour MP Andrew Dismore also received death threats.

Mr Dismore, along with Mr Scott, Mike Gapes and Denis MacShane were all targeted at the last election by Muslim group MPAC for their support of Israel. Richard Harrington, now MP for Watford, also faced hostility during his campaign, while in October 2011 members of the now-banned group Muslims Against Crusades stormed Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer's constituency surgery shouting that he was a 'Jewish homosexual pig'.

Several others, including Harlow MP Robert Halfon, reported receiving abusive communications in light of public comments about the Middle East ' many of them anonymous and online ' and those who regularly defend Israel, including Harrow East MP Bob Blackman, said they could 'see it coming'.

'Whenever I say anything about Israel I get some really nasty messages and I've had lots of nasty stuff written on blogs,' said Mr Halfon.

Not long ago somebody attempted to pour petrol through the letter box of Mr Blackman's constituency office and light it. Although police have not yet ascertained the motive, the MP said that it is a reminder that 'there are people who will pursue threats'.

He only publicises details of his movements after the event. 'You have to be careful, because it only takes one unhinged individual,' he said.

According to the Serjeant at Arms, 80 MPs are currently facing extreme threats on various issues. It is not clear what proportions of those relate to Israel, but Mr Scott said he believed that the number of those who do not report threats or abuse on Israel could be substantial.

Henley MP Mr Howell, who backs the two-state solution, was bombarded with 30 abusive messages and death threats from anti-Israel activists last month, including one saying that he deserved to die, and another saying: 'You will suffer the consequences of this corruption.'

He was targeted after an anti-Israel constituent, Harry Fear, contacted him about Israel's actions in Gaza. The MP responding asking him what his position was on the 100 rockets that had landed in Israel that weekend.

The comment was circulated online by Mr Fear, along with the MP's contact information and an appeal for people to write to Mr Howell 'civilly, expressing discontent'.

Mr Howell, who was offered police protection, has since removed details of his constituency surgeries and contact information from his website. He expressed concern for his wife, son and his staff, saying that although he did not want to appear to be a drama queen, 'you have to take seriously a threat when it says, 'I would like to see you dead'.

Mr Scott suggested that the threats only came to public attention 'because John had never ever had anything like this in his life before that this came out'.

CST has tried to encourage MPs to report abusive material, but Mark Gardner said he believed 'that this is a problem that largely goes unreported and certainly unprosecuted.

3. PA Minister Touts Palestinian Unity as a Means to Destroy Israel

April 10, 2012
Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Social Affairs Majida Al-Masri touted reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas as a means 'to turn to the struggle for the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine,' Palestinian Media Watch reported.

Al-Masri was one of three PA ministers attending a rally during which he urged Palestinians 'to push ahead with reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and to end the state of division, so that we will be able to stand against the occupation, to halt its activities against our prisoners,' according to the official PA daily publication.


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