Groups demand halt of Berlin anti-Israel march (JERUSALEM POST) By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 08/14/12)
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BERLIN – The daily Berliner Tageszeitung‘s popular columnist Gunnar
Schupelius has called on the Berlin authorities to ban a pro-Iranian
regime demonstration slated for Saturday, because the Islamists who
planned the march have declared death to the Jews and the destruction
of the State of Israel. Pro-Israel and anti-Iran regime groups issued
a call to oppose the al-Quds Day protest.
Schupelius wrote that the when the founder of the Islamic Republic of
Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, established al-Quds Day in 1979
he “urged Islamists across the globe to conquer Jerusalem and destroy
Schupelius said the “hate demo” should not be covered by freedom of
speech because it incites hatred – prohibited under German law.
Germany’s hate laws bar incitement against minority groups, including
German Jews, but are infrequently enforced against expressions of
The al-Quds demonstration has become an annual event in Berlin since
1996 and merges thousands of radical Islamists, pockets of neo-Nazis
and extreme Leftists into an anti- Israel march through the center of
Berlin’s main shopping district.
The columnist complained about societal indifference in Berlin toward
the call to destroy Israel. “I cannot understand the indifference
with which we allow hate” and that is why, he wrote, he had penned
his column 10 days in advance of the al-Quds day protest.
Schupelius noted that had right-wing radicals been the force behind
the demonstration, the authorities would long since have banned it.
“Instead we see Iranians, Turks and Arabs,” he said.
The columnist added that the hate preachers from al-Quds target not
only Jews, but also apostate Muslims. He cited the case of Iranian
rapper Shahin Najafi who is in hiding in Germany because the Mullahs
have issued a fatwa (religious order) for his assassination.
A coalition of pro-Israel and anti-Khomeini system activists and
groups are slated to counter-demonstrate on Saturday.
The various groups have organized around the message: “No al-Quds
day: Against anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and homophobia! Solidarity
with the Iranian democracy movement.”
Some of the groups included in the counter-demonstration are the
Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against anti- Semitism, the Green
Party of Iran, the German-Israel Friendship Society in
Berlin/Potsdam, the Pro-Israel-Initiative “neveragain” and AVIVA
Berlin, a popular Jewish feminist website.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian daily Dagbladet on Sunday slammed Norwegian
peace activists who plan to participate in a “Ship to Gaza” action to
break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
In the Dagbladet editorial, the paper asked in connection with
Syria, “Where are the Norwegian activists now? Why do no Norwegian
health workers want to do an effort in parts of Syria controlled by
the insurgents?” A translation of the article first appeared on the
pro-Israel media watchdog website Tundra Tabloids. Dagbladet
added, “But on the whole we can probably just conclude that this is
an internal Arab conflict, where one cannot bash Israel. Thus Israeli
authorities have a point when they criticize the world for neglecting
the Syrian population.
And we will ignore then, since there are political and not
humanitarian reasons for the Israeli criticism.”
In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Monday, Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld,
a leading Israeli authority on Norwegian anti-Semitism, wrote, “The
Dagbladet article exposes that European multiculturalism is partly
characterized by looking away as much as possible from crimes
committed by Muslims in the Muslim world.
Many Western progressives are also humanitarian racists.
That means that non-Western criminals should not be held responsible
for their deeds.
Thus there is also little interest in their victims. During [2006’s
Operation] Cast Lead Norwegian government sources paid for the trip
of two extreme leftist Dr. Mads Gilbert and Eric Fosse to Gaza.
Though they became vile Hamas propagandists, Prime Minister Jens
Stoltenberg called them up saying that the whole of Norway stood
behind them. There is no such mileage in the many ‘Arabs murder
Gilbert did not return multiple Post emails and telephone calls
seeking a comment. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 08/14/12)
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