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2 July 2016: Berlin protests against the “Quds March”, against racism and anti-Semitism

Public execution in Tehran. (Amnesty International Report 2015/2016)

Public execution in Tehran. (Amnesty International Report 2015/2016)

Shortly after the Islamic Revolution, in 1979, Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini designated the so-called Quds Day as a global day of combat mobilising for the annihilation of Israel. Quds is the Arabian name of Jerusalem. In spite of the current “softies“ in power in Tehran, that basic objective has not been cancelled.

In Germany, too, the ”Quds March“ has been staged and supported by anti-Semitic and anti-Israel organisations for decades. Hatred against Jews and Israel has since linked a motley crowd of supporters: islamists, nazis, racists across a broad range including the anti-Zionist left.

Anti-Semitism is a main source of the evil energy powering the Iranian regime, and a determining factor in its policies. Israel is the constant target of its destructive motivation. Time and again, the Iranian government has underlined its aim to eliminate Israel by force. Iran pays for the missiles Hamas rains on Israel. Iran does not hide its intentions either: long range missiles tested in March 2016 showed inscriptions of Israel must be rooted out.

Iranian Quds Brigades are responsible for terrorist attacks around the globe. Tehran’s co-operation with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad und the Lebanese terrorist militia Hizbollah is meant to sustain an “axis of resistance“ against Israel. Critics of the Iranian regime are invariably denounced as “Zionist agents”.

At the same time the mullahs, assisted by their willing executioners, continue repression of their own population. Critics, “infidels“, women, LGBT and national minorities such as the Kurds and the Bahai are relentlessly suppressed, persecuted, detained, tortured, murdered or publicly executed. Under Hassan Rohani, a supposed reformer, more executions than ever have been performed: almost 1000 in 2015, according to Amnesty International. That is the highest number of executions worldwide in relation to a country’s number of inhabitants. In Syria, the Iranian regime shares direct responsibility for the crimes and mass murders perpetrated by their ally Assad. Assad’s war on his fellow Syrians has cost half a million dead and has turned several millions more into refugees. The Syrian dictator is able to cling to power only through the massive presence of Iranian revolutionary guards and Shi’ite militias.

It is nothing but an outright scandal that Germany is still in the forefront of those who do business with the Tehran regime. It is equally a scandal that Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Economy, has visited Iran for the second time within a year early in May. A government-funded, leading cultural institution in Germany, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, continues to link up with Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, in spite of its calling for a competition of, and awarding a prize to, Holocaust-denying cartoonists. Compromises with Tehran do not change the regime’s ideology or its actual policies. On the contrary, raising sanctions and releasing billions of frozen funds after the signing of the nuclear deal help the regime to proceed on its road towards nuclear armament and go on spreading terror inside and outside the country.

The imminant Quds March is intended to mobilise Tehran’s supporters in Germany. It will highlight the anti-Semitic and generally destructive character of the regime’s action. A demonstration against this blatant display of racism and anti-Semitism in Berlin is planned for 2 July. Its organisers appeal to all Members of the German Parliament, the Berlin Senate, and all democratic organisations of civil society in Germany to support and join the public protest against the Quds March.

We demand:

  • to ban the anti-Semitic Quds March
  • to ban the terror organisation Hisbollah
  • to stop the appeasement policy towards the terrorist Iranian regime
  • solidarity with the Syrian and Iranian democratic opposition
  • solidarity with Israel

The organisers of the demo will not allow any utterances of xenophobia or racism. This text is based on the public appeal made by the Mideast Freedom Forum.

Altersstarrsinn oder überlegtes politisches Handeln?

Man muss sich überlegen, was hinter den Aktionen von Günter Grass steckt. Abgesehen einmal von seinem Antisemitismus und der Dreistigkeit, die Diskussion darüber mit dem Versuch zu krönen, den Staat Israel als Gegner der Meinungsfreiheit zu brandmarken, ist sein Verhältnis zum Iran einen zweiten Blick wert. Er verniedlicht Ahmadinedschad als bloßen Aufschneider, als „Maulhelden“, als jemand also, der nur bellt, aber nicht beißt. Hallo? Das ist der Regierungschef eines Landes, in dem nicht nur gedroht, sondern täglich im Auftrag des Regimes vergewaltigt, gefoltert und getötet wird. Ahmadinedschads Büttel fahren mit Polizeijeeps Demonstranten zu Tode, prügeln auf offener Straße junge Frauen, weil sie Lippenstift benutzen, erhängen jugendliche Pärchen, die es gewagt haben sich zu küssen, vergewaltigen in den Haftanstalten weibliche und männliche Häftlinge, bespitzeln Journalisten, Schriftsteller und Filmemacher und kerkern sie ein, lassen auf den Dörfern angebliche Ehebrecherinnen steinigen, seine Geheimdienste agieren in vielen Ländern wie z.B. der Türkei  in Gestapo-Manier, verschleppen Flüchtlinge zurück in den Iran, um sie erneut der Folter zu unterwerfen oder umzubringen. Wir können getrost davon ausgehen, dass Herr Grass das alles weiß. Und seine Alterung kann doch noch nicht so weit fortgeschritten sein, um zu übersehen, dass er mit der krassen  Verharmlosung eines solchen Regimes den unter den Mullahs und ihren Helfershelfern leidenden Menschen ins Gesicht spuckt.  Was soll man also annehmen: Altersstarrsinn oder politisches Kalkül?

Aged and writing with the last drop of ink…

Nobel Prize winning writer Günter Grass has written what is rather a pamphlet than a poem. Published by the New York Times, El Pais and La Repubblica simultaneously, his latest work Was gesagt werden muss (What has to be said) is nothing more than a trivial indictment of Israel, a country Grass considers a constant threat to world peace.  The writer alleges that Israel  claims a “right to strike first” with the underlying intention of eliminating the Iranian people. He describes Israel as a nuclear power endangering a world peace which is “brittle anyway”.

With the publication of his poem a few days before Passover, Grass seems in good and long-time company, historically speaking. Since the middle ages, Jews have been accused of ritual murder immediately before Pesah in Europe. As early as 1144, the Jews of Norfolk, England, were alleged to have kidnapped, tortured and crucified an aristocratic child, William of Norwich, to celebrate Passover and mock Christian Easter holidays. Since then, accusations of ritual murder by Jews have been used to trigger off pogroms in various countries of Europe, in particular Germany. Grass only adds to this by slandering Israel to be planning a genocide.

The nobel prize winner’s attitude seems barely informed by political insight. He hasn’t  got any word to lose on Iran’s continuous threats to wipe out Israel and the Jews. In his view, Iran’s leader Ahmadinedjad isn’t a real danger to Israel but just a loudmouth. Not only because of this one-sidedness, Grass’s poem loses all literary merit. In fact it reminds the critical reader of some of the worst lyrical smears produced by aligned East German poets at the time of the GDR, with little mastery of aesthetics. And by turning Israelis from victims of a genocidal threat to its perpetrators, he commits more than just a slight political incorrectness.

Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has duly reacted, criticizing the text as an “aggressive pamphlet of agitation”. “An outstanding author may be a far cry from an outstanding analyst of Near East politics”, is Graumann’s scathing summary.

Grass received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999, when on the summit of his reputation as a writer. Since then, however, some of his publications have been called mediocre by literary critics. Perhaps he senses the reasons for this decline himself, when characterizing himself as “aged” and his writing as produced “mit letzter Tinte” (with the last drop of ink).

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