Anti-Semitism is a serious accusation, especially in Germany. There is no other crime in history comparable to the genocide of the Jews under the Nazi regime. On the basis of their ancestry and religion alone, six million people were disenfranchised, abused and ultimately murdered by the German state and its countless accomplices in a precisely planned and organized operation.
It makes things even more disgusting when the German government, the media and all parties represented in the Bundestag – led by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) – denounce anyone demonstrating against war crimes as anti-Semitic. carried out in the Middle East.
No one can seriously claim that the Israeli government’s bombing of the densely populated Gaza Strip is not a crime. More than 200 people, including 58 children, have already been victims of Israeli bombs, according to official figures. The destruction of a high-rise building housing a number of international media is also a war crime. Reporters Without Borders said this openly and the Associated Press news agency strongly protested the act of destruction. Obviously, the IDF does not want independent witnesses to its actions.
Moreover, the current conflict cannot be seen in isolation from its history: the forced expulsion of Palestinians at the time of the founding of the State of Israel; the occupation of East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza during the 1967 war – occupations declared illegal under international law; the systematic seizure of land by far-right settlers; and the decades of discrimination against Palestinians by the Israeli state.
An anti-Semite is not someone who protests the crimes of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, which has forged an alliance with far-right parties, has one foot in prison and can only stay in power through endless provocations . An anti-Semite is someone who equates “the Jews” with the policies of the Israeli government. In fact, Netanyahu doesn’t even have a majority in Israel. Countless Jews in Israel and around the world vehemently reject its course.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Netanyahu last weekend and, according to a government spokesperson, “aligned wholeheartedly” behind Israel. Only those who are historically blind can take this as an indication of sympathy for the Jews. In reality, the German government does not care about their fate. German imperialism views Israel, with which it has long enjoyed close political and military relations, as a useful ally, at least for the time being, in gaining a firmer foothold in the hotly contested Middle East region.
As leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for nearly twenty years, Merkel led a party that had many former Nazis in its ranks. Nuremberg Race Law co-author and commentator Hans Globke was chief of staff to Merkel’s political model – post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. As recently as 1966, the CDU appointed a former member of the Nazi Party, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, chancellor. Far-right networks, which committed 2,275 anti-Semitic crimes last year alone, have been systematically covered up by German intelligence agencies. Hans-Georg MaaÃen, the long-time head of Germany’s internal secret service under Merkel, adheres to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and has just been nominated as a CDU candidate in federal elections.
When the Socialist Equality Party criticized historian JÃ¶rg Baberowski in 2014 for defending Nazi apologist Ernst Nolte and claiming that Hitler was “not vicious”, representatives of all political parties and the media spoke out. denounced the SGP and rushed to the defense of the far-right professor. âAttempts to establish a historically false narrative come at a critical juncture in German history,â we wrote at the time. “The revival of German militarism requires a new interpretation of history that downplays the crimes of the Nazi era.”
It is therefore not surprising that the far-right AfD has denounced the current anti-war protests the loudest. The AfD, whose leaders have described the mass murder of Jews as “a speck of shit” in a thousand years of glorious German history, and called the Holocaust memorial in Berlin a shame, now presents itself as Israel’s best friend. AfD leader JÃ¶rg Meuthen went so far as to accuse the German government of not doing enough “to support Israel and its efforts to protect its people from terrorist attacks.”
The AfD parliamentary group demanded that anti-war protests be banned in advance, while the leader of the AfD parliamentary faction, Alexander Gauland, blurted out the party’s real motive: âWhoever is really serious in the fight against anti-Semitism must stop the uncontrolled Islamic mass immigration and systematically expel the criminals without asking questions. “
As with Germany’s refugee policy and internal and external rearmament, the AfD is being used as a pioneer by all other parties. Based on isolated anti-Semitic incidents, they denounce as anti-Semitic the thousands of people who have demonstrated peacefully across Germany against Israeli terror. The aim is to justify anti-immigrant xenophobia and the repression of demonstrations.
While CDU chief Armin Laschet says he is irritated by the “horrific images of the protests”, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group is already discussing more limits on immigration, which must be “kept at a sustainable level for integration, âaccording to Mathias Middelberg, CDU spokesperson for domestic policy.
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said anti-Semitism in Germany came from three directions: right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism and immigration, stating: âThe three areas need to be identified and resolutely opposites. He then called for the banning of several Palestinian organizations and parties.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has expressed similar views. SPD leader Saskia Esken called for the harsh punishment of those who take part in “anti-Semitic protests”. Olaf Scholz, candidate for chancellor of the SPD, added: âThere can be no excuse for such things. Authors must feel the full force of the law. Green Party MP Cem Ãzdemir denounced “immigrant anti-Semitism”.
Gregor Gysi of the Left Party also condemned the “anti-Semitic protests” in a lengthy interview with Der Spiegel: “Anyone who sets Israeli flags on fire is not on the left.” He then called on the German government to play a mediating role in Israel, relying on the discredited Palestinian party of Fatah. Dietmar Bartsch, leader of the Left Party parliament and main candidate in the Bundestag election campaign, even supports the delivery of German submarines to Israel.
For its part, the taz the newspaper (which is close to the Greens) tries to surpass the conservative newspaper Die welt in its condemnation of the protests against the Israeli bombings. For Die welt, the slogan of some demonstrators: “Stop doing what Hitler did to you”, directed against the Israeli government, is indisputable proof of anti-Semitism.
the taz condemned the anti-war protests as “pure anti-Semitism, barely disguised under the mask of anti-Zionism”. According to the newspaper: âHatred of Jews is a problem in immigrant communities, but it is also widespread among those who have lived here for a long time. The phenomenon of hatred of Jews does not only concern neo-Nazis or right-wing populists. This also applies to the supposed leftists who, armed with today’s anti-imperialist fantasies and the hatred of the Jews of their grandfathers, diligently join the protests against the great demon of Israel.
Charges of anti-Semitism must be firmly rejected. They are fabricated by parties and media deeply compromised in right-wing, anti-democratic and militarist conspiracies – the true source of fascism and anti-Semitism. The struggle against these forces requires the independent mobilization of the working class of all nationalities on the basis of a socialist program.