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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Back to the future in Germany?

In the latest of a series of anti-Israel measures by German NGO's, the German branch of a group that describes itself as an 'international Catholic peace movement' has called for boycotting settlement products all Israeli products Jews (Hat Tip: Bad Blue).
The German branch of Pax Christi, which describes itself as an "international Catholic peace movement," issued a press release dated May 22, in which it urged German consumers not to buy goods from Israel as long as it remains unclear whether they are produced in the "settlements" or in "Israel."

A two-page flyer for the campaign, which uses the slogan "Occupation Tastes Bitter" (Besatzung schmeckt bitter), states: "Israeli settlements on occupied territory violate Article 49 of the Geneva Convention. Whoever contributes to the profitability of these settlements contributes to the violation of human rights." The flyer also encourages German consumers to report "questionable" Israeli products on a website called www.lebensmittelklarheit.de.

Although Pax Christi claims it is not seeking a blanket boycott of Israeli products, the NGO's use of vague and sweeping language, plus the fact that there are no special labels to distinguish products made in the so-called occupied territories, does make it a de facto boycott of everything made in Israel.

Pax Christi's boycott campaign has received political backing from Albrecht Schröter, the Social Democratic mayor of the eastern German city of Jena in the state of Thuringia. A June 1 article in the local newspaper Thüringische Landeszeitung quotes Schröter as saying his goal "is to demand mandatory labeling of goods from illegal Israeli settlements that occupy Palestinian territory."

But critics have accused Schröter (and Pax Christi) of issuing one-sided statements against Israel, and of giving the false impression that Israel is a country that systematically disregards international law and human rights.

Others say the obsession with Israel while human rights are being systematically abused in Muslim countries such as Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia is a reflection of anti-Semitism.

For example, Kevin Zdiara of the Berlin-based German-Israel Friendship Society (DIG) says that Schröter's arguments "in certain areas resemble anti-Zionist anti-Semitism" because his remarks meet Natan Sharansky's 3-D test for modern anti-Semitism: demonization, double standards and delegitimization. Zdiara also equates the Pax Christi boycott with the Nazi-era slogan "Don't Buy from Jews."
There's much more. Read the whole thing. And as you read it, consider this: Germany is Iran's largest trading partner. This boycott definitely passes the Sharansky tests.

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At 8:33 PM, Blogger Russel Harris said...

A now ex-friend (long story) form Germany, proudly told me that his brother (whom had slept on my couch in Tel Aviv) shared his opinion on Israel: "Ze victim has become the oppressor..."

Do you understand? THEY are looking for a way out of the holocaust; not for a way to atone...

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 12:51 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

Germany? Once a Hun, Always a Hun. Next will be a call to9 make the nation Judenfrei once again!


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