German extreme right anti-Semitism

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German AfD branded ‘Nazis’ after it says Islam is ‘unconstitutional’

18 April 2016

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party deputy chief has said Islam is a political ideology incompatible with the German constitution, and has called for a ban on minarets and full veils. In turn, the Council of Muslims in Germany has branded the statements “Nazi.”

“We are in favor of a ban on minarets, on muezzins and a ban on full veils,” Beatrix von Storch, who is also a member of the European Parliament, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

From Associated Press:

German nationalist lawmaker lashes out at Jewish activist

Head of Berlin chapter of Alternative for Germany and granddaughter of Nazis’ finance minister calls for anti-racism group to be shut down over criticism

September 1, 2016, 5:55 am

BERLIN — Days before a closely watched regional election in Germany, a leading member of the nationalist party Alternative for Germany launched an attack on a prominent Jewish activist, calling Wednesday for the anti-racism organization she heads to be shut down.

European lawmaker Beatrix von Storch, who leads the Berlin chapter of Alternative for Germany, lashed out online at the Amadeu Antonio Foundation over a brochure that described her party as far-right and populist. Von Storch called for the “plug to be pulled” on the foundation because of the brochure, which provides guidance on how to respond to her party.

Von Storch, the granddaughter of Nazi Germany’s finance minister,

Née Duchess of Oldenburg, Lady Von Storch is the granddaughter of Johann Ludwig, Count Schwerin von Krosigk. The finance minister of Hitler’s Third Reich from its beginning until its collapse in May 1945. Hitler rewarded him with the nazi party’s Golden Swastika badge. After the war, in Nuremberg, Count Schwerin von Krosigk was convicted to ten years in prison for war crimes and, eg, his role in the persecution of Jews in the Kristallnacht.

attacked the foundation’s chairwoman, Anetta Kahane, calling her a “Stasi-aunt.” …

A foundation representative, Timo Reinfrank, accused von Storch of trying to portray herself as a victim ahead of regional elections at the weekend.

“Unfortunately AfD politicians show time and again how well-founded our efforts to preserve the culture of democratic debate are,” he said.

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation has frequently been attacked by far-right groups.

In July, members of a far-right group known as the Identitarian Movement stormed its office demanding to see Kahane.

Reinfrank said at the time that the attacks on Kahane had become particularly “aggressive and often anti-Semitic.”

German army at war against German civilians?

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24 August 2016

As of Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, in a recent NBC report, Germany has debated whether or not to deploy their military onto the streets, in order to combat the threats of “terror” — in what they call counterterrorism operations. Such a move would enforce the deployment of military troops in Germany… The first time since World War II.

Wolfgang Bosbach, lawmaker from Merkel’s CDU party, dismissed claims that this would be “totalitarian,” but did say that German armed forces and military polices “were put on alert… They have been deployed in other crises, so why should the military not help with domestic security as well?”

Mind you, this isn’t the only alert Germany has recently received. As of Sunday, August 21st, 2016, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ), which is a German-based newspaper, discussed a 69-page strategy entitled “Concept for Civil Defence” — which calls for German citizens to stockpile enough food and water for ten days, in case of an alleged “terrorist attack.” Such measures could also mean the further deployment of troops in not only Germany, but also the rest of Europe.

But should this really surprise us? Considering how France has been under a national state of emergency for well over 9 months now — a state of emergency issued for a grand total of 14 months… Supposedly ending in January 2017. Under this state of emergency alone, tens of thousands of military troops have been deployed in the country alone, in order to combat “terrorism.” As we can see, the militarization has only spread throughout Europe.

However, the question remains: Is This Coming To America TOO?

By Peter Schwarz:

German armed forces prepare for domestic operations

3 September 2016

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced somewhat casually on Wednesday that the police and Bundeswehr (armed forces) will conduct joint domestic operations in February 2017 for the first time. This represents a political turning point and is a clear breach of the German constitution.

Domestic military operations were formerly a strict taboo in post-war Germany. That was one of the lessons that had been drawn from the role of the army in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and 30s. As a state within the state, the Reichswehr (German military from 1919 to 1935) contributed decisively to establishing an authoritarian regime and to the rise of Hitler.

The decision to undertake the joint exercises is a bipartisan one. The critical meeting was attended by De Maizière and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (both Christian Democratic Union, CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) state interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ralf Jäger, and his CDU counterparts from Saarland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The exercises will initially take place in four states: Bavaria, governed by the CDU’s sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU); in the SPD-Green Party-governed North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen; as well as in Baden-Württemberg, run by a coalition of the Greens and CDU under Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party). Other states have also expressed an interest.

All parties are keen to avoid any public debate on the domestic use of the Bundeswehr because they fear massive opposition. For this reason, they are trying to downplay the political importance and historical implications of this step.

They have cited Article 35 of the constitution, which governs so-called “official and disaster relief” between the federal and state governments. According to this, “in cases of a natural disaster or an especially grave accident” the states can call on the Bundeswehr for support. It was on this basis that German soldiers were used to secure dikes during the devastating Elbe river floods in 2013.

The Green Kretschmann and the Social Democrat Jäger, in whose parties there are some reservations, have cited the same article to support the joint exercises.

Jäger asserted that discussions and joint exercises between the police and Bundeswehr were important because the various official channels have to work in an emergency. However, the exercise scenarios had to take into account the fact “that domestic security is the responsibility of the police, in the first place.”

However, the planned exercises are not about disaster relief, but constitute an anti-terrorism operation. It is conceivable, Maizière said, “that we could face complicated, days-long and difficult terrorist cases.” The exercises involved “a wise provision for an unlikely but possible situation.”

What is meant by such anti-terrorism operations was seen three years ago in Boston in the US and, more recently, in France.

In Boston, the security forces used the hunt for a 19-year-old who had carried out an attack on the city’s annual marathon as an excuse to put the entire city on a state of emergency for 24 hours. The authorities imposed a curfew, while thousands of heavily armed National Guardsmen and police combed the city and ransacked homes without a court order. The measures were wildly disproportionate to the actual threat. They served to accustom the population to a police state, in which constant monitoring, surveillance and intimidation are commonplace.

“Behind these and other assaults on civil liberties is fear of the buildup of class tensions on the domestic front, fueled by declining living standards and burgeoning social inequality,” the WSWS commented. “Under conditions where the system has nothing to offer the vast majority of the American population but poverty and war, the ruling elite is amassing the repressive forces of the police-military apparatus to confront the social explosions that must inevitably arise.”

In France, heavily armed elite soldiers have been a regular sight on the streets ever since the government imposed a state of emergency following the Paris attacks in November 2015. Here, too, it is a matter of accustoming the population to the constant presence of soldiers, to curfews and arbitrary house searches, and their use to tackle social resistance. The state of emergency has already been used to suppress demonstrations against the hated new labour law.

In Germany, the government’s domestic deployment of the Bundeswehr is directed against its own people. The return of German militarism is inevitably connected to a return to the police state.

German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic: here.

Just weeks before the Berlin state election, the German armed forces [Bundeswehr] has stepped up its odious campaign for new recruits. Large format posters have been plastered all over the city’s subway stations, bus stops and pedestrian zones. The aim of the campaign is to solve the recruitment problem of the Bundeswehr and win over young people for Germany’s current war drive: here.

In the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the first state government led by a coalition of the Greens and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has agreed to a joint exercise involving the German army (Bundeswehr) and police in February 2017. Five months after coming to power, the coalition under the leadership of Winfried Kretschmann is proving itself to be a spearhead for militarism, austerity and attacks on refugees: here.

‘German government denies Armenian genocide for NATO military reasons’

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24 December 2015

In 1915 a million people were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide, which they witnessed.

by Diana Markosian

A hundred years after the Armenian genocide, filmmaker Diana Markosian found two survivors who witnessed deportation, death, and denial of the events of 1915. Together they journeyed back to the past.

I was never interested in pursuing work on the Armenian genocide. When I started this project, it was still just a vague historical narrative. I knew that, in 1915, the Ottomans initiated a policy of deportation and mass murder to destroy their Armenian population. And that, by the First World War’s end, more than a million people were eliminated from what is now modern-day Turkey. But I had no idea of the personal toll the genocide exacted on my own family, or the sense of connection I would slowly come to feel through making this piece.

I am Armenian, but I was born in Moscow and raised in America. For most of my life, I struggled with my Armenian identity, partly because of the history one inherits. It is something I understood but never fully embraced. Then a year ago, I happened to be in Armenia when a foundation approached me, requesting help in finding the remaining genocide survivors. I pursued voter registrations online to see who was born before 1915, and then traveled cross-country to find them. That’s how I met Movses and Yepraksia — who lived past their hundredth year.

When I met them, they shared with me memories of their early homes. Movses was born in the village of Kebusie in Musa Dagh Mountain not far from the Syrian border. Yepraksia lived in a small village near Kars on the Armenian border. They hadn’t seen their home since escaping a century ago. I wanted in some way reunite each of the survivors with their homeland. I decided to travel back to Turkey to re-trace their last memories.

When I told the survivors I would be visiting their native land, each one asked me to fulfill a wish. Movses, from Musa Dagh, drew a map of his village, and asked me to find his church and leave his portrait on the footsteps of what are now ruins. He hadn’t seen his home in 98 years. In his village, I found everything he had described to me: the sheep, the fruit he remembered eating, and the sea. I even found the ruins of what was once his church. Yepraksia, from a small village in Kars, asked me to help her find her older brother who she separated from after 1915.

Once I returned to Armenia, I created billboard-sized images of the survivors’ homelands as a way of bridging the past and present. All these years later, upon delivering the image, the survivors grabbed on, as if by holding the image close they would be taken back to a place they called home many years ago. This is a story of home — everything they had, everything they lost. And what they have found again.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

The German government will dissociate itself from the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the German Bundestag parliament, writes news website Spiegel Online. The government spokesman is expected to announce this later this morning.

Distancing themselves from the Bundestag resolution is a political gesture by the German government to the Turkish government. Thereby they pave the way for German parliamentarians to visit German soldiers on the Turkish Incirlik airbase.

Germany, Seeking Airbase Access in Turkey, Steps Back From Armenian Genocide Recognition: here.

These German soldiers are there for the NATO war in Syria. Officially ‘against ISIS‘, in practice often against Kurds and/or for oil.

The German government also probably think denying the Armenian genocide will make things easier for the European Union-Turkey deal, deporting refugees from Europe to Turkey (from where they may be deported to war zones in Syria or Iraq).

Update: Germany’s parliamentary vote declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide is not legally binding, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday, a move that may signal at attempt to mend frayed ties with Turkey: here. And here. And here.

From DPA news agency today:

The expected move by the government has already generated criticism from within Merkel‘s grand coalition, which joins her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party CSU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

“Though I am not a lawmaker in the German Bundestag, I stand by this decision as a member of the German government – no one in the government should waver on this,” Family Minister Manuela Schwesig from the SPD told the N24 broadcaster on Friday.

What more can we expect? If some neonazi billionaire would offer the German government lots of money for the military, would they then be prepared to deny Adolf Hitler’s mass murders of Jews, Roma, Slavs, etc. etc.?

Update; translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

According to opposition party Die Linke, Germany has degenerated into a “banana republic, which is under the thumb of a dictator (Turkish President Erdogan – ed).”