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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

With an impeccable sense of timing, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Israel earlier this week, attended the funeral of Ariel Sharon, and then proceeded to browbeat Israel in public.

Speaking with reporters, Steinmeier accused the Jewish state of “damaging” the peace process by building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

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And in a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of Sharon’s interment, he pressed the premier to refrain from additional construction as this “could still disturb the process”.

While I am not familiar with bereavement rituals in Germany, I assume they do not include insulting one’s hosts right after the burial service.

And yet, while in Israel, Steinmeier apparently saw nothing wrong in doing just that: exploiting the opportunity to highlight a political issue regardless of how tasteless and unseemly it was to do so.

This is not the kind of behavior one expects from a “friend,” is it?

But what is even more offensive about Steinmeier’s exploits is the German government’s historical amnesia, which has left officials bereft of any sense of irony regarding their position on the right of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

After all, it was not even eight decades ago that Germany singled out Jews in the September 1935 Nuremberg laws, seeking to cast them out of civil society as a step towards “cleansing” German soil of their presence. Subsequently, in areas under German control, the right of Jews to live where they saw fit was severely restricted.

One would think that in light of this dark chapter in their history, Germans would be extra careful about wading into such an issue and proclaiming where Jews can live, build or raise their families.

But that has not been the case.

Indeed, last summer it was widely reported that Berlin had decided to back a European Union initiative that singles out Jewish-owned businesses in Judea and Samaria.

The move is aimed at targeting them for special treatment, which could include the application of unique labels of origin on products produced by Jews in the areas. Needless to say, goods made by Palestinian-run plants in the territories would not similarly be branded.

In an interview with Reuters last month, EU envoy to the Middle East Andreas Reinicke warned that if the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians fails, the EU would speed up its plans to slap labels on Jewish-made goods from Judea and Samaria.

The hypocrisy behind the labeling crusade is all the more apparent when one considers that no such campaigns are being contemplated for other “disputed territories”. Hence, there is no European demand to label Chinese products made in Tibet, Russian items manufactured in Chechnya or Spanish goods from Catalonia. It seems that only when matters involve the Jewish state do European liberals insist on such measures.

This is not merely duplicity, it is discrimination pure and simple.

And in the case of Germany, such a stance is especially outrageous, and the government of Angela Merkel should be ashamed of itself for going along with it. Whatever one may think of the peace process and the two-state solution, it should be obvious that treating merchandise and construction differently simply because the person who owns the factory or built the house is a follower of Moses rather than Muhammad is an act of bigotry.

And in light of its own ignoble record during the 20th century, Germany and its leaders have a special responsibility to be exceptionally sensitive to such issues, particularly when they relate to Jews.

No one is suggesting Germany is planning a second Holocaust, but the country must show greater awareness regarding the painful irony at work here.

In 1936 a board game called “Juden Raus” (“Jews Out”) became popular throughout the Reich. Players would move figures representing Jews toward “collection points” from which they would be deported to the Land of Israel. “If you manage to see off six Jews,” the game instructed, “you’ve won a clear victory”.

Sadly, Germany is once again playing a similar game, albeit with one difference. Whereas previously the aim was to send Jews away to Israel, now their goal is to compel us to leave parts of it.

But I have a bit of news for Ms. Merkel and her colleagues: no one, especially not Germany, has the right to tell Jews where they can or cannot live.

In 1945, the Jewish people crawled out of the ovens of Europe and succeeded in reclaiming our ancestral homeland.

Regardless of what Berlin might think or say, we are not about to give any part of it away.

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Michael Freund is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English-language daily, and he previously served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office under Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

246 COMMENTS

  1. There are foreign ministers of many countries, including mine, which have criticized Israel for the continued building of settlement. But very few people have had the effontry of Mr. Freund in somehow linking the criticism of settlement building by Germans with the Third Reich.

    Personally, I believe it’s time for the government of Israel to give the construction of settlements a rest. And if some German foreign minister says the same thing, he should not be condemned because 70 years ago an entirely different German regime, one which is deplored by 99.9% of Germans today, killed 6 million Jews.

    This of course doesn’t mean I would agree in the least with the idiotic legislation proposed by some dunderheads in the Knesset which would put Freund in prison for linking condemnation of settlements with Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He’s got a right to make his stupid statements, his Ivy League education nonewithstanding. And I have an equal right to call him out for it.

  2. There are foreign ministers of many countries, including mine, which have criticized Israel for the continued building of settlement. But very few people have had the effontry of Mr. Freund in somehow linking the criticism of settlement building by Germans with the Third Reich.

    Personally, I believe it's time for the government of Israel to give the construction of settlements a rest. And if some German foreign minister says the same thing, he should not be condemned because 70 years ago an entirely different German regime, one which is deplored by 99.9% of Germans today, killed 6 million Jews.

    This of course doesn't mean I would agree in the least with the idiotic legislation proposed by some dunderheads in the Knesset which would put Freund in prison for linking condemnation of settlements with Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He's got a right to make his stupid statements, his Ivy League education nonewithstanding. And I have an equal right to call him out for it.

  3. Laila Cohen Just as the who wrote this article has the right to say what he wants, I have the right to call you out. World War II ended 69 years ago. Stop looking under your bed for Nazis; look for Muslims instead.

  4. Laila Cohen Just as the who wrote this article has the right to say what he wants, I have the right to call you out. World War II ended 69 years ago. Stop looking under your bed for Nazis; look for Muslims instead.

  5. Dan Silagi works at the University of Chicago along with such luminaries as Bill Ayers and Jennifer Dorne. He is just expressing the views of those great thinkers who better then us, the uneducated masses. We may be masses but they are Asses!

  6. I’am Jewish and German myself. And oh what am I ashamed of my county of birth. This is a great article. The Tanach says that G-d planted us in the land of Israel to never be uprooted again!

  7. people are jealous over the Chosen people and they weren’t. The Arabs try to say that it wasn’t Issac to be sacrificed that day and that to is out of pure jealousy. But G-d will soon send Jesus and all will find out, but in the mean time jews do everything they can to get along!!! How about any of the un chosen? Can you give witness you do your best to live in harmony to your fellow man or love one another? YES I’m speaking to YOU?

  8. By depriving Israel of defensible borders and a self-sustainable economy, they wish to set up a situation that makes it easier for others to destroy Israel. The shadow NAZI movement is trying to set up a destabilized Israel while outsourcing the destruction of the Jewish people to anti-Semitic forces in the middle east…this way, they think they avoid the blowback. I could be wrong, but I can’t see any other logic behind their actions.

  9. Crude behavior by anyone regardless who is crude and unacceptable. Who is anyone to tell Israel where to build, what to do. Israel is a sovereign state while “Palestine” and the west bank still don’t know what they are.

  10. Alan Kardon You’re Jewish, and you want to marry some who isn’t, or who doesn’t have a Judischebluteserklarung (Certificate of Jewish blood) from some Hasidic rabbi who’s in charge of such things in Israel.

    Well, you can marry in Berlin. You can marry in Stuttgart. You can marry in Munich. But you can’t get married in Tel Aviv. If you tried, and used a rabbi who’s not on the certified list, you marriage is null and void and you could be facing two years in an Israeli prison, according to an amendment “reforming” Israeli marriage laws which was serrupititously tacked onto the bill by Haredim.

    Now who’s the Nazi, Alan?

  11. Only a few key Nazi leaders were executed for their crimes against humanity. Many others who participated in the neighborhood killings were never brought to justice, It seems their jars of venom have been saved up for indoctrination of their children to perpetuate the cycle of anti-Semitic acts Some of Hitlers youth are still living, I used to have a neighbor next door who was 18 when the war ended. So some of those who believe the Nazi propaganda are still living with their bloated sense of hatred for Jewish, Gypsy, and others deemed less than they…. When will the hatred and discrimination ever end? When Messiah returns.

  12. Steinmeier is stating EU policy which is little different from that of the White House. As for the timing, such meetings are always held on the sidelines of international gatherings whatever the nature. Let us be careful not to knee-jerk condemnation of every statement we disagree with. Discuss, argue and defend our interests but do not condemn criticism. Regarding Germany do not incessantly play the Holocaust charge, this cheapens that tragedy. Learn to take the rough with smooth. Counter what we disagree with with well studied responses, if we have none then maybe right is not always on our side.

  13. Dan Silagi works at the University of Chicago along with such luminaries as Bill Ayers and Jennifer Dorne. He is just expressing the views of those great thinkers who better then us, the uneducated masses. We may be masses but they are Asses!

  14. Dan Silagi Get real! WW2 may have ended 69 years ago, but the German Government will never live down the Holocaust, nor should it. Germany of all countries, should never deign to tell Israelis where they should live. How thoroughly disgusting and in bad taste.

  15. frank stienmeirer needs to be fired if he cannot respect jews who are (Israel) I think angela merkel needs to step up and do her job and she did a memorial honor to holocaust victims from WWII so why cant she see the truth in this and avoid that man and say no we cannot tell anyone or jews where they can or cannot live? eh I don’t see a good cause for that to do so. god gave the land to jews and Judea and samaria is an ancient land from the bible and it was all jewish then and still is jews has reclaimed it and its thiers. now they are trying to evacuate all jews out of Judea and samaria because Palestinians asked to have them removed or something saying they are illegally on Palestinian land. OH COME ON its not palestinaian land NOWAY its jewish it belongs to jews and german foreign minister needs to back off and shut up, they cannot tell nobody where to live or cannot live it has nothing to do with peace process its false peace anyway, its a trap they need to alert the jews that peace process is a trap and not to fall for it. don’t accept it, cause it seems that this is to clean all jews out of every town and Jerusalem too I am watching closely whats gonna happen. lets all keep Israel in our hearts and minds and remember the jews I am jewish and I love people but I don’t like the situation there with peace this peace that it does not do nothing. Palestinians want to get their hands on everything they are pure evil, very very very few of them are friends with jews rest are evil

  16. people are jealous over the Chosen people and they weren't. The Arabs try to say that it wasn't Issac to be sacrificed that day and that to is out of pure jealousy. But G-d will soon send Jesus and all will find out, but in the mean time jews do everything they can to get along!!! How about any of the un chosen? Can you give witness you do your best to live in harmony to your fellow man or love one another? YES I'm speaking to YOU?

  17. And where did you get the idea it is “God given”? Perhaps there is a different way of looking at the argument that was being made–that, having done immense injustice in the past, the individual is actually trying to say something crucial and constructive, in the hope of avoiding another conflagration. You have to admit that a huge number of people worldwide see it the way he does–people who love Israel and Jews, but who are concerned about the track Israel is on and what it could lead to.

  18. It’s this fiction of “chosen” people that’s so damning. It’s arrogant and simply not true. People are all God’s people, none chosen. that’s a fiction that grew out of the past.

  19. By depriving Israel of defensible borders and a self-sustainable economy, they wish to set up a situation that makes it easier for others to destroy Israel. The shadow NAZI movement is trying to set up a destabilized Israel while outsourcing the destruction of the Jewish people to anti-Semitic forces in the middle east…this way, they think they avoid the blowback. I could be wrong, but I can't see any other logic behind their actions.

  20. The Germans, least of all in this universe, have the right to tell us anything…they should never forget what they did to us…the SHOAH is still, I believe, a historical fact-undisputedly unforgettable…Judea and Samaria are an integral part of the Promised Land…it is ours because the L-rd so wished it…AMEN

  21. Alan Kardon You're Jewish, and you want to marry some who isn't, or who doesn't have a Judischebluteserklarung (Certificate of Jewish blood) from some Hasidic rabbi who's in charge of such things in Israel.

    Well, you can marry in Berlin. You can marry in Stuttgart. You can marry in Munich. But you can't get married in Tel Aviv. If you tried, and used a rabbi who's not on the certified list, you marriage is null and void and you could be facing two years in an Israeli prison, according to an amendment "reforming" Israeli marriage laws which was serrupititously tacked onto the bill by Haredim.

    Now who's the Nazi, Alan?

  22. What do you expect from the Krauts ? I am a Jew, and was stationed with the US Army in Germany, and took my discharge there (1959-1965). Sure its illegal to display the Swastika, but very little else has changed, since WWII. Attended beer festival in Fuerth (near Nurenberg) 1965, held in tent, 1000 people capacity. "Oom-pa-pa" band, and all! Band leader did some impersonations of World leaders from WWII era, while band played National Anthems, of designated countries, ie. Stalin (Russia). Churchill (England) and so on. But then he donned a Red Jacket, Swastika Armband, Nazi Medals, combed his hair in the Hitler doo, band played "Deutschland Uber Alles", 1000 people stood up and "Sieg Heiled" with Nazi Salute! 20 YEARS AFTER END OF WWII ! Need I say more ! ! !

  23. Only a few key Nazi leaders were executed for their crimes against humanity. Many others who participated in the neighborhood killings were never brought to justice, It seems their jars of venom have been saved up for indoctrination of their children to perpetuate the cycle of anti-Semitic acts Some of Hitlers youth are still living, I used to have a neighbor next door who was 18 when the war ended. So some of those who believe the Nazi propaganda are still living with their bloated sense of hatred for Jewish, Gypsy, and others deemed less than they…. When will the hatred and discrimination ever end? When Messiah returns.

  24. David Robert Ord OK, if some do not accept God-given it was world given after the Holocaust. Thus they have a right to exist and expand like any other country. I would not have ceded any land gained in ’67 because they were attacked and the other guy lost. That is normally how war works. If you do not like the possibility of losing and the ramifications of that then do not wage war. Many countries have pieces of land that were not theirs originally so the world should give back any land gained by treaty, conquest or whatever to the original owners and if we go back far enough Israel will be bigger than it is so maybe we all just need to let them alone.

  25. David Robert Ord Sorry, but just because a ‘huge number of people worldwide see it the way he does’…that does not make them right. After all, practically the entire German people saw the way Hitler did about exterminating the Jews. Do you think that made them right? You might want to check out the land that was originally given in the Balfour Declaration, and under the British Mandate. It was a whole lot larger than what Israel has today.

  26. David Robert Ord It was the early church that gave the Jewish people that identity! We are taught that we were ‘chosen’ to give the world the 10 commandments, in other words, civilization. At the time of Abraham, other tribes were still sacrificing and eating their children. So, we did give the 10 commandments and the laws of God, but look what the world has done with it. Maybe its called shooting the messenger!

  27. Daniel Paul Gold Indeed, the truth is that we defeated Germany, not the plague of Nazism or Anti-Semitism. I am a Christian, who may have some Jewish blood based upon my last name, but I do love the Jewish people and pray for the Messiah to come for when Shiloh comes there will be peace. We wish the same thing, we only differ on Who it will be. Shalom!

  28. Steinmeier is stating EU policy which is little different from that of the White House. As for the timing, such meetings are always held on the sidelines of international gatherings whatever the nature. Let us be careful not to knee-jerk condemnation of every statement we disagree with. Discuss, argue and defend our interests but do not condemn criticism. Regarding Germany do not incessantly play the Holocaust charge, this cheapens that tragedy. Learn to take the rough with smooth. Counter what we disagree with with well studied responses, if we have none then maybe right is not always on our side.

  29. frank stienmeirer needs to be fired if he cannot respect jews who are (Israel) I think angela merkel needs to step up and do her job and she did a memorial honor to holocaust victims from WWII so why cant she see the truth in this and avoid that man and say no we cannot tell anyone or jews where they can or cannot live? eh I don't see a good cause for that to do so. god gave the land to jews and Judea and samaria is an ancient land from the bible and it was all jewish then and still is jews has reclaimed it and its thiers. now they are trying to evacuate all jews out of Judea and samaria because Palestinians asked to have them removed or something saying they are illegally on Palestinian land. OH COME ON its not palestinaian land NOWAY its jewish it belongs to jews and german foreign minister needs to back off and shut up, they cannot tell nobody where to live or cannot live it has nothing to do with peace process its false peace anyway, its a trap they need to alert the jews that peace process is a trap and not to fall for it. don't accept it, cause it seems that this is to clean all jews out of every town and Jerusalem too I am watching closely whats gonna happen. lets all keep Israel in our hearts and minds and remember the jews I am jewish and I love people but I don't like the situation there with peace this peace that it does not do nothing. Palestinians want to get their hands on everything they are pure evil, very very very few of them are friends with jews rest are evil

  30. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and uncle to Yasser Arafat,, Haj Amin al-Husseini, used to advise Adolf Hitler and met him frequently to assist on middle east matters in Berlin. It was his will to eradicate 'Jacob' He outlived Adolf by several years and proved his credentials with great zeal.. (Probably jerked his knee occasionally as well.

  31. And where did you get the idea it is "God given"? Perhaps there is a different way of looking at the argument that was being made–that, having done immense injustice in the past, the individual is actually trying to say something crucial and constructive, in the hope of avoiding another conflagration. You have to admit that a huge number of people worldwide see it the way he does–people who love Israel and Jews, but who are concerned about the track Israel is on and what it could lead to.

  32. The Germans, least of all in this universe, have the right to tell us anything…they should never forget what they did to us…the SHOAH is still, I believe, a historical fact-undisputedly unforgettable…Judea and Samaria are an integral part of the Promised Land…it is ours because the L-rd so wished it…AMEN

  33. David Robert Ord OK, if some do not accept God-given it was world given after the Holocaust. Thus they have a right to exist and expand like any other country. I would not have ceded any land gained in '67 because they were attacked and the other guy lost. That is normally how war works. If you do not like the possibility of losing and the ramifications of that then do not wage war. Many countries have pieces of land that were not theirs originally so the world should give back any land gained by treaty, conquest or whatever to the original owners and if we go back far enough Israel will be bigger than it is so maybe we all just need to let them alone.

  34. David Robert Ord Sorry, but just because a 'huge number of people worldwide see it the way he does'…that does not make them right. After all, practically the entire German people saw the way Hitler did about exterminating the Jews. Do you think that made them right? You might want to check out the land that was originally given in the Balfour Declaration, and under the British Mandate. It was a whole lot larger than what Israel has today.

  35. David Robert Ord It was the early church that gave the Jewish people that identity! We are taught that we were 'chosen' to give the world the 10 commandments, in other words, civilization. At the time of Abraham, other tribes were still sacrificing and eating their children. So, we did give the 10 commandments and the laws of God, but look what the world has done with it. Maybe its called shooting the messenger!

  36. Daniel Paul Gold Indeed, the truth is that we defeated Germany, not the plague of Nazism or Anti-Semitism. I am a Christian, who may have some Jewish blood based upon my last name, but I do love the Jewish people and pray for the Messiah to come for when Shiloh comes there will be peace. We wish the same thing, we only differ on Who it will be. Shalom!

  37. The German Amaleks only like dead Jews. They are still Nazis and we need to eradicate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Resheet lagoyim Amalek; Amalek will be the first of the goyim to be destroyed.

  38. I agree that Steinmeier had no right to criticize Israel concerning the settlements. It was insensitive and outright stupid, an embarrassment for Germany. At the same time I have to say that the whole reasoning of this article and most of the comments are even more stupid. How much longer will you put a guild trip on this present generation of young Germans? After the war there was an almost 100% turnaround in Germany. I remember the six day war in 1967. Every German newspaper and magazine was cheering Israel. This generation has admired and loved Israel for decades, but people like the writer of this article and most of those who commented on it could easily mess it up. This hate mongering is not going to solve any problems and you might lose some very reliable friends.
    I suggest to shift your attention also a little to you own country, and consider the murdering of innocent children (abortions) in Israel, approved by law, more than 20 000 every year. That certainly does not excuse the horrible things Germany did under Hitler, but is very strange that I never hear about any demonstrations against the murder of the most helpless.
    You might not believe it, but I’m writing these things because I really love Israel. If you do not give up the past, you will not really have a

  39. The Israelis object to being told where they can live, but can tell the Palestinians what roads they can use; where they can fish; where they can work and where they can live. Because of the great wall they can tell where they can worship and where their children can attend schools.

  40. Asswipe, I just got my MBA there. And if I worked there, I’d be proud to say so. Yes, I’m just like Bill Ayers, in every way. But who is Jennifer Dorne? Perchance, are you thinking of Bernadine Dohrn, now Mrs. William Ayers? Name your demons correctly, putz.

  41. I cannot believe this man would blatantly come out with a Nazi statement like telling Jewish people where to live..maybe we should boycott German products and tell Germans where they can’t live..Steinmeier is definately anti-semetic..he would have one of those people during the Exodus period(after the war and the Jews were stopped at Cyprus and detained from going to Israel by the British)..then when nationhood was declared, the Nazi’s influenced the Arabs to destroy Israel, even after nationhood was declared..I wonder where Mr. Steinmeier was when Jewish people were burned in the ovens..and piled up like firewood..SHAME ON HIM AND THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT FOR PROMOTING SUCH HATE..

  42. I agree that Steinmeier had no right to criticize Israel concerning the settlements. It was insensitive and outright stupid, an embarrassment for Germany. At the same time I have to say that the whole reasoning of this article and most of the comments are even more stupid. How much longer will you put a guild trip on this present generation of young Germans? After the war there was an almost 100% turnaround in Germany. I remember the six day war in 1967. Every German newspaper and magazine was cheering Israel. This generation has admired and loved Israel for decades, but people like the writer of this article and most of those who commented on it could easily mess it up. This hate mongering is not going to solve any problems and you might lose some very reliable friends.
    I suggest to shift your attention also a little to you own country, and consider the murdering of innocent children (abortions) in Israel, approved by law, more than 20 000 every year. That certainly does not excuse the horrible things Germany did under Hitler, but is very strange that I never hear about any demonstrations against the murder of the most helpless.
    You might not believe it, but I’m writing these things because I really love Israel. If you do not give up the past, you will not really have a

  43. Have pity on these Europeans. The just want to create ghettos in the Israel for the Jews, just like their ancestor’s did for one thousand years before him. They can’t help themselv’s. It’s in their mother’s milk.

  44. PS Renata It is immoral of you to downgrade one atrocity by comparison with another and to downgrade the holocaust because it will make people stop liking us, is nothing mor than perverted self interest. Stand up and be a Jew. or apologise for the holocaust? Seriously.

  45. David Robert Ord it REALLY does NOT matter what you think or believe. GOD will have HIS way with HIS people and the world. Those that curse Israel will be cursed and those that bless Israel will blessed. You’re in for a surprise Mr Ord…whether you believe it or not….it’s coming soon. The most arrogant statement I’ve heard in a very long time is your very first sentence. You need to read the BIBLE…all of it.

  46. I am sad for the growing rejection of the rights of the Jewish people occupying their own land. Why are so many believing what the Arab States claim that its only since 1948 that the Jews lived in Israel ? Perhaps no-one reads the Bible now !

  47. Asswipe, I just got my MBA there. And if I worked there, I'd be proud to say so. Yes, I'm just like Bill Ayers, in every way. But who is Jennifer Dorne? Perchance, are you thinking of Bernadine Dohrn, now Mrs. William Ayers? Name your demons correctly, putz.

  48. “I wonder where Mr. Steinmeier was when Jewish people were burned in the ovens…” He was a gleam in his daddy’s eye. Steinmeier was born in 1956, 11 years after the fall of the Third Reich. He is a member of the SPD (Social Democrats) which opposed Hitler before and during the Third Reich. Many SPD members also ended up in concentration camps. Hitler murdered 6 million Jews, and over 4 million non-Jews as well.

  49. I cannot believe this man would blatantly come out with a Nazi statement like telling Jewish people where to live..maybe we should boycott German products and tell Germans where they can't live..Steinmeier is definately anti-semetic..he would have one of those people during the Exodus period(after the war and the Jews were stopped at Cyprus and detained from going to Israel by the British)..then when nationhood was declared, the Nazi's influenced the Arabs to destroy Israel, even after nationhood was declared..I wonder where Mr. Steinmeier was when Jewish people were burned in the ovens..and piled up like firewood..SHAME ON HIM AND THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT FOR PROMOTING SUCH HATE..

  50. David Robert Ord it REALLY does NOT matter what you think or believe. GOD will have HIS way with HIS people and the world. Those that curse Israel will be cursed and those that bless Israel will blessed. You're in for a surprise Mr Ord…whether you believe it or not….it's coming soon. The most arrogant statement I've heard in a very long time is your very first sentence. You need to read the BIBLE…all of it.

  51. Dixie Vangelisti The Bible says that man is not to speak for God. It's probably the most violated of all the 10 Commandments. And show me where in either the Old or New Testament (I've read both) it says Muslims are Nazis.

  52. "I wonder where Mr. Steinmeier was when Jewish people were burned in the ovens…" He was a gleam in his daddy's eye. Steinmeier was born in 1956, 11 years after the fall of the Third Reich. He is a member of the SPD (Social Democrats) which opposed Hitler before and during the Third Reich. Many SPD members also ended up in concentration camps. Hitler murdered 6 million Jews, and over 4 million non-Jews as well.

  53. The whole world hates Israel, but G-D said I love Israel, and I will defend my land and my people Israel. Every war against Israel to take away her land,has ended up with Israel gaining more land. Perhaps Allah is not happy with the Muslims when they attacks Israel. May be Allah never turn away from Jews in the first place.

  54. The whole world hates Israel, but G-D said I love Israel, and I will defend my land and my people Israel. Every war against Israel to take away her land,has ended up with Israel gaining more land. Perhaps Allah is not happy with the Muslims when they attacks Israel. May be Allah never turn away from Jews in the first place.

  55. Opinions on the settlements aside, this goy agrees that the proposed labeling of products from the occupied territories is clearly discriminatory if you ignore labeling Chinese / Tibetan, etc., products. And Germany historically has given up its right to even say anything about where the children of Israel settle. I grew up in an American Deutsch community, and I can tell you that the older ones simply did not like Jews. Perhaps this is still a deep undercurrent of the German psyche? Freud and Jung would probably agree with that.

  56. Israel was chosen for his belief, and how that manifested in his dealings with those around him. His relationship with God is available to all who cultivate the same relationship. Israel’s descendants always are rewarded for doing right, and punished for doing wrong. This is true for any nation. In your relationships with others, drop all personal self-interest, all selfishness, and do what it right in God’s eyes. Then all the world will see the glory of God’s Kingdom here on earth. A person does all this, not a nation. But a nation is made of persons. Do not count on others to do it for you. If many do right, the nation is blessed. If many do wrong, then it is destroyed. The promise is eternal, and is a promise to the individual first, and the nations and descendants of it secondarily. Forget about what land is possessed by whom; live only for the coming Kingdom; for that is the only way it can be realized. It is all up to each and every individual. When each person lives for the Kingdom, then all will live in the Kingdom. But first, all self-interest must be removed, as it is a stumbling-block.

  57. i am so pisst of with evrey body else telling us what to do my parents were lucky to run from this basterd and go to israel, we need to let every country know we will not be puset around any more.

  58. Opinions on the settlements aside, this goy agrees that the proposed labeling of products from the occupied territories is clearly discriminatory if you ignore labeling Chinese / Tibetan, etc., products. And Germany historically has given up its right to even say anything about where the children of Israel settle. I grew up in an American Deutsch community, and I can tell you that the older ones simply did not like Jews. Perhaps this is still a deep undercurrent of the German psyche? Freud and Jung would probably agree with that.

  59. These Krauts will never change no matter how many years go by. Anti-Semitism is ingrained in them and can never be eliminated. Don’t try to analyze it. You’ll never come up with an answer. This is true for ALL Europeans since the church poisoned their minds almost two thousand years ago.

  60. Israel was chosen for his belief, and how that manifested in his dealings with those around him. His relationship with God is available to all who cultivate the same relationship. Israel's descendants always are rewarded for doing right, and punished for doing wrong. This is true for any nation. In your relationships with others, drop all personal self-interest, all selfishness, and do what it right in God's eyes. Then all the world will see the glory of God's Kingdom here on earth. A person does all this, not a nation. But a nation is made of persons. Do not count on others to do it for you. If many do right, the nation is blessed. If many do wrong, then it is destroyed. The promise is eternal, and is a promise to the individual first, and the nations and descendants of it secondarily. Forget about what land is possessed by whom; live only for the coming Kingdom; for that is the only way it can be realized. It is all up to each and every individual. When each person lives for the Kingdom, then all will live in the Kingdom. But first, all self-interest must be removed, as it is a stumbling-block.

  61. How many years was the third reich, 15 years more or less, they wanted to stay 1000 years, hahaha…, we are about 4,000 years, we surviving the Egyptians, Babylon, Persian, Greeg, Roman, Russian, Nazi and other empires/goverments, and others,Germany has lost every war with Napoleon, WWI, WWII, Israel won wars, Germany has lost land like Danzig, Saarland, Sudeten Land, Israel won land, why Germany is not asking to return his lost lands, why should Israel return the winning lands, Germany should shut up, or better to send a nuke to Berlin.

  62. i would like to read verbatim script of what the german foreign miniter actualy said. it seems that a word, from here and there, was cherry-picked by the publisher of this article. based upon the presentation made in this article, one could justifiably conclude that the german foreign minister would benefit from some proper etiquette advice, as well as some balanced analysis training. also to be considered would be the report that israel possesses a vast nuclear arsenal as well as multiple ordnance delivery platforms.

  63. 1,000 years third reich hahaha…., it is 1,000 shame reich, now Gerrmany is paying hard with the Muslims, how the Germans will get rid from the muslims, the same what did with the jews?.

  64. What a thing to say by a German, of all people! Israel is the land of YAHVÉ'S people, and we will never move from here. And not only will we not stop building, but very soon all us Sephardic Hebrews who are still in many other countries will move to Israel, along with true Christians who love Jews, and we will prepare for the II Coming of YESHUA! ¡Amén! Keep building Israel, for YESHUA, the LION of JUDA is coming back soon to take HIS Seat in Jerusalén! ¡Viva Israel!

  65. i am so pisst of with evrey body else telling us what to do my parents were lucky to run from this basterd and go to israel, we need to let every country know we will not be puset around any more.

  66. These Krauts will never change no matter how many years go by. Anti-Semitism is ingrained in them and can never be eliminated. Don't try to analyze it. You'll never come up with an answer. This is true for ALL Europeans since the church poisoned their minds almost two thousand years ago.

  67. These Krauts will never change no matter how many years go by. Anti-Semitism is ingrained in them and can never be eliminated. Don't try to analyze it. You'll never come up with an answer. This is true for ALL Europeans since the church poisoned their minds almost two thousand years ago.

  68. How many years was the third reich, 15 years more or less, they wanted to stay 1000 years, hahaha…, we are about 4,000 years, we surviving the Egyptians, Babylon, Persian, Greeg, Roman, Russian, Nazi and other empires/goverments, and others,Germany has lost every war with Napoleon, WWI, WWII, Israel won wars, Germany has lost land like Danzig, Saarland, Sudeten Land, Israel won land, why Germany is not asking to return his lost lands, why should Israel return the winning lands, Germany should shut up, or better to send a nuke to Berlin.

  69. i would like to read verbatim script of what the german foreign miniter actualy said. it seems that a word, from here and there, was cherry-picked by the publisher of this article. based upon the presentation made in this article, one could justifiably conclude that the german foreign minister would benefit from some proper etiquette advice, as well as some balanced analysis training. also to be considered would be the report that israel possesses a vast nuclear arsenal as well as multiple ordnance delivery platforms.

  70. i would like to read verbatim script of what the german foreign miniter actualy said. it seems that a word, from here and there, was cherry-picked by the publisher of this article. based upon the presentation made in this article, one could justifiably conclude that the german foreign minister would benefit from some proper etiquette advice, as well as some balanced analysis training. also to be considered would be the report that israel possesses a vast nuclear arsenal as well as multiple ordnance delivery platforms.

  71. It is amazing how the Germans have never outgrown the mentality of their fore-fathers, the Goths, East Germanic people. Visigoths and the Ostrogoths who contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire and subsequent emergence of medieval Europe – All these losers and Jews are still around to tell the tale and even if the Germans again spit their venon, we will again execute our antidotes.

  72. Posted this article yesterday at my chronic and grabslated it today in German language and posted it under “notes” !

    My thanks go to Michael Freund for this extremely good article. Yes it is indeed shameful, as Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Jerusalem on the edge of the burial Sharon with his advice to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu – but also against the Jewish citizens of the state of Israel absolutely “full force” has misbehaved!
    The role of the Federal Government of Germany concerning the State of Israel is more than worrying – and not more the role of a reliable partner!
    Our government to very mixed into the “resolutions” of the EU against Israel – so I simply “my question marker?” put on the German flag!

  73. Posted this article yesterday at my chronic and grabslated it today in German language and posted it under "notes" !

    My thanks go to Michael Freund for this extremely good article. Yes it is indeed shameful, as Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Jerusalem on the edge of the burial Sharon with his advice to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu – but also against the Jewish citizens of the state of Israel absolutely "full force" has misbehaved!
    The role of the Federal Government of Germany concerning the State of Israel is more than worrying – and not more the role of a reliable partner!
    Our government to very mixed into the "resolutions" of the EU against Israel – so I simply "my question marker?" put on the German flag!

  74. Ich bin Deutsche , ich bin Christin ( Katholikin) , ich bin kein Nazi !!!!!
    Ich sehe es auch so , wie Frau Bald..ich fühle mich total schlecht , denn der Holocaust ist ein lebenslanger Alptraum , aber trotzdem erschrecke ich mich mich über diese Gefühle des Hasses uns jetzigen , unschuldigen Deutschen gegenüber ….Denn , zu sagen , dass Kinder , die nach 1945 , geboren sind , Nazis sein sollen , ist Unrecht und Unwissenheit….In meinen Augen gibt es keine Kollektivschuld ! Da sollten Sie mal drüber nachdenken ! Ich bin 1950 geboren , meine Eltern waren keine Nazis , ich hatte auch nie etwas mit Nazis zu tun ! Meine Großeltern haben Juden versteckt …..(nicht mein Verdienst , es gehörte Mut dazu , denn , wenn es entdeckt wurde , von den Nazis ,der wurde auf der Stelle erschossen .) Dann , wo war der Rest der Welt ? Warum wurde Hitler erst gestoppt , als schon 6 Millionen tot waren ? DIE GANZE WELT SAH ZU ! Die Engländer schickten ein Schiff mit über 1000 Juden ,was schon in Tel Aviv war ,wieder zurück nach Deutschland …..es gab viele solcher Ereignisse !
    Viele Länder haben ehemalige Nazis aufgenommen , war dies OK ? Nein !
    Sie wurden nie bestraft !
    Es gibt viele Nazis im Rest der Welt ! Und , es sind keine Deutschen ! Nazi zu sein , ist nicht an eine Nationalität gebunden !
    Ich habe aufmerksam die Kommentare gelesen , ich habe schon immer Sympathien für Israel gehegt , ich lerne auch Hebräisch !
    Diese ganzen ganzen Beschimpfungen gegen mein Volk , gegen meine Religion empfinde ich als traurig . Ich kann nur hoffen , dass dies nicht die Meinung alle Israelis ist , dass sie keine Bombe auf Berlin werfen wollen ! Ich hoffe , dass ich ohne Angst nach Israel reisen kann…..dass ich als Mensch gesehen werde , der friedlich und offen seine Meinung sagen kann , ohne gesteinigt zu werden . Ein hoffnungsvolles SHALOm nach Israel , und liebe Grüße aus Hamburg !

  75. Ich bin Deutsche , ich bin Christin ( Katholikin) , ich bin kein Nazi !!!!!
    Ich sehe es auch so , wie Frau Bald..ich fühle mich total schlecht , denn der Holocaust ist ein lebenslanger Alptraum , aber trotzdem erschrecke ich mich mich über diese Gefühle des Hasses uns jetzigen , unschuldigen Deutschen gegenüber ….Denn , zu sagen , dass Kinder , die nach 1945 , geboren sind , Nazis sein sollen , ist Unrecht und Unwissenheit….In meinen Augen gibt es keine Kollektivschuld ! Da sollten Sie mal drüber nachdenken ! Ich bin 1950 geboren , meine Eltern waren keine Nazis , ich hatte auch nie etwas mit Nazis zu tun ! Meine Großeltern haben Juden versteckt …..(nicht mein Verdienst , es gehörte Mut dazu , denn , wenn es entdeckt wurde , von den Nazis ,der wurde auf der Stelle erschossen .) Dann , wo war der Rest der Welt ? Warum wurde Hitler erst gestoppt , als schon 6 Millionen tot waren ? DIE GANZE WELT SAH ZU ! Die Engländer schickten ein Schiff mit über 1000 Juden ,was schon in Tel Aviv war ,wieder zurück nach Deutschland …..es gab viele solcher Ereignisse !
    Viele Länder haben ehemalige Nazis aufgenommen , war dies OK ? Nein !
    Sie wurden nie bestraft !
    Es gibt viele Nazis im Rest der Welt ! Und , es sind keine Deutschen ! Nazi zu sein , ist nicht an eine Nationalität gebunden !
    Ich habe aufmerksam die Kommentare gelesen , ich habe schon immer Sympathien für Israel gehegt , ich lerne auch Hebräisch !
    Diese ganzen ganzen Beschimpfungen gegen mein Volk , gegen meine Religion empfinde ich als traurig . Ich kann nur hoffen , dass dies nicht die Meinung alle Israelis ist , dass sie keine Bombe auf Berlin werfen wollen ! Ich hoffe , dass ich ohne Angst nach Israel reisen kann…..dass ich als Mensch gesehen werde , der friedlich und offen seine Meinung sagen kann , ohne gesteinigt zu werden . Ein hoffnungsvolles SHALOm nach Israel , und liebe Grüße aus Hamburg !

  76. I am German , I am a Christian ( Catholic ), I ‘m not a Nazi ! !
    I see it also as woman soon .. I feel really bad , because the Holocaust is a lifelong nightmare , but I am troubled me about these feelings of hatred we present , innocent Germans towards …. For to say that children who are after 1945 , born to be Nazis , is wrong and ignorance …. In my eyes there is no collective guilt ! Since you should think about it ! I was born in 1950, my parents were not Nazis , I never had anything to do with Nazis! My grandparents have hidden Jews ….. (not my doing , it took courage , because when it was discovered by the Nazis , who was shot dead on the spot. ) Then , where was the rest of the world ? Why Hitler was not stopped as already 6 million were dead ? THE WHOLE WORLD TO SAH ! The British sent a ship with more than 1,000 Jews , which was already in Tel Aviv, back to Germany ….. it were many such events !
    Many countries have included former Nazis , this was OK ? No!
    They were never punished!
    There are many Nazis in the rest of the world ! And , there are no Germans ! To be a Nazi, is not bound to a nationality!
    I have carefully read the comments, I ‘ve always harbored sympathies for Israel , I ‘m also learning Hebrew!
    This whole entire insults against my people , against my religion , I feel as sad. I can only hope that this is the opinion of all Israelis is not that they want to throw any bomb on Berlin! I hope I can travel without fear to Israel ….. that I am seen as a person who can peacefully and openly speak his mind without being stoned. A hopeful Shalom to Israel , and greetings from Hamburg!

  77. I am German , I am a Christian ( Catholic ), I 'm not a Nazi ! !
    I see it also as woman soon .. I feel really bad , because the Holocaust is a lifelong nightmare , but I am troubled me about these feelings of hatred we present , innocent Germans towards …. For to say that children who are after 1945 , born to be Nazis , is wrong and ignorance …. In my eyes there is no collective guilt ! Since you should think about it ! I was born in 1950, my parents were not Nazis , I never had anything to do with Nazis! My grandparents have hidden Jews ….. (not my doing , it took courage , because when it was discovered by the Nazis , who was shot dead on the spot. ) Then , where was the rest of the world ? Why Hitler was not stopped as already 6 million were dead ? THE WHOLE WORLD TO SAH ! The British sent a ship with more than 1,000 Jews , which was already in Tel Aviv, back to Germany ….. it were many such events !
    Many countries have included former Nazis , this was OK ? No!
    They were never punished!
    There are many Nazis in the rest of the world ! And , there are no Germans ! To be a Nazi, is not bound to a nationality!
    I have carefully read the comments, I 've always harbored sympathies for Israel , I 'm also learning Hebrew!
    This whole entire insults against my people , against my religion , I feel as sad. I can only hope that this is the opinion of all Israelis is not that they want to throw any bomb on Berlin! I hope I can travel without fear to Israel ….. that I am seen as a person who can peacefully and openly speak his mind without being stoned. A hopeful Shalom to Israel , and greetings from Hamburg!

  78. As understood, calls for deporting the Muslims from the EU are being intensified round Europe.

    Reserving a personal opinion towards such a radical measure barely suggests that the PA is still culturally and ethnically closer to future deportees than the Nordic Atlantic shores.

    What is interesting it is impossible to comment in this page from my usual IP!

    Michael Kerjman

  79. Germany is among a very few rare places I am grateful for some my life achievements.

    It is always much easily to blame minorities for own misdeeds than adjust own folks living standards to a better level.

    Please, pardon me if I I am mistaken.

  80. As understood, calls for deporting the Muslims from the EU are being intensified round Europe.

    Reserving a personal opinion towards such a radical measure barely suggests that the PA is still culturally and ethnically closer to future deportees than the Nordic Atlantic shores.

    What is interesting it is impossible to comment in this page from my usual IP!

    Michael Kerjman

  81. You should know as tyou live in a part of Canada that is filled with Ustashi, and with Ukrainians who are the most anti semitic People on earth. When you more to a more inhabitable part of Canada, I will believe you.

  82. How long, how many generations or centuries anyone, including Germans (while Germans were not by far the only one commiting and promoting Holocaust and before that pogroms in various parts of Europe and world, would be – by “logic” and “arguments of the author prevented to say anytning critical of Israel’s policies? I, for one, despite being Jewish, see that Palestinians, losing their homeland due to 1) Western countries making boo boo not to stoping Hitler (thus not preventing, among other things, including say 30,000,000 deaths, Holocaust) 2nd) “made up” for that grave failures of democracies by deciding via UN that hey: Palestine will become Jewish state, also justified by some holy book longing for ancestral land. …. For sake of argument: Imagine tat UN figures out that to solve some problem and compensate for historic injustices the land of today Israel is given to a tribe XY. Voted, approved, resolution passed. Why would people of Israel be expected to accept that?

  83. Since when exactly or approximately any representative body of Jews demanded rules of Palestine to give it (back?) to them as it was their Promised Land? Were any such demands presented in what centuries? I guess it was not even in relatively modern times, under Ottoman rule. Only with advent of Zionism at the very end of 19th century this idea popped up. Correct me if I am wrong. Thank you.

  84. Do you really think that a) you are “funny” or b) that you have any right to insult anyone with cheap label of “Nazi”. Do you have any fact or evidence in support of it. Or you are just simpleton?

  85. Mary Hale: Occupation of the land which is subject of illegal settlement was made illegal, i.e. against a law by international laws promulgated by United Nations resolutions. Quite few of them. So, besides re-visiting your English grammar and/or use speller, learn some facts (I know, it is boooooring and “difficult”) before you make fool of yourself labeling a reasonable statement being critical of illegal settlements in violation of numerous UN resolutions “Nazi”. Also, why not you follow some suggestion from Dag Silagi above, as far as SPD work and history including that under Third Reich. To close: You sound like uneducated person, almost “born again” fanatic. Sorry to say so.

  86. Tell us, please tell us about that “shadow NAZI movement” and I have one czarist propaganda material to offer you called “The Protocols of Learned Elders of Zion” into your collection of “facts.” Jeeeese!

  87. What you REALLY know how Holocaust is 1) taught in German schools 2) How – every day on several TV channels – are documentaries running truthfully presenting the horrors and atrocities committed by National Socialist regime 3) How many contemporary peaces of art, exhibits, books, presentations, studies are produced AND brought to school and to public presenting these tragedies? Thus only an ignorant can make statement like you are making. Plus, would it be just “PC incorrect” to suggest – on top of it publicly like you do here with gusto – that say in your folks “might be something in your blood”. Fair enough? Not? Why not?

  88. Did you – oh so proudly and with sense of what …. moral or other superiority – wrote here, publicly “these Krauts”? Do you think that there would not be few choicy, similar insults concerning your folks? But that would not feel exactly right. What you think?

  89. Jeff: It might surprised you but you do not sound very smart, judging from your primitive comment here. Lack of knowledge and intelligence thus compensated with vulgarism and angry emotions. Doesn’t do you much good, buddy.

  90. OK, Pete: Can you please give me any evidence that any representation of Jews made any demands on those who have been controlling Palestine over the past 2000 years or so to give it “back” to them. I see that only at the very end of 19th and early 20th century with Zionist movement this idea (not necessarily actual request or demand) were first made. Correct me if I didn’t get it right. Why such delay in making the claim?

  91. Stan Betterton – As university faculty member you have any actual evidence that “Germans are dictating” Jews anything? I thought that art of debate is better, certainly at universities.

  92. UN has been telling the world and thus also Israel that there are certain illegally occupied territories and that building permanent residencies on them is damaging to resolution of Israel-Palestinian problems. Many UN resolutions “have been telling that”. UN gave most of the Palestine to Israel – you have no problem with that, I hope – but you are not getting that the same UN might not agree giving the occupied extra territory to Israel. So you RESPECT UN when its ruling you like, dont respect it when is not giving you more. OK.

  93. Hey Maureeen: Consider yourself to be …. what? A bigot? Simpleton? Someone igniting hatred? Besides: Are you sure that your grandparents didn’t employed slaves, decimated Indians or parents didn’t segregated African Americans in Deep South?

  94. Wow! John! How “original”? Did you learn that kind of discussion in your high school debate team? Or at Sunday School? Or on Fox News? Oh, I see, Florida, Deep South. It tells a lot. Now how that feels?

  95. But propagandists, to whom I am afraid the author one way or another might belong, do not have time or even desire to present facts objectively. That would be boring and will not stir emotions so well.

  96. “historically given up rights”? What rights to lecture or invade countries (for WMD or oil, whatever) we historically lost for say 1) decimating “red skin savages” (to quote Declaration of Independence” 2) practicing slavery at least 60 years after those “bad” Brits made slavery illegal 3) enjoyed and enforced segregation until the 1960s while the Western world was way ahead in human rights? I know, I know, you do not THINK this way. ….. Besides, there are many members of many nations who do not like Jews (or Chinese or Japanese).Many of them are in your home, the good ol’ US.

  97. Jan Matys I don’t see, “propaganda”, in the article by Michael Freund. what i see is de facto declaration of the fact that nearly the entire Palestinian narrative is a fabrication. The Palestinians and their supporters cling to the myth that they have exclusive rights to the land, and the jews do not, and that the partition of the land, following world war 1, by the british, and the league of nations and the united nations was illegitimate. Furthermore, they advance the lie that denies their culpability for having initiated and maintained the conflict all these decades. that the Palestinain arabs, and the entire arab/islamic world continue to attack israel diplomatically, ideologically, and militarily, is a known fact, and the filthy evil world seeks to prohibit israel from defending herself. there is, jan Matys, no argument to be made that can justify the worldwide attack upon Israel, and her right to exist. I hope, jan Matys, that I shall live to see the tables turned some day, and all those who ignored and denied the perils that israel faces, should have to come back and grovel before the jewish state. May I live, dear Lord, to see that day!

  98. Wow! You are quite “smart” and “sophisticated”, brother.
    But even Joe Kennedy, Lindbergh, American politicians, many other governments contribute or did nothing for too long to allow the WW2 horrors to take place. See also 3 years of dalays in opening Western Front. Only when it became clear that Stalin’s Red Army might roll through Europe all the way to Bretagne, US and weakened UK started to save (Western) Europe … from communism, not from Nazism.

  99. British colonists in N America won much more land than Israel, got rid of the Natives too, at least 60 xtra years after British outlawed slavery kept that business running. So shutting up. BTW: What WMD that poor Saddam had? OK, we put 1/4 mil soldiers there to help them a) build democracy b) or was it oil?

  100. Jan Matys, I was just giving one of many possible reasons why so many people want to leave Israel defenseless. For all I know, the boycotters and the anti-Israel groups are just “nice” people who really think they’re balancing some sort of scales. Then again, they could be possessed by an artificial intelligence that’s been programmed by bigots. Anti-Semitic body snatchers? I really don’t have a huge collection of “facts” like you, so if you could explain why Israel keeps coming up in conversations about boycotts, I’d appreciate it. It just seems that Israel comes under more scrutiny than any other nation.

    I will admit that I shouldn’t refer to this shadow movement as being made up of nazis. It’s not like there are many members of the original NAZI party still around, and the whole “neo-nazi” movement is too skin-heady and combat-booty for most modern bigots. If such a group existed, they’d use a more marketable name or ditch the labels entirely. There may not even be a shadow movement – I mean, it’s pretty obvious that this movement is out in the open for all to see.

  101. You’ll have to forgive anybody for making blanket statements of guilt on the German people. When emotions run strong, people say things they don’t really mean. When you can still recall the stories of your parents and grandparents and their ancestors, who were pushed around, it becomes easier to distrust the groups you associate with those who kicked you and/or your ancestors around. Nobody here is really under the impression that most Germans still carry the old hates, but given the past and the present, they have reasons to distrust certain people, even if the criticisms of those people aren’t exactly done with precision. Don’t worry.

    And it’s true that there are far more neo-nazis in the US and Russia than in Germany. Evil is universal. And before it gets pointed out again, Germany’s not the only country with a tainted history. And no matter where a person’s from, they should be judged based on their own actions. While our words can indicate our intent, I think most of those you see here are hyperbolic or emotional reactions, not actual statements of hate.

  102. Jan für Ihr Echo auf meine Reaktion dieser Diskussion . Sind es wirklich nur ungebildete Menschen , die auf diese Weise noch mehr Hass schüren ? Ich bin darüber traurig . Mir wird nun erst jetzt klar , in welch einer geschützten Welt und Elternhaus ich groß wurde ! Mein christliches Umfeld hat mich gelehrt , offen auf alle Menschen zu zu gehen , mit dem Selbstverständnis , dass alle Menschen nicht gleich , aber gleichwertig sind ….Sorry , für die nicht so gute englische Übersetzung ! .Herzliche Grüße aus Hamburg , Monika-Josefine Thömmes

  103. Thank you for your response to my reaction this discussion. Is it really only uneducated people who stir up more hatred in this manner? I’m sad about it. I will now only now clear in what a sheltered world and home I grew up! My Christian environment has taught me to go open to all people with the self-understanding that all people are not equal, but equivalent …. Sorry, for the not so good English translation! . Greetings from Hamburg, Monika-Josefine Thömmes

  104. Roasted Locust Thank you for your response to my reaction this discussion. Is it really only uneducated people who stir up more hatred in this manner? I’m sad about it. I will now only now clear in what a sheltered world and home I grew up! My Christian environment has taught me to go open to all people with the self-understanding that all people are not equal, but equivalent …. Sorry, for the not so good English translation! . Greetings from Hamburg, Monika-Josefine Thömmes

  105. jan you are an idiot. As a Jew I have the right to insult the Germans who murdered six million of my fellow Jews. My friends were children of holocaust survivors and had the numbers tattooed on their arms. So don’t try to pull your false morality.

  106. “My folks” as you refer to us have been Murdered, defamed, exiled and plundered for centuries while people like you watched or participated. By your comment I sense you’re the kind of person I’m talking about.

  107. Jan Matys No one is saying Jews have to listen to Mohamed or Allah either. But this story is about Germany, the last nation on planet earth to say where Jews anywhere should live.

  108. You are a crazy old bastard…….! PS- paranoid schizophrenia grips the old geezers the hardest! Nurse…come and get Ron …he’s having an episode! I think that it’s you that needs some analysis old chap!

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