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Germany Looking to Expunge Laws Written by Hitlers ‘Blood Judge’

Friday, September 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Roland Freisler was a bad man by most yardsticks. A prominent Nazi lawyer and judge, he became State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People’s Court, which was set up outside constitutional authority. He strongly supported rigid laws against “race defilement,” treating mixed-race marriages as racial treason. Freisler also introduced the concept of “precocious juvenile criminal” in the “Juvenile Felons Decree,” which provided the legal basis for imposing the death penalty and penitentiary terms on juveniles for the first time in German legal history. Between 1933 and 1945, German courts sentenced at least 72 German juveniles to death, among them 17-year-old Helmuth Hübener, found guilty of high treason for distributing anti-war leaflets in 1942.

In 1941, Freisler authored Germany’s criminal code, which defines a murderer as someone who kills “because of bloodlust, sexual gratification from killing, greed, or otherwise base motives.”

“Unlike other sections of Germany’s criminal code, the paragraph on murder does not describe the deed and what should be protected, namely life. Instead, it illustrates the type of person who could kill,” German attorney Pinar Gul has told GlobalPost. “That is typical of Nazi ideology.”

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has proposed updating the Strafgesetzbuch German penal code and removing from it those unmistakable traces of Nazism.

Central Council of Jews council President Josef Schuster agrees that “formulations introduced into our codes of law by the Nazis should certainly have no place there.” But, according to GlobalPost, some Germans don’t have a problem with the origin of their criminal code, as one Henny Jahn, organist from Dortmund, put it: “It’s not like anyone is trying to tear away the Autobahn, which was built by Hitler. … Quite the opposite. People use [the highways] and they do so quite happily.”

And MP Wolfgang Strobl, of of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union, told Die Welt: “When I see these days the terrible dimension that terrorist violence has taken on, I think we have much more important issues to solve.”

As it stands, the law compels judges to issue life sentences to those convicted of succumbing to “bloodlust” and committing murder. According to Dieter Dolling of Heidelberg University’s Criminology Institute, the proposed reform would allow judges to consider extenuating circumstances when sentencing convicted murderers.

On February 3, 1945, Freisler was presiding over a trial in Berlin, when the building was bombed by an Allied raid. Some witnesses claim that Freisler was crushed to death by falling masonry. Others claim that he bled to death outside of the court house ruins

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Netanyahu Hints at Nazi Germany in Reaction to EU’s ‘West Bank’ Labeling

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The European Union promotes anti-Semitism while saying it fights it.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu implicitly referred to Nazi Gammy in his reaction to yesterday’s European Union resolution to label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as being “made in settlements in occupied territories.”

The European Parliament, as reported here, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to label products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria “in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” although it is Syria and not the Palestinian Authority that claims the Golan.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated:

This is unjust. It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace. The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements.

We have historical memory of what happened when Europe labeled Jewish products.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Lufthansa Long-Haul Strike Set for Tuesday

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Lufthansa Airlines pilots are set to strike all day on Tuesday as part of a job action targeting management over salary, retirement benefits and budget cuts.

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung cockpit (VC) has specifically called the all-day strike for the airline’s long-haul and cargo flights flying out of German from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT.

The union represetns some 5,000 Lufthansa and Germanwings pilots. Relations between management and the union broke down last week in talks over a new contract.

The union offered to increase the average retirement age to 60 and other ways to drop costs to a level similar to that of EasyJet.

Management is facing pressure as it tries to maintain its marketshare against budget rivals such as Ryanair, which advertises itself as “Europe’s cheapest airline” and which is targeting Germany in a market war for new passengers. Ryanair does not fly outside of Europe.

Hana Levi Julian

Auschwitz Provides Tourists with Outdoor Showers to ‘Cool Down’

Monday, August 31st, 2015

How sensitive does the world have to be Jews when it comes to anything that can be associated with Holocaust?

The question has come up twice in four days, once with Hillary Clinton’s “boxcar” comment’ and now with the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site offering tourists, including Israelis, outdoor showers to cool down from a heat wave.

Clinton’s reference to alleged Republican candidates’ promoting the idea of shipping out Mexican immigrants in “buses and boxcars” touched a raw nerve among sensitive American Jews, especially those who vote Republican.

She maintained, as reported here, that she never had the Holocaust in mind, although her defense that Jeb Bush used the term was totally out of line since he used the word to emphasize that shipping out illegal immigrants in boxcars is exactly what the United States should not do.

The showers at Auschwitz is harder to defend but illustrates the difference in mindset between the slogan among Jews “Never Forget” and the concept among others “to get over it and move on.”

It is difficult to imagine that the management at the former death camp purposely set up outdoor showers, in the midst of a heat wave, to mock Jews.

However, no one apparently realized that tourists, and not only Jews, would associate the effort to offer people a relief from the heat with the gas chambers that killed more than a million Jews, many of whom thought they were going to have their first real shower in what seemed like eternity.

On a Facebook page that posted a picture of the sprinklers, several people expressed anger while many other simply shrugged off as a “funny” coincidence.

One of the most tasteless postings was that people should “not fall for the same trick again.”

One Israel tourist told Yediot Acharonot website, “When we got off the bus I saw the sprinklers. I was in shock. I felt my stomach turn over.”

He said that when he mentioned to one of the workers at the site that the sprinkler “reminds me of the gas chambers,” she replied she was sorry.

It is not clear what she was sorry about – that the shower system was insensitive or that the tourist couldn’t get over the past.

Most estimates are that fewer than 500,000 Holocaust survivors remain alive worldwide. Their numbers are dwindling quickly, and the question of sensitivity in this age of political correctness is one that will not go away.

It all depends who is being offended. There is an egregious concern not to offend Muslim and homosexuals.

Jews are another story. And when it comes to Israel, there is not much to talk about, except, of course, for the “occupation.”

What do you think?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US, Germany Pull Patriot Batteries from Turkey

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The United States and Germany have both announced they plan to pull their Patriot missile batteries from Turkey following a reassessment of the threat from Syria.

Both nations deployed the anti-missile defensive batteries on the southern Turkish border in 2013 in response to a request submitted to NATO by Ankara over “spillage” from the Syrian civil war.

Additional Patriot missile batteries were provided by the Netherlands as well, but were withdrawn earlier this year, and replaced instead by units from Spain.

The Patriot units from the United States will be returned stateside, ostensibly for “upgrades,” according to a joint Turkish-U.S. statement issued on Sunday.

“The United States and NATO are committed to supporting Turkey’s security and regional stability,” the statement said. “If needed, the United States is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week.”

Germany, meanwhile, has said it will shut down its Patriot program altogether.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced last week that Berlin will allow its three-year Patriot mission simply to lapse in January rather than seek parliamentary approval for renewal, Reuters reported.

“The threat in this war-torn region has shifted in focus,” von der Leyen said in a statement on the German defense ministry’s website. “It now stems from the terror organization Islamic State. Therefore, we will remain engaged in the region in a continued effort to stabilize it.”

Hana Levi Julian

Maccabi Games in Germany Sparked Anti-Semitic Response

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The director for international relations at The Simon Wiesenthatl Center on Monday called on German Justice Minister Heiko Maas to condemn “the Jew-baiting of Maccabi athletes” at the Maccabi Games in Berlin.

In a letter to the minister, Dr. Shimon Samuels praised Maas for “welcoming the Maccabi Games to Berlin as a gift that Germany, after the Holocaust did not deserve.”

But, he pointed out, “apparently not everyone shared those sentiments” expressed by President Joachim Gauck, who had said he was “very moved” that the Games had chosen Berlin.

The athletes had encountered a number of very unpleasant experiences during their time in Germany, some of which are not at all unfamiliar to older Jews who have grown up in the Diaspora.

According to Samuels, German Muslims engaged in “anti-Semitic taunting” of the athletes at the Hotel Estrel which hosted several of the teams. In addition, there were a number of neo-Nazi threats made against the athletes on the Internet. Leftist German journalist Silke Burmester also made some rather nasty remarks on the Twitter social networking site.

“What are these Jewish sorts festivals?” she asked. “Have the Jews had their own Olympic games since ‘36?” In a separate tweet, she posted, “The Jewish sport has again arrived in Berlin. What should that be: swastika-throw?”

Samuels wrote to the minister that the games had not reached their goal, noting that the first Maccabi Games held in Prague came as a response to the exclusion of Jewish athletes from national teams.

“Maccabi’s return to Berlin, to the very stadium built for Adolf Hitler, was to have been a vindication of the united democratic Federal German Republic.

“Instead, the Jewish contestants had to be warned not to wear Stars of David or kippot for fear of violence,” he wrote.

Samuels went on to urge Maas to “vigorously condemn this Jew-baiting and take all legal measures available to apprehend those who would return us to 1936. This anti-Semitism targets Jews directly on German soil. It cannot be argued away as ‘anti-Zionism’ or ‘anti-Israelism.’

“The ironic context of Jewish sports reincarnated in Berlin that reawaken dormant phantoms is as unacceptable for Jews as for Germans.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Athletes Return to Berlin 79 Years After Hitler’s Olympics

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) From July 27 to August 5, the 14th European Maccabi Games will take place in Berlin. It’s Europe’s biggest Jewish sports event, and it will take place in Germany—for the first time in its history. As the event’s website puts it, “Jewish athletes were excluded from the Olympic Games in 1936,” but, this summer, “thousands will send a message for tolerance and openness and against anti-Semitism and racism.”

Actually, Jews were not officially excluded in 1936, although it was no fun being a Jew in Berlin back then, or being a Jewish athlete. Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his idea of racial supremacy, and the official Nazi paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, wrote that Jews should not be allowed to participate, but when the games were threatened with a boycott by some nations, Hitler acquiesced and allowed every ethnic group to participate.

He regretted it when African American athlete Jesse Owens set the world record in the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 8 in. His record stood for 25 years, far outlasting the Third Reich. Hitler left the stadium in a huff.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told RBB radio: “This is the stadium where the Olympic games were exploited by Hitler. To hold on that spot a Jewish sporting event like the Maccabi Games, that is an important and nice message.”

“More than 2,000 Jewish sportswomen and sportsmen from more than 36 countries will compete against each other in 19 disciplines in Berlin’s Olympic Park,” declares the games’ website.

No place like Berlin for discipline…

President of Maccabi Germany Alon Meyer told AP the decision to host the Jewish Games in Berlin, although difficult, is a “signal of reconciliation” 70 years after the end of World War II.

“There were a lot of people who said that they would never in their lives step again on German soil and we have to respect that,” Meyer told foreign reporters on Monday.

However, he noted, “we are a new generation … and the question of guilt is long resolved.”

There you go.

The 13th European Maccabi Games were held in 2011 in Vienna, Austria, and it was the largest gathering of Jews in that city since the Holocaust.

We have to stop meeting like this…

Daniel Collins, head of the UK delegation to the Games, told The Guardian: “I doubt any games anywhere will be as emotionally charged as this one; thousands of Jewish people parading in the Olympic stadium, which houses such meaning, not only to the world’s Jewish community, but to the world’s sporting community.”

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