Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Why it is always worth remembering Willy Brandt 1970 and Willy Brandt 1973 - by Ron Jontof-Hutter

...At the end of the day, it should be remembered that the hidden agendas of many of these NGOs ‎have little to do with human rights, per se, but more to do with providing conditions that would ‎end the State of Israel, by stressing the Nakba, hope, resilience and the "right of return" of ‎refugees and their descendants.‎ That is why it is always worth remembering Willy Brandt 1970 and Willy Brandt 1973. It sums up ‎Europe perfectly.‎

Ron Jontof-Hutter..
Israel Hayom..
14 September '16..

On the December 7, 1970, German Chancellor Willy Brandt knelt solemnly before the Warsaw ‎Ghetto in contrition. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel faced annihilation, the same ‎Willy Brandt denied German landing rights to U.S. planes carrying emergency supplies to Israel. ‎

Chancellor Angela Merkel occasionally says that Israel's "right to exist" is Germany's raison d'etre.‎

Like Brandt, Germany appears to be two-tongued when it comes to anti-Semitism. Like the ‎EU, Germany makes a distinction between anti-Semitism and objecting to Israel's policies, which on ‎paper seems to be fair. Thus, giving the Hitler salute and denying the Holocaust are illegal. On the ‎other hand, the annual Iran-sponsored Al-Quds March through downtown Berlin, calling for the ‎destruction of Israel, is legal. Berlin constantly turns a deaf ear to appeals to ban that march.‎

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action -- the Iran nuclear deal -- was enthusiastically supported by Germany, enabling Iran to fully develop ‎its nuclear program after a decade, while currently testing missiles marked "Death to Israel." ‎However, the same Germany decided that nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes were too risky ‎for Germans. They are to be phased out by 2022.‎

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Ron Jontof-Hutter is a fellow at the Berlin International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He ‎recently authored the satire "The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist."‎ This article originally appeared in the Jewish Journal.

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