The city-state of Berlin’s commissioner to combat antisemitism, Lorenz Korgel, on Monday criticized Humboldt University for holding an event with an alleged academic antisemite who promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel.”If anti-Israeli boycott and delegitimization campaigns are directly supported, the line regarding Israel-related antisemitism was crossed. The Berlin Senate has clearly taken a stand against campaigns of this kind,” Korgel told The Jerusalem Post.
The Post reported last week that the Berlin-based Humboldt University, which expelled Jewish academics and students during the Nazi-era, hosted an anti-Israel event with the pro-BDS academic Georg Meggle.Dr. Elvira Groezinger, vice chairwoman of the German branch of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told the Post on Monday that the Humboldt University “defies scientific integrity and ethics. Apparently, the old antisemitic GDR [German Democratic Republic] spirit still prevails there, which Jeffrey Herf describes so well in his latest book Undeclared Wars against Israel.’’Herf, a distinguished University of Maryland historian, outlined in his monumental book the role that the former East German communist state played in supplying weapons to Israel’s enemies and promoting an ideological war against the existence of the Jewish state. Humboldt University is located in the now-defunct capital of the GDR.Post queries to Humboldt University president Sabine Kunst and her spokesman Hans-Christoph Keller were not immediately returned. Keller defended the event last week as an expression of academic freedom. He and Kunst declined to say if antisemitism is an opinion.The German journalist and expert on contemporary antisemitism in the federal republic, Alex Feuerherdt, told the Post that he understands that Korgel’s criticism to mean that Humboldt University event crossed the line into Jew-hatred.
Sigmount Königsberg, the representative to combat antisemitism for Germany’s largest Jewish community in Berlin, tweeted last week: “And then you wonder that at Humboldt an antisemitic event takes place under the guise of ‘freedom of science.’”Korgel told the Post that the Berlin Universities are not bound by the anti-BDS resolution passed by the Berlin Senate.Humboldt University faced sharp criticism last year for opening an Islamic Institute with ties to Iran’s regime. The CEO of the US-based Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, told a congressional hearing last month that Iran’s regime is the leading state-sponsor of antisemitism and Holocaust denial.Humboldt University’s Institute for Islamic Theology, where Imams are trained and educated, is overseen by an advisory board that includes the Islamic Community of Shi’ites in Germany (IGS), which is controlled by Iran’s rulers.In September, Gunnar Schupelius, a popular columnist for the Berlin paper B.Z., urged Berlin Mayor Michael Müller to end “nightmare of the Iran nightmare on the Islam Institute” at Humboldt University. The university took no action against Iranian regime influence at the university.
According to police, unknown persons are said to have thrown eggs at the church between Saturday noon and Sunday morning. At the church in Hürben, the eggs had already soaked into the plaster in several places, which is why they could not be removed completely. A garage was also thrown at. The police from Giengen have started the investigation and are taking evidence from witnesses by calling 07322/96530.
After a radio message, several police vehicles headed for the street “Am Nordbad 46a” in the Harpen district of Bochum in the late evening hours of the 15th February. There, in the club house of Blau-Weiß Grümerbaum, a young woman from Bochum celebrated her 16th birthday with about 50 guests from Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen and Hattingen.
According to the current state of investigation, the celebration began at 7 p.m. and went without any problems until 10.20 p.m.
At this time a group of six to ten men entered the building. These young men were not invited and their names were not or are not known.
Immediately after their arrival, one of the people sprayed pepper spray into the room, which the invited guests, who are between 15 and 20 years old, then immediately left. One teenager is said to have been sexually harassed at the time.
A short time later, the uninvited guests rioted in the party room, threw bottles around and destroyed almost the entire furniture.
But that is not all! Before escaping from the clubhouse, the criminals stole various mobile phones, bags and jackets from the guests. The rioters even took the 16-year-old’s birthday presents.
According to first findings, fortunately no persons were injured.
The criminals, according to the witnesses Mediterranean, are about 17 to 18 years old and have dark hair. Two of the young men are said to have the Turkish first names Fadil and Ibo respectively.
The investigators from the Bochum Criminal Investigation Department 32, who are currently evaluating mobile phone recordings of the incident, are asking for hints from witnesses who observed the rioters after 10 p.m. in the vicinity of the clubhouse by calling 0234 / 909-8205 as well as 0234 / 909-4441.
One day it will be noted in the history books that the consequences of the political failure in the asylum refugee issue only really became apparent over the years, but by then it was already too late – for Germany.
The asylum madness: In cases where it is known that asylum seekers enter Germany illegally and have already filed an asylum application in another EU member state, the asylum application could be decided quickly and negatively on the basis of §16a of the German Constitution (GG), if it were not for the German bureaucracy, which has been unable to meet the deadline for a deportation according to the Dublin rules for months. The result would then be that impudence would win and with the expiry of the deadline, asylum seekers would be kept in the country of their choice, so to speak, with all their benefits and legal remedies, of course. An Iraqi who is able to say the word asylum entered the Federal Republic of Germany without permission, the person seeking protection had already applied for asylum in another EU country, but apparently he was not in a state of safety (social welfare) so he fled to Germany. And this is where the bizarre story of this asylum seeker begins, combined with a bizarre situation. If the situation were not so capricious, one could laugh out loud: policemen ask the Iraqi if he wants to be deported. Welt.de reports in detail on the case of the Iraqi:
“On December 11, 2019, police officers appeared at the asylum seeker’s home and asked him whether he wanted to be deported. He truthfully denied this. Thereupon, the police forces deployed left again. No further measures have been taken against the asylum seeker.”
Seyran Ates, co-founder of the liberal Ibn Ruschd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin, on Sunday sharply criticized German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for his photograph with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Munich Security Conference.Ates, a female Imam who is a champion of women rights and a campaigner against antisemitism in Germany, asked in her tweet above a German Foreign Ministry post of photograph of Maas and Zarif: “Serious question: Does the SPD [Social Democratic Party] have an antisemitism problem?”
Maas, a member of the Social Democratic Party, has faced intense criticism for his alleged appeasement toward Iran’s clerical regime.Ates was born in Istanbul in 1963, and has lived in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1969.The Imam reacted to a Saturday tweet from the German Foreign Ministry, stating, “Preserving the JCPOA remains our objective, FM Heiko Maas underlined in conversation with his Iranian counterpart [Zarif]. But to achieve this we need constructive behavior from Iran. By de-escalation in the region Iran can also contribute to building trust.”The Foreign Ministry on Maas’s watch has faced allegations of stoking Jew-hatred. Germany’s largest paper Bild accused last year the Social Democratic Party Deputy Foreign Minister Niels Annen of “making antisemitism socially respectable” in Germany. Annen participated in a celebration of Iran’s revolution last year at Tehran’s embassy in Berlin.The United States government classified Iran’s regime as the worst state-sponsor of terrorism, and sanctioned Zarif for this. The CEO of the US-based Anti-Defamation League told a congressional hearing that the mullah regime is the top state-sponsor of Holocaust denial and antisemitism.
The Jerusalem Post learned in early February from Foreign Ministry sources that “The usual practice in diplomatic relations also includes the celebration of national holidays in the other country. As the Federal Republic of Germany continues to maintain diplomatic relations with Iran, this also applies to the coming national holiday.”US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell urged the German Foreign Ministry not to honor again Iran’s regime this February. “Germany has a moral responsibility to say to Iran very firmly and clearly that it is unacceptable to deny basic human rights to your people, or kill protesters in the streets or push gay people off buildings. Celebrating the regime’s ongoing existence sends the opposite message.”Writing last week in the online Jewish magazine Tablet in an article titled “Germany Can’t Stop Loving Iran,” German political scientist Matthias Küntzel noted that “On January 15, 2020, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas explained how he sees this difference in the Bundestag: ‘We rely on reasonable diplomacy instead of maximum pressure’ like the United States does. Maas forgot to add that Germany has no other choice. Germany is an economic superpower but a military dwarf. As soon as there is a threat of military action, Germany is no longer relevant.”Küntzel added that “Maas, however, presents this shortcoming as a moral triumph: The Iran nuclear deal is held up as the best example of the correctness of the German insistence that changes can only be achieved through dialogue. Little thought, however, is given to what exactly 40 years of ‘dialogue with Tehran’ have actually achieved.”Maas said he went into politics “because of Auschwitz.” Last year, associate dean of the human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Post: “With all due respect, it is time for the German foreign minister to drop his assertion that it was the lessons of Auschwitz that propelled him into public life. He clearly has not applied any of the lessons to the current situation. Instead of weakening the tyrannical, genocidal regime in Tehran, he is doing everything to strengthen Iran.”