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Anti-Semitic flyer found on The Left website

The Local · 28 Apr 2011, 11:55

Published: 28 Apr 2011 10:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Apr 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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Duisburg District Attorney Rolf Haferkamp said authorities were probing the possible criminal use of unconstitutional symbols. Germany has strong hate-speech laws which generally forbid anti-Semitic literature or the use of swastikas in propaganda.

The document, which The Left party has since has disavowed, was discovered on the homepage of the party's Duisburg branch this week. It featured a Jewish star of David with a swastika inside of it. The leaflet denied the holocaust, called for a boycott on Israeli goods and vilified Israel as a “true rogue state with warmongers.”

Hans-Werner Rook, spokesman for The Left, said he didn’t know how the leaflet got on the website and said party officials were searching for its author. The link was taken down as soon it was discovered.

“We are totally outraged. That’s all far-right radical nonsense,” said Rook, speculating that an extremist mole burrowed himself into the party and posted the flyer onto the website.

The pamphlet was first reported on by regional blog Ruhrbarone, which said it had apparently been available for download for years.

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The Left's Duisburg chapter has a history of causing a stir with its strident views on Israel. In 2009, the party's mayoral candidate resigned after he supported a boycott of the country.


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12:24 April 28, 2011 by trash head
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15:39 April 28, 2011 by jabulani
I am totally apolitical and as an expectator of raised issues as hate speaches,racism etc I have some experience having lived in South Africa most of my life. The fact of having been confronted with these issues on a daily basis gives me some insight. Now i would like someone to explain to me what is the difference between expresing a democratic opinion and hate speach?

It seems to me that Germany is confusing the issue by giving up to external political preasures.

In South africa we can teach Germany few lessons as here we have the freedom of speach and if i want to use any sign as I please.

The swastica was initially an indian sign so is the star of David. Since there is so much trouble in the middle east between jews and palestinians then...should'nt the star of David also be a funest sign to the Palestinians? if we are to respect each other feelings....lets then make it even.
18:34 April 28, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
I totally agree. There is no difference between free speech and so-called "hate speech". It just depends on the accuser's point of view. Germany is still under the weight of war guilt, and so make it illegal to watch, read, or talk about anything that happened between 1933-1945. When will they learn that distancing yourself from the past won't make it go away, or absolve those involved? If someone thinks we should boycott Israel, who are we to ask for his resignation?
20:38 April 28, 2011 by Major-General Sir Binden-Blood
The True face of the left! Hypocrites!
07:29 April 29, 2011 by raandy
Never again another war for Israel. That in itself is not inflammatory but the harken kreutz is another matter. This was a peaceful symbol but is now better know as a symbol of hate and racism.

Agreed that freedom of speech would allow this in many places but Germany after the holocaust has a responsibility that it never happens here again.
10:32 April 29, 2011 by 1TruthTeller
A few clarifications might be in order here.

(1) Semitic peoples are those ethnic groups in the Middle East, which include Arabs, Jews and others. The term Anti-Semitic is factually meaningless if used to be specifically anti-Jewish. If one is anti-Jewish, then one is anti-Jewish, not anti-Semitic. If one supports the Palestinians, one cannot be anti-semitic.

(2) Israeli, are those people, regardless of race and religion, who hold Israeli citizenship.

(3) Jewish, are those who hold Torah based faith beliefs.

(4) Zionists are those who hold the political beliefs of the Zionist movement, initiated by Herzl. It involves an expansionist agenda for the state of Israel, by conquest if necessary. Zionists may or may not be Jewish. Many are fundamentalist, Rapture-focused Christians of very conservative leanings. Many are anti-semitic, as they hate arab and Hashemite Muslims, who are semitic peoples.

So, to the page in question: I would assess this as pacifistic (anti-war), anti-Zionist (which is apartheid, tbelligerent, and anti-Semitic in the correct sense of the word) and anti-Israeli, as it is the state which had started more wars of aggression in the region in the past 7 years than any other.

It is not denying any holocaust, a term which can be applied to more than one genocide. Nor is it inciting hatred of Jewish people, most of whom are fine upstanding citizens. It's simply saying that Israel, a secular state where folks hardly ever darken the door of a synagogue, through its agencies, is behind many conflicts that involve massive civilian deaths, and we should not support this kind of crime against humanity again. Now, who can argue with that?

The use of the swastika might raise legal eyebrows in Germany, however, it is a very telling fact when the modern state of Israel treats its Palestinian neighbors like its religious forbears were treated by institutional Germany during the Third Reich. Maybe we should focus on THAT anti-Semitism, an ongoing Palestinian holocaust at the hands of Netanyahu, Barak, Lieberman and Ashkenazi? After all, who is wiping whom off the map?

"Never Again" means "Never Again To Anyone!"
21:04 April 29, 2011 by Major-General Sir Binden-Blood
Who made the quote "When facism returns it will return in the guise of anti-facism" it was supposedly Winston Churchill was it not? Seems to be coming true now as far as the Left-wing is concerned!
01:51 April 30, 2011 by Matt in Florida
It would be nice if Germany had Freedom like the usa! Freedom to allow everything is true Freedom, outlawing this or that is just big brother!
15:38 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
The left is consumed with victimhood... and the new victims are the inhabitants of the west bank. Of course they ignore the true advocates of the deplorable conditions in the Hamas governed area. The fact that nations around the world have been filling the coffers of the political arm, as opposed to seeing any development of area... speaks to the fact that their leaders are quite happy to see their own people continue to suffer.
19:37 May 2, 2011 by Englishted
Major-General Sir Binden-Blood aka George Bush.
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