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Not Sure.

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I am not sure what to make of this, I read it earlier on in the week at Jpost, but I didn’t pay it much attention until re-reading again at schalom libertad, Anti-Zionist Attack on Film Showing.

Contested Terrain has a lot more:

“At the end of October, a coalition around the “Internationalist Center B5″ blockaded a theater in their direct vicinity, the Independent Cinema B Movie. With physical blows and wild remarks, [ed. multiple sources reported that the B5 activists shouted “Jewish pigs” and “fairies” (“Shuchteln”) at those seeking to enter the theater, and had physically assaulted some of them] the activists made clear that, the causing of injuries to a few people was worth it to them to prevent an engagement with the theme “Why Israel.”

In left antisemitism in this part of the world, Jews are represented as “capitalists,” cosmopolitans or even as “zionist agents,” that is, as enemy of the people. While with the establishment of Israel, the efforts to construct a Jewish nation could actually be realized, the State would however be reduced solely to an “imperialist bridgehead” and its population reduced to mere occupiers. Out of this ascription, in which Jews are treated as lacking a belonging in a home country on the one hand, and illegitimately establishing a State on the other hand, the resulting placelessness belongs to the fundamental semantics of antisemitism, and is always advanced from the same circles as essential components of their politics. In view of their growing isolation, the Hamburg antizionists rely on the increasing use of physical violence as the last field in which they can assert themselves.”

Here’s the original German.

Now you’d think that “anti-Zionists” and in particular those in Germany would know better than to shout “Jewish pigs” at people?

Update 1: entdinglichung points us to a link on Die Linke’s site condemning the actions of the “anti-Zionists” from the International Centre B5, but frankly the text is less than clear. That could be Google’s translation’s fault or the writer who might have used language or syntax which is a bit cryptic, as politicos often do, either way I’ll leave it to readers to decide.

Written by modernityblog

27/11/2009 at 02:32

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  1. the shouting of “jewish pigs” was confirmed by multiple eye-witnesses. but i would say it is only a minor part of the whole incident and it serves as a window into the broader political issues.


    27/11/2009 at 12:33

  2. btw., the federation of DIE LINKE in Hamburg condemned the action of the pseudo-anti-imperialists as unacceptable:


    27/11/2009 at 14:30

  3. yes, that´s true that on Nov 2 they published that statement, which condemned the *tactic* of blockading the video showing.

    but then a new statement came out, published more recently justifying the “boycott.” it was published by the group “Communist Assocation Hamburg” which is part of the Left Party and their statement was published on the website, with a rant against “neoconservativism.” this was reported by Redok here.

    But now it appears that the statement has been removed. Sorry I didn’t make a copy. Didn’t expect the censors to move so quickly.


    29/11/2009 at 12:55

  4. the text from the Communist Association Hamburg that was removed from the Left Party website is available here at least for the time being.


    30/11/2009 at 16:04

  5. You found it too? Was waiting to post that, but I can’t make heads or tails of it.

    In English (via Google’s imperfect translator) it reads as an incoherent rant, is that the way it sounds in German too?


    30/11/2009 at 16:10

  6. a rant but not totally incoherent, with elements of a conspiracy theory


    30/11/2009 at 17:00

  7. ha ha, I suspected as much.

    Is the google translation that bad?


    30/11/2009 at 17:10

  8. medium quality


    30/11/2009 at 17:55

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