Speech by President Horst Koehler
Comments from Khaled Amayreh and Joachim Martillo
President lauds German-Israeli partnership
Germany will always stand by Israel and its people, German President
Horst Koehler told the Israeli parliament in an emotional address
that marked four decades of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Koehler: "We must understand, all of us, that the victims of the
Shoah have given us a mandate: Never to allow genocide to happen
again." Photo courtesy bundespraesident.de
Koehler, who spoke in a gentle voice and at times struggled to choke
back tears, said Germany had accepted its guilt for Nazi crimes.
"I bow my head in shame and humility before the victims [of the
Holocaust] and before those who risked their lives to help them," he
"Responsibility for the Shoah (Holocaust) is part of Germany's
identity," Koehler continued. "We must ensure that the lessons
learnt are passed on from one generation to the next.
"We must understand, all of us, that the victims of the Shoah have
given us a mandate: Never to allow genocide to happen again."
Koehler surprised lawmakers by beginning his speech in Hebrew,
acknowledging critics who had wanted him to deliver his address in a
language other than German out of respect for Holocaust victims.
He continued in German, pledging to aggressively oppose xenophobia
and anti-Semitism before shifting the focus of his address to German-
"Our countries have come a long way since [then heads of government]
David Ben Gurion and Konrad Adenauer first met in 1960," Koehler
"This path was not easy. We embarked upon it together in full
knowledge of the past. We have created foundations on which we can
"I would like Israel and Germany to continue traveling along this
path into the future together."
Koehler was the second German President to address Israel's
parliament, following a speech by his predecessor Johannes Rau in
His speech came little more than a week after Germany joined the
world in remembering the Nazi crimes at Auschwitz, where some 1.5
million people, mostly Jews, were killed.
Koehler was among the world leaders who gathered in Poland to
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the
notorious death camp, but sat in silence at official commemoration
ceremonies in deference to Holocaust victims.
Koehler, who has no policy-making powers and is charged mainly with
representing the country abroad, arrived in Israel on Tuesday,
visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and meeting with Israeli
President Moshe Katsav.
Full text of Koehler's address
What about Jewish incitement against non-Jews?
by Khalid Amayreh
1 February, 2005
On the very day world leaders were commemorating the Holocaust at
the United Nations headquarters in New York mid-January, an Israeli
Jewish professor at Haifa University (HU) was telling his students
that "Arabs are scum, vermin and dirty animals that ought to be
David Baka'ti didn't stop there. According to some of the students
who attended the lecture, he urged Jews to "put a bullet to the head
of each and every Arab you encounter."
In an earlier lecture at the HU History Department, Baka'ti
reportedly told students that "crime surges in the veins of an Arab
and that Arabs were parasites living off humanity."
Far from raising an outcry, the Meim Kampf-like remarks were well
received by many Jewish students attending the lecture, with some
reportedly nodding their heads approvingly.
Last month, another Israeli professor, by the name of Rafael
Yisraeli, who was presented as an "expert witness" on Islam during
the trial of five Israeli-Arab community leaders, also in Haifa,
told the court that "Arabs are habitually dirty and that they can't
Yisraeli, a co-founder of the quasi-fascist party Moledet
(Motherland), claimed that the Islamic Holy Book, the Qurâan,
taught Arabs to kill Jewish children.
More virulent manifestations of Jewish racism are rife in religious
lectures and edicts delivered regularly by prominent Jewish rabbis,
with hundreds of thousands of loyal followers.
On 19 May 2004, a prominent rabbi from the Jewish colony of Kiryat
Arba'a near the southern West Bank town of Hebron, by the name of
Dov Lior, wrote that the killing of non-Jewish civilians was
permissible in order to save Jews, civilians and soldiers alike.
"The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save
them. This is the real moral behind Israel's Torah and we must not
feel guilty due to foreign morals," the Ma'ariv newspaper quoted him
Lior, who is also chairman of the Jewish Rabbinical Council and
reputedly one of the most learned scholars of the Torah, had praised
the murder of 29 Arab worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994,
calling the murderer, Baruch Goldstein, "a great saint and
rabbiâ¦may his memory be blessed."
Again, the manifestly racist remarks drew only silence in Israel as
no rabbi or Jewish religious leader uttered a word in condemnation
of the hateful, racist incitement.
According to Rabbi Menachem Froman, because of Lior's "deep
knowledge of Jewish law, most rabbis refrain from challenging his
understanding of the Torah and the Talmud."
In 2003, during a visit to the so-called Bible-Belt States in the
U.S., Beny Elonâ"then Israel's Tourism Ministerâ"was reported to
have told American evangelical leaders that "Jews and Christians
ought to cooperate to exterminate Islam off the map." Once again,
the nefarious remarks, which were reported by the Israeli press,
drew no condemnation from Jewish leaders.
The above examples are not isolated or represent the exception
rather than the norm as many Israeli and Jewish apologists might
In fact, expressions of sinister Jewish racism against gentiles in
general can go on and on and on.
In fact, it would be safe to assume that not a day passes in Israel
without a Jewish government minister, or a rabbi, or a high-ranking
army officer making a racist remark about non-Jews, demonizing and
dehumanizing them in ways reminiscent of Nazi incitement against
This sinister bigotry is very dangerous, as already seen in the
behaviour of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
On 30 December 2003, an Israeli soldier who mistakenly shot and
seriously wounded a Jewish demonstrator in the Northern West Bank
told interrogators that he thought he was shooting an Arab, not a
"I am sorry; I never thought I was shooting at Jews, I would never
shoot a Jew," the soldier said!
It is this racist culture that rewards soldiers and officers in
proportion to their crimes against Palestinians.
Examples are numerous. Ariel Sharon, the certified war criminal who
is now lecturing the world on the evils of Nazism, was rewarded
twice with the premiership of Israel despite (perhaps for) his role
in the 1982 massacres that took place at Sabra and Shatilla refugee
camps in Lebanon.
Amos Yaron, who, too, was convicted of complicity and conspiracy in
the genocidal massacre, was also promoted to the office of Director-
General of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
And now we are told that Dan Halutz, the Israeli Air Force Commander
who has the blood of 12 Palestinian children on his hands, is slated
to become Israel's Deputy Chief of Staff.
And when an Israeli civil rights group on 22 January appealed to the
Israeli High Court to block the appointment in light of Halutzâs
criminal record, the Court ruled that the "behaviour" of Halutz
shouldn't interfere with his professional career.
The truth of the matter is that a collective Nazi-like mindset is
permeating much of the Israeli society these days in ways that can
be compared with the anti-Jewish atmosphere that prevailed in
Germany in the late 1930s.
Today, Israeli Jews can murder non-Jews with impunity; seize, steal
or destroy non-Jewish property with impunity; and humiliate, degrade
and beat non-Jews with impunity, very much like the Nazis did to
Jews more than 60 years ago.
Jewish soldiers, convicted of murdering Palestinian children,
receive symbolic prison sentences, only to avoid negative
Does this mean that Israel is walking on the same path of Germany
under the National-Socialist leadership of Adolph Hitler?
Well, the Holocaust, as Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
rightly said recently, didn't start with gas chambers and detention
camps. It started with words, with Mein Kampf, with hateful
propaganda, with the dehumanization and demonization of Jews and non-
Unfortunately, Israel, by words and actions, is fostering a similar
culture, by demonstrating to the Israeli Jewish public that non-
Jews, especially Arabs, can be murdered with impunity and that their
lives are worth less than Jewish lives.
Today, hundreds of thousands of Jewish students in Talmudic schools
throughout Israel are being indoctrinated in hate for non Jews.
Just imagine how these racism-filled youngsters will behave toward
non-Jews when they join the Israeli army!
I do hope it is not too late to rectify this dangerous moral crisis
in Israel before it is too late.
And let no one say a Holocaust can't happen again or that Jews are
not capable of being the aggressors. Jews have been aggressors and
tormentors for many years. And the world must prevent them from
going any further.(end)
Comment By Joachim Martillo
Ethnic Ashkenazim have been developing a fairly extensive
anti-Gentile/anti-Catholic polemic for several hundred years. This
literature is for the most part only available in Hebrew and Yiddish,
but if one attends Israel Advocacy or Jewish history sessions at the
local synagogue, you will probably hear a lot of this material as
local Ashkenazim reinforce their indoctrination.
It is worthwhile to note that anti-Muslim anti-Turk Czarist Russian
Orientalism is largely a creation of ethnic Ashkenazi academics at
Czarist Russian universities.
This material is all very typical of the class of Central and Eastern
European ethnic fundamentalist ideologies to which Zionism belongs.
Sociological studies from Georges Tamarin showed extensive genocidal
attitudes among Israeli students already in the 1960s. Ben-Tzion
Dinur and others in the Israeli education ministry modeled the
Israeli curriculum on the late 19th century and early 20th century
German Romantic nationalist course plan.That study program probably
contributed to German politics of the 30s and 40s. It is fairly
standard material of ethnic Ashkenazi anti-Slavic bigotry. The
Zionist colonizers have projected their traditional bigotry and
racism on the native Palestinian population.
Claims that the Qur'an taught Arabs to kill Jewish children is
another projection phenomenon. Racist Zionists have twisted Jewish
and Christian scripture into a legitimization narrative for murdering
Arab Palestine, for plundering Palestinians, for killing
Palestinians, and for ethnically cleansing Palestinians.
Before the creation of the State of Israel, except for the tiny
minority of Mizrahi (Merkaz Ruhani) Rabbis, the entire Rabbinic class
was united against Zionism as an evil heresy, but since the creation
of the State, the Zionist leadership has worked assiduously to coopt
the Rabbinical class and has for the most part succeeded in
transforming Jewish religion into an ethnic fundamentalist Zionist
Judaism that is the twin of the ethnic fundamentalist Aryan
Christianity that the German Nazis tried to create.
The Rabbi who wrote that the killing of non-Jewish civilians was
permissible in order to save Jews expresses ethnic fundamentalist
ethics. An act is judged moral in terms of its benefit to the
Racist Ethnic Ashkenazi Americans worked hard to remind Americans of
the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Palestinians experience
Kristallnacht every day.
Racist Ashkenazim and white racist evangelicals have a lot in
common. The followers of Vladimir Jabotinsky have been working on
alliance with irredentist Confederate evangelical elements since the
The expression Antigojismus/antigoyizm can be found in German and
Yiddish dictionaries from almost a century ago. The anti-gentile
polemic can be traced back to approximately the 13th century.
Read Claudia Koonz' The Nazi Conscience. There is not merely a broad
similarity, but a similarity even in the finer details. Zionism
comes out of the same ethnic fundamentalist milieu as German Nazism
and the Polish Endeks. Zionism is most easily understood as ethnic
Ashkenazi Nazism. I recommend that historians that are tyring to
understand the German Nazi State of the 1930s visit Israel and spend
a few monts. IDF soldiers acted in this way for 20 years in pre-1967
Israel. The IDF is best understood as combining characteristics of
the Wehrmacht and the Soviet Army.
Ariel Sharon's war crimes and crimes against humanity go back to 1952
when he took the initiative to shoot as infiltrators an unarmed Arab
woman and her daughter, who were drawing water from a well.
Zionism is ethnic Ashkenazi Nazism Just as German Nazism in its most
basic form is simply the belief that Aryans should be able to plunder
and kill non-Aryans with impunity, ethnic Ashkenazi Nazism is at its
core simply the belief that Jews should be able to plunder and kill
German Nazism achieved legitimacy by subverting legal norms of
elections and legislation. Herzl and his followers realized even
before the Nazis that if a movement can get some sort of legal cover
for its actions, it can get away with practically any sort of crime.
For this reason they worked very hard for international
certification of Zionism in a legal instrument like the Balfour
Declaration or the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.Â When
the German Nazis wanted to plunder Jewish property they created a
legal framework in Aryanization laws. Zionists used these laws as a
model for its Absentee property laws by which they stole practically
all immovable and movable property from Palestinians.
Israel is a fossilized evil remnant of the murderous Central and
Eastern European ethnic fundamentalist 1920s-1930s political culture.
I have found that the secular Israeli schools do a much more thorough
job of indoctrinating Zionist colonizers in race hate. The religious
beliefs of the hakamim of the Talmud is for the most part at variance
with Zionist ideology. To use the Talmud to support Zionist ideology
requires a level of textual selectivity that I have not found in
Israeli religious schools.
Zionism is inherently racist and genocidal. Early 20th century
Central and Eastern European ethnic fundamentalism simply cannot be
tolerated in the 21st century. Zionist Israel must be abolished just
like Apartheid South Africa, and Zionism must be eradicated just
like the ideology of Apartheid.
There are many examples of the victims of one generation turning into
the victimizers of the next generation. The idea that Jews cannot
become Nazis is simply a bigoted belief that Jews are somehow
inherently ethically superior to non-Jews on some sort or racial or
Is it not completely offensive that modern Germans claim to reject
German Nazism when the President of Germany explicitly states that
Germany will always stand by Israel even as the racist Zionist
colonizers are constructing an ethnic fundamentalist state even more
despicable and vile than 1930s Nazi Germany?
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