BERLIN – The daily (B.Z.) Berliner Zeitung's‘s popular columnist Gunnar Schupelius
has called on the Berlin authorities to ban a pro-Iranian regime demonstration
slated for Saturday, because the Islamists who planned the march have declared
death to the Jews and the destruction of the State of Israel. Pro-Israel and
anti-Iran regime groups issued a call to oppose the al-Quds Day
Schupelius wrote that the when the founder of the Islamic
Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, established al-Quds Day in 1979
he “urged Islamists across the globe to conquer Jerusalem and destroy
Schupelius said the “hate demo” should not be covered by freedom
of speech because it incites hatred – prohibited under German
Germany’s hate laws bar incitement against minority groups,
including German Jews, but are infrequently enforced against expressions of
The al-Quds demonstration has become an annual
event in Berlin since 1996 and merges thousands of radical Islamists, pockets of
neo-Nazis and extreme Leftists into an anti- Israel march through the center of
Berlin’s main shopping district.
The columnist complained about societal
indifference in Berlin toward the call to destroy Israel. “I cannot understand
the indifference with which we allow hate” and that is why, he wrote, he had
penned his column 10 days in advance of the al-Quds day
Schupelius noted that had right-wing radicals been the force
behind the demonstration, the authorities would long since have banned
“Instead we see Iranians, Turks and Arabs,” he said.
columnist added that the hate preachers from al-Quds target not only Jews, but
also apostate Muslims. He cited the case of Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi who is
in hiding in Germany because the Mullahs have issued a fatwa (religious order)
for his assassination.
A coalition of pro-Israel and anti-Khomeini system
activists and groups are slated to counter-demonstrate on Saturday.
various groups have organized around the message: “No al-Quds day: Against anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and homophobia! Solidarity with the Iranian democracy
Some of the groups included in the counter-demonstration are
the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against anti- Semitism, the Green Party of
Iran, the German-Israel Friendship Society in Berlin/Potsdam, the
Pro-Israel-Initiative “neveragain” and AVIVA Berlin, a popular Jewish feminist
Meanwhile, the Norwegian daily Dagbladet on Sunday slammed
Norwegian peace activists who plan to participate in a “Ship to Gaza” action to
break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Dagbladet editorial, the paper asked in connection with Syria, “Where are the
Norwegian activists now? Why do no Norwegian health workers want to do an effort
in parts of Syria controlled by the insurgents?” A translation of the article
first appeared on the pro-Israel media watchdog website Tundra Tabloids.
Dagbladet added, “But on the whole we can probably just conclude that this is an
internal Arab conflict, where one cannot bash Israel. Thus Israeli authorities
have a point when they criticize the world for neglecting the Syrian
And we will ignore then, since there are political and not
humanitarian reasons for the Israeli criticism.”
In an email to The
Jerusalem Post on Monday, Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, a leading Israeli authority
on Norwegian anti-Semitism, wrote, “The Dagbladet article exposes that European
multiculturalism is partly characterized by looking away as much as possible
from crimes committed by Muslims in the Muslim world.
progressives are also humanitarian racists.
That means that non-Western
criminals should not be held responsible for their deeds.
Thus there is
also little interest in their victims. During [2006’s Operation] Cast Lead
Norwegian government sources paid for the trip of two extreme leftist Dr. Mads
Gilbert and Eric Fosse to Gaza.
Though they became vile Hamas
propagandists, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called them up saying that the
whole of Norway stood behind them. There is no such mileage in the many ‘Arabs
murder Arabs’ realities.”
Gilbert did not return multiple Post emails and
telephone calls seeking a comment.