Germany Left Party leaders 311 R.
(photo credit: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
BERLIN – Bundestag deputies from mainstream political parties on Thursday
accused the Left Party of aligning itself with the Islamic Republic and
A group of Left Party deputies called early this month for all
sanctions applied against Iran and Syria to be lifted.
The Left Party
politicians signed an anti-Israel and anti-US petition in support of the
governments of Syria and Iran. According to the online petition, “the USA
together with other NATO states and Israel is keeping both countries in a state
of permanent alert so as to wear them down.”
Annette Groth, a Left Party
deputy who signed the petition, was aboard the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara in
2010 during its attempt to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Left
deputies Eva Bulling-Schröter, Sevim Dagdelen, Diether Dehm, Heike Hänsel and
Ulla Jelpke also signed the document.
Politicians from the party have
compared Israel to Nazi Germany and stoked hatred of the Jewish state at pro-
Palestinian events across the Federal Republic over the years. Jelpke has
defended anti-Zionism as a respectable political position.
the pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian petition’s website, 2,470 people have signed the
call to remove sanctions against Tehran and Damascus.
The German media
reported last week that Christian Democrat deputy Andreas Schockenhoff slammed
the six Left Party deputies for agreeing with the orders to shoot at protesters
in Syria and joining forces with dictators. Social Democratic deputy Günter
Gloser said the Left Party ignores the facts that Syrian President Assad
initiated the attacks on his people.
Free Democratic Party deputy Birgit
Homburger termed the behavior of the Left Party politicians to be
Markus Löning, the human rights commissioner for the German
government, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung paper in January that “members of the
Left Party have placed themselves on the side of the murderer
Löning , who is from the Free Democrats, called on the leaders of
the Left Party to distance themselves from the six deputies.
Fischer, a spokesman for the Left Party, called the Springer media company’s
criticism that “Left politicians support solidarity with dictator Assad to be
He added, No Leftist is any way shows solidarity with a
president who shoots at his own people.”
The BAK Shalom Working Group, a
small group of pro-Israel activists within the Left Party’s young members
federation, criticized the six deputies on its website. “Against Left Solidarity
with the butchers from Syria and Iran!,” BAK wrote.
BAK Shalom rejected
the appeal of the petition and said “it is not NATO, the USA or Israel that is
creating a civil war in Syria, rather the Syrian and Iranian
The pro-Israel leftist group wrote, “We, the members of BAK
Shalom, look forward to every sleepless night from Assad and Ali Khamenei and
his henchmen in Iran. We hope that the Iranian regime collapses as fast as