German Left Party Star of David-Swastika 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
BERLIN – The Left Party branch in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, has posted a
flyer with a swastika morphing into a Star of David on its website and called
for a boycott of Israeli products.
The Internet news portal Ruhrbarone
first reported the flyer on Wednesday.
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“The Left Party in Duisburg is a
hotbed of anti-Semitism,” Ruhrbarone wrote.
The flyer states, “Confront
the moral blackmail of the so-called Holocaust,” and terms Israel a “rogue
state” and “warmonger.” After Ruhrbarone reported about the flyer, the party
branch removed it from its website.
A Ruhrbarone writer filed a complaint
with Duisburg police asserting that the flyer violated Germany’s anti-hate laws.
It may have been on the website for many years.
“The content and style of
the flyer that is posted is clearly anti-Semitic, disgusting,” Petra Pau, a Left
Party MP and vice president of the party in Bundestag, wrote on Thursday in
response to an email query from The Jerusalem Post.
Pau traveled to
Israel in 2008 to speak at an international conference of the Global Forum for
When asked if Left Party legislators agreed with
the flyer, she told the Post that “because I am at this time not in Berlin, I
cannot speak for the Left Party in the Bundestag.
Personally, I am angry
and convinced that the party leadership will clarify the
Ruhrbarone criticized the Green Party and the Social Democrats
for forming a coalition with the Left Party on the Duisburg City
Critics charge Left Party leaders with supporting Hamas and
Hezbollah, and with failing to confront both anti-Semitism and a rising hatred
of Israel among its members and MPs. Party spokesman and MP Wolfgang Gehrcke has
attended pro- Hamas and pro-Hezbollah demonstrations over the years.
year Hermann Dierkes, a Left Party representative on the Duisburg city council
who promotes a boycott of Israeli products, termed Israel’s right to exist
Last year, the Central Council of Jews in Germany called Dierkes
an “Israel-hater and anti-Semite” because of his activities.
Party has bounced from one anti-Israel scandal to another. In April, a Left
Party member of the Bundestag, Inge Höger, blamed Israel’s government for the
deaths of two pro-Palestinian activists murdered by radical Islamists. The local
chapter of the Left Party in city of Bremen allowed an anti- Israeli group –
Bremer Peace Forum – to promote a boycott of Israeli goods in March on its
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