An IDF tank in the middle of Nazareth
At a December 28, 2014 Jabotinsky Institute in Israel Seminar examining the question, “Has Germany Really Changed?” guest speaker Eldad Beck, journalist and author of the book Germany, Different, remarked, “The recent ‘Milky Yogurt’ protest and the phenomenon of ex-Israelis calling on others to join them in Germany serve to enable the German nation to sever from its past.” According to Beck, who serves as the German correspondent for the Israeli Yedioth Achronot newspaper, the German media is making cynical use of the “Milky protest” to augment the sign that Berlin has become a city of refuge for Israelis (Jews) fleeing from their country.
How did we reach the humiliating situation where our own public discourse is focused on the cheap price of “Milky” in Berlin? Eldad Beck is convinced that this and other events taking place in Israel have led many Germans to believe that the Jews (and not the Israelis) wield a great influence over all realms of German life. The speaker even displayed a number of opinion polls published in the German media which indicate the threat of a lurking danger to Germany by Jews and international Jewry: a return to the same reality and the same atmosphere in Germany on the eve of the Nazi rise to power (January 1933).
Such is the present state of the German media which displays enmity in its political cartoons and distorted photos of a “black and white” reality of the conflict between the Palestinians and
the Jews (Israel) in Palestine. A venomous and uncontrolled, unbalanced media. The Israelis are constantly portrayed as ultra-orthodox Jews or Jewish settlers who conduct their lives at the expense of oppressing the Arabs. This distorted representation leads to a bizarre picture of a reality in our region indicating that what the Nazis (not the Germans, to the contrary) perpetrated upon the Jews is now being perpetrated by the Jews upon the Palestinians.
The more one observes what has happened to Germany since the close of World War II over than seventy years ago, it becomes more and more clear that Germany has learned nothing since that time and has forgotten everything. Eldad Beck also shattered the maxim that Germany has gained knowledge from its past and even learned valuable lessons. For example, take the study of the Holocaust. According to Beck, Holocaust studies are not included in the compulsory curriculum of the German educational system, but are merely “recommended.” The subject of anti-Semitism is also not taught within the German school system.
While the Jewish population in Germany is said to have reached 110,000, many claim that the true number of Jews there stands at one million. In comparison, the number of Moslems in the country is already nearing the five million mark! The German media devotes obsessive coverage solely to the conflict between Jews and Palestinians, to the extent that they publicize a stone-throwing incident while totally ignoring reportage on the cruel wars in the Arab world costing hundreds of thousands of casualties that have raged incessantly for a number of years, including military clashes between the Turks and the Kurds.
German students who visited Israel (“Palestine,” as they term it) published an album of illustrations and photos accompanied by their comments. One of the photos, “Black and White” shows an IDF tank in the middle of Nazareth. Throughout the entire German educational system, the media and even the public discourse, the dominant line is that of the Palestinian narrative.
In his lecture, Eldad Beck stressed that the monuments commemorating the Holocaust and the museums that have been established in Germany were not erected at the initiative of the government or by German institutions. Instead, these memorials were all created after 1986 as initiatives taken primarily by U.S.-based institutions. Various German elements are funding a number of projects dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli (Jewish) conflict, pervaded by a totally-Palestinian narrative. All of the reportage of Operation Cast Lead, Operation Protective Edge, and other events accentuate the destruction and the suffering of the Arab side.
According to Beck, anti-Semitism in Germany is on the rise, with Moslem immigrants as well as the local Germany population taking a role. For the most part, the police do not interfere and in many cases even aid the demonstrators. Palestinian terror attacks on Israel do not fall within the definition of terror in the German media, while all such acts in Europe are labeled as terrorism.
Within Israel, a well-oiled German machine operates to fund the advancement of Palestinian propaganda. Israel is compelled to halt this phenomenon. As such, it is essential to open
discussions with Germany which will be frank and intensive, without becoming resigned to a state of dependency between the two nations. The problem today, as portrayed by German public opinion, is Zionism. The very existence of the Jewish State is the problem whose solution is not necessarily the creation of two states. Israel has no right to exist. Counsellor Angela Merkel, who maintains a cordial relationship to Israel, does not represent the German public opinion which is anti-Semitic.
Also participating in this Jabotinsky institute Seminar were students from the Centre for Public Diplomacy and Hasbara, headed by Davidi Hermelin. In his opening remarks, Moderator Yossi Ahimeir quoted the words of Zeev Jabotinsky, who at Hitler’s rise to power warned against German anti-Semitism and called for an economic boycott of Germany. Ahimeir also noted the stormy Herut Movement demonstration held outside the Knesset in 1952 to protest German reparations.