Henryk M. Broder antwortet auf Patrick Bahners: “Der Antisemitismus geht mit der Zeit”

August 30, 2008

In der heutigen Ausgabe der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung antwortet Spiegel-Kolumnist Henryk M. Broder dem Feuilleton-Chef Patrick Bahners, der ihm vorgehalten hatte, in Fragen zu Israel den Antisemitismus-Vorwurf zu erheben.

“Ein Sieg Broders vor Gericht wäre daher nicht einfach als Sieg der Meinungsfreiheit einzustufen. Seine preisgekrönte publizistische Strategie der verbalen Aggression nutzt den Spielraum der Meinungsfreiheit, um ihn einzuschränken: Kritiker Israels sollen eingeschüchtert werden”, schrieb Patrick Bahners.

Broder dagegen will ein klares Gerichtsurteil, “weil sonst Antisemiten entscheiden dürften, was Antisemitismus ist, als ob Pädophile entscheiden könnten, was echte Kinderliebe ist“. Das Urteil fällt am 3. September 2008.

Henryk M. Broder fügt hinzu: “Soll ein Gericht darüber entscheiden, wo Israel-Kritik aufhört und wo Antisemitismus anfängt? Oder hat Bahners einen zuverlässigen Lackmustest für diese Frage entwickelt? … Diese ‘Antisemitismus-Keule‘ gibt es tatsächlich, nur dient sie nicht dazu, Israel-Kritiker einzuschüchtern, die ganz munter und ungeniert agieren, sie dient primär dazu, die Debatte über einen Antisemitismus zu verhindern, der smarter und subtiler ist als derjenige, den die Nazis praktiziert haben. Wie jedes Ressentiment geht auch der Antisemitismus mit der Zeit. Sich von dem Antisemitismus der Nazis zu distanzieren, ist heute eine der Voraussetzungen, um einen sauberen Antisemitismus praktizieren zu können.”

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Ahmadinedjad: Protest his visit to the UN on Monday, September 22, 2008 in New York

August 30, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008
Join the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and other human rights organizations at the rally to protest Iran President Ahmadinejad, Noon, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (2nd Ave at 47th St) in New York City
Meet at AJC (165 E 56 St) at 11:15 AM to march together.

United States presidential election, 2008: Imperial President

August 28, 2008

In an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor, Gene Healy, vice-president of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute and author of The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, examines the role of the U.S. President, and concludes that so long as we embrace – or even tolerate – the idea that the president is the guardian of our national soul, we have little right to complain about our burgeoning Imperial Presidency.

“The men who designed our Constitution never thought of the president as America’s ‘national leader.’ Indeed, for them, the very notion of ‘national leadership’ raised the possibility of authoritarian rule by a demagogue who would create an atmosphere of crisis in order to enhance his power.”

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Kashmir: Old Religious War Escalates

August 26, 2008

The Hindu reports fresh clashes in the Kashmir region have left six people dead, and looks at Indian government efforts to impose a curfew to contain the violence.

The Economist says more fights between Muslims and Hindus might be on the horizon.

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Pakistan Politics after Musharraf

August 25, 2008

In an interview with Newsweek International, Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari, head of the Pakistan People’s Party, discusses the country’s coalition government and says it is “stable enough to last for five years.”

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States discussed the post-Musharraf transition at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last week.

The Swiss-Iranian-Lybian Nuclear Connection

August 25, 2008

The New York Times reports on the Swiss government’s decision to destroy a huge cache of files documenting the links between a family of Swiss engineers and nuclear scientists in Libya and Iran.

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French Deaths in Afghanistan

August 23, 2008

The American Jewish Committee (AJC), in a letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, mourned the loss of the French soldiers killed this week and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. “We applaud the bravery of the French forces in Afghanistan – as we salute your principled leadership in the war against terrorism, in stalwart alliance with the United States, and your unwavering efforts to counter Islamic extremism, in Afghanistan and elsewhere,” wrote AJC President Richard J. Sideman and Executive Director David A. Harris.

AJC has a longstanding relationship with France, maintaing an office in Paris under the directorship of Valérie Hoffenberg.

The full text of the letter is below:

New York, August 21, 2008

Dear President Sarkozy,

The American Jewish Committee extends its profound condolences to you, to the French people and to the aggrieved families on the death this week of ten French soldiers in Afghanistan. We wish a quick recovery to the other twenty-one soldiers who sustained injuries in the Taliban attack.

During your visit to Afghanistan this week, you vowed that the French contingent would remain in that country despite the deadly attack, telling your troops, “The work you are doing here is vital.” We applaud the bravery of the French forces in Afghanistan – as we salute your principled leadership in the war against terrorism, in stalwart alliance with the United States, and your unwavering efforts to counter Islamic extremism, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We express our deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice of France’s 3,000 troops in Afghanistan. Please accept, once again, our sincere condolences for this week’s tragic losses.

With admiration and friendship, we remain,


Richard J. Sideman
David A. Harris