Germany investigates alleged support of Hamas

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany said it launched investigations of alleged support of Hamas against German charity organizations Ansaar International and WWR-Help. Germany’s Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said about the counter-Hamas operation: „Who supports Hamas under the guise of humanitarian aid, disregards fundamental values in our constitution*, thereby discrediting the commitment of many aid organizations which act neutrally under difficult conditions.“

German police said it has raided around 90 properties including offices and homes in nine states across Germany. Abu Rahma, head of Ansaar International in Düsseldorf, said police officers were brutally invading private houses of family members allegedly affiliated with Ansaar International, traumatizing women and children during the raids. Abu Rahma denied the support of terrorist organizations. He said his charity work is negatively affected by terminated bank accounts through German banks Postbank, Volksbank, N26, Sparkasse and Kreissparkasse. Banks declined to comment.

WWR-Help said it „has never contacted, supported or promoted terrorist or extremist organizations or persons and vehemently rejects such action!“ It was their goal „to help needy people directly with donations … independent of nationality, ethnicity, religion of these needy people.“

Janine Abuayyash, head of WWR-Help in Neuss, said Paypal suspended the WWR-Help Paypal account and her private Paypal account. Volksbank terminated her private bank account. „Now we ask all supporters and friends urgently for support and solidarity“, said Abuayyash who is a dental technician, not a dental assistant as German media outlets falsely referred to her.

Dr. Jörg Geerlings, lawmaker of the governing Christian party, was in Neuss a few hours before the raid at WWR-Help headquarter in Neuss started. Geerlings posted on Facebook that he had a dinner in Neuss shortly before the raid. He said at the dinner: „Terrorism is directed against our liberal democratic constitution*. The state must oppose these attacks and we must not let our own way of life take over.“

Ansaar International and WWR-Help are not the only charity associations under attack in Germany because of their donations to Palestinians. According to a source, the German branch of international humanitarian relief organisation WEFA has considered to terminate projects in Palestine because of being afraid of repressions by German authorities. Also the outlawed Turkish-German association İHH – not to be confused with the Turkish NGO İHH – without success struggled for eight years at court against its ban in Germany.

On May 31, 2010, the İHH Turkey-owned passenger ship MV Mavi Marmara and additional vessels of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were boarded by Israeli forces in international waters. Three weeks later on 23 June 2010, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany banned İHH in Germany. The Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany ordered the monitoring of the telephone connections of members and employees of İHH. Germany confiscated the property of İHH. There was no prior hearing of the accused organization İHH because „the success of the seizure was otherwise threatened“, according to the Federal Constitutional* Court of Germany.

In 2012, the İHH prohibition order was confirmed by the Federal Administrative Court of Germany. In August 2018, the Federal Constitutional* Court of Germany confirmed the İHH prohibition order for alleged „support of Hamas“.

İHH was allegedly „against the idea of ​​international understanding and it contributed to the violence perpetrated by Hamas against the Israeli people by providing long-term and substantial financial support to social clubs in Palestine, which are attributable to Hamas. Hamas denies Israel’s right to exist and acts in an aggressive and militant way to fight members and institutions of the Israeli state with terrorist means. Their military, political and social components were merged“, said the verdict of the Federal Constitutional* Court of Germany confirming the İHH ban in Germany.

In its verdict, the Federal Constitutional* Court of Germany said that members of İHH’s board of trustees were allegedly affiliated to Millî Görüş.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu criticized Germany for banning İHH while remaining silent on the PKK terror against Turks and against Muslims in Germany.

Germany keeps the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in its terror list despite strong objections by Hamas which describes itself as a national liberation movement practicing all types of legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The German government has been a strong supporter of Israel who is accused of committing international crimes as crimes against humanity and genocide.

Currently, a preliminary examination is ongoing by the International Criminal Court prosecutor focused on alleged crimes committed by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since 13 June 2014.

İHH, Millî Görüş, WEFA, WWR-Help, Ansaar International and other organizations are targeted by Germany just because of their peaceful support for the people of Palestine. Organizations as İHH were prohibited on the basis of the German Associations Act because of allegedly „contravening the concept of international understanding“. As it is publicly known, Germany supports the Israeli government and armed forces militarily and financially.

Germany’s militarily and financially support for the Israeli government and armed forces are not seen by Germany’s court as contravening the concept of international understanding, despite the fact that Israel’s government and armed forces continuously violate International Humanitarian Law.

If the International Criminal Court in The Hague convicts Israeli officials of committing international crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory, Germany finally has to stop its support for Israel and to stop its repression policy against charity organizations which donate humanitarian aide for Palestine.

*Germany has no constitution. Germany has a Basic Law. The term constitution was deliberately avoided by the drafters of the Basic Law. The Basic Law of Germany is a provisional interim arrangement until the people of Germany would adopt a constitution.

Article 146 of Germany’s Basic Law says: „This Basic Law, which since the achievement of the unity and freedom of Germany applies to the entire German people, shall cease to apply on the day on which a constitution freely adopted by the German people takes effect.“

The Basic Law was never submitted to a popular vote. Therefore, until today, Germany remains without a constitution.

„Military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan“

In an address on state television, the Sudanese First Vice President and Minister of Defence Lieutenant General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections. Ibn Auf said President Omar Al Bashir was being detained in a „safe place“ and a military council would now run the country. Ibn Auf will head the new Military Transitional Council.

The United States suspended discussions with Sudan on normalizing relations between the two countries. The State Department, while declining to declare the takeover a coup, said it supported a peaceful and democratic Sudan and believed the Sudanese people should be allowed a peaceful transition sooner than only in two years. „The Sudanese people should determine who leads them in their future,“ spokesman Robert Palladino said. „The Sudanese people have been clear that they have been demanding a civilian-led transition. They should be allowed to do so sooner than two years from now.“

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is closely monitoring the ongoing developments in Sudan, in particular the announcement of Ibn Auf on the suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly, the formation of a military-led transitional government which will rule for two years, and the arrest of President Omar Al Bashir, as well as the imposition of a state of emergency for three months.

Faki expresses the African Union conviction that the military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people. Faki also recalls the 2000 Lomé Declaration on the unconstitutional change of Government and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, which strongly condemn any unconstitutional change of Government and commit member states to the respect of the rule of law, democratic principles and human rights. In view of the ongoing developments, Faki reiterates these provisions, and looks forward to the Peace and Security Council meeting swiftly to consider the situation and take the appropriate decisions. 
 
In the meantime, Faki urges all concerned to exercise calm and utmost restraint and to respect the rights of citizens, foreign nationals and private property in the interest of the country and its people.
 
Faki further appeals to all stakeholders to engage in an inclusive dialogue to create the conditions that will make it possible to meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people to democracy, good governance and well-being and restore constitutional order as soon as possible. 
 
Faki expresses the African Union solidarity with the people of Sudan, and pledges its commitment and readiness to support Sudan during this period, in line with the relevant AU instruments and principles.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for national reconciliation in Sudan. Answering reporters’ questions following the press conference, President Erdoğan, in response to a question regarding the military coup in Sudan, said: „My wish is that Sudan should succeed in this calmly and I believe at this point that Sudan should resolve this issue in a peaceful and brotherly manner and allow the normal democratic process to work. It is my most important wish that Sudan gets over this process on the basis of national reconciliation and in peace.“

Erdoğan, who has deepened Turkey’s investments in Sudan recently, said the two countries had deep relations that Turkey wanted to maintain. “Sudan is a country that we have deep-rooted historical relations with, and we are certainly in favor of the continuation of these deep-rooted relations“, Erdoğan said.

“We are determined to further our cooperation with African countries on the basis of mutual respect”, Erdoğan said. Erdoğan became the first Turkish president to visit Khartoum in 2017, when Turkey signed several deals worth $650 million with Sudan as it emerged from two decades of U.S. sanctions. Al-Bashir also participated in the Islamic summit in İstanbul shortly before Erdoğan’s trip to Sudan.

On July 15, 2016 many Sudanese gathered in front of the Turkish embassy in Khartoum to express their solidarity and support with the people of Turkey after a bloody coup attempt.

Sudan was the first African country which closed all schools with ties to the Gülenist Terror Group FETÖ which was accountable for the 15 July coup attempt. Sudan has signed an agreement with the Turkish Maarif Education Foundation to hand over FETÖ-affiliated schools.

On 11 April 2019, Turkish Airlines wanted to open a flight connection from İstanbul to Port Sudan, capital of the Sudanese Red Sea state. Turkish Airlines will most probably postpone flights to Port Sudan until 2020.

Sudan has various economic potential and a good chance to find a way for a peaceful solution to present challenges. Now, the national dialogue may help to achieve unity and peace for Sudan.

The peace process in the neighboring country South Sudan is also challenged by the latest events. The Vatican press service Fides quoted an unnamed observer from Southern Sudan as saying that former Sudanese President al-Bashir had been the driving force behind the September 12 agreement between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his political rival, ex-vice-president Riek Machar.

Among other things, according to Fides, al-Bashir was interested in restoring crude oil production in South Sudan with a stable peace. If a change of power in Khartoum leads to internal insecurity and a weakening of the political pressure on the peace process in the South, new instability in South Sudan could result, according to the Fides analyst.

Today, the Vatican brought together South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and preaching inside the pope’s residence. Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders today as he urged them to not return to a civil war.

He appealed to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect an armistice they signed and commit to forming a unity government next month.

„I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward. There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. Resolve your problems,“ Francis said in improvised remarks.

German arms and soldiers in Yemen

The federal government of Germany decided on 10 April 2019 that Germany will participate in the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). Germany will deploy soldiers and policemen including the senior post „chief assessment UNMHA“. German foreign minister Heiko Maas said: „The ceasefire in Hodeidah is and will remain central to entry into a political peace process, the chance for a nationwide ceasefire, and relief for the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Therefore, it is right that we also contribute with German experts. With this decision, we comply with a request from the United Nations. Germany is committed to a peaceful and sustainable solution to the Yemen conflict under the auspices of the UN.“

For the first time, the federal government of Germany has admitted that combat aircraft „Eurofighter“ and „Tornado“ are used in the assault on Yemen. In a classified meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German parliament „Bundestag“, it became known that the federal government of Germany has its own intelligence on the use of „Eurofighter“ and „Tornado“ fighter aircraft in Yemen.

Both fighter jets are developed and built by Germany together with other countries such as Great Britain and Italy. The federal government of Germany has always stated that it has no indications of such operations. Most recently, Germany’s federal minister of economic affairs, Peter Altmaier, stressed in February 2019 that he had „no knowledge“ that German armaments technology would be used in Yemen.

Germany’s federal minister of economic affairs may have missed some German armaments technology indeed used in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia received a total of 72 Eurofighters. About 30 per cent of these Eurofighter Typhoon consist of German components. Saudi Arabia participates with them in the air attacks against targets in Yemen and flies the majority of the air attacks.

Saudi Arabia probably also uses Luna reconnaissance drones in Yemen from German Elektro-Mechanische Technologien (EMT) in Penzberg. Ten drones were delivered from 2011 to 2012.

Between 2010 and 2015, arms manufacturer Nexter had delivered 132 CAESAR self-propelled 155 mm/52-calibre gun-howitzer to Saudi Arabia, with the Unimog chassis and diesel engines for this weapon system coming from Germany. The engine is from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart.

In February 2019, media reported military vehicles in use in Yemen carry German-developed FeWas weapons stations by Dynamit Nobel Defence in Würgendorf (Burbach).

A source identified several large military trucks in a convoy in Yemen by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV), a joint venture of Rheinmetall (51 percent) and truck manufacturer MAN (49 percent) based in Munich.

G3 assault rifles, G36 assault rifles, MG4 light machine guns (all produced by Heckler & Koch in Oberndorf am Neckar) and MG 3 general-purpose machine gun by Rheinmetall can be seen in photographs from Yemen.

In Yemen, the war coalition uses inter alia MK80 series bombs (various types from 250 to 2000 pounds) and artillery ammunition, which are manufactured by RWM Italia. On 17 April 2018, a coalition of human rights organisations filed a complaint in Italy against officials from the Italian foreign ministry and RWM Italia.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented the use of Paveway IV missiles and Mk83 bombs in Yemen. At the beginning of 2017, a United Nations commission of experts came to the conclusion that several deployments of these weapons raise substantial doubts as to their admissibility under the rules of war or international humanitarian law.

On 8 November 2018, Saudi Arabia made a $1 billion bid for a broad partnership with Denel that would include acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall. According to a source, Saudi Arabia was targeting Denel’s 49 percent stake in Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) which is a joint venture of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (51 percent) in Unterlüß and Denel.

The UAE Navy is participating in the naval blockade of allegedly around 20 warships,which also includes corvettes from Germany.The „Muray Jibclass missile corvettes“ of the Emirati Navy—Germany delivered two of the Lürssen CM65 corvettes to the UAE between 1990 and 1991—are said to have been involved in the naval blockade, and one of the two used mine-hunting ships of the Frankenthal class, which were exported in 2006 and have since been modernised, accompanied the Emirati warships such as the Baynunah corvettes, which are also part of the naval blockade and which are equipped with MLG 27 on-board guns manufactured by Rheinmetall in Oberndorf.

Approved German arms exports to countries of the Saudi-led war coalition in Yemen

Recipient country / Approval of arms exports 2015 – 2018 (in Euro)

Egypt 1,141,076,525

Bahrain 22,540,246

Jordan 64,976,894

Qatar 1,716,319,462

Kuwait 201,751,411

Morocco 29,213,479

Saudi-Arabia 1,470,627,873

Senegal 281,245

Sudan 169,000

UAE 535,866,193

Arms export licences up to and including 26 December 2018. Total values for 2018 derived from parliamentary questions to the federal government. The dates of withdrawal from the coalition of Qatar (June 2017) and Morocco (April 2018) were taken into account in the aggregation of the figures.

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b violates international humanitarian law in Palestine and Syria

Airbnb said on 9 April 2019 it would not implement a planned delisting of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. The platform continues to be available for bookings in ​Israeli ​settlements in occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory including West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌ is a U.S. company that operates a hospitality service. ​Customers can use the service to arrange or offer lodging, primarily home-stays. A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b revenue was $2.6 billion in 2017.

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌ offers accommodations in the occupied territories East Jerusalem, Golan Heights and West Bank. Airbnb had said in November ​2018 ​it would remove the listings of some 200 settlement homes in West Bank. That decision was deplored by Israel and challenged in some U.S.​ ​jurisdictions.
Announcing a resolution of lawsuits brought against it, Airbnb said​ it „will not move forward with implementing the removal of listings in the West Bank from the platform.​ W​e will continue to allow listings throughout all of the West Bank, but Airbnb will take no profits from this activity in the region.“ But illegitimate owners of residential property in the occupied Palestinian territories will take profits from their activity in compliance with Airbnb.

Due to international humanitarian law​,​ this business activity in occupied terroritoriy is illegal.​ ​In the early years of the occupation, the main ploy that Israel used to take over land for building settlements was to seize the land “for military purposes”. Military seizure orders were issued for some 3,100 hectares of land, most of which were earmarked for building settlements. Several Palestinians petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ), arguing that the seizure violated international law, since it served a civilian purpose of building a settlement rather than true military needs.
​The Israeli military occupation forces then came up with a​ new approach ​which​made it much easier to disseize​ Palestinian soil ​by declar​ing it as Israelie state land, even when the land in question was considered private or collective Palestinian property under British and later Jordanian rule. One method for achieving this was requiring Palestinians to regularly cultivate farmland as a prerequisite to acquiring ownership rights; another was to disregard the provisions of local law, which grants Palestinian communities collective rights to use grazing areas and other public land.
By employing these new tactics, from 1979 to 2002 Israel declared more than 90,000 hectares of land as state land. There are now some 120,000 hectares of state land in Area C, constituting 36.5% of Area C and 22% of the entire West Bank. An additional 20,000 hectares of state land are located in areas A and B, where planning is in the hands of the Palestinian Authority.

The establishment of the settlements contravenes international humanitarian law, which states that an occupying power may not relocate its own citizens to the occupied territory or make permanent changes to that territory, unless these are needed for imperative military needs, in the narrow sense of the term, or undertaken for the benefit of the local population.

The existence of settlements also leads to the violation of many human rights of Palestinians, including the rights to property, equality, an adequate standard of living and freedom of movement. In addition, the radical changes that Israel has made to the map of the West Bank preclude any real possibility of establishing an independent, viable Palestinian state in fulfilment of the right to self-determination. Although the West Bank is not part of Israel’s sovereign territory, Israeli has applied most of its domestic laws to the settlements and their residents.
As a result, the settlers enjoy almost all the same privileges as citizens living within Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinians continue to live under martial law and are thereby systematically deprived of their rights and denied the ability to have any real impact on policymaking with respect to the territory in which they live. In creating this reality, Israel has formed a regime in which a person’s rights depend on his or her national identity.

Israel has refrained from formally annexing the West Bank (except in East Jerusalem). In practice, however, it treats the settlements established throughout Area C as extensions of its sovereign territory and has virtually eliminated the distinction for Israeli citizens – while concentrating the Palestinian population in 165 disconnected “islands” (Areas A and B).
This double movement, of Israeli settlers taking over more and more West Bank land and Palestinians being pushed aside, has been a consistent mainstay of Israeli policy in the West Bank since 1967, with all Israeli legislative, legal, planning, funding and defense bodies working towards that end.

As long as Airbnb allows illegitimate owners of residential property in the occupied Palestinian territories to profit from unlawful acts as illegal expropriation of land or theft of soil to the detriment of the ​l​egitimate​ ​owners, one should carefully consider whether Airbnb is a platform that suits you.

Kaum Talk über Terror gegen Muslime

Ich habe mir einen Woche lang die wichtigsten Talkshows im Deutschen Fernsehen angeschaut, weil ich wissen wollte, ob der Terror gegen Muslime besprochen wird.

Allein am 15.03.2019, dem Tag, an dem etwa um ein Uhr früh morgens deutscher Zeit der schlimmste Terroranschlag gegen Muslime in der westlichen Welt stattfand, gab es laut Fernsehprogramm „TV-Info“ 25 Sendungen in der Rubrik „Talk“ im deutschen Fernsehen.

Ein Rückblick auf die Talkshow-Woche:

„Hart aber fair“ diskutierte am 18.03.2019 die Frage „Frauen unter Druck, Männer am Drücker: Alles so wie immer?“ Ein sehr wichtiges Thema, das immer aktuell ist. Aber hätte die Redaktion so kurz nach dem beispiellosen Terror gegen Muslime sich nicht für Christchurch entscheiden können und das eigentlich geplante Thema auf die nächste Woche verschieben können?

Im „Tagesgespräch“ am 15.03.2019 war das Thema „Schülerstreik für das Klima: Brauchen Jugendliche mehr politischen Einfluss?“.

In „Mein Nachmittag“ am 15.03.2019 ging es um „Alltagswissen: Tanzen tut gut!“.

Im „Kölner Treff“ am 15.03.2019 sprachen Susan Link, Micky Beisenherz, Verona Pooth, Steffi Neu, Peter Kraus, Frank Goosen, Martin Armknecht und Anne Fleck. Thema war unter anderem die Heilkraft gesunder Ernährung. Der Terror gegen Muslime an diesem Tag war kein Thema.

Das „Nachtcafé“ am 15.03.2019 behandelte das Thema „Freundschaft – wenn nichts unmöglich ist“. Den Terror gegen Muslime blieb unerwähnt.

Im „Riverboat“ am 15.03.2019 sprachen Mirja Boes, Alfons Schuhbeck, Olivia Jones, Jens Weißflog, Manon Straché, David Kross und Maxi Biewer. Thema war unter anderem das so genannte Dritte Geschlecht. Über den Terror gegen Muslime wurde nicht geredet.

In der „NDR Talk Show“ am 15.03.2019 sprachen Nadja Tiller, Natascha Giller, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Cordula Stratmann, Steffen Henssler, Laura Karasek, Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim und Immo Ortlepp. Thema war zum Beispiel der Hirschrufer. Die Anschläge auf Muslime wurden nicht besprochen.

In „Käptn’s Dinner“ am 16.03.2019 ärgerte sich Gregor Gysi unter anderem über die Art und Weise der Wiedervereinigung. Die Anschläge in Neuseeland waren kein Thema.

Im „Presseclub“ am 17.03.2019 diskutierte man die Frage „Spiel auf Zeit – Wann endet das Brexit-Chaos?“.

In der „Tele-Akademie“ am 17.03.2019 stritt man um die Frage „Chinas Finanzmacht und Südostasien: Ordnungsfaktor oder neue Abhängigkeit?“.

In „Anne Will“ am 17.03.2019 wurde der Frage „Zwischen Höchstleistung und Überlastung – wann macht Arbeit krank?“ nachgegangen.

In der „Phoenix Runde“ am 19.03.2019 war das Thema „Scheidung auf Raten? GroKo-Streit ums Geld“.

„Markus Lanz“ am 19.03.2019 hatte vier Gäste mit vier Themen: Katja Kipping über die Landtagswahlen im Osten, Kristina Dunz über den aktuellen Zustand der Partei „Die Linke“, Anna Loos über besondere Stationen ihres Lebens und Achim Gruber über das stille Leiden der Haustiere. Und was ist mit dem stillen Leiden der Opfer in Christchurch? Über dieses Leiden wurde geschwiegen. Wie auch in den darauf folgenden Sendungen von „Markus Lanz“.

„Sandra Maischberger“ am 20.03.2019 fragte ihre Gäste: „Populisten gegen Europa: Ist der Brexit erst der Anfang?“

Bei „Maybrit illner“ am 21.03.2019 ging es um die Frage: „EU im Überlebenskampf – und Deutschland schaut zu?“

Bei „Barbara Stöckl“ am 21.03.2019 war der Terror gegen Muslime auch kein Thema.

Sehr gut gefallen hat mir die Talkshow „Der Sonntags-Stammtisch bayerisch bissig bunt“ am 17.03.2019. Das war eine unterhaltsame Fernseh-Diskussionsrunde bei Bier und Brezn in den Schankwirtschaft „Brunnerwirt“, einer Metzgerei in Lansing. Die Sendung, in der viel über Bayern gesprochen wurde, zeigte der lokale Fernsehsender „Bayerischer Rundfunk“. Am 17.03.2019 sprach Gastgeber Hans Werner Kilz mit seinen Gästen Moni Well, Klaus Bogenberger, Martin Hagen und Eisi Gulp auch über den Terror gegen die Muslime in Neuseeland. Die AfD wurde von den Gästen der Sendung zu Recht wegen ihrer unsäglichen Reaktion auf die Anschläge attackiert. Und auch Donald Trump wurde für seine „Muslimen-Blockade“ kritisiert.

Moderator Hans Werner Kilz analysierte sogar ausführlich das Phänomen Islamophobie und kam zu dem Schluß“: Alles wird unter Islamismus abgebucht und hetzt die Menschen auf. Da müssen wir mal bei der Wortwahl aufhören!“, fordert er die Öffentlichkeit auf.

Und der Abgeordnete Martin Hagen nennt die Ursache der Anschläge beim Namen: den Rechtsterrorismus. Auch der Terroranschlag auf Muslime in der Olympia Shopping Mall in München wird thematisiert und als Rechtsterrorismus eingeordnet. Solche klaren Worte – oder überhaupt nur ein einziges Wort zu Christchurch – hätte ich mir auch von allen anderen Talkshows gewünscht.

„Der Sonntags-Stammtisch bayerisch bissig bunt“ kann nicht anders als die beste Talkshow im deutschen Fernsehen bezeichnet werden.

Meiner Recherche nach ist „Der Sonntags-Stammtisch bayerisch bissig bunt“ die einzige Talkshow im deutschen Fernsehen, die sich in der Woche von Freitag, dem 15. März 2019 bis Donnerstag, dem 21. März 2019 mit den Terroranschlägen auf die Moscheen in Neuseeland befasst hat. Sollte ich eine Talkshow, die den Terror gegen Muslime besprochen hat, übersehen haben, so bitte ich um Hinweise und trage dies an dieser Stelle nach.

Wenn nur eine einzige der hier erwähnten Talkshows in dieser Woche die Anschläge gegen Muslime verschwiegen hätte, dann könnte man dies damit erklären, daß die Mitarbeiter der betreffenden Sendung versagt hätten. Da aber fast alle Talkshows im deutschen Fernsehen die Moschee-Anschläge Tod schweigen, liegt hier kein Versagen von einzelnen Mitarbeitern vor. Das System stinkt vom Kopf her. Einzige Ausnahme: Der „Bayerische Rundfunk“.

Opposite reactions to Christchurch attacks

On March 19, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty for Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant. Erdoğan said: „You heinously killed 50 of our siblings. You will pay for this. If New Zealand doesn’t make you, we know how to make you pay one way or another.“

He also said that Turkey was wrong to have abolished the death penalty 15 years ago, and added that New Zealand should make legal arrangements so that the Christchurch terrorist could face capital punishment. „If the New Zealand parliament doesn’t make this decision I will continue to argue this with them constantly. The necessary action needs to be taken,“ he said.

Turkey is supporting the investigations of New Zealand police by all means and efforts. A senior Turkish security source said Tarrant who massacred 50 Muslims in New Zealand had entered Turkey twice in 2016 – for a week in March and for more than a month in September. Turkish authorities had begun investigating everything from hotel records to camera footage to try to ascertain the reason for his visits, the Turkish source said.

Erdoğan said after the attack that terrorist Tarrant had „targeted our country, our nation and myself“. Erdoğan said countries around the world, particularly in the West, needed to guard against the rise of Islamophobia.

“We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be free of minarets,” Tarrant wrote in his manifesto, referring to the Turkey’s largest city İstanbul and claiming the city „will be rightfully Christian-owned once more.” Tarrant published his manifesto one day before he committed his massacre.

On March 16, a short video including extracts purportedly from Tarrant’s manifesto and semi-blurred footage of the shooting was shown to the crowd via a large screen during an election rally in Tekirdağ, a city in Turkey. It is a part of the region historically known as Eastern Thrace. 

„We do not want to see a cross and crescent conflict again,“ Erdoğan told the rally in Tekirdağ, referring to 2-6 million people dying in the crusades. Erdoğan said Tarrant had said he wanted Turkish Muslims removed from Turkey’s European territory.

Majority Muslim Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, its Asian section known as Anatolia. İstanbul, is split between an Asian part to the east of the Bosphorus, and a European half to the west of the strait. „The wicked person who martyred 49 brothers and sisters is saying that we can stay on the Anatolian side, we cannot pass to the European side. Who do you think you are?“ Erdoğan said.

Later the death toll in the massacre has increased to 50, after police officers discovered another body at one of the crime scenes.

Source: https://twitter.com/RT_Erdogan

On March 16, Erdoğan’s Twitter account shows a tweet by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair who was writing: “And I will remind him that İstanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then a thousand years before Turkish occupation!”

Yair Netanyahu’s „him“ in above quoted tweet refers to Erdoğan. Netanyahu’s tweet was written on March 13, one day before Tarrant’s manifesto was published. Yair Netanyahu made his remarks about „Constantinople!“ in response to a tweet of his father Benjamin who smeared Erdoğan on Twitter. There is a common language used by both Netanyahu and terrorist Tarrant.

I did not find any condolences published by Yair Netanyahu on Twitter regarding the Muslims killed in New Zealand. On the contrary: on March 15, shortly after the Christchurch massacre, Yair Netanyahu tweeted: „Forgot to mention also these days turkey is committing genocide to the Kurds. And occupying northern Cyprus.“

Yair Netanyahu is slandering the Turkish President, falsely accusing Turkey of international crimes instead of condemning terror against Muslims. Yair Netanyahu is silencing the victims of the mosques attacks and spreading lies about Turkey after Christchurch terror attacks.

Such tweets as written by Benjamin and Yair Netanyahu are spreading hate against Muslims and they are a threat to the freedom of religion and a threat to the safety of Muslim communities around the world. I am grateful to the President of Turkey for advocating human rights and opposing islamophobia as well as racism and colonialism.

At least Yair’s father Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: “Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshipers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand. Israel sends its condolences to the bereaved families and its heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

On March 16, Erdoğan described the massacre at the two New Zealand mosques as evidence of global anti-Muslim sentiment, as part of a wider attack on Turkey and threatened to send back „in caskets“ anyone who tried to take the battle to İstanbul.
„They are testing us from 16,500 km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there. This isn’t an individual act, this is organised. We have been here for 1,000 years and will be here until the apocalypse, God willing,“ Erdoğan told the rally commemorating the 1915 Battle of Çanakkale, when Ottoman soldiers defeated British-led forces including Australian and New Zealand troops trying to seize the peninsula, a gateway to İstanbul.
„You will not turn İstanbul into Constantinople. Your grandparents came here and they returned in caskets. Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers“, Erdoğan said.

New Zealand’s foreign minister Winston Peters said he told Erdoğan that the use of Tarrant’s video footage in an election campaign was wrong. „Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country, given that this was a non-New Zealand citizen, imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and that is totally unfair,“ Peters said.

Turkish relations with New Zealand have generally been good, strengthened by Çanakkale commemorations which emphasise shared sacrifices in battle as much as the confrontation itself.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu who was in Christchurch and visited citizens of Turkish heritage wounded in the attack, said Muslims around the world were worried about Islamophobia and racism. After his arrival to Christchurch, Çavuşoğlu wrote on Twitter that he „prayed for the innocents that lost their lives at Masjid Al Noor where tens of Muslim brothers&sisters were massacred in the heinous terror attack. May Allah’s mercy be upon them. May them rest in heaven.“

At a meeting with victims of Turkish heritage in Christchurch, Çavuşoğlu said: „Despite thousands of kilometers between us and our citizens in #NewZealand our hearts beat as one; we will always stand by them wherever they are, we will never let them alone.“

Turkish foreign minister Çavuşoğlu arrived to Christchurch hours after the terrorist attack, Source: https://twitter.com/MevlutCavusoglu
Turkish foreign minister Çavuşoğlu is praying in Christchurch hours after the terrorist attack, Source: https://twitter.com/MevlutCavusoglu
Turkish foreign minister Çavuşoğlu visits a victim of Turkish heritage at Christchurch hospital hours after the terrorist attack, Source: https://twitter.com/MevlutCavusoglu

A short overview of instant reactions from Turkish politicians on Twitter:

On March 15, Erdoğan wrote on Twitter: „I strongly condemn the terror attack against the Al Noor Mosque in #NewZealand and Muslim worshippers. May Allah have mercy on the victims and grant a speedy recovery to the wounded. On behalf of my country, I offer my condolences to the Islamic world and the people of New Zealand, who have been targeted by this deplorable act – the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia.“

On March 15, Turkish President Erdoğan’s spokesman İbrahim Kalın condemned the massacre on Twitter: „We strongly condemn the fascist terrorist attack in #ChristChurch. May Allah have mercy on those who lost their lives today. This cowardly act shows how anti-Muslim rhetoric and hatred leads to murderous acts. The world must break its silence over Islamophobic hatred.“

On March 15, Çavuşoğlu, said on Twitter: „Not only the perpetrators, but also politicians & media, that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West, are equally responsible for this heinous attack.“


They are us: national unity after terror attacks

„The person who has committed this violent act has no place here. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us“, wrote New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern on Twitter immediately after the attacks against two mosques in Ōtautahi (Christchurch).

It was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand. Fifty people murdered while at Friday prayers. Dozens injured. Ardern clearly labelled the massacre as terrorism.

A few hours after the attack, Ardern flew to Ōtautahi. Wearing black clothes and a black scarf, she hugged members of the Muslim community at the Phillipstown Community Hub in Ōtautahi, saying she would ensure freedom of religion in New Zealand. „I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you,“ she said.

At the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre, Ardern together with the deputy prime minister Winston Peters, the leader of the opposition Simon Bridges, the Ōtautahi mayor Lianne Dalziel, minister Megan Woods, lawmakers Duncan Webb, Nicky Wegner, Poto Williams, Ruth Dyson as well as city councilors Yani Johanson and Jimmy Chen addressed Muslim leaders.

Arden also visited the local hospital later that day. The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s population.

“You may have chosen us,” said Ardern, referring to the perpetrator Brenton Tarrant, anger in her voice. “But we utterly reject and condemn you.” Staying hand in hand with those affected, Ardern’s focus was on grieving and commiserating with the affected community. Terrorist Tarrant was not representative of New Zealanders’ values and beliefs, she said. Quite simply he was: “not us”.

On March 17, Ardern also visited a makeshift memorial at the Kilbirnie Mosque. She layed down flowers at the „Wellington Islamic Centre“. Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) is the capital city of New Zealand.

„I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,“ Ardern said on March 16 considering a ban on semi-automatic weapons. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. Ardern said that her government will announce plans „within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism“ that she believes will make „our community safer.“

Ardern indicated she had the support of deputy prime minister Peters for the changes, despite previous strong opposition from Peters‘ nationalist party „New Zealand First“ (NZ First) on the issue of tighter gun control.

Ardern is acting against a powerful New Zealand gun lobby. Indeed, she is a strong woman beyond being a real leader dealing with the worst terrorism attack in the nation’s modern history.

In September 2018, Ardern brought her 3-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha to the UN’s General Assembly. It was her debut speech at the United Nations in New York. „I’m a mother, not a superwoman“, Ardern told the BBC in January 2019 about having a newborn baby works „beautifully“ with her role in politics.

Ardern is only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office. The first such leader – is Pakistan’s late two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Today the world is watching Jacinda Ardern. A remarkable woman, mother and leader. She just became 38 years old. After the fatale terror attack, she is doing everything to unify her country. Ardern keeps on spreading the message of national unity over and over again: This is an attack to the Muslim community and to us all as a country. Don’t let hatred divide us.

On March 17, Ardern visits a makeshift memorial at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Source: Screenshot 7News
On March 16, Ardern visits Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). Source: Screenshot stuff

Der „Diktator“ als Trauzeuge

Immer wenn ich dachte, die Medienhetze gegen Özil und Erdoğan sei endlich vorbei, werde ich eines Besseren belehrt. Ich weiß noch, was ich letzten Sommer gehofft habe. Ich wünschte mir, diese Volksverhetzung möge endlich ein Ende nehmen mit Beginn der WM in Russland. Doch dann schied Deutschland als amtierender Weltmeister in der Vorrunde aus. Wer hat’s vermasselt? Der Volkszorn hatte den Schuldigen schnell ausfindig gemacht.

Der Haß auf Özil und Erdoğan, den selbst die schöne Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft in Russland nicht aufhalten konnte, bricht sich wieder Bahn. Auslöser der neuen Haß-Welle ist diesmal das private Glück zweier Verlobter.

Mesut Özil und Amine Gülşe sind seit 2017 verlobt. „Bild am Sonntag“ (BamS) vom 17.03.2019 räumt seine ganze Titelseite für die Schlagzeile „Özil will Erdoğan als Trauzeugen. Erst schockte Mesut Özil Deutschland mit einem Foto zusammen mit dem türkischen Präsidenten, nun hat er Erdogan persönlich zu seiner Hochzeit eingeladen.“

„Diese Hochzeit ist politisch.“ setzt BamS seinen Bericht auf Seite 6 fort. Die Sonntagszeitung macht aus einem privaten Glück einen „PR-Coup für den türkischen Präsidenten“ (Seite 6 der Ausgabe vom 17.03.2019). Und berichtet auf drei Seiten (ja es sind wirklich drei Seiten) über die Skandal-Hochzeit des Jahres: „Der Autokrat als Trauzeuge des ehemaligen deutschen Nationalspielers .. das nächste Kapitel in der Affäre Erdoğan/Özil!“ Ja, das Ausrufezeichen benutzen sie da bei der BILD-Zeitung wirklich gern und ausgiebig, wenn es um die beiden geht. Am liebsten in Verbindung mit „Affäre“. Darunter machen es viele deutsche Medien nicht, mehr wenn es um „Erdoğan/Özil!“ geht. Wenn schon keine Staatsaffäre verfügbar ist, wie bei Christian Wulff, dann macht man sich seine Erdoğan/Özil-Affäre.

Die „taz“ in Berlin veröffentlicht am 17.03.19 einen Artikel zur Hochzeit mit der Überschrift: „Özil kuschelt mit Erdoğan“. Özil heiratet seine Amine Gülşe, nicht seinen Präsidenten Erdoğan. Wo ist hier der Skandal? Die „taz“ erklärt uns den neuesten Skandal der Affäre: „Er hat es wieder getan: Mesut Özil hat sich mit dem türkischen Staatspräsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdoğan getroffen.“ Er! hat! es! wieder! getan! Oh nein, ein Wiederholungstäter. Das wirkt sich richtig schlecht aus auf die Sozialprognose. „Mesut Özil für seine Autokratenschmuserei zu kritisieren sollte sich für jeden Demokraten ziemen“, fordert die „taz“ vom Volk! Was ist des Bundesbürgers erste Pflicht? Özil zu kritisieren.

Die „Berliner Morgenpost“ druckt am 18.03. eine fette Schlagzeile über Özil: „Der Fall eines Vorbilds.

Natürlich darf auch der Abgeordnete Cem Özdemir, im Nebenberuf „Erdoğan-Kritiker“, den Trauzeugen in der „BILD“-Zeitung kritisieren: „Ehemalige … Nationalspieler haben eine Vorbildfunktion und müssen sich fragen, ob sie dieser gerecht werden, wenn sie sich für Autokraten hergeben, die sich auf Kosten ihres Landes bereichern und Andersdenkende in Kerkern verschwinden lassen.“

„Die Welt“ schreibt am 18.03. auf Seite 3 unter der Überschrift „Özils Outing“: „Er hat sich damit als Freund und Bewunderer des türkischen Despoten geoutet.“

Die „BILD“ schreibt am 18.03. unter der Überschrift „Özil hat nichts verstanden!“(auf das Ausrufezeichen wurde stillsicher geachtet) auf Seite 2: Özil „zeigt sein wahres Gesicht jetzt darin, daß Diktator Erdoğan laut türkischen Medien sogar Özils Trauzeuge werden soll.“

Und die „Frankfurter Rundschau“ berichtet am 18.03. unter der Schlagzeile „Hochzeit mit Erdoğan“: „Als Mesut Özil Mitte Mai 2018 beim türkischen Autokraten Recep Tayyip Erdogan in einem Londoner Hotel weilte, hätte man bei naiver Betrachtungsweise zunächst meinen können, bei dem Treffen mitsamt Übergabe eines signierten Arsenaltrikots habe es sich um eine übliche Privataudienz gehandelt.“

„Despot“, „Diktator“, „Autokrat“: das sind die Lieblings-Vokabeln deutscher Medien, die in keinem Bericht zur „Affäre Erdoğan/Özil!“ fehlen dürfen. Und bitte nie ohne Ausrufezeichen verwenden.

Auch wenn Sie mir das jetzt nicht glauben mögen, aber es gibt in Deutschland noch Medien, die selbst das Niveau der BILD-Zeitung unterbieten können.

Den Auftakt machte die Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) am 17.03. mit einem Hinweis an alle Redaktionen des Landes: „Achtung – dpa recherchiert zu den Berichten, wonach Ex-Nationalspieler Mesut Özil den türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdoğan zu seiner Hochzeit eingeladen haben soll!“ Die Jagd nach der schmutzigsten Schlagzeile ist eröffnet.

Die „Allgemeine Zeitung“ in Mainz gibt sich Mühe, das dreckige Spiel zu gewinnen: „Integration bedeutet …, sich an die Spielregeln zu halten, die in Deutschland gelten. Wer einen Machthaber wie Erdoğan unterstützt, missachtet diese Regeln. Dies muss man klar sagen.“

Die „Volksstimme“ in Magdeburg fragt, ob ein früherer deutscher Nationalspieler einen „Autokraten“, der es mit den Menschenrechten in der Türkei nicht so genau nimmt, zu seiner Hochzeit einladen dürfe? Das wird wird ja wohl noch fragen dürfen!

Und schließlich will auch die „Volksstimme“ einfach nur irgendwann einmal beim „Autokraten“-Bingo gegen die „BILD“-Zeitung gewinnen.

„Schiefgelaufen“ kommentiert der „Wiesbadener Kurier“ die Hochzeits-„Affäre!“. Was war noch mal „schiefgelaufen“? Der Wochenddienst in der Redaktion? Nein, natürlich nicht, sondern die gescheiterte Integration des „Diktatoren“-Fanboy.

Und wer einen „Diktator“ anhimmle wie Özil, der habe auch sein Recht verwirkt auf die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft, so die vermeintliche Logik einiger Medien. Wen wundert es da noch, das die „Ausbürgerung“ für Özil als Strafe für seine Hochzeitseinladung gefordert wird.

Ist das schon alles? Nein, es kommt noch schlimmer: „Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier hat nach BamS-Informationen bisher keine Hochzeitseinladung bekommen“, berichtet BILD in seiner Sonntags-Ausgabe. Das ist ja wohl die Höhe! Eine Hochzeit ohne Steinmeier! Wo kommen wir denn da hin?