GERMANY – Berliners take to the streets to celebrate Israel


I-24 NEWS – While politicians clash, Berliners took to the streets on Friday to show that the German-Israeli bond is stronger than ever. 25 German-Israeli organizations belatedly marked Israel’s Independence Day with a street festival at the heart of touristic West Berlin.

Passersby were invited to drink Israeli beer, eat freshly-made hummus and try out folk dancing under the watchful eye of the police. Some stands sold products imported from Israel, Hebrew-language books and even blue-and-white neckties and inflatable hammers – for a proper Independence Day celebration.

“This is an opportunity to share Israel with the German public and I think it’s important, but also you can’t argue with the facts – Israel is a success story,” Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman told i24NEWS.

But with reports of a diplomatic crisis between the two countries making headlines over the past weeks, the event also served as an opportunity to show that there is much more than politics that binds Israel and Germany together.

“There are different aspects to the relationship, also cooperation in science and culture,” explained Jörg Gehrke of the German-Israeli Congress, which organizes such events across Germany. “And we are gathered in such a public place instead of behind closed doors, so everyone could see and join us.”

“This event shows how much Israel has to offer in so many different fields. This seems to be forgotten sometimes, when all we talk about is the conflict,” said German parliament member Volker Beck, speaking to i24NEWS.

The special relationship between Israel and Germany recently took a hit, after German Foreign Minister Gabriel insisted on meeting with left-wing NGOs critical of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies. The recent visit by German President Steinmeier to Israel was meant to resolve tension, but also caused outrage in Germany after he laid a wreath on Arafat’s tomb.

“Our politicians seem sometimes to think that the special part of our relationship is to especially criticize Israel,” noted Beck, who heads the German-Israeli parliamentary friendship committee. “I am for a crucial dialogue, but we should do that with all friends and enemies alike, to apply the same standard.”

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t come naturally for the German society to stand up for the right to exist and for the security of Israel, and that’s why we have to come here and demonstrate,” he added.

“It is not our job in Germany to tell other people how to deal with the conflict,” stressed Jochen Feilcke, who heads the German-Israeli Association (DIG) in Berlin and Brandenburg and orchestrated the event.

“German politicians drop in, make some statements and leave, leaving other to deal with the trouble. They should mind their own business. But even when there are maybe some differences between German and Israeli politicians, it is our main interest to gather people who are real friends of Israel, without any ifs and buts.”

Many of the participants in the festivities felt the same. “Minister Gabriel’s behavior was unacceptable, in my opinion,” stated Eva Maria, a DIG member. “Others may see it differently, but I don’t like that. There is always Israel-bashing happening and that’s unfair.”

“This crisis isn’t new and it escalates more and more,” agreed Kerstin, another visitor. “That’s why it is important that one stands up for Israel whenever there’s a chance and shows support. And this event feels like a vacation in Israel.”

“Between politicians anything can happen,” said Jürgen, a young man standing next to one of the stalls, “but we are not limited to just that. There is also a connection between people, and that’s still a good connection.”

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  1. #1 by jackthewolf1017 on 05/14/2017 - 9:34

    Talk about brainwashed!!!

  2. #2 by George on 05/14/2017 - 9:34

    BARF! BARF! Humanity should go at this despicable, satanic state with a vengeance:

    http://citizensamericaparty.org/Return_Palestine_Dissolve_Israel.htm

  3. #4 by O'Rourke on 05/14/2017 - 9:34

    This event was promoted & attended by jews; so what’s the big deal. There was probably 3 Germans there.

  4. #5 by Colin on 05/14/2017 - 9:34

    I second barf that.

  5. #6 by James Benn on 05/14/2017 - 9:34

    It’s got PR stunt written all over it. Including the photo of ginger-haired pink-skinned supporters and sustainers of the SLC which serves as the Rothschilds’ personal fiefdom. Useful Idiots or white-skinned semites masquerading as Europeans?

    I’m always amazed at how closely many self-identifying and indeed self-admiring Jews bear an uncanny resemblance to normal white people. Which is amazing, considering they are not just a different race, but a different species. Leastways that’s what one-time ‘charismatic head’ of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, tells me…

    “This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … The difference in the inner quality between Jews and non-Jews is “so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species.”

    I wonder if Germans understand that when they fraternize with Jews, they are actually fraternizing with a different species?

    Nor are such views as those of Rabbinicalist Sneerperson limited to Chabad-Lubavitch – the chosen sect of Jared Kushner, ‘political adviser’ to Potus Trump. The deep sense of entitlement and superiority is endemic across the Hebraic religious spectrum. Why according to the Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef … “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel”.

    Is this something that ordinary, decent, fun-loving Germans want to be associated with?

  6. #7 by derek on 05/15/2017 - 9:34

    What would you expect from somebody like Volker Beck?

    From his wiki page
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volker_Beck_(politician)

    Volker Beck (born 12 December 1960 in Stuttgart) is a German politician. He has been a sitting member of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, for the Green Party since 1994. Beck served as the Green Party Speaker for Legal Affairs from 1994–2002, and as the Green Party Chief Whip in the Bundestag till 2013. He was spokesman of the Green Parliamentary Group for interior affairs and religion. In 2014 he was elected President of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group of the German Bundestag. Having been caught in possession of CRYSTAL METH, Beck resigned from his positions, only keeping his seat in the Bundestag.

    Beck served as spokesman of the Association of Lesbians and Gays in Germany (Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland) LSVD for over ten years. He is a supporter of same-sex marriage and has been referred to as the “Father of the German Registered Partnership Act”.

    Beck served as spokesperson of the Green Party’s parliamentary group on legal affairs from 1994 to 2002, and as the Green Party Chief Whip in the Bundestag until 2013. He is spokesman of the Green Parliamentary Group for interior affairs and religion. In 2014 he was elected as chairman of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group.

    Between 2001 and 2004 he was chief negotiator for his party on the new immigration law coming into to force 2005.

    In a German Green leadership crisis he created the expression candystorm in support of Claudia Roth.

    In 2013, Beck raised a furor in Germany when a statement from 1988 become public, calling for DECRIMINALIZING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH CHILDREN.[1][2]

    On the evening of 1 March 2016, Berlin police officers conducting pocket searches on people exiting a known drug dealer’s apartment found Beck to be in possession of 0.6 grammes of Crystal Meth. The following day Beck resigned from his positions, only keeping his seat in the Bundestag.[3]

    A drug taker and a pervert, perfect can be used to blackmail him, wonder what other skeletons he has in his closet.

    “It is not our job in Germany to tell other people how to deal with the conflict,” stressed Jochen Feilcke, who heads the German-Israeli Association (DIG) in Berlin and Brandenburg and orchestrated the event.

    Felke – protest Berlin al-Quds Day march
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Pro-Israel-groups-protest-Berlin-al-Quds-Day-march

    Jochen Feilcke, the head of German-Israeli Friendship Society in Berlin and Potsdam, criticized the “glorification of the Islamic Republic of Iran” by the al-Quds participants.
    “Once again, the participation of neo-Nazis and other sympathizers of the mullah regime is expected and their goal is clear: Expressions of solidarity with the Palestinians will be used as agitation against Israel, the only free democracy in the Middle East,” Feilcke said.

    Sorry for the long cut and paste but these people make interesting reading, no wonder Germany is in such trouble.

  7. #8 by mothman777 on 05/15/2017 - 9:34

    ‘JEW German politician calls Germans Nazis and says they must die!’

    I pity these poor brainwashed and brain-dead Germans who are now made to suicide like this.

  8. #9 by Herbert Eder on 05/15/2017 - 9:34

    I do agree with some of the letter writers what a brain wash it is especially when Germans had to suffer under Jewish oppression which was the cause of the rising Nazi Party.

  9. #10 by George on 05/21/2017 - 9:34

    #6 James Benn:

    “This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … The difference in the inner quality between Jews and non-Jews is “so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species.”

    Yes indeed. And it is about time we ALL started to recognize the same for our own best interest as as non-Jews:

    http://citizensamericaparty.org/Serpent_Race.htm

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